Art’s Way Announces New High Dump: 9016-HD

New streamlined model increases efficiency and versatility

Armstrong, IA: Art’s Way just launched their new High Dump Cart, the 9016-HD, which combines the best features of their previous models; the Miller Pro 9016 and the 9016-BT. The 9016-HD can be pulled along a harvester to collect forage, peanuts, sugar beets, corn, soybeans, and hemp making it ideal for any farm. “A powerful dump box for any application,” is how Design Engineer Bill Wegner described its versatility.

The 9016-HD is the perfect upgrade to make any operation more effective and resourceful. The massive undercarriage and counterweight establish a wide-stance stability eliminating worry in the unloading process. The optional weigh scale system allows operators to easily monitor their load. This new high dump also boasts:

  • 930 cubic feet capacity and rated load of 40,000 lbs. to cover more ground
  • master/slave cylinders raise loads uniformly with no need to straighten cables or add excessive oil
  • adjustable hitch easily changes from right to left hand dump to match harvester
  • heavy-duty and rugged construction throughout
  • large flotation tires to reduce land damage

“With a 20-ton capacity, left and right dump configurations, four axle positions and flotation tires standard the new 9016 – HD is an indispensable piece of equipment for any operation,” stated CEO David King. “The 9016-HD is our largest and most versatile dump cart to date.”

For wet fields, a two-wheel cart provides accessibility where semi movement is sometimes impossible. It’s hitch rotation allows for smooth transport to conquer rough terrain. The flotation tires also help prevent soil compaction. Other features include:

  • 12,000 lb. crank style jack
  • Reversible hitch
  • 30.5 in. X 32 in. 14 ply bias tires
  • 4.5 in. bolt-in cold rolled spindles
  • Adjustable axles for proper weight distribution

The 9016-HD will be available starting for Spring 2021 delivery. For more information visit our website at www.artsway-ag.com. Like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram for the latest updates. Art’s Way also has real people available to talk to at 712-864-3131 or marketing@artsway-mfg.com.

About Art’s Way: Art’s Way is a small, publicly traded company that specializes in agricultural manufacturing. For over fifty years, they have been committed to designing and building high-quality machinery for all operations. Their innovative and diverse product lines optimize production and increase efficiency.

How to Avoid Soil Compaction

Soil compaction is often a major concern for many farmers as they make the risky decision to start working the field or not during the rainy spring. In order take steps to avoid soil compaction, it is first important to understand its causes and effects.

Causes of Soil Compaction

As farming equipment has increased in size and weight over the years, the University of Minnesota (U of M) stated that “Wheel traffic is without a doubt the major cause of soil compaction.” This increased pressure forces soil particles together so there is less space in between for water and air to flow. Add moisture into the mix and this process only intensifies making the soil very dense.

Effects of Soil Compaction

So why is compaction such a big concern? Overall, it can cause significant decreases in crop yields. In fact, according to the U of M, “By the end of the season, corn may be 6 inches to 2 feet shorter on compacted soil than on non-compacted soil,” due to several factors such as:

  • Root systems are often shorter in compacted fields because they cannot penetrate the density. This means they are not able to absorb all the proper nutrients, and the lack of aeration can remove nutrients from the soil. Fertilizing fields can help with this problem. For more information on manure vs fertilizer, read our previous blog here.
  • Root systems are more vulnerable to drought and disease.
  • Lack of soil microbes which promote a strong, healthy structure.
  • Increases surface runoff

Steps to Avoid Soil Compaction

The main way to prevent compaction is to avoid working wet land. However, this is not always an option due to economic consequences. The next best step to take is using the proper tires. Flotation tires help evenly spread the weight out over a larger surface. According to one study from the U of M, plant height was reduced by 21% from road tire compaction compared to only an 11% reduction when flotation tires were used.

Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota

Our new High Dump 9016-HD, along with our X-Series Manure Spreaders and Forage Boxes, comes with large flotation tires to put farmers at ease. The 9016-HD and X-Series also have a larger capacity to reduce the number of trips which is especially important as “70-90% of the total plow layer compaction occurs on the first trip across the field” (University of Minnesota). Since this number is so high, reducing traffic is a high priority. Using the same wheel tracks and the 9016-HD’s two-wheel cart option are other ways to control field traffic. The axle position and tongue weight distribute weight over the tractor and high dump to further lessen the effects of compaction.

For more information on our new High Dump click here or visit our product page to see our full line of products. If you are interested in buying equipment, find you dealer here or call the customer service department at 712-864-3131 extension 1.

Metered Spreading and Record Keeping at Your Fingertips

Control your spread rate from the seat of your cab.

Armstrong, Iowa: Art’s Way Manufacturing today announced Raven metering systems available for their X Series Manure Spreaders, a network of technology and components used to meter spreading and record data. Input your desired spread rate and gate height then let the system go to work for you. Engage the system once you are ready to pair with your existing GPS system and ISOBUS monitor or order a kit from us with these components included to upgrade your tractor to the latest technology.

Application documents from the past seven years are now required in several states with more being added every day. Easily pull this data when needed and precisely apply nutrients in target areas in your fields. Using your soil samples, determine which sections require additional nutrients for heavier application and which sections you can decrease and conserve your material.

“Let your spreader do the work for you. No longer do you need to be adjusting and checking to meet your application goals. Set your desired rate and keep your focus on your field and the job at large,” says Izac Roberts, Design Engineer at Art’s Way Manufacturing.

Features and benefits of the Metered Flow System include:

  • Operator control of spreading through a monitor
  • Easy record keeping and data logging
  • Adjustability on the fly while spreading in the field

The Metered Flow Systems are now available to order for spring delivery. For more information on the Metered Flow Systems, visit https://www.artsway-ag.com/metered-flow-system/. Like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram for the latest updates. Art’s Way also has real people available to talk to at 712-864-3131 or marketing@artsway-mfg.com.

About Art’s Way Manufacturing: Art’s Way is a small, publicly traded company that specializes in agricultural manufacturing. For over fifty years, they have been committed to designing and building high-quality machinery for all operations. Their innovative and diverse product lines optimize production and increase efficiency.

X500 Manure Spreader Bringing Big Benefits in a Small Package

Industry leading spread pattern in a 500 heaped cubic feet spreader.

Armstrong, Iowa: Art’s Way Manufacturing today announced the X500, a new manure spreader. The X500 is a 500 heaped cubic feet capacity manure spreader and offers a new way for small operation livestock producers to maximize benefits from livestock waste in their crop growth strategy.

Producers are looking for ways to be more efficient and profitable in their yards and fields. The X500 assists with those goals. Spend less time spilling material when filling with a load height of 74” when flotation tires are installed. Time tested beater and apron chain design create well processed material and even distribution in the field. This makes for quick absorption into your crop roots leading to increased yields.

Down to the nitty gritty. The X500 spreader shares a great number of important features with the rest of the X-Series line while remaining cost conscious for the smaller operator in mind,” says Izac Roberts, Design Engineer at Art’s Way Manufacturing.

Features and benefits of the X500 Manure Spreader include:

  • Best spread pattern in the industry
  • Easily maneuver in your yard with a narrow single axle
  • Affordable price point for single operators

The X500 Manure Spreader will have limited availability this fall and pre-order starting October 19th, 2020 for Spring 2021 delivery. For more information on the X500, visit https://www.artsway-ag.com/spreader-X500/. Like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram for the latest updates. Art’s Way also has real people available to talk to at 712-864-3131 or marketing@artsway-mfg.com.

About Art’s Way Manufacturing: Art’s Way is a small, publicly traded company that specializes in agricultural manufacturing. For over fifty years, they have been committed to designing and building high-quality machinery for all operations. Their innovative and diverse product lines optimize production and increase efficiency.

WELCOME TO THE GRINDER FAMILY, 8215!

New Product Introduction – 8215 Grinder Mixer

Art’s Way is welcoming a new grinder mixer to our line up. We call this new grinder the 8215 because it boasts a 215 bushel capacity, making it the largest grinder mixer found state side! This large capacity tank has been added onto our time tested already proven product with a few more added features.

You may be asking yourself “Why would I need a grinder that big?”

This grinder has a capacity of 215 bushels. On average, a bushel of corn feeds about 5 cattle per day. One batch of corn will feed 1,075 head of cattle. Don’t have 1,075 head of cattle to feed? Well, according to Drover.com in 2017, the average herd size of all U.S. producers was 43.5 cows. So in just one batch an operation of 43 cows can be fed for 25 days. This allows you to run your grinder less often which will help keep it in pristine condition and put less strain on your tractor.

On top of this large size there are many more reasons you need this new grinder. Art’s Way Grinder Mixers are known for superior feed quality using 96 reversible hammers in a 26 inch hammer mill. This increases the grinding surface area for a more consistent and faster grinding speed. We have enhanced our machine operation through hydraulic optimization. Pairing a smaller hydraulic tank for faster start up in colder weather with a hydraulic cooler that automatically engages when the system reaches a set temperature granting prolonged run time.

You are able to grind a variety of material for any livestock from beef cattle and dairy to hogs and chicken. Diverse products can be ground from corn and soy to dog feed and hemp. Ramp up your operation security by grinding your own feed and eliminating external trucks or feed from contaminating your herd. Controlling your livestock inputs sets you up for success with faster rate of gain and time to market.

Interested in quoting your new 8215 Grinder Mixer? Reach out to your local Art’s Way Dealer to book yours today!

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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

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*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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