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  • Classic Tractors - August 2018

    1952 Cockshutt 20

    Jack and Linda Force, Canton, Pa.

    “We bought this seven or eight years ago at an estate auction along with an Oliver Hart-Parr 18-28. My intention was to repaint the red and beige because the tin was good. I wondered why anyone would paint it orange and white. After getting it home and doing some research, I discovered orange and white were the correct colors. The paint job will have to be redone some time in the future. I will some time in the future get a Cockshutt 20, as I like the red and beige. Also, I believe the left rear tire must be original, as it has Cockshutt with the arrow on the sidewall.”


    1963 Pennsylvania Panzer T75

    Lori Kolaric, Elizabethtown, Pa.

    “I saw a Pennsylvania Panzer for the first time at Susquehanna Days in Bainbridge, Pa., in September, 2013. The owner was Al Hoffer from Connecticut. My research began then. I finally found one for sale in 2016. We drove to Jersey City for the tractor. It was quite an adventure. My husband and son restored it and got it ready so I could show it the following year. It attracts a lot of questions at shows. People are often coming up to me and asking questions about it. I feel fortunate to have found this unique tractor, which will stay in our family for generations to come.”


    1962 Ford 4000 Select-OSpeed Diesel

    Nevin Horning, Denver, Pa.

    “My wife and I were traveling through southern Virginia when we came upon an equipment dealer. I thought we needed to stop and take a look around. We found this tractor in the back lot looking very tired and lonely. Since we like Ford tractors, I thought this one needs to come home. We also have a few other Fords that are restored. We have a small family business repairing and restoring tractors.”


    1940 John Deere B Slant Dash

    Carl E. Blatt, Myerstown, Pa.

    “My father-in-law bought this tractor in Swansboro, N.C., in 1996. It took six years for him, my son and myself to restore it. We use the tractor for parades, tractors shows, and for giving rides to the grandchildren.” (Editor’s note: It’s called a “slant dash” because the dashboard slants toward the operator. The dash in previous years was straight up and down.”)


    1964 Case-O-Matic 830

    Bob and Katrina Updike, Dover, Pa.

    “This Case 830 was sold in 1965 at R&E Updike Case, Bob’s grandpa. The original owner sold it back to Updike’s in 2010, 45 years later. The tractor was restored/rebuilt by family members Dale, Chris, Bob and others. The restoration included the engine, CaseO-Matic transmission, wiring, gauges, seats and paint.”


    1964 Economy

    Robert N. Miller, Millersburg, Pa.

    “I saw this tractor advertised on a public sale and thought it would be neat to have. So I called the auctioneer and gave him a bid. I was lucky enough to get it sight unseen. It is just a beautiful little tractor and easy to haul to shows, and it needed nothing when I got it.”


    1949 Allis-Chalmers WD, SN 26726

    David Becker, Elizabethtown, Pa.

    “I bought this tractor from the Henry Reist estate. He had the Reist Seed Company in Mount Joy. To my knowledge he bought the tractor and loader new in 1949. I bought it from the family in 2012 and restored it in 2015. It was well taken care of and was in very good condition.”


    Cockshutt 35 Deluxe, SN 1109

    David Becker, Elizabethtown, Pa.

    “I bought this tractor in November, 1999, at Floyd Miller’s estate sale inYork County. It sat in my shed until August, 2017. I rebuilt the motor and gave it a paint job and better tires.”


    1974 Massey Ferguson 175

    Curtis Weaver, Ephrata, Pa.

    “I grew up on a tractor just like this, except that it had a multi-power transmission. Also my dad installed a turbo and had it cranking out 90 HP. I bought this one two years ago for old times’ sake. I have many memories grinding feed, spraying, planting and pulling a two-row harvester, etc. Even a hayride. Those were the good old days!”


    1945 John Deere GM

    Randy Newswanger, Leola, Pa.

    “This tractor was shipped to Hopkinsville, Ky., from John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa. My dad got it from a guy and used it to run a sawmill. Looked pretty rough by the time I was old enough to work on tractors, but my dad said I can have it if I never sell it outside the family.”


    1928 John Deere D

    Dale Martin, Ephrata, Pa.

    “I bought this tractor from a guy in Minot, N.D. He found it when he was out hunting. I am only the second owner outside the family who originally bought it. I collect unpainted original patina tractors, so this one will stay as it is.”

  • Corn, Soybean Revenues To Match Or Exceed 2017, 2019 Revenue To Dive

    With predicted record yield in parts of the country, farmers have the opportunity to meet or exceed 2017 profit margins, according to a new study from University of Illinois. Farmers who marketed grain in earlier months are likely money ahead as prices have turned for the worse in recent months.

    “Gross revenue in 2018 could be near 2017 levels as long as yields are exceptional and some pre-harvest hedging occurred before May,” said Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois in a recent press release.

    USDA recently pegged corn production up 241 million bu. over last month at 14.827 billion bushels with a national yield average at 181.3 bu. per acre. Soybeans are projected to be a record 4,693 million bu., up 107 million with a record yield of 52.8 bu. per acre. With unchanged soybean export numbers, ending stocks could hit 845 million bu., up 60 million from the previous month.

    These announcements from USDA further depressed corn and wheat prices this week, putting more pressure on net returns on-farm. Economists at the University of Illinois used this new information to compile anticipated 2018 returns for high-productivity farmland in Illinois. You can easily exchange estimates in the equations for what you expect on your farm to estimate your returns.

    Soybean returns are helped by the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), that gives about 83 cents per bu. For Illinois’ expected yield of 70 bu. per acre that’s a $58 increase. Corn sees less of a benefit at .005 cents per bu. for a total of $1 per acre for the state’s anticipated yield average of 233 bu. per acre.

    Don’t expect ARC payments on corn or soybeans in Illinois at least, according to Schnitkey. There is a chance some PLC payments could be made on corn, but it’s unlikely in soybeans. However, some revenue protection payments could be made.

    “Current futures levels suggest harvest prices near $3.65 for corn and $8.45 for soybeans,” Schnitkey said. “If actual yields equal the trend-adjusted APH yields used in calculating revenue guarantees, the corn price hasn’t fallen enough to trigger revenue protection payments at the 85% coverage level.”

    Soybeans prices, however, have declined 17% which could trigger payments if yields are lower than anticipated. If yields reach their anticipated record high in both corn and soybeans don’t expect a crop insurance payment.

    According to Schnitkey, MFP payments and high yields will help keep 2018 gross revenue higher, but 2019 is a concern. “Gross revenue in 2019 will be projected much lower because there likely will not be an opportunity to price 2019 grain at relatively high levels and MFP payments likely will not occur in 2019,” he said.

    Source: AgWeb (Farm Journal)

  • Turn Trash To Treasure

    Reap the benefits of managing crop residue.

    When a plant grows where it’s not wanted, producers call it a weed. When crop residue impedes planting and seedling emergence, producers call it trash. But unlike weeds that only serve to rob water and nutrients from the crop, residue can offer many benefits to growers—if they treat it like treasure. “All that residue has value,” says Jodi DeJong-Hughes, University of Minnesota Extension crop and soils educator. “Not only the nutrients in the residue,” but also its ability to protect and enhance the soil. “It lessens erosion, while improving water infiltration and soil biology. This helps increase the mineralization of nutrients to your crop. Residue will improve the soil’s resiliency.”

    Fall Factors
    Managing that residue, however, requires producers to use a systematic approach that takes into consideration influencing factors from soil type and field slope to crop rotation and available equipment. Regardless of these variables, however, residue management always begins at harvest.

    “Residue needs to be thought of at harvest time,” says Francisco Arriaga, assistant professor of applied soil physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension state specialist. “When you’re running the combine, you need to really start thinking about how to distribute the residue, so it doesn’t interfere and become a hindrance come springtime.”

    Poorly distributed corn stover can both disrupt the efficacy of tillage tools in the fall and planters in the spring. It also can immobilize nitrogen trapped in concentrated residue, making it unavailable to the next year’s crop. Chopping corn heads offer options for breaking up stalks into smaller pieces, Arriaga says. It’s important, however, to make sure that as residue leaves the back of the combine, the straw and chaff are spread evenly across the entire pass and not piled in windrows.

    “That’s especially important in a reduced tillage situation,” DeJong-Hughes adds. “If you’re trying to plant into high-residue and low-residue levels on the same pass, that can be difficult for the planter.”

    A Time to Till
    While there isn’t one type of tillage that will work for every field, the practice of turning over soil can be an integral part of a residue-management plan. When deciding which implement and tillage method are best, a producer must consider factors such as soil moisture and physical characteristics, slope and crop rotation.

    In the South, for example, where coarse, sandy soils with lower organic matter are present, reduced tillage or even no-till systems are preferred to protect soil productivity. But in the Upper Midwest, where loam soils are rich in organic matter and often poorly drained, tillage can help dry out and accelerate spring warm-up of the soil for timely planting.

    “So, look at your crop rotation and your soils, and then consider what challenges that residue might create,” Arriaga advises. “If you’re growing a lot of corn-on-corn, you probably will benefit from some kind of tillage. If you’re rotating crops, say corn and soybeans, consider rotational tillage, some type of reduced tillage or even no-till.”

    On heavy soils in high-residue situations, such as continuous corn, more aggressive tillage, such as moldboard-plowing or disk-ripping, may still be an option today.

    However, the costs of such methods and the potential for erosion should be considered. “I would say deeper is not necessarily better, and producers may not need as much tillage as we’ve traditionally been doing,” DeJong-Hughes says. “Instead of moldboard-plowing deep, which leaves less than 15% residue cover and costs more to operate, chisel-plowing may meet your management needs, while leaving 30% cover.”

    A popular alternative is strip-tilling, which combines the benefits of chisel-plowing with no-till. Strip-till implements will prepare 7-to-10-inch-wide bands of soil for planting, while leaving the residue and soil between the rows untouched.

    “A lot of farmers here in Minnesota, if they’re in a corn-soybean rotation, won’t run anything but the strip tiller,” DeJong-Hughes says. “Those in a corn-on-corn rotation might run vertical tillage to cut up the residue into smaller pieces ahead of the strip tiller.”

    Arriaga adds that in cases of soil compaction below 6 inches, using a ripper is the only way to address the issue. “You need to bring the steel. It’s the only way to fix it,” he says. “But then, you need to figure out what caused the subsoil compaction in the first place and keep it from happening again.”

    Planter Preparation
    The final piece completing the residue-management puzzle occurs at planting. Arriaga says that growers need to examine the setup of their planters and account for not only the crop being planted, but also the conditions into which it’s being planted.

    “Check your row cleaners, your ‘trash whippers.’ Are they working correctly? What about your closing wheels?” he asks. “You left that residue to benefit the new crop, so make sure your planter setup allows that to happen.”

    Properly operating row cleaners can help ensure hair-pinned residue doesn’t cause the seed to miss the optimum moisture level and emerge late, says Bryce Baker, integrated marketing manager for Precision Planting.® In addition, row cleaners keep the seed furrow clear of residue that could cause seedling blight by giving off toxins while the crop material breaks down.

    Arriaga says producers shouldn’t forget to account for the nutrient value of crop residue when applying fertilizer prior to or during planting. “There’s an economic value associated with your residue that can be captured,” he adds, noting that by contrast, growers who remove residue, such as corn stover for biomass, may need to replace those nutrients.

    DeJong-Hughes says corn requires greater seedbed preparation than soybeans, so tillage needs for each crop vary. Whereas corn may benefit from post-harvest tillage, soybeans may only require light tilling in the spring. “It’s a whole different farming system now, and there are so many more variables than just tillage,” she says. “But if you’re doing the same thing that you’ve always done—tilling like our dads and grandpas did—maybe it’s time for a change.”

    Source: myfarmlife.com


  • Lancaster Farming Releases New Podcast Series

    Lancaster Farming recently released a new Podcast series, with season one focusing on industrial hemp. As of now, three episodes have been released, with plans for a total of 10 episodes. This series focuses on what hemp is, how it is grown and the legal issues associated with the crop.

    Lancaster Farming Digital Editor, Eric Hurlock, produced the episodes and interviewed farmers, policymakers and hemp advocates, who can they can be heard in episode.

    You can listen to the series on the Lancaster Farming website or subscribe to the channel on iTunes and get notifications when new episodes are released.

    A new series is planned to be released sometime next year, but it is not known yet what the series will be about.

    Interested in reading more from Lancaster Farming? Click here to read it online and click here to subscribe!



    Boone, Iowa, Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    At the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, from August 28 through 30, Soucy will present its new track system for combine harvesters: the S-TECH 1000X. The company has chosen to unveil its new product—the result of more than 10 years of experience in designing and manufacturing track systems for agricultural vehicles—at this major agricultural show in North America.
    Peace of mind for farmers
    This new track system was designed to offer farmers peace of mind and enable them to harvest at the best time possible, without damaging their land. “We are well aware that harvests represent the completion of a whole year’s work for farmers. That’s why we worked hard to provide them with an extremely reliable product to enable them to harvest with complete confidence, whatever the weather,” says André Todd, General Manager of Soucy International. The S-TECH 1000X has the largest ground contact area on the market and therefore the best float.
    The new product’s design has retained all the advantages of the previous model, with many new benefits besides. For example, the track system can travel at speeds of up to 28 km/h and was designed to be robust, enabling it to be used with equipment that is 20% heavier. Maintenance has been simplified thanks to new oil bath hubs to replace daily lubrication with a single maintenance operation for every 500 hours of use. The sleeker design also reduces the build-up of debris, reducing cleaning time. Farmers also benefit from increased ride comfort and a longer lifespan for the track system.
    A product drawing on many years of research and development
    Soucy has been working on this new generation of track systems for combine harvesters for more than 3 years now. “We believe we have effectively combined our know-how, expertise and understanding of the market into a unique track system, the S-TECH 1000X. All the components that make up this product have been analyzed in our physical test centre to simulate all the situations that farmers may face and therefore eliminate potential risks,” explains Julie Tremblay, Engineering Director at Soucy International.

    The S-TECH 1000X is already available from our retailers throughout North America. All the details about the S-TECH 1000X and Soucy’s line of track systems are available on the website www.soucy-track.com.