The charge to the Farm Progress team of editors who cover the farm shows each year is to talk with exhibitors and discover new products. The team generally considers a product new if it went to market recently and wasn’t exhibited at the previous Farm Progress Show or Husker Harvest Days.
This year’s team of four editors had no trouble uncovering plenty of new products. You will see stories featuring a total of roughly 250 new products, grouped by category. Some are so new that the model exhibited at the show was the only one in existence. In one case, the exhibit consisted of a poster promising that the product was coming. In another case, it was a 3-D printed rendition of what a new strip-till row unit will look like once it is actually built and marketed in 2018.
Sometimes during the search for new products, editors uncover products that aren’t new but are still intriguing. It’s always a product they haven’t written about before. Sometimes the product has never been shown at that particular farm show, even if it’s been around for some time.
Here is information on three such products: an electric wheelbarrow for specific uses, a tillage machine that has migrated to the U.S. from Australia, and a header attachment that keeps more soybeans in the header instead of allowing them to fall on the ground.
Here’s trusting you will find these products interesting, too.
• Electric wheelbarrow. Let your imagination be your guide as you think of ways you could use the Power Pusher E-750 Electric Wheelbarrow. Representatives say it can haul up to 1,000 pounds at 4 miles per hour. Fill it with sand, bricks, dead hogs that need to go to the compost pile — the possible uses are endless. Tub capacity is 12 cubic feet, and it ejects materials with the push of a button. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth a look. The wheelbarrow is from Nu-Star, Shakopee, Minn. Call 800-800-9274 or visit powerpusher.com.
• Unique tillage tool. Invented by an Australian and used on large acreages in Canada, the Speedtiller by K-Line Agriculture is making its way into the U.S. In fact, the man in the blue shirt and brown hat stands next to the machine he invented. The tool is a combination of disks and rollers that makes it a versatile tillage option, reps say. Even the literature stresses it’s not a vertical-tillage tool; it’s designed to dig, cut, size and mix residue with soil. Call 800-445-6882 or visit k-lineag.com.
• Save more soybeans. Sometimes shorter soybeans look like they need a little push to make it off the cutterbar and into the head. Most of them make it, but a few fall to the ground. The AWS Airbar has one mission: Keep all of the crop in the head. It does this by using a high-powered air stream to force plants off the cutterbar and into the head. Look closely and you can see dollar bills held tightly to the air outlets. The unit mounts onto existing reel arms and fits almost any model. Call 519-348-0066 or visit awsairbar.com.