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Best Postharvest Field Practices

Have you faced a rain delayed harvest season? Does your field have deep furrows that will make planting nearly impossible next spring? If this applies to you, you need an Art’s Way Land Plane!

As harvest wraps up, there is still plenty of work for farmers to do. Fields need fertilized and sprayed with herbicides, fields need tilled, waterways need shaped, and furrows need corrected. Luckily, we have lots of equipment to help with these needs! With record setting rains this fall, harvest left many fields with deep ruts. Our Land Plane works great for dead spots in the field, deep furrow elimination, and implement scars. By using our Land Plane, surface drainage can be improved by eliminating water pockets. This will help you maintain a consistent growing environment. Operating at a high speed, our Land Plane saves you time and money.

Take control of your field by shaping waterways. By designing a way for natural drainage to occur, you will prevent gullies from forming on your land. Gullies tend to appear in draws between hills and other low-lying areas. An Art’s Way Ditcher is designed to cut through most types of soil while creating a v-shaped ditch. This occurs with the use of hardened steel cutting edges.  By shaping this channel, run off water will flow across the grass instead of tearing away at the soil causing gullies.

It’s no secret that tendering the land after harvest yields the greatest benefits. A great way to manage terraces and waterways is with an Art’s Way Land Grader. Our Land Graders are perfect for leveling the ground and cleaning ditches. Other uses for the Land Grader include rebuilding ponds, grading roads, snow removal, leveling headlands, digging irrigation ditches, and maintaining levees. This is a product that is great for virtually any season!

Give your field the attention it needs before planting season next spring. Whether you need to correct furrows caused during harvest season, reconstruct waterways to maintain the field environment, or just level out your ground, our Land Equipment will get the job done! Contact your local dealer or our Customer Service Center today at 712-864-3131 for more information.

Should I choose a Roller Mill or Hammer Mill Grinder Mixer?

Are you in the market for a new Grinder Mixer but cannot decide which is best for you? Our Hammer Mill and Roller Mill Grinder Mixers have different features so you can find what works best for you.

The Hammer Mill Grinder Mixer is perfect for farmers who are versatile. By simply changing the screen, you can easily create different grain sizes for different kinds of livestock. The Hammer Mill Grinders are perfect for the farmer who needs a high capacity of feed. Operating from high power, it creates a more consistent grind for improved feed rations. All farmers know time is of the essence, our Hammer Mill options can produce:

  • 10-25 Bushels / Min using the 20” Hammer Mill
  • 15-35 Bushels / Min using the 26” Hammer Mill

Refer to the chart below to see how which screen sizes create feed capacities.

Pictured above is the Hammer Mill Grinder Mixer.

In contrast, the Roller Mill Grinder Mixer operates at a much slower speed than the Hammer Mill Grinder Mixer. This type of grinder produces a more consistent particle size with increased bulk. The variable parameters of the Roller Mill are feed rate, quality of feed, and power to the Roller Mill and roll spacing.  The fixed parameters of the Roller Mill are roll corrugations (number per inch and profile), differential roll speeds and roll scrapers. This chart shows how much feed per hour you can expect to produce using the lower horsepower of the Roller Mill options.

Art’s Way offers both flat tooth grooves and sharp tooth grooves in the 5, 7, or 10 grooves per inch configurations.  Flat tooth designs wear better than sharp tooth designs and creates less dust during processing.  Sharp tooth designs offer higher capacity ratings than flat tooth designs.  The trade-off between flat and sharp tooth designs is quality verses capacity.  Flat tooth designs are mainly used for cracking, crimping or flaking grain.  Sharp tooth designs are used primarily for grinding powder purposes. The picture below illustrates how different grooves work best for different feed inputs.

This photo illustrates a Roller Mill Grinder Mixer with a flat tooth design.

The above photo shows Roller Mill Grinder Mixer featuring a sharp tooth design. The chart below describes which tooth design works best with each type of feed.

While the Roller Mill and Hammer Mill Grinder Mixer options are there to help you feed your livestock, they both come with different features to help you find what works best for your farming operation. Contact our Customer Service Center today at 712-864-3131 if you have any further questions!

How to deal with net wrap on a bale processor

Net Wrap:  A great invention to keep bales together, but how do I get rid of it???

The answer for most processors is the same.  It needs to be handled either before or after processing.

Net Wrap Removal Before Processing

On TOP-SPREAD, this task is very easy.  If you are looking to feed your bales to livestock, you will probably want to remove the net wrap before processing.

  1. Load the bale first
  2. Cut the net wrap along the back side and front side
  3. Peel off the top part
  4. The bottom piece will slide along the floor chain to pick up in a pile.

On square bales with twine, we recommend loading the bale and popping the twine to remove before processing.  This is more difficult to remove from the rotors than net wrap and builds up much faster because it is more bulky.

Net Wrap Removal After Processing

If you are covering new seed or using bales for bedding, you may choose to handle it after processing.  If left on the bale, most it will end up on the bottom rotor.  You will simply need to cut it off with a knife every 5 or 6 bales so the knives are able to spin freely.

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Why Prevent Erosion on a Construction Site?

The Effects of Soil Erosion

Soil Erosion is the wearing away of soil from natural processes that are sometimes sped up by human influence.  This usually occurs on construction sites (structural or roadway) and farm ground.  This is because the earth is bare and is exposed to the elements such as water and wind.

Solid run off is the number one pollutant for surface waters.  This is responsible for many problems in the water.  When run off enters the waterways, it buries underwater vegetation directly affecting the entire food chain.  Suspended soil particles also clog fish gills and other water machinery.  Construction sites also use chemicals in their building and cleaning process that will enter the water through the erosion process.  This impacts all wildlife.

Soil Erosion Prevention

There are a lot of actions to take for soil erosion prevention.  Most of the these are work done to prep a site, adding wattles and logs to drains and high risk areas.  These procedures set you up for success during the construction process.  There are also necessary steps during and post construction to help prevent soil erosion.  One of those is to cover bare earth during the process.  This can be accomplished through spreading straw.  After construction, the addition of vegetation is vital.  Anchoring the soil with plant life prevents rapid soil movement and loss of organic material in the soil.

Erosion Control Products

Straw erosion control blanketing is a great way to maintain new vegetation once planted.  Seeds are usually dispersed through a pump and hose system.  To retain moisture and protect the new seeds from washing away or being carried off by animals, straw coverage is added.

The problem we see is folks don’t have an efficient way to accomplish this.  When mulch is added to the hose and pump system, seeds don’t have soil contact and therefore germination rate is lowered.  Some other folks use a small bale chucker, but these still require quite a bit of manual labor and small square bales are hard to find.  Art’s Way Manufacturing provides a different solution.  TOP-SPREAD bale spreader attaches to a skid loader you already have on site and you can quickly cover the ground with no manual labor needed.  This also cuts down on time and material used.

Soil Erosion Prevention is no longer just something nice to do for the environment; it is also mandated across the board by almost every state.  The Federal Highway Administration provides guidelines for erosion control during projects.  Please visit your individual state sites for more information.

Be a part of the solution while cutting costs for your company.
Be sure to connect with us if you want to provide this solution, have questions/comments, or want to stay up-to-date on the latest news!
   

Dealer Spotlights – Success in Shortlines

Helmuth Repair

60 Years Later, Original Mission Still Holds for Helmuth Repair | 2018-04-19 | Farm Equipment Public

Hills Inc.

Hills Inc. Continues Tradition in Red River Valley _ 2018-03-19 _ Farm Equipment Publication

J.O. Harris Sales

Shortline Veterans in Illinois Stands by Values into Third Generation | 2018-02-20 | Farm Equipment

K&L Tractor

K&L Tractor Complements Mainline with Shortline Options | 2018-01-18 | Farm Equipment Publication

 

*Series of articles supplied by Farm Equipment Magazine in their Success in Shortlines Series.*

7165 Hydraulic Cooler

Did you know???

Our 7165 Grinder Mixers feature a hydraulic cooler to help you run more efficiently.

The D-Series cooler allows your machine to use less oil as it automatically engages when the oil temperature has exceeded the limit.

It also self reverses every 10 minutes to keep the fins clear of debris.

As a standard feature on our 7165 hammer mill and roller mill models, the hydraulic cooler allows you to operate longer while reducing the power loss over time.

Check out all the specs on this great new feature >

Continuous Improvement

What is Continuous Improvement?

The easiest way for me to describe continuous improvement, common sense along with the elimination of waste. That is why we have named our program CICS or

Continuous Improvement equals Common Sense.

Waste, or “non-value added”, is defined as what you, the dealer, is willing to pay for. An example is, you are willing to pay for the material to be welded together but not for the time it takes to inspect the final product.

The starting point of any continuous improvement program is 5s+1, and it’s not only for the shop floor; the office is included. 

5S stands for:

  • Sort
  • Straighten
  • Shine
  • Sustain
  • Standardize

The +1 is safety, and trumps all other activities. We will also start looking for other types of waste by using other tools such as set-up reduction, total productive maintenance, mistake proofing, and creative problem solving.

Our Board of Directors is in full support of this program and has given us the direction to move forward by authorizing a Continuous Improvement Tech position (which we have fulfilled), creating a CICS council, quarterly reviews with the board, scheduling tours of other facilities in the area, planning workshops by department, and we have already started with kitting by operation on the Grinder assembly line.

This is a continuous process that will take some time to see results.  In the future, you can expect many benefits from this implementation.

What CICS means to our dealers and farmers:

  • More efficient production resulting in more timely equipment deliveries
  • Improved quality of product with standardized steps
  • Opportunity for extensive plant tours for dealers and farmers alike
  • Enhanced customer service with standardized practices
  • A dependable partner in an equipment manufacturer

We value your feedback as a loyal customer.  If you have any input during this process, please share with us via phone, email, or satisfaction survey: https://goo.gl/forms/lOdcreu9qUYVxjiv1

-Jeff Lalumendre, Art’s Way Director of Manufacturing

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Customer Service Center

 

Art's Way Customer ServiceArt’s Way has opened an all new Customer Service Center to better serve our customers. We have integrated our sales and parts roles so that we have more personnel to answer your calls, emails, and questions. As you can imagine, there are lots of things we are still working on mastering. We ask for patience as we adjust to handling all of this additional information and work toward better meeting your Art’s Way equipment needs.