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Podcast Ep. 101: Big Iron 2019 Recap

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Another Big Iron Farm Show has come and gone, but in our latest podcast, we’re recapping some of our highlights of the show. Great crowds made for some great days that were of course filled with lots of great farm equipment.

Host Tony Kramer shares some of the key takeaways from the show in interviews with John Deere, Summers Manufacturing, SEKO, and Manitou.

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Tony Kramer: Hey, this is Tony Kramer, product specialist with RDO Equipment Company, and you are listening to the Agriculture Technology Podcast. Every day there are phenomenal advancements being made in the field of agriculture technology. RDO Equipment Co. is a leader in agriculture equipment and precision agriculture technology and is here with industry experts to bring the latest news and information from RDO and John Deere. Thanks for joining us on the Agriculture Technology Podcast.

Welcome back to another episode of the podcast. This is episode #101. Today, we are going to be giving you a brief recap of the Big Iron Farm Show. Before we dive into the show, please take a moment to subscribe to this podcast if you haven't already. You can subscribe to the show on the many different podcasting apps that we are streaming this out to such as Apple's Podcast app, it's on Stitcher, Overcast, SoundCloud as well as many others. While you're out there drop us a review. We'd love to hear what you think about the show.

With that, let's get back to the show. As I said, we're going to be giving you a brief recap of the Big Iron Farm Show that happened two weeks ago out in West Fargo, North Dakota. Normally, what we would have done is we would have recorded an episode at Big Iron and it would have posted that week of Big Iron, but coming off of our 100th episode, we wanted to do something special for that Episode 100, which if you haven't listened to it, I was just talking a little bit about why the podcast was started and where it's progressed into today. Coming off of that episode, I still wanted to give you guys a little brief recap of Big Iron.

Two weeks ago, we were out in West Fargo, North Dakota, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds for the 2019 Big Iron Farm Show. Tuesday and Wednesday, it was an awesome show. Great attendance, lots of people, great conversations were had. Thursday, we did get a little wet. It was wet, it was muddy. It was still fun and there were still a lot of people walking around, asking great questions and having great conversations.

All in all, it was a great show. A big shout out to everybody with the Big Iron Farm Show group. They did another great job at putting on a wonderful show, even with the weather and the cards that we were dealt with, that great North Dakota weather. While I was there, I got the opportunity to sit down and talk with a couple of vendors, talking about a couple pieces of equipment that they were showcasing at the show. With that, let's get into those sound clips and learn a little bit about those pieces of equipment.

I'm here in the Schollander Pavilion with Austin Williams. Austin, introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what you do.

Austin Williams: Good afternoon, Tony. Austin Williams. Product Manager with John Deere in our application equipment.

Tony: We are standing next to the F4365, the floater, the high-capacity nutrient applicator with John Deere. Now, these have been out for a couple of years. First introduced with the spinner spreader and then they came out with the air boom or the AB485, but you've got a few other or a couple of new features, new additions to share with us here that came out on the model Year 19 model. Why don't you share those with our listeners here?

Austin: Sure, yes. For 2019, we introduced the new multi-function control handle on the cab. This is the same control handle and armrest that we have in our 4 series sprayers, model Year 18 or newer. This makes it simple for our operators to jump between their sprayer into their high-capacity nutrient applicator, between seasons, go back and forth, as well as easy training for new operators that come on board there.

We added that this year and then we also added the granular bin capability for the air boom system, 40-cubic foot granular bin with rates that we can do with one. The yellow single roller from 4 pounds to the acre, all the way up to about 123 pounds to the acre in addition to the air boom.

Tony: Great. Those are a couple of the-- I guess I would call those two of the small updates, but we've got also a really big update that you guys at John Deere just introduced and that's a liquid system for this machine. Tell us a little bit about that.

Austin: This last Magie Show, down in Illinois, together with the Hagie Manufacturing, we introduced the LS475 liquid system. The 75 stands for 7,500 liters equal to about 2,000 gallons. It's a 2,000-gallon solution tank on there, 200-gallon rinse tank, a 90-foot boom. It's the widest factory-installed boom on a nutrient applicator. We've got dual pumps on there that can handle rates all the way from 5 to 420 gallons a minute, so this thing can pour out the liquid solution.

Tony: That's definitely a unique option for this F4365 chassis. Now, with the introduction of the liquid system, we now have three options when it comes to application method. We have the original or the first spinner-spreader that the machine was introduced with, then comes the AB485 or the air boom, and then adding this liquid system. Are these application methods, are they interchangeable? Can you take them on and off of the chassis at a farm level or how does that work? Do we need to buy individual machines for each method?

Podcast episode 101 - Big Iron recap

Absolutely, Tony. The liquid system now expands that capability as you mentioned there. The skids, as we call them, are all interchangeable at a customer level, farm level, between your liquid and your dry systems, making this a three-season machine. Now you're getting the full utilization out of this F4365 chassis, doing the most you can to cover all your acres for any type of nutrient source, whether it be liquid or granular.

Tony: That is very unique to this F4365 machine, giving it the ability to interchange these application methods and what you call the skids, the rear skids. It's a really cool feature. Having the ability to go spinner-spreader, air boom, or liquid system really opens the door, especially when you talk to an ag service provider or a coop perspective. Even of a farm level, that's an option or an opportunity for you. Very cool tool, very awesome additions to the model year 19 with the granular bin and the new multi-function lever in there. With that multi-function lever, that is still an IVT transmission, correct?

Austin: Correct, yes. It is all tied in, software-wise to the IVT. This IVT is built very similar to the 8RT IVT in our 8RT tractors. It's all coordinated together with that and it interacts very similar to the tractor IVT functionality.

Tony: Wonderful. I just want to thank you Austin, for taking a minute out of your day here at the Big Iron Farm Show to chat with me about the F4365 and all the options that we have. If somebody wants to learn more about this or talk to somebody, where can they go and who can they talk to?

Austin: Absolutely. Go to to learn more all about our 4 series John Deere sprayers as well as our Hagie line of equipment there, or come and see you experts at RDO Equipment. I know you can help them out for sure.

Tony: Awesome. Thanks again, Austin.

Austin: Thanks, Tony.


Tony: I'm here with Ryan from Summers Manufacturing. Ryan, why don't you tell us who you are and what you do, and then we'll ask a couple of questions about some products?

Ryan: Hey, thanks for having me, Tony. My name's Ryan, as you said. I cover Minnesota and a little bit of the valley for Summers Manufacturing. We're out of Devil's Lake, North Dakota. We do have one really cool new product in the VRT Renegade. It's a second-generation variable-rate tillage unit that has some really cool features like iControl. It allows you to go 0 to 19 on your disk angle, just with a touch on iPad. It allows you to do fall tillage and spring tillage with one unit, so it can really be versatile for your needs.

Tony: You mentioned the adjustable disk angle and you kind of answered my question right there. It really broadens the usability of that tool, being able to use it in spring and fall. Tell us a little bit about how you would set it up, say here in the Red River Valley, how that tool would be set up in the spring versus the fall.

Ryan: Today, we're over at Big Iron and it's a puddle, so I don't think we'd set it up anyway, maybe zero degrees and see if we can go run it like a boat. In the Valley, if you're doing corn in the fall, it really depends on your soil, because everybody has different types, but it will adjust to your conditions, whether they're wet, lighter soil, darker soil. For the most part, if you want to go 12, 14 degrees, all you're doing is pressing a button on your iPad, you're changing your front angle, your blades, to about 12, maybe the rear to 14 in heavy corn residue. That really blackens it up.

Maybe about 80% of the blackening are some of the high-speed tillage out there with the high concavity disk, but it's going to size the residue extremely well with our Samurai blades which are really sharp tooth. Then if you want to go into say, a bean field in the spring, just to take out ruts, be less aggressive, more vertical tillage, two to four degrees seems to work really well. Even six to eight depending on your depth, but you might just go seedbed depth in that, two or three inches, size your residue. We have a rolling basket with our internal mud scraper on that too, that you can put down pressure on. It creates a great seedbed to plant right into the spring.

Tony: That really sounds like a versatile tool, a tool for all your needs in multiple seasons. Thanks for sitting down here, Ryan and talking with me a little bit about the Summers Renegade.

Ryan: Thanks for having me.

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Tony: I'm here with Terry Malingen, one of my fellow RDO employees. Terry, tell our listeners what you do and why we're here today.

Terry Malingen: I am the short lines product manager and today we are highlighting the Samurai Seko feed mixers. They are a product that blends, mixes, and chops feed, and makes it well homogenized to feed your cattle. We're also highlighting the Manitou Telehandlers. Today we've got the MLT 625 out here, very versatile tool for around the farm.

Learn more: Specialty Agriculture and Construction Equipment from Manitou Group

Tony: These Seko feed mixers, they've got a couple of different options. We just started carrying this line of product, I believe. Where are they made and who can people talk to if they have any questions on these Seko feed mixers?

Terry: They are made in Italy and any RDO location is more than willing to help out. You can always look at the website for Seko at

Tony: Wonderful. Like Terry said, if you got any other questions on the Seko feed mixers. You're in that dairy country and you're looking for something a little different, definitely reach out to the RDO Equipment dealerships and we'll get you set up with some Seko feed mixers. Thanks again Terry for sitting here and talking with me.

Terry: You're welcome. Thanks for coming to Big Iron.

Learn more: SEKO Livestock Feed Mixers 

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