Each spring, the rich, black soil of the Midwest presents a new opportunity. Kids scoop it into Styrofoam cups, plant seeds, and wait for magic to happen on sunny window ledges. Home gardeners till it into furrows and anticipate fresh herbs and vegetables. Landscapers use it to create artistic designs.
While everyone reaps the benefits of fertile soil, no one is more invested in its potential than the men and women who rely on it for their livelihood. Since the 1970s, farmers have more than doubled their feed crop yields. Improved planting equipment is one big reason for this change. (more…)
Optimizing flow to your remote valves is an important pre-season task. If hydraulic flow is set too high, operators risk robbing flow from other components of the planter, such as fans, vacuums, or bulk fill speed. Higher flow rates also put more pressure on the system and can increase wear and tear.
Different planters require different setups. In the videos below, Case IH Product Specialist Nathan Wilhelm demonstrates how to program your tractor’s timers and remotes to help optimize the performance of the hydraulics when running a planter. (more…)
Watch a short overview of the features of the Case IH Early Riser planter (and see how it lives up to its name) from Josh Oaks, Birkey’s sales rep in Galesburg.
In this 2-minute video, learn how pulling a wheel barrel can illustrate one of the planter’s advantages. Josh also highlights the differences in the row unit, especially the leading disc edge and trailing gauge wheel. (more…)
Learn more about operating your Magnum or Steiger tractor’s constant engine speed feature from Case IH Cash Crop Specialist Nathan Wilhelm. This video will show how this feature can help operators maintain the hydraulic flow in their planters, as well as how constant engine speed can prevent the high-speed alarm from sounding when a PTO implement is used.
Specifically, you’ll learn about:
The function of Constant Engine Speed
Its location on the armrest and multi-function handle
Learn more about operating your Magnum or Steiger tractor’s multi-function handle from Case IH Cash Crop Specialist Nathan Wilhelm. This video will help new operators learn the basics. It also includes a few shortcuts on the handle that long-time operators might find useful.
In 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the Beatles recorded their final album, and J. I. Case introduced its first power shift transmission—the 870 Agri-King Power Shift Diesel. Those who lived through this transition experienced a new kind of tractor. Today, the power shift is the standard, but other options are available. One of them is the CVT, released by Case IH in North America around 40 years after the power shift. (more…)
Every operation is different. Some growers have skilled in-house service departments to keep their equipment in good condition. Others look to their dealer for advice, but perform some of the maintenance themselves. Still others rely on a local dealership to provide all recommended service.
Whatever operation describes you, this video can help. In it, we explain what’s on the checklist during an after-season Combine Maintenance Inspection. Use it to inform your own maintenance, or bring your combine in to receive an inspection.
“There’s no quick way to get to these 160 acres,” said Harold Miller, gazing down the gravel road.
Harold farms with his sons, Rod and Mark, and his grandson, Tyler, near Smithfield, IL. The Harold Miller and Sons main farm is a straight shot east from the Birkey’s store in Macomb, but the Spoon River winds around their land, forcing bridges and turns in the roads that connect to it.
Despite the trek, the farm has sent their 7120 combine to Macomb for a Customized Maintenance Inspection, or CMI, from Birkey’s every other year for the past six years. (more…)
It’s an unfortunate truth: if you’re reading this, chances are you know a family that has been affected by a farm-related accident. The good news is, many steps have been taken to make the industry safer, including the creation of National Farm Safety Week. This year, the week of September 21-27 gives the ag community the chance to focus on safety.
Safety is high priority at Birkey’s–it has to be. The majority of farm accidents involve the use of machinery, and 90% of our employees work on or around machinery every day.
When asked about farm safety, many Birkey’s employees had stories to tell or reminders to offer to customers and friends. Here are tips from six service techs: (more…)