Don’t forget your map — there are 500-plus exhibits

One of the most read pages in the Manitoba Ag Days program is the Ag Days map. With more than 500 exhibits under one roof, it’s an essential aid for navigating the show and making sure nothing is missed.

Farm equipment is always a crowd pleaser and Ag Days features displays from just about every company that manufactures equipment for the Canadian marketplace. Each year manufacturers big and small take the opportunity to showcase what’s new and different and their displays are always a hit with visitors.

“I think guys are pretty excited for this upcoming year and everybody wants to get out and kick some tires because all the latest and greatest of everything is at Ag Days,” says Scott Perkins, co-chair of this year’s event.

“Four are better than two” is the slogan that Case IH has coined for its new Case IH Steiger 400 Rowtrac series of tractors that will be on display. Featuring Case IH Quadtrac technology, they come in 350-, 400- and 450-hp sizes with a 36.6-inch frame and have 16-, 18- and 24-inch-wide track belts on an articulating steered chassis to provide better traction and flotation in narrow-spaced row crops. Case IH dealers will also be showing off the limited production, 25th anniversary edition Magnum 340 tractor. Coming for 2013 are limited production 235 to 370 engine hp with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), AFS Connect telematics system and AccuGuide with GLONASS differential and VRS RTK correction, as well as new tire sizes for maximum flotation. Visitors to the Case IH booth can also look inside cut-outs of a working transmission, tractor engine and combine.

Case IH combines include the updated axial flow 9230, which has a redesigned common cab with rear spreader controls, redesigned chaff/straw spreader and chopper functions and an increased load rate up to 4.5 bushels per acre. Its auger reach has been extended to 34 feet from the centre of the cab and the unload system has an independent cross auger shut-off control. The 2013 model also uses Case IH SCR technology for increased fuel economy and efficiency.

H & L Motors will again be manning displays for both Kuhn and Deutz-Fahr equipment and will be featuring the new X720, 270-hp Deutz tractor with PTO and front three-point suspension. The Kuhn display will feature a new 4410 model rear-mounted, 14-ft. disc mower and the redesigned Kuhn Knight VT168 Vertical Maxx twin-auger mixer, with advanced mixing technology. These mixers feature improvements to the mixing chamber and redesigned augers that provide quicker mixing and processing, with more complete cleanout and have multiple discharge options for increased versatility and a variety of conveyor choices.

Deere and Versatile

Over at the “green booth,” Manitoba’s John Deere dealers will be showing off the new John Deere 6140R tractor, 569 round baler, W150 and 430D swathers and the all-new RSX gator and much more. The 569 premium baler offers a new technology, tractor baler automation, which allows easier operation and reduced operator fatigue. The new premium balers are also Isobus compatible. The controller is now part of the baler, allowing the operator to use an Isobus compatible display inside the cab. GreenStar 1800, 2600 and 2630 displays and the CommandCenter from R Series tractors can all be used as the baler monitor. Visit the John Deere booth to learn more.

On show at the Versatile display will be the new ML Series air drill featuring its award-winning “Alive” technology, which incorporates three features designed to achieve optimum seed and fertilizer placement. Each shank operates independently to maintain consistent seeding depth and allow more precise seed placement. Frame height is adjustable up or down via a mechanical linkage that increases or decreases packing pressure and allows more consistent seeding over different terrains. The monitoring system maintains seed placement and depth for three furrow profiles: shallow for small seeds such as canola, flax or grass, medium for cereal crops or deep for legumes. Look out too for the Farm King CX Series auger.

Agco

Agco Corporation will have the Massey Ferguson 7600 on the lot that features Agco’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) e3 technology that allows engines to run more efficiently by optimizing combustion whilst reducing polluting particulate matter and nitrous oxide emissions by 90 per cent to meet Tier 4 engine emissions standards.

The “Swiss Army Knife” of telehandlers will be on display at the Degelman Industries booth. The company’s new Dieci Agri-Tech Telehandler is a farmer tool that features a three-point hitch, 101-hp PTO, 128-hp engine with four-wheel drive and multi-steering configurations. It can perform all the functions that a typical telehandler does, but can also be used to operate grain augers, snowblowers, feed mixers, balers and other equipment.

Brandon’s Hepson Equipment Inc will be featuring a new corn header, the Geringhoff-Rota disc, which has aluminium gearboxes to reduce weight and increase durability. The system minimizes losses, chops stalks and also breaks up corn stubble to eliminate tire damage. The company will also once again be displaying its heavy-duty, deep-tillage SUMO subsoilers that can subsoil anywhere from eight to 22 inches deep. The flatlift design with hydraulic trips makes it more versatile for a variety of field conditions and a “Multipacka” press roller gives a smooth, waterproof finish in one pass.

With all the many displays and exhibits nobody notices the -30 weather outside because everything they want to see, hear, and do is all in one place.

“It’s the first event of the year where people can go out and see everything under one roof,” says Perkins.

“All their suppliers are there, the manufacturers and their representatives are there, the entire industry is there. I think Ag Days really starts the year off on the right tone.”

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