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These big boy toys make farming fun and more efficient

Check out videos of a 16-row potato harvesting and 20-row silage chopping systems.

July 25, 2015

1 Min Read

If you love videos of big farm equipment, check out Spudnik Equipment’s new video of its 16-row potato harvesting system. You don’t even have to grow potatoes to appreciate what’s going on. Two six-row windrowers put potatoes on top of four unharvested rows and then a 4-row digger is used to pick up spuds from all 16 rows at once.

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In the video Carl Taylor, of Taylor Falls, Idaho, says he needed only half as many harvesters and operators as before and he could harvest even more acres in day than with eight diggers. He was also cut back on trucks because he didn’t have as many diggers to follow around.

Could you imagine doing the same with corn or soybeans?

“I love growing potatoes,” Taylor says in the video, “and I love the big boy toys…we have to grow potatoes.”

After the watching the Spudnik video, click on the “Chopping 20-rows of corn with Kemper” video. The audio is in German, but the video shouts “wow!” in any language.

The music is pain, though. It sounds like the machinery is part of an advancing army that’s conquering the countryside. It screams “industrial agriculture.”

Both videos ought to conclude with pictures of the thousands of people the machinery makes it possible to feed cheaply each day.

See the latest in new farm technology at the 2015 Farm Progress Show, Sept. 1-3, 2015, in Decatur, Ill.

Related: Word in the country: It's a buyer's market on used farm machinery

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