Fast residue control
Orthman claims that its new Row Stalker residue management tool is the only tool a grower needs between fall harvest and spring planting season to prepare a good seedbed. The Row Stalker is available in 4 to 16 rows with a standard rigid toolbar or optional folding toolbar. The 600 series models feature a 12-in.-wide rolling stalk chopper positioned just ahead of the rolling root slicers. The tool is designed to run at high speeds, from 9 to 15 mph.
Suggested retail price: $2,100/row. Contact Orthman Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, 75765 RD 435, Lexington, NE 68850, 800/658-3270, www.orthman.com or circle 199.
Farm equipment “blue book”
The 2002 “blue book” for farm tractors, combines and implements called Farm Equipment Guide Quick Reference Guide is now available. The book provides serial numbers, specifications and average pricing of machinery manufactured from 1912 through 2001 by more than 200 companies.
Price: $39.95. Contact Farm Equipment Guide, Dept. FIN, Box 1115, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, 800/673-4763, www.agdeal.com or circle 198.
New air drill line
Sunflower's new 9000 series air drill allows a fast change from conventional till to no-till with its dual tank design and the company's all-purpose openers. The seed metering system features spiral-fluted metering wheels that gently roll seed into an air stream that flows to the openings. The metering wheels handle a variety of seed sizes as well as fertilizer. The new air drill allows growers to cover more acres in less time, according to the company. It comes in drill widths of 30 or 40 ft. and with 180- or 240-bu. air cart capacity. List price: $88,000 to $105,000.
A new 5000 series field cultivator from Sunflower is now available in a split-wing configuration. The 5034 split-wing series features a three-section design to cut overall folded height. A 37-ft., three-section field cultivator has a 14-ft. transport height and 16-ft. transport width.
List price: $24,000 to $28,000. Contact Sunflower Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 566, Beloit, KS 67420-0566, 800/748-8481, www.sunflowermfg.com or circle 197.
Save time at planting
With spring planting just a few weeks away, Yetter offers two improvements to make planting easier. A new combination injection system/residue manager allows a grower to accomplish three tasks in one pass, saving labor and fuel. The 2959/2967 will clear residue, plant, and inject fertilizer in one operation. The 2967 clears the row, allowing consistent seed placement. The 2959 injection system cuts a slot 2 in. off to the side and injects liquid fertilizer. The tools fit on any White, Kinze and Deere planter. The 2959 system costs $201, and the 2967 residue manager costs $254.
Yetter's new QuikAdjust makes the job of setting and changing the depth on residue managers much easier. Instead of crawling under each planter row unit, a grower can pull a spring-loaded handle, raise or lower the residue wheels to the proper height and then release the handle into the corresponding hole. Holes are set at 3/16-in. increments. The QuikAdjust will retrofit on any type of planter. Price: $80. Contact Yetter Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 358, Colchester, IL 62326, 800/447-5777, www.yetterco.com or circle 196.
AGCO expands compact line
AGCO expands its line of compact tractors with two new models, the ST35x and ST40x. The two tractors with 33 and 40 engine hp are part of a utility tractor line with eight models.
The two new models are powered by 1.5-l, 3-cyl, liquid-cooled diesel engines. A turbocharger on the ST40x produces 7 hp more than the naturally aspirated ST35x. The tractors feature 4-wd; an 8 × 8 synchroshuttle transmission; independent, 540-rpm PTO; and a Cat. I 3-pt. hitch. Suggested retail price: ST35x, $15,519; ST40x, $17,599.
Tractors in the ST line have from 23 to 44 engine hp. Some models have hydrostatic transmissions. Contact AGCO Corp., Dept. FIN, 4205 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096-2568, 800/767-3221, www.agcocorp.com or circle 195.
Mulcher brings rocks to surface
The new auto-reset Trip Shank Mulcher from Agri-Products is designed for deep tilling in compacted, rocky soils. The new design features spring-tensioned shanks that trip when they hit big rocks and then automatically reset into the ground while the machine is moving. During the tripping action, the implement brings rocks to the surface. The company tested the Trip Shank Mulcher in southeastern Nebraska in glacier rock soils and in northern Iowa in limestone and heavy rock fields.
Growers may retrofit the trip shanks to standard models of the company's mulcher with rigid shanks. Each shank costs $1,200, and a five-shank mulcher retails for $12,000. For a free video demonstrating the product, contact Agri-Products Inc., Dept. FIN, York, NE 68467, 800/288-1117, www.agriproductsinc.com or circle 194.
Truss bars for row crops
Designed to match the increased draft capacities of large, row-crop implements, the Hawkins Double 7 Horizontal Truss Bar is available in 37- and 41-ft. lengths. Features of the truss bar include ⅜-in. tubing and a 7- × 7-in., steel Cat. III hitch. Most units carry a five-year warranty. Custom lengths for narrow-row configurations also are available.
Suggested retail price for the 37-ft. model: $5,800. Contact Hawkins Mfg., Dept. FIN, 2120 E. 4th Ave., Holdredge, NE 68949, 308/995-4446 or circle 193