New farm equipment and product introductions hit a high level during the Farm Progress Show held recently in Decatur, Ill. Here’s a look at new products from Meridian, Unverferth, Orthman, Versatile, Balzer, Universal Industries and Kinze. (Text by Karen McMahon and photos by Mark Moore)
1. Meridian Swing Max Pro
Meridian displayed its prototype Swing Max Pro auger that allows a tractor to remain on the auger while trucks unload from either side. The auger is raised, lowered, and moved around by remote control. The Swing Max Pro should be available for purchase in 2012.
2. Unverferth seed runner
The new Unverferth Seed Runner 3750XL features an extra-long conveyor with lift assist. The new model with remote control, electric roll tarp and scale system retails for $41,955.
3. Orthman Atlas Tracker
Orthman offers the new Atlas Tracker that works with GPS-guided implement steering systems. A four-blade Atlas Tracker with hydraulic lifting retails for $18,000.
4. Farm King TD500 disk
Versatile’s Farm King brand unveiled a new TD500 tandem disk that is built to handle heavy trash. It features a floating hitch. Retail price of the disk shown is $60,000.
5. Balzer joystick for grain carts
Balzer introduced a joystick system that will operate its grain carts from a tractor cab.
6. Universal Industries field loader
Universal Industries unveiled its 1535 Short Field Loader that allows the uniter to be close to grain bins. Suggested retail price is $8,900.
7. Kinze grain cart with corner auger
Kinze introduced a new line of large grain carts that feature an externally mounted, forward-angled corner auger. The new carts are available in sizes from 900 to 1,500 bu.