The Farm Progress Show remains the place where companies like to introduce products, even if it's a prototype that's not quite ready for the assembly line yet. Dozens of new products were officially shown to the public for the first time this week.
Farmers got a look at Kinze's new grain cart, featuring the auger in the corner of the cart. According to Kinze spokespersons, it's the first truly different design in grain carts in a long time. The cart is available in several sizes, with one size being large enough to hold more than a semi-load's worth of corn. According to Kinze, this makes it sort of a storage buffer in the field.
Massey Ferguson debuted their new combines, introduced to dealers and the media shortly before the show. The emphasis with those combines is on more power, with new engines designed for various models being key features of the new machines.
John Deere, Case IH, AGCO and nearly every other company had something new to unveil at the show. Even though crops are not good in some parts of the Corn Belt feeding the show, prices are high, so farmers should still have a revenue stream that allows them to consider new equipment that fits their operation. Crop insurance will also prevent outright financial disasters in the areas hardest hit by drought and record-high temperatures that prevailed during the pollination and grain-fill period for corn.
Shortline Companies also displayed new products at the show. They include the Schulte FX-530 fixed-knife mower, designed to be used on stalk fields to get faster decomposition of residue. The FX-530 is a 30-foot mower.
Shur-CO introduces what it calls LiteAll, a 12-volt LED high-intensity floodlight system. It's designed to work with Shur-Co's SMARTransmitter wireless remote. Hinged brackets allow you to swivel the lights back and forth. You get 1,600 lumens and 24-watt output, with 30,000 hours of estimated life!
Not all new products are big and expensive. Farmchins.com, set up in the Varied Industries Tent, exhibited rechargeable, strip-design lamps with 150 LEDs of light. It's designed to be carried in the tractor, combine or truck. It has three-hour battery life.
Or maybe you saw Bush Hog's new D-series of disk harrows. They're designed specifically for tractors in the 35 to 95 horsepower category.Look for more information on these and other new products uncovered by Farm Progress editors in fall issues of Indiana Prairie Farmer.