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View from the Cab: So much to see

The view at last week's Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

By: Kent Casson

There were so many unique displays at last week’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur that I don’t know where to start.

Morton Buildings showcased one of its most popular home offerings and industry-first concrete splashboard at the event. The 1,600 square foot home is a traditional ranch model post-frame house with attached garage along with a detached shop. The insulated shell has no load bearing walls. The concrete splashboard makes post-frame buildings stronger and more durable by preventing structural wood from touching the ground.

GSI displayed a new, stronger grain bin which is engineered to keep water out. The EVO 50 bin is engineered to keep the elements outside so they can earn more from what’s inside. This bin has fewer bolts which means water has less of a chance of getting in. Key features include tougher hardware with corrosion protection and a conical sealing washer to improve how the washer extrudes itself into the bolt hole to seal out water when tightened. GSI is a brand within AGCO Grain & Protein.

Kinze Manufacturing introduced the Harvest Commander Grain Cart with enhanced features and a new look for 2022. The dual auger harvest Commander 1121 model can hold 1,100 bushels, which is a desired capacity among farmers. Key features include optional long life Camso tracks, an on-demand horizontal auger drive and dump door cleanout for easy and quick crop changeover.

“The 1121 is a high value, optimally sized grain cart that delivers efficient grain handling with low cost of ownership,” said Susanne Veatch, Kinze president. “Its durable construction, minimum driveline complexity providing operator convenience and low-maintenance track system are designed to provide farmers with a smooth and uninterrupted harvest.”

Kinze product specialist Justin Render said the 1121 model addresses many of the grain cart challenges now facing the industry.

A company called Danuser introduced a new post driver and stump auger at the show. The “Hornet” is a quick and powerful post driver with a jack hammer style power cell offering controlled, high-speed driving performance. The T7 model drives t-posts up to seven inches in diameter with hydraulic requirements ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 psi.

I had fun covering this year’s Farm Progress Show at Decatur and everyone seemed to enjoy attending a show once again after a year away. I’ll be writing stories for weeks but that’s the benefit of covering something so major for the agricultural industry.


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