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September 2008 Archive for Machinery Journal

RSS By: Aimee Cope, Farm Journal

The Machinery Journal blog is your place to find the latest machinery updates, industry news, and interesting tid bits.

Race to the End Rows

Sep 29, 2008
Competiveness with combines isn’t limited to the machines themselves. The world record for most bushels harvested in eight hours has been hotly contested. While the record of 16,571 bu. was set with a New Holland CR9090 early in September, on September 16, a new record was set near Nottingham, United Kingdom. 
 
The current world record was performed by a Claas Lexion 580 Terra Trac (Europe’s version of the Lexion 595R). The Lexion 580 harvested 19,533 bu. of wheat in eight hours. This harvest stretched across six fields. The combine was outfitted with a 35’ Vario head.
 
Their attempt at the world record lasted from 12:02 p.m. until 8:02 p.m. After six hours and 45 minutes, the Lexion crew broke the previously established record.
 
The average hourly yield was 2,444 bu. Telematics showed the combine was running at 2,572 bu. per hour for the first two hours, but slowed to 2,351 bu. per hour for three hours and then increased back to 2,572 per hour for the rest of the time allotment.
 
Guinness World Record officials track grain moisture, grain quality, loss ratio and stubble height throughout the competition for compliance with their parameters. For example, acceptable grain loss for this competition is less than 0.5%. 
 
Congratulation goes to Kevin Yates and Keith Challen (from right to left holding the plaque) whose successful attempt at the record was recognized by Guiness World Record juror Carlos Martinez (pictured with official record notebook).

 
 
Here’s a video of the previous record harvested by a massive New Holland CR9090.
 

Tractor Cab Sing Along

Sep 23, 2008
Awhile back I posted a list I keep during my travels of all the machines on the move that  I pass on the Interstates and highways. Well, I keep another list… one of songs that reference farm machinery.
  • John Deere Green by Joe Diffie
  • International Harvester by Craig Morgan
  • She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy by Kenny Chesney
  • Down on the Farm by Tim McGraw
  • Amarillo Sky by McBride and the Ride and Jason Aldean
  • John Deere Tractor by Larry Sparks and The Judds
  • When It All Goes South by Alabama
  • Down on the Farm by Michael Peterson
  • John Doe on a John Deere by Lonestar
  • Like a John Deere by Sawyer Brown
  • Daddy Won’t Sell the Farm by Montgomery Gentry
  • On Down the Line by Patty Loveless
  • Country Ain’t Country by Travis Tritt
  • It Came Out of the Sky by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Cloud Dust by Brad Paisley
I was reminded of this list the other day when a co-worker mentioned the Beach Boys classic, Little Deuce Coupe. He said, why doesn’t anyone do a song about tractors like they did? (Basically just listing the mechanics and features of a 1932 Ford Coupe)
 
There’s my attempt to rattle off some of my favorites about farm machinery (granted, there are plenty more out there, so please add what you’ll be playing in the grain truck waiting at the elevator this winter…) And I won’t try to write any lyrics, but if you’ve got a tune please share…

Protect YOUr Investment

Sep 22, 2008
Take a minute to think about safety around your farming operation. This week marks the annual Farm Safety and Health Week.
 
Unfortunately, there were 715 deaths and 80,000 disabling injuries attributed to agriculture in 2007.
 
Agriculture ranks as the industry with the highest death rate per 100,000 employees, and ranks second in injury rate.
 
Here are some online resources:
 
 

Sites on Target for New Machines

Sep 16, 2008
Virtual showrooms. That’s the best way to describe what these Web sites are like.
 
Check out AGCO’s Challenger brand and John Deere agricultural homepages for new equipment:
 
 
John Deere’s site features their 2009 new equipment: precision ag, utility tractors, application equipment, harvesting equipment, and Frontier attachments.
 
Challenger’s site focuses on the tractor and combine line up for 2009. This is a separate site from their corporate site, and it will be updated as other machines are introduced.
 
If you have a dial-up connect, how fast do the homepages load?

Iron on Asphalt

Sep 12, 2008
This growing season I’ve tacked on many miles traveling the countryside from story to story. Usually I stay alert and amused by listening to books on CD, but during the 2008 planting season I started a new game: machinery tally.
 
With high demand domestically and overseas, machinery companies are moving a lot of iron around to fill these orders.
 
My tally actually started when I coming back from the test plots in April. We got rained out, and on my return trip home I spotted a new Case IH combine destined for delivery. Fast forward 25 minutes, then a truck with a New Holland combine passed me on the opposite side of the highway.
 
Probably the most impressive string occurred on I-80 heading east toward the quad cities, when I encountered four John Deere combines within 12 miles.
 
Here’s all the ones that I could write down from I-80, I-70, I-35, I-90, I-74, I-55, I-85, I-75, I-57 and I-44.
 
Massey Ferguson big square baler
Two Geringhoff chopping corn heads
Two Massey Ferguson self-propelled windrowers
Brent Grain Cart
Four Kubota tractors
Two truck loads of Great Plains tillage tools
Fendt combine
Fendt big square baler
Two Case IH combines
Three New Holland combines
Balzer grain cart
10 John Deere combines
Two John Deere row crop tractors
Three John Deere utility tractors
One Challenger combine
Three Massey Ferguson round balers
Four John Deere corn heads
Two Vermeer round balers
Seven truck loads of Krause tillage tools
Three truck loads of Sunflower tillage tools
Two AGCO row crop tractors
Three Caterpillar skid-steer loaders
 
When other people are in the car with me, I usually entertain them with where those machines are manufactured. If you are ever curious where machinery is made check out: Who Makes What Where as published in our 2008 Machinery Guide.
 
I understand with demand in some machinery segments at a fever pitch and a weak dollar encouraging exports, many farmers are delayed in their deliveries. If you are in queue, what are you waiting for, and for how long?
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