Dedicated to the farmers and ranchers of the Great Plains and western Corn Belt, this Grand Island, NE, show always delivers products to ponder. Here's a fast-forward glance into what's new.

New dryer player

Sukup, known for grain handling since the early '60s, now offers a new line of self-contained automated grain dryers. Three models (T12, T16 and T20) offer holding capacity of 330 to 550 bu. Grain is dried in 14-in. columns using an exclusive quad metering roll system. The system moves the grain that is closest to the heat faster through the dryer, resulting in less moisture variation and higher-quality grain. Metering roll speed is automatically adjusted based on true moisture sensing of incoming and discharged grain. All moisture sensing and computer controls are standard. Price of the T16 model shown: $39,900. Contact Sukup Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 677, Sheffield, IA 50475, 515/892-4222 or circle 244.

87 acres/hour

Bestway claims that its new Field-Pro III sprayer, with a 90-ft. hydraulic accumulator suspension boom and 1,600-gal. tank, can cover almost 90 acres/hr. (at 8 mph) at an estimated equipment cost/acre of $2.91 if used on 2,000 acres. Features include an axle that is fully adjustable from 120 to 144 in.; oversized radial tires with low pressure to reduce compaction; a massive center section of the boom that supports ultrawide wings made of steel and composite materials; a Raven or Spraying System's sprayer controller; chemical induction system with 4-gal. tank; and a 100-gal. tank rinse system. Price: $30,000 to $32,000. Contact Bestway, Dept. FIN, Box 394, Hiawatha, KS 66434, 800/247-3808 or circle 245.

Mega-toolbar (c)

The Titan is the latest member of Orthman's toolbar family. This 50-ft.-wide, exclusive design will hold up to 24 row units and provide close-coupled performance in the field, while folding down to only 14 ft. for transport. It features standard heavy-duty gauge wheels for lift assist, with all fold functions controlled from the cab. A wide range of accessories is available, from guidance system to row markers to the company's Adjust-a Rate system. Price: $48,000. Contact Orthman Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box B, Lexington, NE 68850, 800/658-3270 or circle 246.

Feed the crop

For injecting a straight stream of liquid fertilizer behind a penetrating coulter blade deep in the root zone, the new Blu-Jet AT4000 All Terrain fertilizer injection toolbar may be the ticket. It is available in a 15-row, 30-in. or 23-row, 20-in. configuration with a 1,400-gal. tank. Features include a high-clearance frame with large flotation tires; full-flexing, hydraulic folding wings; positive-contact, spring-loaded pump drive system; easily adjusted button-stop depth control; and stainless steel shielded nozzles. Price: $19,800 to $22,000. Contact Thurston Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Hwy. 87A,Thurston, NE 68062-0218, 402/385-3041 or circle 248.

Fracture the structure

A workhorse called TillagePro is the latest Blu-Jet tool from Thurston Manufacturing. Beginning with a fully welded, 6-x6-in. tubular frame, the short-coupled 26-ft.-long tool features a disc gang in front and rear with ripper shanks that can go 12 to 16 in. deep on a 20- or 30-in. spacing. Both disc gangs feature simple, independent depth adjustment controls for the 26-in. blades on 6-in. hubs. Four models are available, ranging in transport width from 141/3 to 191/3 ft. Price: $21,500 to $29,000. Contact Thurston Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Hwy. 87A,Thurston, NE 68062-0218, 402/385-3041 or circle 247.

Downsized drill (c)

In addition to its three-section folding drill, Great Plains is now offering a more affordable two-section folding drill, model 2600-2S. It features active hydraulic down pressure on the openers for even penetration; offset double discs and depth controlling press wheels; a 35 flexing between drill sections to hug contours; box capacity of 3.24 bu./ft. with seed level indicators; and a 26-ft. working width that folds to a 15-ft. transport width. Price: $28,870. Contact Great Plains Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 5060, Salina, KS 67401, 785/823-3276 or circle 249.

Split your planter

If you're looking to turn your 6-row, 30-in. planter into an 11-row, 15-in. seeding machine for soybeans, Great Plains now offers an SR5030, 5-row splitter planter. The company says you can use any brand 6-row rig to attach to the splitter or purchase all 11 rows together. It claims that the planter is 40% heavier than the competition, built to withstand no-till conditions. Many options are available, from no-till coulters to residue cleaners. Farmers who tested the prototypes are happy with the way they follow behind planter tracks at 15 in., even on sidehills or curves. Price: $10,940. Contact Great Plains Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 5060, Salina, KS 67401, 785/823-3276 or circle 250.

A disguised planter

What looks like a drill but it's not because it has planter units underneath is the revamped Great Plains Soybean Machine for 1999. Instead of planter-style row units in a straight line, the Soybean Machine has staggered units underneath. Three models are available: 1515 (15 ft. wide, 12 rows), 2015 (20 ft. wide, 16 rows) and 2515 (25 ft. wide, 20 rows). The company claims that the row units offer depth control and seed-to-soil contact that's equal to or better than those of most planters. An optional lift-assist kit, which works off the PTO, is available so farmers can plant with a smaller 100- to 110-hp tractor. And unit-mounted coulters can be added for no-till conditions. Price of the smaller 1515 model, as shown with coulters and lift-assist: $25,076. Contact Great Plains Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 5060, Salina, KS 67401, 785/823-3276 or circle 251.

Wheels keep on turning

A Nebraska farmer/inventor didn't like how his planter closing wheels would get plugged up with dirt clods and root balls, so he invented closing wheel fenders. After being tested for a year, they have proven to work and keep the seed from getting pushed out of the furrow, increasing seed placement accuracy. The manufacturer claims that the fenders are easy to install in existing holes on the mainframe, with mounting kits available for most brands of planters. Price: $16.95/row. Contact Schaffert Mfg., Dept. FIN, RR 1, Box 157, Indianola, NE 69034, 800/382-2607 or circle 252. Mammoth carts (c)

Mammoth carts

In the land of 225-plus-bu. irrigated corn, these new huge Brent Avalanche grain carts from Unverferth seemed right at home. Model 884 (shown) holds 850 bu., and a larger 1084 model houses 1,050 bu., which can be supported underneath by tracks. With the industry's largest 20-in.-dia. vertical auger, it can unload 1,000 bu. in 90 sec. Features include hydraulically controlled auger height and position, lights for nighttime unloading, optional brakes and an optional video camera and cab-mounted monitor. Price for model 884: $31,000. Contact Unverferth Mfg. Co. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 357, Kalida, OH 45853, 800/322-6301 or circle 253.

Stable boom

If you're looking to upgrade the boom on your sprayer or to get a new pull-type model, Century has redesigned its 60-ft. hydraulic X-fold booms. Extra wing breakaway protection, plus shock-absorber-dampened, self-leveling linkage are new to give enhanced "tip to target" consistency. The booms are adaptable to trailer or 3-pt. mounting. They feature 3/4-in. plumbing with Quick Tee Jet nozzles and Century's exclusive nozzle brackets to help prevent damage. Price: $5,193. Contact Hiniker Co., Dept. FIN, Box 3407, Mankato, MN 56002-3407, 507/625-6621 or circle 254.

Floating cultivator

New for 1999 from Kent Manufacturing is its Series VI field cultivator, with a new optional floating hitch. Two castering gauge wheels mounted on the front bar offer more precise depth control in rugged and rolling terrain, which the company claims is ideal for farmers who want to air seed with this unit. Other features include improved clearance around the wheels, with no shanks closer than 28 in. apart; 3-x4-in.-high tensile tubing; and working widths from 12 to 35 ft. with a transport width of 13 ft. Price for 24 ft.: $16,500. Contact Kent Mfg. Co. Inc., Box 126, Tipton, KS 67485, 785/373-4145 or circle 255.