Checking out equipment at Farm Science Review

Checking out equipment at Farm Science Review

I went to the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio in mid-September. As usual there were rapid changes in machinery technology. There seems to be no end to man’s innovation.  Here are some things that caught my eye.
 
Bobcat introduced a new model skidsteer, the 450. It is a 1300 pound lift machine that replaces the 130 model. It is patterned after its bigger cab forward machines, that were introduced a year or two ago.
 
I liked the aluminum Tango corn heads. They are little more than half the weight of steel cornheads and are more rigid (a real advantage in wide headers).
 
For me the New Holland Genesis tractors and the Case IH Magnum tractors that both had rear wheel tracks were show stoppers. Company people said that they had been tested since 1997. The Case IH folding cornheads were new and I was impressed with the scallops molded into the plastic of the upper snouts. The scallops help direct flying ears back into the rolls. The Case IH draper grain heads were also new. They have center drive for the sickle sections. Since there is no wobble box on the outside, both of the snouts on each side were only about 4.5” wide. That would really save knocking a lot of beans down!  I liked that feature a lot!  New Holland also offers the exact same header for their combines. Both are built in a CNH factory. Previously, the draper headers for those machines were outsourced.
 
Deere showed a video of one of their large combines pulling one of their round balers. They sell the entire system that combines and bales non-stop. The primary market for the bales will be for cellulosic ethanol plants that can utilize corn fodder. Also their new 4-wheel drive tractors were on display. They have a shock absorber system that reduces road hop. I didn’t see it at the show but my dealer has told me that Deere will be offering a quad track 4-wheel drive tractor.
 
McCormick and Deutz both had newly styled front wheel assist tractors.
 
To sum things up, there were two types of equipment: the huge stuff and lots of little stuff for lawn and garden applications. There was only one 6-row corn planter and there weren’t any combine grain heads less than 30’ wide. The amount of money represented by all the machinery on display was just mind boggling!

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