Illinois through the Years


Birkey’s Celebrates 20 Years on the Web

Twenty years ago, Birkey’s launched the first iteration of As the brand and equipment have grown, so has Take a look at these screenshots through the years to see the transformation of our website.

Over time as the business has grown, the need for an online presence in the used equipment market has become very evident. Our team here at Birkey’s has always worked hard to stay one step ahead of the curve by keeping our eyes and ears open. We hear great feedback from our stores on features they’d like to see to help you know what they offer, but also from customers over the years.

Today, accounts for a significant percentage of our used equipment sales and we are constantly striving to make it your one-stop shop for browsing and viewing our vast inventory. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as our next rendition of the website will be launched soon.

Fun facts about our website:

  • Birkey’s had 8 locations when we launched the website.
  • 8 million individual page views since we started tracking in late 2009.
  • Our most popular single page:
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014, is the single most visited day with almost 3,000 visits.
  • Birkey’s email newsletter accounts for 21% of all traffic on the website. Sign up today!
By : Phil Stewart /December 13, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Case IH, Illinois, Indiana, Recent News /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Farm Store to Acquire Farm Pride Equipment

CHAMPAIGN, IL — Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, is proud to announce the execution of an agreement to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon, Illinois. The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

“This is a great opportunity for Birkey’s to expand our dealership operations into contiguous territory directly south of our existing footprint. We look forward to developing relationships and serving the needs of customers in the Farm Pride territory with the same high level of service that our customers have come to expect from us over the last 62 years,” said Birkey’s president and CEO Mike Hedge.

About Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc.

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., founded in 1954, is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. The company owns and operates a network of full-service Case IH agricultural and Case construction equipment stores throughout Illinois and western Indiana. The Birkey’s network serves the Illinois communities of Annawan, Bloomington, Galesburg, Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Macomb, Mattoon, Oakland, Polo, Prophetstown, and Urbana, as well as Williamsport, Indiana.


By : Phil Stewart /July 22, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Illinois, Press Releases /4 Comments Read More

Observation Systems Provide Confidence


Wes Veach can remember when the Case IH dealer in Oakland, Illinois, first put a Birkey’s sign out front in 1991. Since then, he’s watched the dealership—and the equipment—grow and change.

Two of the more obvious changes include the increased size of equipment and the enhanced role of technology.

Wes Veach at the Case IH tractor plant in Racine, WI

Wes Veach at the Case IH tractor plant in Racine, WI

Take grain carts, for example. To help him harvest the 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans he works, Wes bought the largest grain cart he’s ever owned—a 1200-bushel 1282 Brent—from Birkey’s last season. The farm already had a 1000-bushel Brent cart in their fleet. But the larger wagons brought new challenges. Wes explains, “The big wagons sit up so tall. You can see the side nearest you, but the other side is impossible to see. You’re just guessing…and spilling a lot of corn on the ground.”

That’s when technology came in. Wes adds, “With a camera, you can look at that far side. It helps out a lot.” About five years ago, the farm chose to install observation systems on their grain carts. Wes had his new 1282 outfitted at the start. “I got my last grain cart in mid-season, and I told Jeremy, [Oakland’s Precision Farming Specialist], to hook the camera up. He’s really good with that kind of stuff. And the shop made a mount for the camera in back.”

The camera in the back provides extra safety. “When you’re going down the highway, you can’t see behind you. The cart is so wide. To me, you almost have to have a camera for safety.”

Adapting to the new system has been simple for Wes. “It’s really easy to use. We put it right into our Pro 700. For each different camera, I just move to a different run screen. It’s pretty neat.”

Currently, Wes’ wife runs the grain cart, and the observation system is a big help. Wes explains, “She didn’t drive a grain cart until a couple years ago, when I was desperate for help. She grew up on a farm but never operated equipment. She has latched on to the new Brent cart and really likes it.”

“It’s really easy to use. We put it right into our Pro 700. For each different camera, I just move to a different run screen. It’s pretty neat.”

The observation system gives grain cart drivers confidence to know when a load is ready. Wes jokes, “This past harvest season, I was in the combine and my wife was loading a wagon. I was high enough to see that it was getting full so I came on the radio to warn her. Before I had a sentence out, she replied, ‘I got it! I got it!’”

At the end of the day, what matters most is a smooth harvest. Wes notes, “It takes time to clean up spilled corn. No spills means one less thing to do—it keeps you going.”

By : Phil Stewart /August 03, 2015 /Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Case IH, Customer Feature, Illinois /0 Comment Read More

What Is a Customized Maintenance Inspection, or CMI?

Birkey’s developed the Customized Maintenance Inspection, or CMI, more than 20 years ago to help customers extend their equipment’s life and value. During an inspection, our service techs have two priorities:

  1. Performing recommended maintenance (changing oils and filters)
  2. Inspecting wear parts that are under stress in your rugged work environment (more…)
By : Birkey's /December 11, 2014 /Birkey's, Case IH, Construction, Illinois, Indiana /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s After-Season Combine Maintenance Checklist

Who keeps your equipment running?

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.


By : Birkey's /November 10, 2014 /Agriculture, Ask A Tech, Birkey's, Case IH, Farm equipment, Illinois, Indiana, Tech Tip /0 Comment Read More

Case Equipment for Every Season: The City of Sullivan


The leaves turn, the snow falls, the spring rains come, and the summer heat scorches. The seasons may change, but the City of Sullivan in central Illinois is prepared to tackle each challenge they bring.

For the three departments serving the Moultrie county seat, overcoming Mother Nature’s tests begins with a flexible, team-oriented approach. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 06, 2014 /Construction, Customer Profiles, Illinois /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Save Money with Preventative Maintenance on Construction Equipment


One Veteran Tech Gives Critical Tips

Dennis Budde recently retired from his role as Service Technician after working at Birkey’s for 20 years. Before he left, we asked him to share critical maintenance tips that can reduce downtime and catch problems before they grow and cost more to fix.

Dennis talks about these tips in the context of CMIs, or Customized Maintenance Inspections, that he performed at Birkey’s. You can put these tips to good use in your own shop, or bring your machine in for a CMI done by a certified Birkey’s service tech. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 06, 2014 /Birkey's, Construction, Illinois, Tech Tip /1 Comment Read More

Precision Farming Options for Anhydrous Application


It’s fall anhydrous season. We interviewed Todd Weitekamp, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming Specialists, about anhydrous solutions. Click the button on the left to listen to Todd’s recommendations:


Read the interview:

Are growers interested in precision farming options for anhydrous application?

Todd: Yes. Harvest is coming to an end and a new anhydrous season is right around the corner. When it comes to anhydrous application, we get many phone calls from customers this time of year asking what they can add to their displays to make them more useful for accurate fertilizer application. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 04, 2014 /Birkey's, Illinois, Indiana, Precision Farming /0 Comment Read More

No Surprises: Why One Contractor Chooses CMIs


A&R Services, Inc.

Urbana, IL

“It’s like any other insurance problem. You want to make sure you have the most cost-efficient coverage you can get,” explained Tom Bridwell, General Manager at A&R Services, Inc. The company, a division of A&R Mechanical Contractors, does site utilities, concrete work and excavation around Champaign, Illinois. 

Insurance policies help companies protect themselves from a major loss. But A&R Services chooses to invest in “insurance” on a smaller scale—one that can still make a big difference to the company’s bottom line.

Their method is a yearly CMI, or Customized Maintenance Inspection, on each of their construction units. (more…)

By : Birkey's /October 13, 2014 /Birkey's, Construction, Customer Profiles, Illinois, Testimonial /0 Comment Read More