Once again, farmers flocked to the three popular Midwestern farm shows held just ahead of fall harvest. Husker Harvest Days came first and drew good crowds from the parched, drought-stricken area near Grand Island, NE. Then the Farm Science Review staged a stellar show near London, OH, with plenty of new equipment to wow farmers. The Farm Progress event held near Alleman, IA, completed the three-week show circuit with sunny skies and plenty of products for farmers to ponder.

FIELD CULTIVATOR

Sunflower is updating its field cultivator line with the 5000 series, which features a new shank design. Built for high-residue clearance, the cultivator is available in widths from 18 to 62 ft. with three sections, five sections or a patented split-wing section. It boasts 190 lbs. of point pressure and a rugged construction to keep it working in tough field conditions. List price for an 18-ft. model starts at $13,500. Contact Sunflower Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, 1 Sunflower Dr., Beloit, KS 67420, 800/748-8481, or visit www.sunflowermfg.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

FAST FIELD SERVICE

Two new pieces of equipment will help you cut service time during combining or any other field work. Feterl Manufacturing now manufactures a fuel and lube trailer to pull into the field to handle quick service jobs on equipment, such as greasing, changing the oil or adding hydraulic fluid. The trailer includes four 65-gal. tanks. Three of the tanks may be used for products, and the fourth is used for waste oil. The trailer may be purchased with a 125-lb. grease pack and a metering system. It lists for $14,500.

For larger operations, Feterl offers a service truck that fits on Class 3, 4 or 5 chassis trucks. The service body pictured includes a 4,000-lb. crane, manual outriggers, and 10- and 14-gauge body construction. Sold factory direct, it retails for about $24,000. Contact Feterl Mfg. Corp., Dept. FIN, 411 Center Ave. W., Salem, SD 57058, 800/367-8660, or visit www.feterl.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

HOPPER BOTTOMS

You'll never need to scoop out grain from bins equipped with Friesen's new bolt-together hopper bottoms. Available in do-it-yourself kits, the hopper bottoms are shipped to growers on a 7- × 13-ft. pallet and are easily bolted together. The cone bottoms keep the bins off the ground and allow simple removal of the product through an easy-open roller slide gate. The cone bottoms provide 2 ft. of discharge clearance and fit on 15-, 18-, 21- and 24-ft.-dia. bins. Prices range from $2,000 to $10,000. Only a 12- to 16-in. pad of concrete is needed under the hopper cone or cement piers beneath each leg. Contact Friesen, Dept. FIN, 2897 Expansion Blvd., Storm Lake, IA 50588, 800/437-2334, or visit www.friesenofiowa.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

ROLLING HARROW

A new semi-mount hitch makes Unverferth's new Rolling Harrow 220 more maneuverable and easy to detach than fully mounted units. The unique, 2-pt. quick hitch features all-steel brackets that mount to the rear frame and offers close trailing. The soil conditioner will mix residue and chemicals while creating a smooth surface with coarse soil on top for moisture retention and fine soils below for planting. It is available in working widths from 12 to 37 ft. and in flat- or stack-fold models. A 28-ft. harrow retails for $9,955. Contact Unverferth Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 357, Kalida, OH 45853, 800/322-6301, or visit www.unverferth.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

UTILITY TIRES

Firestone offers new tires designed for farm utility equipment that needs flotation and traction. The Duraforce HD tire works on skid-steer loaders, the front tire of backhoes and aerial lift equipment. It provides the flotation and traction needed for moving manure, wet feed or mud. Available in three sizes, the tire features a standard tread depth and extra-tough nylon construction.

The Duraforce ND is a premium tire designed for skid steers, telescopic handlers and backhoe-loader front applications. Its nondirectional tread design cuts spinning and improves productivity. Available in five sizes, the tires feature a heavy-duty sidewall and large curb rib for stability and puncture resistance. For more information, call 800/350-3276, or visit www.firestoneag.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

DISK RIPPER

Krause offers a new preplanting implement to increase soil productivity. The TL 3000 disk ripper's front disc blades are spaced 13 in. apart to cut through residue and penetrate soil while its rear disc gangs, spaced 11 in. apart, reduce clod size for a smooth seedbed. A universal point mounting shank design accepts Deere LaserRip, Nichols and DMI Tiger points. The ripper is available in five- and seven-shank rigid or seven- and nine-shank folding models. A five-shank, rigid-frame model with cutting width of 12½ ft. retails for $25,594. A nine-shank folding-frame model with a 22½-ft. cut width sells for $48,821. Contact Krause Corp., Dept. FIN, Box 2707, Hutchinson, KS 67504-2707, 800/957-2873, or visit www.krauseco.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

EXPANDED TILLAGE

Orthman Manufacturing introduces the Combo Caddy to configure the Orthman 1-tRIPr and any planter into a pull-type position. The unit connects to a tractor's drawbar or 3-pt. hitch and then uses two, four or six lifting gauge wheels to carry the machine load. When the wheels are actuated, the Combo Caddy lifts both the planter and the 1-tRIPr. Fertilizer tanks may be added to the unit. Cost for a 12-row model is about $25,000. Contact Orthman Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box B, Lexington, NE 68850, 308/324-4654, or visit www.orthman.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

BULK SEED BUGGY

With its silver galvanized sheet metal and square corners, this Bulk Seed Buggy looks like something a farmer would build — if he had the time and equipment to do it right. This tender is designed to deliver seed to your drill or planter fast. Powered by a 5.5-hp Honda engine with speed reduction drive and clutch, the steel core bristle flighting auger is fast and gentle on seed. Or you can opt for a high-density polyethylene auger. There's also an optional system for liquid or dry seed treatment. The 7,000-lb. tandem torsion axles and 10-ply, 16-in. tires give the fully loaded unit excellent road-handling capabilities at highway speeds. When it's time to fill the planter, a three-section telescoping discharge spout reaches 13 in. from center. Price: $7,750. Contact Ag Dryer Services Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 450, Elm Creek, NE 68836, 800/657-2184, or visit www.agdryer.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

COMBINE EXTENSION COVER

On most combines, going for maximum load capacity means flipping up the extensions. But that can leave a full load of grain open to unexpected rain and snow. Shur-Co offers a stopgap solution with its fabric extension covers. The system consists of a tarp that stretches over folding bow brackets that mount via extension brackets. The cover can be removed and folded for quick storage. Price: $795. Contact Shur-Co, Dept. FIN, 2309 Shur-Lok St., Yankton, SD 57078, 800/474-8756, or visit www.shurco.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

WASTE OIL BURNER

Heat your house or shed by burning used oil from crankcases, gearboxes, heat transfer systems, transmissions and other sources. The INOV8 will burn just about any 85- to 145-wt petroleum-based product. Some units even burn jet fuel or used vegetable oil. This system uses an innovative multistage system to produce nearly complete combustion for a clean, safe and low-maintenance heat source. The system is EPA approved. Various models range in price from $4,195 to $6,395. Contact INOV8 International Inc., Dept. FIN, 1300 Norplex, La Crosse, WI 54601, 608/785-2879, or visit www.inov8-intl.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

FERTILIZER PLACEMENT TOOL

The “N” forcer will attach to most brands of coulters to provide a low-cost, high-speed way to accurately place liquid fertilizer at depths of 0 to 5 in. Used with a pump capable of 20 lbs. or more of pressure, the “N” forcer works for no-till, ridge-till or conventional soils. It mounts to either the right or left side of units. Price: $350/row; $42.50 for an optional scraper kit. Contact Hawkins Mfg., Dept. FIN, 2120 E. 4th Ave., Holdrege, NE 68949, 800/382-6178, or visit www.hawkinsmfg.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

UTILITY TRACTOR

Not quite a hi-boy, but not a regular tractor either, the Utility Weasel fills a niche for a maneuverable, small, high-clearance farm machine for spraying, mowing, cultivating and many other functions. Adjustable tread width and 42-in. clearance accommodate many different crops and row widths. The hydrostatic 4-wd is powered by an 85-hp Cummins diesel for road speeds up to 20 mph. A 3-pt. hitch accommodates a variety of implements. Prices of a unit with a cab start at $50,000. The company will custom build to suit particular needs. Contact Big John Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 456, Osmond, NE 68765, 402/748-3860, or visit www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

ALUMINUM WEIGH PLATFORM

Keep 'em moving while you weigh. The Tru-Test aluminum platform is designed to work with MP600 and GP600 load bars mounted in an alleyway. It can be hooked up to a Tru-Test digital scale. The platform weighs only 60 lbs. and is easy to move to different locations. Price: $1,850. Contact Tru-Test Inc., Dept. FIN, 528 Grant Rd., Wolters Industrial Park, Mineral Wells, TX 76067, 940/327-8020, or visit www.tru-test.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

SEED TENDER

Fill your planter fast. This 150-bu. tank on wheels can discharge 450 lbs./min. with a Honda gas engine. The 6-in. tube swings to where you need it, and a roll tarp protects the seed in case of rain. Price: $8,500. Contact Convey-All Industries Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 2008, Winkler, Manitoba R6W 4B7, Canada, 800/418-9461, or visit www.convey-all.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

ECONOMY TRACTOR

Punjab Tractors Ltd. ships tractors all the way from India to compete for a piece of the U.S. low-horsepower utility tractor market. Punjab builds its 50-hp diesel Swaraj 855 to perform basic tractor functions with minimal maintenance or expense. For $13,900, you can get a tractor with modern safety features, PTO, 3-pt. hitch, swinging drawbar, power steering, oil-cooled brakes and more. Contact Punjab Tractors, LCP Marketing, Dept. FIN, 672W 350N, Covington, IN 47932, 765/294-4461, or visit www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

FOLDING CORN HEAD

A 12-row Geringhoff corn head can fold up three rows on each side for easier transport and maneuverability. The company offers conventional and stalk-cutting Rota Disc models. The Rota Disc system cuts stalks as you harvest, saving time and doing a more thorough job of cutting the stalks into small pieces that decay faster. Rota Disc requires an extra 3 hp/row. Prices range from $43,386 for a conventional, 6-row folding head to $100,417 for a folding, 12-row Rota Disc head. Contact Geringhoff U.S., Dept. FIN, 3867 E. Hwy. 12, Willmar, MN 56201, 800/333-8380, or visit www.geringhoff-us.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

CZECH THIS OUT

Although most Americans haven't heard of Zetor, the company is one of the better-known tractor manufacturers in Europe. Zetor hangs its hat on a philosophy of building tractors with quality components at reasonable prices. Though the tractors come from a factory in Brno, Czech Republic, getting parts shouldn't be a problem. Zetor stocks a warehouse in Harrisburg, PA.

In 1993, John Deere bought a license to build and distribute Zetor tractors under the Deere name. Deere builds these tractors in a factory in Mexico and sells them all over the world. In the Zetor plant in Brno, about 25% of the tractors are painted green and sold in southern Europe. Zetor tractors range from 43 to 110 hp. Price: $15,860 to $45,280. Contact Zetor Tractor Div., American Jawa Ltd., Dept. FIN, 7301 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17112, 717/540-5618, or visit www.amjawa.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

BIG BALE STACKER

The Stinger hay loader-stacker saves time and equipment use by letting you roll though the field and load large square or round bales at 3 to 5 mph. When you've got a full load, just drive to the stacking area, lower the tailgate and accelerate away. Unload eight bales in four seconds. The Stinger comes in a range of sizes and prices from $40,000 to $130,000. Contact Stinger Ltd., Dept. FIN, 8905 Industrial Dr., Haven, KS 67543, 800/530-5304, or visit www.stingerltd.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.