Harvest hit early in Ohio this year and was in full swing by the time the gates opened to this three-day show in London, OH. That took a toll on attendance, which fell 12,120 short of last year's estimated record high of 142,530. Yet it was still above the review's five-year average, show managers say.

The show had about the same number of exhibitors as last year, but this year's exhibitors rented more space, which suggests that they had more products to show. We walked the aisles, interviewed manufacturers and talked with farmers to bring you these best new products for 1999.

Made for the hills

This is the first of a new line of Flex-Wing field cultivators designed for minimum-till farmers looking for consistent depth control on rolling terrain. The 5600HR series features a standard self-leveling hitch or optional floating hitch, a uniform shank spacing arrangement and a five-rank frame with a front-to-rear frame depth of 132 in. for high residue. Optional XT270 spring shanks are twice as heavy as the average field cultivator shanks, the company claims. Working widths range from 20 ft. 5 in. to 28 ft. 7 in. and may go up to 55 ft. within a year. Suggested list price: $11,632 for the basic 20-ft. 5-in. model plus $1,992 for the 3-row, 16-in. tine harrow. Contact Krause Corp., Dept. FIN, Box 2707, Hutchinson, KS 67504-2707, 316/663-6161 or circle 203.

Tougher one-pass tool

Brillion has made its Landcommander one-pass conservation tool bigger and stronger to keep up with the high-horsepower, articulated tractors with duals. The Landcommander II has a stronger and longer drawbar to allow for shorter turns, a longer frame for better trash flow, tandem walking axles for more stability on uneven ground and heavy-duty scrapers for better performance in adverse conditions. Its front discs mix residue, the shanks behind them break up compaction and the rear discs level the ground for planting. Suggested list price for a seven-shank unit with 24-in. spacing: $24,900. Contact Brillion Iron Works Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 127, Brillion, WI 54110-0127, 800/409-9749 or circle 204.

Smaller Range

Zetor, the Czech-based tractor manufacturer, has added a smaller model to its Range 3 series tractors. With an 82-hp engine and 74-hp PTO, the 8620/8640 is available in 2-wd or 4-wd and with or without a cab. Features include tilt steering and a three-stage power-shift transmission that gives you 18 speeds forward and 6 reverse. Suggested list price: $29,400 to $36, 600. Contact Zetor Tractor Div., Dept. FIN, 7301 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17112, 717/540-5618 or circle 205.

Grander tractors

Kubota unveils a new generation of Grand L series tractors originally introduced in the early '90s. The new series consists of four mid-size diesel models ranging from 30 to 43 hp. Each is available in three transmission options: standard gear, glide shift that lets you shift by moving a lever without using the clutch, and hydrostatic that lets you shift by stepping on the foot pedal. A redesigned cab offers more comfort and headroom, a more powerful air conditioner and better visibility than its predecessors. Base suggested list price: $16,000 to $30,000. Contact Kubota Tractor Corp., Dept. FIN, 2626 Port Rd., Columbus, OH 43217, 614/492-1100 or circle 206.

Soybean saver

Maximize your soybean yields with the new MacDon 972 Harvest Header for combines, claims this Winnipeg, Manitoba, manufacturer. A patented C-shaped cutterbar design cuts closer to the ground than conventional auger-style headers for maximum recovery of downed crop and forms a seal to keep crop from wrapping around the roller, the company claims. The header is available in widths from 21 to 36 ft. and mounts on all MacDon-built windrowing tractors, New Holland's current model Bidirectional tractors and most current model combines (with the 871 Macxi-Float combine adapter). Suggested list price for the 21-ft., single-knife drive header: $17,500, plus $7,000 for adapter. Contact MacDon Inc., Dept. FIN, 9700 N.W. Conant Ave., Kansas City, MO 64153-1832, 816/891-7313 or circle 208.

Red row cleaner

The company that has been making floating row cleaners for Deere, Kinze and White planters since 1992 now introduces one that fits all 800 and 900 series Case IH planters. Like its predecessors, it consists of two, 3/8-in. -steel toothed wheels mounted on tapered bearings. The cleaners operate or float independently of the planter unit to move residue away from the seed zone while loosening the soil to reduce sidewall compaction. Suggested list price: $269/row unit. Contact Martin & Co., Dept. FIN, 169 Allegre Rd., Elkton, KY 42220, 800/366-5817 or circle 207.

Repair kit for drills

RK Products Inc. has taken its kit for repairing planter gauge wheel arm pivots on planters and adapted it to work for the closing wheel arm pivot on John Deere No-Till Drills. The kit removes looseness from the pivot and forces the closingwheel to track properly while reducing bouncing of the wheel for better drill performance. All this is done without reworking the bearing housing. Cost of the basic kit: $25 or $36 for older drills (model 750 with serial numbers below 6000) that require a new pivot pin. Contact RK Products Inc., Dept. FIN, 3802 Jean St., East Moline, IL 61244, 800/580-6818 or circle 209.

German baler

Need to put up a lot of small square bales but don't have the time to fix and tighten belts or lubricate chains? Then this baler may be your answer. The extra-high-density AP 630 baler by Germany-based Welger Mfg., purchased by Lely in 1995, is driven by shafts and gears instead of belts and chains for low-maintenance and high-capacity baling. Rigid, non-torsional shafts ensure synchronized drive for the life of the baler, the company claims. It makes bales measuring from 20 to 48 in. in length and weighing 261/2 to 75 lbs., depending on length and density. Contact Lely Corp., Dept. FIN, Box 1060, Wilson, NC 27894-1060, 252/291-7050 or circle 210.

Norwegian hay tools

Because farmers were calling for an even larger Kverneland TA trailed disc mower conditioner, the company came out with model 339, says a Kverneland representative. Model 339 boasts an 11-ft. 10-in. cutting width and a center pivot design to give you the flexibility to go up and down the field rather than circling with an off-center machine. A Super-Float suspension system provides even cutting and maximum cutterbar protection. Suggested list price: $22,850. At the other end of the size spectrum, Kverneland introduces an entry-level, self-loading trailed round bale wrapper, the Kverneland UN 7335, designed for 4- x 4-ft. round silage bales. It has all the bells and whistles of larger models, but it is smaller and priced lower for the farmer with fewer acres. Suggested list price: $10,600. Contact Norcan Farm Equipment, Dept. FIN, Box 2409, Youngstown, OH 44509, 800/233-0815 or circle 211.

Buy American

This round bale wrapper and all of its parts are American-made, which means that parts are available faster at a competitive price, the company claims. The Roman Wrapper comes in two styles: 3-pt. hitch or trailer style with electronic control. Both can handle bales measuring 4 x 4, 3 x 5, or 5 x 4 ft. at a table rotation speed of 24 rpm. Suggested list price: starts at $6, 500 for 3-pt. style and $6,900 for trailer style. Contact Implement Sales Co. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 991067, 2203 Plantside Dr., Louisville, KY 40299, 502/491-4775 or circle 212.

Conditioner for the curves

Take curves without a problem with Claas's new Disco 3000 TC tine conditioner, featuring a 90 pivoting gearbox. This pull-type haying machine is easy to transport and perfect for farmers who don't have the tractor hydraulic capacity for a 3-pt. mounted tine conditioner, claims Frankie Wilbert, Claas regional sales manager. It uses tines instead of rollers for high-capacity conditioning and has a working width of 10 ft. Suggested list price: $18,500. Also new is Claas's 16-ft., direct-cut head that fits all Claas 800 series self-propelled forage harvesters. It is designed for farmers who feed livestock daily and want to cut just enough feed for the day. Suggested list price: $24,000. Contact Claas of America Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 3008, Columbus, IN 47202-3008, 812/342-4441 or circle 213.

Larger trailer sprayers (c)

Hardi has trumped its Commander 750 pull-type, high-clearance sprayer with two larger models to meet the needs of large-acreage farmers. Models 875 and 1200 (not shown) feature 875- and 1,200-gal. tanks designed for better weight distribution and chemical agitation. An optional 100-gal. flush tank is mounted underneath the main tank to provide a low center of gravity and optimize stability. Booms range in width from 60 to 90 ft. Base list price: $21,000 to $28,000.

Hardi's entry-level Navigator sprayers (shown) are now marked by an M to designate the addition of a color-coded manifold system that puts all controls in one location for ease of use. Contact Hardi Inc., Dept. FIN, 1500 W. 76thSt., Davenport, IA 52806, 319/386-1730 or circle 214.

On-track sprayer

JM Innovations added a gooseneck to its Mini Floater sprayer to make it fit behind the Polaris Ranger general-purpose off-road vehicle and put them both on tracks. The result is a speedy, high-flotation spraying machine that can straddle two rows at a time and spray at a rate of 300 to 400 acres/day. Contact JM Innovations Inc., Dept FIN, 9304 Hess Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025, 618/667-6089 or circle 215.

Easy-service tanks

Servicing Top Air's 550-, 800- and 1,100-gal. T tanks for spraying applications just got easier with the addition of this new fold-down command center, now a standard feature. The box cover folds down and exposes all of the valves in one convenient location. As an option, a Quick-Fill inductor can be incorporated into the command center. It allows you to fill the tank from the ground and also can be used as a basin to rinse empty jugs. Suggested list price for the Quick-Fill option: $899. Contact Top Air Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 729, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, 800/553-3307 or circle 216.

Separation system

This Canadian import is designed for large dairy operations using flush valves to clean the barn and holding area as well as for smaller dairy operations using alley scrapers or tractor blades to clean manure alleys. The system features a sloped screen with progressive openings to recuperate the cleanest liquid to flush the barn. A roller separator may be installed under the sloped screen to squeeze the fibers to make bedding. Contact Houle, Dept. FIN, 4591 Rt. 143, C.P. 370, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada J2B 6W3, 819/477-7444 or circle 217.

Electric transfer pump

Agitate and pump liquid manure with a 16-in. electric transfer pump, instead of with your tractor's PTO. The pump, designed for moderate-sized reception pits on hog or dairy operations, has a 20- to 40-hp electric motor. It's available in 8- through 12-ft. lengths and single or twin motor mounts that slide in and out for easy installation and removal. Features include a lower nozzle to agitate bottom solids and oil-filled lower bearings with greasable seals for long life. The suggested list price starts at $6,267.

Also available is a 6-in. electric model to agitate and pump dairy parlor wastewater or hog manure using a single 5-hp electric motor. Suggested list price: starts at $2,241. Contact J-Star Industries, Dept. FIN, 801 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538, 920/563-5521 or circle 218.

Bed for cows

Keep your dairy cows comfortable while cutting down on landfill waste with the Cush cow cushion and Easy Rest mattress made from reclaimed tires. More comfort for the cow means less stress and increased milk production, the company claims. Tires used in the 2-in.-thick cushion are shredded (the metal is removed), and the pieces are bonded together by latex and treated with antifungicide. The mattress is made of chopped tires, and the sides are sewn together with a double lock thread system to keep the material from fraying or separating. The cushion comes with a five-year warranty, and the mattress has a three-year warranty for free stalls and a one-year for tie-stalls. Suggested list prices: cushions, $71 for 48 x 65 in., $73 for 48 x 72 in.; mattresses, $28 for 48 x 62 in., $29.35 for 48 x 66 in.; plus waterproof top cover at $5. 65 to $8.65/linear ft. Contact: J&D Mfg., Dept. FIN, 6200 Hwy. 12, Eau Claire, WI 54701, 800/998-2398 or circle 219.

Manure injector for no-till

The sturdy, wide shanks on Balzer's new Magnum sweep injectors spread liquid manure beneath the soil surface for maximum nutrient uptake and minimal runoff, odor and residue disturbance, making them ideal for no-till or highly erodable land, the company claims. Magnum sweep injectors can be mounted on all Balzer vacuum and slurry tanks or on a truck. Suggested list price for a four-knife machine including coulters and down pressure system: $6,585. Contact Balzer Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 458, Mountain Lake, MN 56159, 800/727-3133 or circle 220.

Hydraulic tilt trailer

You don't need a ramp to load your compact tractors or lawn and garden equipment onto this trailer. Simply press a button, and the trailer deck will tilt to the ground in fewer than 10 sec. as a result of a double-action hydraulic system. Other features include removable fenders, a 4-in. drop beavertail end, treated lumber deck or optional plastic deck, brakes on both axles and optional winch kit. Available in 7,000- and 10,000-lb. GVW classes. Suggested list price: $3,395 to $3,695. The company plans to market a skid-steer style hydraulic tilt trailer this winter.

Also new is a small but heavy-duty, 3,000-lb. GVW trailer, ideal for transporting diesel lawn equipment. Suggested list price: $999 to $1,388. Contact New Alexandria Tractor Supply, Dept. FIN, R.D. 3, Box 403, New Alexandria, PA 15670, 724/668-2000 or circle 221.

Bigger mini-skid-steer(c)

Do everything from dig trenches to move trees with this bigger, more powerful mini-skid-steer with more than 40 attachments, now part of Ramrod's Taskmaster line. Model 900 T-G has an operating capacity of 900 lbs., a 20-hp gas engine and a twin-pump hydraulic system that lets you do two things at once, such as travel and dig. Yet it is still only half the weight and one-third the size of the smallest Bobcat to fit tight spaces, the company claims. Suggested list price starts at $13,950. Contact Ramrod Equipment, Dept. FIN, Box 5002, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada S3N 3Z4, 800/667-1581 or circle 222.

Blow snow forward

Turn your tractor into a commercial snow blowing machine with a Canadian-built Pronovost detachable snow blower that mounts to a tractor's 3-pt. hitch. Choose from 22 models in working widths from 54 to 104 in. And now a new blade option called X-Pro lets you operate in forward as well as in the conventional backward direction to save time, increase productivity and improve operator comfort. The blower with the new 92-in. X-Pro blade option requires a 75- to 100-hp tractor. Suggested list price for complete package: $7,295. Contact Endless Mountains Equipment Co., Dept. FIN, Rt. 2, Box 401, Troy, PA 16947, 800/227-3486 or circle 223.

Bush Hog built

A company known for its rotary cutters now offers a line of Bush Hog-built zero-turning-radius mowers. The mowers come in your choice of 18-, 22- and 25-hp air-cooled Kohler engines or a 22-hp Kawasaki water-cooled engine along with 48-, 54- or 60-in. mowing decks. A unique weight transfer system provides fast traction and stability on inclines, and a dual-path hydrostatic drive makes steering easier while keeping drive components cooler than other zero-turning-radius mowers, the company claims.

Also new is Bush Hog's largest front-end loader to date, the 3860 QT, designed to fit 2-wd and 4-wd tractors in the 75- to 210-hp PTO range. An optional hydraulic self-leveling system levels the bucket during raising and lowering cycles to prevent spillage. Contact Bush Hog, Dept. FIN, Box 1039, Selma, AL 36701-1039, 334/872-6261 or circle 224.