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New X Series manure spreaders and 9016-HD high dump cart offer hard-working features and benefits.

ARMSTRONG, Iowa, March 25, 2021 — Operators trust Art’s Way Manufacturing equipment to live up to its tagline: How Work Gets Done. That’s why the company is constantly evolving its products to be stronger, smarter and more efficient. New enhancements on Art’s Way X Series manure spreaders and the 9016-HD high dump cart were designed for intuitive operation and built for powerful performance.

X Series Manure Spreaders

Operators who do the tough jobs want to make sure they’re done right the first time. Recent improvements to Art’s Way X Series manure spreaders help them do just that. Top features include:

  1. ISOBUS-compatible rate control system: Gives operators real-time control to adjust application rates and gate height on the go. The exclusive system by Raven Industries Inc. makes it easy to produce readouts, which are designed to fulfill the increasing need for application documentation.
  2. Choice of box sizes: Ranges from 500 to 900 cubic feet heaped capacity to meet the needs of a variety of operations. The X500 has a single axle, straight sides and a single apron drive gearbox. The X700 and X900 have tandem axles, dual drive gearboxes and flared sides.
  3. Unique vertical beater placement: Sends out a consistent spread behind the machine, reducing the chance of clumps or dead spots when hauling load. The vertical beaters are removable, making it possible to haul forage, silage, snow, compost and hay by simply removing eight bolts and disengaging the driveline.
  4. Flared sides: Provide a base for the bucket and a lower loading height. They also deliver extra capacity and prevent spillage compared to competitive spreaders with straight sides.
  5. Dependable protection: Peace of mind comes with the X Series with its limited lifetime apron chain warranty. This plan with will repair or replace any defective link or section at no cost for the original purchaser.

“Our X Series manure spreaders are built tough to handle just about anything,” said Art’s Way Engineer Izac Roberts. “These time-tested machines have seen some pretty serious upgrades to offer the edge when it matters most. And if that isn’t enough, we have a limited lifetime warranty on important components, like our apron chain.”

9016-HD high dump cart

The Art’s Way 9016-HD high dump cart can be pulled along a harvester to collect forage, peanuts, sugar beets, corn, soybeans, hemp and more, making it ideal for any operation. Top features include:

  1. Lift capacity: Lifts and unload 40,000 lb. — 10,000 lb. over the competition. The massive undercarriage and counterweight establish a wide-stance stability eliminating worry in the unloading process. Adjustable axles ensure proper weight distribution.
  2. Versatility: Converts from a right to left dumping machine in a matter of hours. The optional weigh scale system allows operators to easily monitor their load.
  3. Exterior frame: Eliminates the chance of materials getting stuck inside the smooth interior.
  4. Maneuverability: Provides accessibility where semi-truck hauling is sometimes impossible thanks to two-wheel design. Its hitch rotation allows for smooth transport to conquer rough terrain and flotation tires help prevent soil compaction.

These robust, industrial features benefit operators. “The new 9016-HD is our biggest one yet, with a capacity of 40,000 pounds. For comparison, our nearest competitor only has a 30,000-pound capacity,” said CEO David King. “And with frame on the outside, there’s no ‘ribcage’ on the inside to trap materials. The result is a reliable, versatile, high-performing powerhouse.”

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About Art’s Way

Art’s Way Manufacturing is a small, publicly traded company that specializes in agricultural manufacturing. For over 50 years, it’s been committed to designing and building high-quality machinery for all operations. It has approximately 200 employees across three branch locations: Art’s Way Manufacturing in Armstrong, Iowa, Art’s Way Scientific in Monona, Iowa, and American Carbide Tool in Canton, Ohio. Art’s Way manure spreaders, forage boxes, high dump carts, bale processors, graders, land planes, sugar beet harvesters and grinder mixers are designed to optimize production, increase efficiency and meet the growing demands of customers.

Manure Spreader and High Dump Cart Press

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 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: 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 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.

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