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Farm show fever

Bumper crops buoyed the spirits of growers who filled the Farm Progress Show held this year near Alleman, IA, and the Ohio Farm Science Review, London, OH. Interest ran high for all types of equipment — from an ATV trailer and new tractor track to a new narrow-row corn head. If you missed the shows, here's a look at a few of the latest new products that were on display.

Plug-and-go Deutz-Fahr

The Italian manufacturer Same Deutz-Fahr is hitting the North American market with the first tractors to be equipped with the next generation of “plug-and-go” technology for operating implements. The company has three new tractor models that are all compliant with the new ISO-BUS 11783 technology that controls all mounted implements under one control terminal. The ISO-BUS 11783 standardizes the technology among implement and tractor companies so that different brands of implements will work on many brands of tractors.

The Agrotron 215, 235 and 265 (pictured) also offer more horsepower and features than their predecessors (210, 230 and 260 models) do. The new models are available with front hydraulic linkage and PTO to increase their versatility. The tractors are designed with a spacious panoramic cab and a four-stage powershift transmission with six groups and a creeper speed.

Prices for the 265 model range from $123,741 to $171,863 for a fully equipped model. Contact Same Deutz-Fahr, Dept. FIN, 3883 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Norcross, GA 30093, 678/924-7420, visit or, or circle 200.

ATV trailer conversion

A versatile new ATV trailer from Hiniker boasts an adjustable wheel track that lets the operator haul two ATVs or fold the trailer down so that it will fit on a narrow trail. The Dual Track trailer features an aluminum diamond tread deck that is 8 ft. wide and 6½ ft. long. It will hold two ATVs when the deck is flat and the wheel track is set at 64 in. The front and rear end gates come off and will telescope so they may be used as ramps. The operator can convert the flat deck into a trailer for narrow trails by switching the wheel track to 40 in. and folding up the 24-in. sides. The Dual Track trailer may be pulled on-road by a truck or off-road by an ATV.

Price: $1,800. Contact Hiniker Co., Dept. FIN, Box 3407, Mankato, MN 56002-3407, 507/625-6621, visit or, or circle 201.

Wider head for narrow corn

According to Calmer Corn Heads, its new 24-row corn head is the largest corn head available for 15-in. rows. The company currently offers an 18-row corn head for 20-in. rows.

Developer Marion Calmer says the narrow-row corn heads with a patented single-chain design are the lightest-weight row units in the business. With a lighter weight, the horsepower requirement of the corn head is reduced. The design of the corn head also cuts down on trash intake, leaving more corn plant on the ground and less in the combine, Calmer adds.

Price is about $4,000/row. Contact Calmer Corn Heads, Dept. FIN, 550 N. Knox Rd., Alpha, IL 61413, 309/334-2609, visit or, or circle 202.

Front-fold sprayer

Great Plains comes to the sprayer market with a new front-fold trailer sprayer available in two sizes. The TSF 660 holds 650 gal. and features a 60-ft., front-folding spray boom and 60-in. wheelbase. It will cover an 80-acre field with one fill. The sprayer also is equipped with all the Great Plains sprayer features, including the Whirlfilter, Raven controller and MeterCone nozzles. The larger model TSF 1060 holds 1,000 gal. and also has a 60-ft. boom. The company reports that its boom design with two bottom tubes and bracing welded between them creates strength and results in a long life.

Both models retail for about $22,000. Contact Great Plains Mfg., Dept. FIN, Box 5060, Salina, KS 67401, 785/823-3276, visit or, or circle 203.

Electronic combine scale

Steve Kaltenheuser wanted to find a way to combine and weigh grain in the field without an extra tractor and operator to drive a grain cart. So he went into his shop and figured out a way to add an electronic scale to his Case IH combine. He also hired a welding shop to add hopper capacity. After successfully using his retooled combine in the field last year, Kaltenheuser is now marketing the scale to other farmers.

The scale includes 10 load cells that offer a total weight capacity of 200,000 lbs. The estimated cost for installing the electronic combine scale is $12,000. Price of adding to the hopper is $3,400. Kaltenheuser says although he must stop the combine to unload, he doesn't need to operate a grain cart. This system makes sense for growers with many landlords and small fields.

Contact Kaltenheuser Farms, Dept. FIN, 50690 270th St., Ames, IA 50014, 515/769-2461, visit, or circle 204.

Military-style tracks

Titan has developed a new track for the ag market. The style is adapted from military tracks used on tanks. According to Titan CEO Maurice Taylor Jr., the new track offers positive drive with a design that uses steel posts on lugs, similar to a bicycle chain. The design prevents slippage on the track. All parts are replaceable. Components of the track include steel shoes and rubber tread pads.

After field testing, the company plans to market the new tracks by March. Titan estimates a new set of tracks will cost $12,000. Contact Titan International, Dept. FIN, 2701 Spruce St., Quincy, IL 62301, 800/872-2327, visit or, or circle 205.

Four-wheel-drive tire hub

Growers who need a single large tire hub for their 4-wd John Deere and Case IH tractors may now find it at Titan International. The company's new tire hub is designed to handle the demands of the new tires.

The 20-bolt hub retails for $999. Contact Titan International, Dept. FIN, 2701 Spruce St., Quincy, IL 62301, 800/872-2327, visit or, or circle 206.

Automatic bale handler

A Canadian manufacturer has developed a new bale handler that is designed for quick loading without stopping and then easy and fast unloading. It will handle any dimension of big square bale up to 8 ft. long, and its gross vehicle weight rating is 32,000 lbs. The handler is 30 ft. long and 8½ ft. wide.

Suggested retail price is $60,000. Contact Pronovost Inc., Dept. FIN, 260 Rte. 159, Saint-Tite, Quebec G0X 3H0, Canada, 418/365-7551, visit or, or circle 207.

New strip-till option

The Dream Machine, developed by farmer Paul Lanpher, will build a seedbed, spread a full rate of nitrogen and plant corn in one pass for strip-till and minimum-till farming. A new option allows growers to detach the planter and run the knives 3 to 4 in. deep to dry the soil when it is too wet for planting. Lanpher says the machine spreads nitrogen in bands 8 to 10 in. wide and about 8 in. deep, which allows planting directly over the nitrogen.

Price per row unit is $1,000 to $1,200. Lanpher will help a farmer obtain the parts and put the machine together on a toolbar. Contact Paul Lanpher, Dept. FIN, 32598 Cty. Rd. 309, Advance, MO 63730, 573/722-5331, visit or, or circle 208.

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