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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 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

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.

Manure vs. Fertilizer

Fertilizer or manure? It’s an age-old question that has been debated for years and has given farmers headaches for generations. There are pros and cons to both methods each with certain environmental impacts. Learn which one is right for you and how Art’s Way X-Series manure spreaders can help. Don’t forget to enter your information at the end of this post, or click here, to learn more about application rates and reducing runoff!

Manure and fertilizer t-chart.


Applying livestock waste on fields is a natural process that’s been used for centuries. It takes less energy to produce which drives costs down. Although there are a few downsides to this method, using manure has many positive environmental impacts: 

  1. Using manure builds organic matter in the soil

The University of Minnesota reported that organic matter feeds microbes which drive nutrient cycles and help the plants absorb nutrients. Healthy soil is able to retain more water like a sponge and reduce soil erosion by 13%-77% according to the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community

  1. The organic form of nitrogen in manure is more stable and slow-releasing

 This form responds to plants’ needs better as compared to the nitrate form used in commercial fertilizers. It also reduces leaching, atmospheric carbon levels, and runoff. However, if farmers do not have the proper equipment or management plan, an under/overabundance of manure can be harmful. 

For farmers who choose to use manure, Art’s Way X Series is the best on the market! The new flared sides add more capacity for a total of 700 or 900 cubic feet, and the guillotine slop gate ensures uniform unloading. The X Series also provides versatility through its removable beaters that can be used for manure and forage. For more information on our X700 and X900 models specs, click here!

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Commercial, or inorganic fertilizer, has specific amounts of the three main nutrients plants need: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients are mined and can be combined in customized varieties for uniformity and consistency. Although there are predictable outcomes with, commercial fertilizer, the environmental impacts are often glossed over. For example, 

  1. Fertilizer is known to cause more runoff than manure

This runoff can reach waterways and cause a process called eutrophication which kills fish. In fact, according to Gary Thorpe, who has an M.S. in Environmental Science, “phosphate levels in water supplies are 75% higher than they were during pre-industrial times.”

  1. The soil’s structure is diminished reducing its capacity to hold water
  1. Organic matter is reduced leading to top-soil erosion and runoff. 

Fertilizer has a high nutrient availability and is liked by many farmers for its fast absorption due to added mineral salts. However, these salts add no nutritional value to the microorganisms and worms in the soil, therefore, reducing soil organic matter. This creates a treadmill effect where the field will require even more fertilizer to maintain the benefits.

Whether you chose manure or fertilizer, Art’s Way has equipment parts for all your needs. Contact us today!


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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 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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5 Reasons Why You Should Care About Land Management in Your Fields.

Picture of a tractor pulling a Land Plane
Tractor pulling the Art’s Way Land Pane.

Just by leveling fields and adding drainage systems you will add value to your land, maximize your yield and even become more productive using a quality land management practices.

Here’s how-

1- You Will See a More Consistent Yield

After using a land plane and leveling your field you will get rid of most furrows, dead spots, implement scars and low spots that have built up over the years. This will make for more consistent growing areas for all crops. Additionally, if you add drainage of some sort to that it will only improve consistency more by ensuring your crops will evenly get water along with other nutrients.

Close up picture of the Art's Way Land Plane performing land management.
Close up of the Art’s Way Land Plane

2- Improvement in Crop Health

By leveling fields and adding drainage you will allow the water table to be lowered which in turn increases the oxygen levels in the soils and promotes a healthier and deeper root system.  Another way it improves crop health is drier soils will warm up faster. This not only helps plants grow, but also houses less early season pathogens. Finally, drainage systems also help facilitate the leaching of salt down in the soil profile. When water tables are elevated the salt levels are also elevated which could cause soil to loose productivity.

3- Less Soil Erosion

You will start to see less soil run off and erosion. When the excess water begins to pool up, the soil will move causing run off which in turn will result in further erosion. Additionally, having crops that are allowed to have deeper and larger root systems will encourage soil to stay held where it is over moving with water.

Picture of corn field and grain mill in the distance.

4- Increase Timeliness

Farmers having to operate in such a small window to get fields planted is always stressful but well drained fields allows them to have a little larger window. The soil dries out quicker with a drainage system in place that helps farmers get into their fields sooner and get planted in a more efficient manner after prolonged rainfall. This in turn will further benefit your crop yield in the end.

5- Increase Profit

You are probably thinking really? How? Well, besides the obvious way of having a more consistent yield and healthy crops, well maintained fields that are level and adding some sort of drainage system will make your land value worth more in the end. Because your well drained land has less erosion issues and has higher quality soil for the crops. Basically, if you take care of your land it will take care of you.

Picture of fields and a farm in the distance.

Order your land plane and ditcher today! For more information check them out here!

How Manure Spreading has changed over Centuries

Where it all started

Spreading manure offers a large array of benefits to crops and crop land, but do you ever wonder when we, as farmers realized waste from our livestock can be utilized to promote healthier crops? Originally, scientists believed we started using manure as fertilizer 3,000 years ago in Israeli, Palestine, Syria, Jordon and surrounding areas. However, a more recent study proved that wrong. In 2013, Amy Bogaard and her team started looking deeper into ancient farm lands around Europe it was found that people figured out manure can be utilized as fertilizer closer to 8,000 years ago.

How did people first make this discovery? Well, it’s thought that farmers learned that livestock waste is indeed not just waste simply by noticing in their fields and where they kept their livestock, the spots that had manure piles seemed to naturally have healthier grass and crops. This led to the start of manure spreading in fields. In the beginning all manure spreading was done by hand and manure was manually spread by shovels.

When Manure Spreaders came into the picture

An old advertisement for a New Idea Spreader Co manure spreader
New Idea Spreader Co. Manure Spreader Advertisement from the early 1900’s

That all changed when Joseph Kemp realized the demand for a product that could spread manure faster and by using less manual labor. In 1875, he created the first manure spreader that was pulled by a horse or a team of horses and soon after he started to mass produce them so more farmers could have this piece of equipment.

While most the country fell into the great depression closer to the 1930s, farmers started experiencing this devastating era closer to early 1920s. However, this didn’t seem to spot the demands for manure spreaders. New Idea Spreader Company in 1924 was turning out 125 manure spreaders in just a single 8 hour work day. It’s believed that farmers continued to buy manure spreaders even through such a tough time because they saw it as more of a necessity than a luxury due to the fact it would save them so much time and labor.  

In the later 1930’s the first tractor pulled manure spreader was created. At this time, you could find advertisements for this new version of the manure spreader boasting about their spreaders ability to haul a whopping 65-70 bushels of manure or roughly 85 cubic feet of manure. They were also proud of these reinvented pieces to equipment having new technology which helped prevent the buildup and chocking of manure at the back end of the spreader. Wow, have we come a long way since then.

Art’s-Way Obtains its first Manure Spreader

A picture of a man standing in front of the Roda R2000
Panzer Standing in front of a Roda truck mount R2000

Manure spreaders may have been around for a while, but Art’s Way Manufacturing didn’t get into the building and engineering of them until 2010 when we acquired the Roda manure spreader after they decided to end production. Since then, Art’s Way has produced three different lines of spreaders; the Horizontal Beater Manure Spreaders, Vertical Beater Manure Spreaders and the Truck Mount Vertical Manure Spreaders with additional variations and multiple products in all lines.

Our Latest and Greatest

Our newest model is the X Series Manure Spreader offered in both a 700 and 900 cubic feet capacity. This spreader offers new improvements to our already time- tested product. With this spreader, you can find new features like the flared sides which is the reason it can hold up to 909 cubic feet of product. The guillotine style slop gate helps to create a more controlled amount of manure being spread. Our new densilite flooring minimizes thermal expansion while still allowing manure to move just as smoothly as it does when compared to poly floors. On top of all these features, it offers an industry leading spread pattern and comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the apron chain.  

A time line of general farming and manure spreaders

Art’s Way Manufacturing Announces New X Series Manure Spreader

X Series Manure Spreader Sets the Bar for the Industry

Art’s Way Manufacturing has been building manure spreaders for nearly a decade. Adding a twist to the previous vertical beater spreaders, The V Series, Art’s Way recently released a new manure spreader line: The X Series.

With models available in either 18 or 20 foot boxes, the capacity of these units has almost doubled with the new flared sides! These 45 degree flared sides allow you to haul more material at a raster rate than the standard boxes. The X700 model has a heaped cu. ft. capacity of 683 ft while the X900 model has a heaped capacity of 909 cu. ft.!

Our reversible apron chain now features a limited lifetime warranty! Your protection is ensured with the dual drive and variable speed. Equipped with solid tube slats, carry 31,000 pounds per chain to maximize your load efficiency! Heavy weight loads are easily handled with the tandem axles.

Versatile Machine

The X Series spreaders are designed to handle both manure and forage. Being highly resistant to water, the densilite floors can handle the wettest conditions in the field. Optional flotation tires also reduce field compaction during wet conditions.

Featuring a new guillotine style slop gate, you can control the height of your gate to provide a uniform unload. This new gate is hydraulically driven to give you control of your material.

“The tried and true Berma beaters give The X Series a superior spread pattern to the competition” states Izac Roberts, the design engineer. Using the NT560 scale, you can use GPS readouts to determine how much poundage per acre you are spreading.

Ensure your safety on the road with LED lights and a safety chain for higher visibility. The rock guard mounted on top of the front flared side gives maximum protection in the cab.

Contact your dealer about getting one of the X Series Manure Spreaders today. Whether you choose the X700 or X900 model, you can’t go wrong knowing you are maximizing the load capacity with flared sides, have a limited lifetime warranty on the apron chain, and are controlling your material flow through the beaters with the new guillotine style slop gate.

For more information on the new X Series Manure Spreaders, please contact the customer service center at 712-864-3131 ext 1 or by emailing

Sales Rep Spotlight – SISCO

SISCO Owners Ben & Gail Overholser with son Josh pictured above.

This month we would like to recognize our Indiana & Michigan representatives. SISCO (Superior Implement & Supply Co Inc) is a team of thirteen individuals who sell fifteen different product lines to their dealers. SISCO was founded in 1946 in Greenville, OH. Today it is owned by Ben & Gail Overholser.

SISCO specializes in selling Art’s Way Grinder Mixers. They value the variety of features the product offers. It is easy to help farmers find the best fit for their operation with so many options to choose from. SISCO has been an Art’s Way Representative since early 2017.

SISCO employees enjoy working with farmers to help them achieve their wants, needs, and goals. Farmers are hard working folks who work to clothe and feed the world. Without farmers, nothing in the world would be attainable. Almost all of the employees at SISCO have spent their entire lifetime in the agricultural industry. These individuals grew up on farms, participated in 4-H and FFA, as well as currently taking care of their own livestock and farm ground.

With farms consolidating as the large farms buy out the smaller operations, SISCO sells products to fewer amounts of customers, but these customers are covering larger numbers of acres than they did twenty years ago. As new technologies develop in the agriculture world, SISCO forms to assist their customers with precision ag. The use of GPS and autonomous equipment is also prevalent.

One thing they have really noticed is how the age of the average farmer continues to rise. With the baby boomer generation retiring, many of their children aren’t sticking around to take over the farms. This leads to other farmers consuming the farms and having larger operations.

If someone was looking to begin their own farming operation, the men at SISCO recommend talking with experienced farmers and basing decisions on facts, not emotions. Farming is a great and rewarding career, but it does come with many challenges.

Meet Darren Bishop, Assembler

Employee Spotlight

                This month we would like to recognize Darren Bishop as our Employee of the Month. Darren has worked at Art’s Way for nearly two years. He works in the assembly department working to finalize whole goods. His favorite product to build is the TOP-SPREAD bale processor because it was the first thing he learned to complete on his own.

Darren is from Fairmont, MN and lives there with his eight year old daughter, Aubree.  In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family or ride motorcycles. Darren has lived in five different states and his favorite team is the Oakland Raiders. When he was younger, he wanted to grow up to be a fire fighter or racecar driver.

If Darren had to compare himself to any animal, he believes that he closely represents a wolf. If he had the chance to trade places with anyone for a day, he would still choose to live his own life. Thank you Darren for all of your hard work!

Meet George Adair, Our Representative in Western Canada

George Adair has been in the farming industry for over forty years. He was raised on a farm in southeast Saskatchewan and began farming as a young boy. He worked assembling versatile tractors and learning mechanics. During his career, he was a territory manager and later on a sales manager for two short-line manufacturers. When the company decided to move to from Saskatchewan to Manitoba, George decided to stick to his roots and start his own business.

Adair Sales & Marketing has been in business for the last thirteen years. George, along with his daughter Shannon and husband Jayce, operate the business out of Swift Current, SK. George has been a representative for Art’s Way Manufacturing for almost three years. At Adair Sales & Marketing, they are very knowledgeable on the Art’s Way CattleMaxx, Grinder Mixers, and TOP-SPREAD. George enjoys working and selling for Art’s Way because we produce efficient, reliable products.

Throughout his time working in the agricultural industry, George has seen a lot from small businesses to large corporations. He enjoys working with farmers because they value his drive to improve their overall production. In his opinion, the agricultural lifestyle is full of people who hold integrity as a paramount. George enjoys working with Art’s Way and other manufacturers who embrace new technology while still valuing quality to strive to increase their standards and ultimately help farmers better themselves.

In his free time, George loves to cook and experiment with recipes. While traveling, he embraces his experiences and brings them back to his own kitchen to try to replicate what he has recently enjoyed. While leading up to retirement, George plans to stay in Saskatchewan where he can be close to his kids and grandkids. Although he does like the beach, he would rather be right at home near the farm ground he grew up on.

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.