For the 36th year, farmers, farm equipment dealers and agribusiness professionals converged in Regina, Saskatchewan for Canada’s Farm Progress Show. With 1.9 million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits and more than 45,000 attendees from 50 countries, it’s the country’s largest trade show.
Regina is nestled in the central western part of Canada. This is dry-land farming that extends down into the U.S. Great Plains. The farms in these regions are big and the equipment matches in scope. This was reflected in much of the equipment on display at this year’s show, which could be characterized as big and getting bigger.
Farm Equipment staff spent two days meeting with exhibitors and chatting with attendees that welcomed the newest innovations at this event designed to make their operations more efficient. Here are some of the highlights.
ext/resources/images/issues/2013/july_august/cfps/037_CFPS_AS_0613_opt.jpeg" alt="Seed Hawk and Vaderstad demonstrated their developing partnership to deliver precision seeding and planting solutions to the North American market with the new Vaderstad Tempo planter. Tempo, designed to maximize precision, speed and capacity has been engineered for 99% accuracy at speeds over 8 mph. The Seed Hawk and Vaderstad partnership continues to develop as they look for dealer partners in the U.S." title="Seed Hawk and Vaderstad demonstrated their developing partnership to deliver precision seeding and planting solutions to the North American market with the new Vaderstad Tempo planter. Tempo, designed to maximize precision, speed and capacity has been engineered for 99% accuracy at speeds over 8 mph. The Seed Hawk and Vaderstad partnership continues to develop as they look for dealer partners in the U.S." height="338" width="450">
Seed Hawk and Vaderstad demonstrated their developing partnership to deliver precision seeding and planting solutions to the North American market with the new Vaderstad Tempo planter. Tempo, designed to maximize precision, speed and capacity has been engineered for 99% accuracy at speeds over 8 mph. The Seed Hawk and Vaderstad partnership continues to develop as they look for dealer partners in the U.S.
Degelman Industries introduced the Pro-Till for spring and fall tillage, residue management and seedbed preparation. The Pro-Till is designed to run at speeds of 10-14 mph, making it one of the fastest one-pass tillage machines on the market. Innovative features include independent disc technology that removes the gang and provides the maximum amount of trash clearance. The Pro-Till is available in 40- and 33-foot lengths and is currently available in Canada and coming to dealers in the U.S. this fall.
Inventor Larry M. Mosbrucker introduced his StopSensor System, a 2013 Innovations winner. StopSensor was created to eliminate the need for drivers to repeatedly get in and out of their trucks during loading and unloading or the need for a spotter outside the truck. StopSensor uses a patent-pending sensor and special reflectors to detect when trailers are properly aligned for loading or unloading grain.
REM Enterprises displayed its re-vamped VRX Grain Vacuum system. The updated VRX features a more ergonomic hose rack and 10 more feet of hose than other products on the market. The redesigned fan provides less noise, less wear and a higher capacity, and the bottom auger can be changed out in a matter of minutes. Another upgrade is an air throttle that adjusts automatically depending on whether the vacuum is moving grain or air only, creating a need for less horsepower and overall efficiency.
Elmer’s Manufacturing showed off its Haul Master grain cart equipped with Elmer’s Transfer Tracks. The Haul Master comes in 6 sizes from 850-2,000 bushels and is built using a dual auger design that incorporates a horizontal drag auger to feed the vertical unload auger for increased efficiency. The Transfer Tracks feature a 10-bolt hub design that can easily be transferred to any 10-bolt system on any machine. The Haul Master and Transfer Tracks combo provides dealers the opportunity to offer a “2 for 1” package to their customers so they do not have to purchase a grain cart and tracks separately with the tracks available year-round to be used on other implements.
Deutz-Fahr rolled out its new 7 Series tractor. The 7 Series is part of the high power Agrotron TTV family of tractors and features the iMonitor-2, a larger multi-media interface that is ISOBUS compatible. The series offers three different operating modes — manual, automatic and PTO that keeps the RPM constant regardless of the tractor’s ground speed. Deutz-Fahr is interested in growing dealer partners throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Honey Bee introduced the new 4000 Series header that is designed for high capacity. The 4000 Series will run a combine at 100% capacity, making the combine the limiting factor for harvesting. The 4000 Series is available throughout Canada and some northern states and comes in 36-, 40- and 45-foot lengths.
Horsch introduced the Sprinter NT tine seed drill with Independent Shank Seeding Technology. Torsion Bar Technology controls the prototype seen here with 10 cylinders instead of one cylinder per shank, providing for more efficient hydraulic fluid consumption. The shanks are free of wear-parts. It also features easy depth adjustment on the shanks and the banders. Equipped with large tires on the front and the back, the Sprinter can go nearly anywhere with better floatation and transport.
MK Martin Enterprise displayed several new products including the Extreme Duty Grader Blade for 100-150 horsepower tractors. The Extreme Duty Grader Blade mounts with a 3-point hitch. The new XD Series is powered by the tractor hydraulics with cylinders to adjust the offset of the arm, the blade angle and tilt of the blade. Additional hydraulics are available to control the blade bite.
Leon’s Manufacturing displayed a variety of new products including the BH855 Bale Wagon seen here. This unit has several upgrades including hydraulic push off technology to make unloading effortless. It also features larger bale capacity, a heavy-duty frame and large floatation tires, adjustable fork arms and a tilting deck available in a variety of sizes.
Versatile presents its new Delta Track 4 track system for 4WD Tractors. The triangle-shaped Delta Track is available for 450, 500 and 550 horsepower tractors and comes in 30- and 36-inch widths. Full availability for the Delta Track comes in the fall of 2013 with limited availability now.
Lemken has re-engineered its compact disc system to make it more compatible with the North American market. New features include a 3-point hitch and a lighting/safety package that is compliant with U.S. and Canadian transport regulations. Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies introduced its new CX6 Trident Crossover Technology to replace current air drill technology. The Trident, equipped with Bluetooth technology for a fully wireless link to the metering system, offers a unique 6 product delivery system that gives farmers the ability to place the exact blend of seed and fertilizer independently across the entire drill for every square foot of the field.