Despite low commodity prices, farmers turned out to brave August heat andview the latest new products at two upper Midwest shows.

Portable crane

Tired of using a tractor loader for a crane? Try the new E-Z Lift 2000crane that mounts on a truck bumper. The crane will fit on the bumper of a3/4- or 1-ton pickup and, when not in use, fold up on the back. It also canbe mounted on a trailer.

Operated by a 25-ft., remote-controlled pendant, the crane will extend from6 to 10 ft. hydraulically and manually from 10 to 17 ft. It is availablewith a 1,000-lb., remote-controlled hoist, a collapsible basket and apallet fork. Price: $8,995. Contact Highline Mfg. Inc., Box 307, Vonda,Saskatchewan, Canada S0K 4N0, 800/665-2010.

Versatile farming system

A new transport system, designed for use on Caterpillar's VFS70 trackedundercarriage, will help you reduce field trips when hauling grain orspraying fields.

The heart of the system, from Icon Manufacturing, is the Quickattach Frame(Q-Frame). It bolts directly to the VFS70 and features a straight drawbarhitch for the Rowcrop Challenger or a welded clevis hitch for the 65 orlarger Challengers. The Q-Frame accepts Icon's 800- or 1,000-bu.-capacityGrain Transports or its 3,200-gal. sprayer tank. (The company is working ona fertilizer spreader and has plans to build a liquid manure applicator.) Ahydraulic-powered mount/dismount system on the Q-Frame makes removal orattachment a one-person,10-min. job, according to the company. You canstore the Grain Transport on its retractable steel legs, leaving the VFS70available for other jobs. List price for the Grain Transport and Q-Frame:$62,500, 800 bu.; $64,800, 1,000 bu. Contact Caterpillar Inc., Dept. FIN,100 N.E. Adams St., Peoria, IL 61629.

Medium-duty tillage

A new series of tillage equipment ideal for handling fall soybean ground orspring seedbeds is available from Wil-Rich. The Excel series features moredepth from front to back, up to 12 ft., with 35 in. between ranks. Thecultivator is designed with a deep 5-bar mainframe and a 5-bar wing frame,allowing high residue clearance. A variety of Wil-Rich shanks is availablefor seedbed preparation and chemical incorporation.

The cultivator also includes hydraulic castering gauge wheels in sizes 9.5Land 11L in 13-in. tires. A new 4-bar channel harrow may be attached to thecultivator and flipped up if not needed. The 27-ft. cultivator and harrowshown sell for about $18,000. Contact Wil-Rich, Dept. FIN, Box 1030,Wahpeton, ND 58074, 701/642-2621, www.wil-richag.com.

Universal bin sweep

Claimed to fit any diameter, center-delivery bin floor, the new In-BinSuper Sweep from Wheatheart can be moved from bin to bin, making it bothversatile and cost efficient.

The sweep kit contains 2_1/2-ft. sections that snap together, 16 ft. ofhydraulic hose, a 4_1/2-cu.-in. hydraulic motor and an automatic shutoffcontrol. Each section has11_1/2-in. flighting and, for transport, weighsonly 25 lbs. Price for a 24-ft.-dia. bin: $1,075. Contact Norwood Sales,Dept. FIN, 102 Sunflower Ave., Cooperstown, ND 58425, 800/466-0316.

Easy-viewing grain cart

Harvest should be easier with the new 8750 Grain Shuttle from Sunflower.With a 750-bu. capacity, the new grain cart features a rear-folding cornerauger that can be viewed from the tractor seat, allowing the operator tosee if the auger is locked in position. Because the auger is completelymounted outside the grain hopper, all service is performed from outside thegrain tank, meeting OSHA regulations for safety.

Sunflower also introduces its new 4411 Disc Ripper to work in wet fieldsand heavy residue. The model features a compound angled disc that handlesobstacles in the field while allowing good cleanout through the implement.The ripper is available in either solid front disc gangs for non-rockyconditions or individual C-flex mounted blades for rocky fields. Aself-leveling hitch allows the disc to remain level in or out of the field.Retail price: about $28,000. Contact Sun-flower Mfg. Co. Inc., Dept. FIN,Box 566, Beloit, KS 67420, 800/748-8481, www.sunflower-mfg.com.

Front-fold sprayer

Custom Ag Products (C.A.P.) showed off a prototype of its new Redball model655 front-fold sprayer - a unit that offers a transport width of 13 ft. 10in. and a transport height of 11 ft. for traveling ease.

The 60- or 90-ft., hydraulic front-fold boom weighs about 3,400 lbs. andworks with your existing saddle tanks. Price: $15,000 to $18,000. ContactC.A.P. Inc., Dept. FIN, 140 30th Ave. S.E., Benson, MN 56215, toll-free877/332-2551.

Grain trailer with hopper sensibility

Jet Company featured its new, steel or aluminum, rounded-hopper trailerthat is designed to keep grain flowing evenly and efficiently whiledumping.

The company removed any 90 degree corners inside the box and added continuous,35 degree rounded slopes - that resemble a grain chute - to provide fast, evenflow and better cleanout. To make pulling easier, trailer ends are slopedaerodynamically. Two suspension types are offered: a three-leaf spring oran air ride. Trailers are painted with a color- or clear-coat Teflonfinish. They are available in 22- to 42-ft. lengths that hold 630 to 1,227bu. of corn, respectively. Ground clearance is 21 in. Price range: $22,500to $25,500, depending on suspension. Contact Jet Co., Dept. FIN, 1303 N.13th St., Humboldt, IA 50548, 800/332-3117.

Chisel through rocks

A new 4-row chisel plow is now available from Morris to handle tough fieldconditions. Called the Magnum III, the new plow features excellent depthcontrol, trash clearance and easy transport, according to the manufacturer.O verall depth is 81/4 ft., with 32 in. between rows and 36-in. shankspacing. It comes in widths from 25 to 50 ft.

The plow's hydraulic system maintains consistent depth control whileisolating the implement's hydraulics from the tractor. Morris's tripfeature allows each shank to individually trip over a rock and go back intothe ground without disrupting the plow. The 50-ft. chisel sells for$35,000. Contact Morris Mfg., Dept. FIN, 4400 Burdick Expwy. E., Minot, ND58701, 701/852-4174.

Split-axle weighing

A small-platform Weigh-Tronix scale from Central City Scale lets you weighlarge trucks. The scale accumulates weight data from each axle as a truckis weighed and then totals the weight. The 915 model also includes aprinter that prints out weight and time of day. The scale is ideal forfarms needing an uncertified weight on livestock and grain. The portableplatform complete with scale and printer sells for $4,295. Contact CentralCity Scale Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 197, Central City, NE 68826, 308/946-3591.

Hay reconditioner

For farmers without a mower conditioner, the Canadian company Ag ShieldManufacturing offers a hay reconditioner to provide the best-quality hay,regardless of the weather.

The ReCon 200 features aggressive, 7-ft. steel rollers (the company has aprototype with 9-ft. rollers) with four adjustable settings. It travels upto 16 mph, depending on crop conditions, while it inverts and fluffswindrows to allow for better airflow and drydown. Swaths can be set left orright on dry ground or can be fluffed and set back in the same spot. Price:$8,825. Contact Ag Shield Mfg., Dept. FIN, 14201 111 St. S.E., Sawyer, ND58781, 800/853-7630.

Ultrawide spraying

The new Ultimate Supersprayer from Summers Manufacturing will cover anycrop from 60 to 90 ft. in one pass. The sprayer's self-leveling boom isexpandable in 3-ft. 4-in. increments and includes a windscreen option. Itsheight can be adjusted from 1_1/2 to 5_1/2 ft. All boom functions arehandled from one hydraulic remote. The sprayer retails for $23,500, whichincludes many standard Summers features, including a 1,000-gal. tank andadjustable wheel spacing of 6 ft. 8 in. to 11 ft. for standard tires.Contact Summers Mfg. Co. Inc., Dept. FIN, Maddock, ND 58348, 701/438-2855.