Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 19, 1984, Image 138

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    D6—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 19,1984
The new large-capacity International Harvester 12-foot
wide 1490 and 14-foot-wide 1590 mower-conditioners
feature over-the-top carrier frame construction, a reliable oil
barn knife drive system, overshot augers, and 540 rpm pto
driven hydraulic pump and motor system.
1H announces wider MC’s
CHICAGO, 11. The main
features of International Har
vester’s field-proven 1190 mower
conditioner are now available in
12- and 14-foot sizes with the in
troduction of the new 1490 and 1590
models for 1984.
These new mower conditioners
with hydraulic center pivot
tongues, are designed for
dependable performance on either
level or rolling terrain due to their
lateral and vertical header
flotation system.
Over-the-top carrier frame
construction suspends the con
ditioner’s header from above,
smoothing header movement and
keeping it from binding, IH of
ficials say. An optional lockout
attachment restricts lateral float
while cutting in hilly fields and
vertical flotation is still main
Mated with the floating header is
a reliable oil bath knife drive
system that develops 800 cycles
per minute. Double-forged steel
guards resist breakage and assure
proper alignment for optimum
cutting potential.
John Buse, product manager for
International Harvester, says an
overshot auger system is an in
tegral factor in the new models’
design. The system ensures
lighter, fluffier windrows and
decreases crop damage.
“The overshot auger requires
less horsepower to operate than
typical undershot system, thus
improving fuel economy,” Buse
says. “Both models require only 60
horsepower to operate and can be
run smoothly at speeds up to seven
miles per hour under normal field
Both models feature a 540 rpm
PTO driven hydraulic pump and
motor which powers the sickle bar,
conditioning rolls, reel, and
overshot auger systems.
The center pivot tongue allows
the operator to pivot the hitch from
the right to left side of the unit
without leaving the control center.
Such movement allows the
operator to cut long rows on the
same side of a field, as can be done
with a self-propelled unit.
The center pivot tongue also
allows better movement over
roadways, at speeds up to 20 mph,
with a transport width of 166 and
190 inches, respectively. Weight is
4,041 pounds for the model 1490 and
4,720 pounds for the 1590 model.
• ••
Buse says an adjustable push
over bar assures top cutting
performance in crops of all sizes.
The swath-windrow control is
adjusted easily by moving one pm
on the fixed windrow hood.
International Harvester’s
conditioning rolls automatically
adjust roll pressure depending
upon amount of crop being fed
through the conditioner. The
hydraulically controlled rolls allow
slugs to be cleared easily while the
operator stays in the tractor
control center.
upstate New York dairy complex
designed and built by Agway Inc.
has won the Building of the Year
award from the National Frame
Builders Association (NFBA).
The structure, erected at
Viktoria Farms in Holland Patent,
N.Y., also won a Superior Merit
award from the Metal Building
Component Manufacturers
Association (MBCMA).
Both awards were presented at
the recent annual Farm Builders
Show in Nashville, Tn.
Although Agway has won the top
NFBA award in four out of the last
seven years in the commercial
category, this is the first time it
has won in the strictly agricultural
area. The NFBA award is based on
outstanding achievement in design
and construction of a post-frame
building. The MBCMA criteria call
for both originality and prac
According to John Wolgemuth,
Agway building and engineering
manager, the custom-designed
Viktoria Farms project has
become something of a showplace
among dairy buildings. The
complex includes a 65’x240’x8’
timber column dairy bam, with an
attached 36’x90’xl4’ hay storage
and 36’x36’x9’ combination office,
milk parlor and utility room.
What sets it apart from more
ordinary dairy buildings are
stainless steel tie stalls for 200
cows, along with Ix 6 v-joint
diagonal pine siding on the interior
walls. Other special finishing
touches include a painted steel
ceiling and painted steel exterior
CHICAGU, 11. No other tillage
operation affects the profitability
of producing a crop more than the
delicate science of planting. If the
crop is not planted right, there
could be reduced yields at harvest.
The planter has evolved into one of
the most important pieces of
equipment a farmer owns today.
That’s why it is imperative
producers keep their planters in
proper operating shape, according
to Mike Thurow, International
Harvester marketing planning
By following a few simple
maintenance steps, Thurow says
producers easily can decrease
possible downtime.
Modem planters include basic
features that provide for accuracy,
speed and simplicity, Thurow
says, adding that manufacturers
have kept planter designs simple.
“All planters are designed to
accurately put seed in the
ground,” Thurow notes. He em
phasizes that proper maintenance
ensures against any wear and tear
that might offset that accuracy
from year-to-year.
To fully utilize equipment,
Thurow says producers should
understand its function, then
maintain it for optimum per
formance each season.
Maintenance should begin with
the planter’s disk openers a
leading and trailing disk
carefully inspected for wear. The
leading disk normally begins
forming a groove where the two
units touch. When that groove
reaches one-third the thickness of
the disk, it should be switched with
the trailing disk.
Producers also should inspect
the furrow firming point in the
opener shoe, Thurow says, since
excessive wear can affect seed
spacing and seed-to-soil contact.
On air planters, the condition of
the seed cutoff brush within the
air-type planter drum also is
important. It should be inspected
for wear and replaced if
Due to the extensive drought of
1983, seed size variation is ex
pected to create a problem this
Dairy complex by
siding, and an aluminum roof.
The complex, which is owned by
Dr. Michael Lenth, of Germany,
also includes a 50’xl20’xl4’ timber
column semi-solid manure storage
building which Agway designed
and erected.
Agway also received an MBCMA
honorable mention in the com
mercial category for the Tice
Farms Mall building project in
Woodcliff Lake, N. J.
The building and engineering
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bag of seed com with 80,000 kernels
normally weights about 55 pounds,
but may weigh only 30 pounds this
Seed size variation may cause
plant population accuracy
problems for producers with plate
type planters. Air planters easily
can be adjusted to compensate for
seed size.
For example, on the In
ternational Cyclo Air planters, a
popcorn seed drum may be
necessary if corn kernels are
extremely small. Thurow says
changing seed drums from one
crop to another is simple.
Two key problem areas that
must be checked when planting
any crop are the seed openers and
the seed selection mechanism.
Seed openers, whether runners
or double disk, should be checked
carefully for wear, obstructions
and proper function. This is a
critical area, which determines the
proper placement of seed in the
row. Any stoppage or malfunction
has a direct effect on the desired
plant population.
Another critical area for all
planter is the seed mechanism. It
should be checked for worn or
broken parts.
Plate-type: Worn or sticky cutoff
Agway is honored
department of Agway has become
well-known throughout the Nor
theast for its customized timber
column farm buildings, including
turnkey dairy buildings, manure
storage facilities, and the full
range of traditional agricultural
But Wolgemuth pointed out that
although Agway logically is very
involved in the farm building
market, slightly more than half of
pawls and knockout rollers should
be replaced by corrected for free
movement. Seed plates should be
checked for wear or damage.
Air-type: Check the seed tubes
for foreign material or potential
stoppages. These may be cleaned
by pulling a piece of cloth through
the tube similarly to cleaning a gun
barrel. Check for damaged or poor
fitting seals that might cause air
pressure leaks. Inspect the seed
cutoff brush for wear and replace
if necessary.
“Seed quality cannot be im
proved by the planter. But a
properly adjusted planter can give
producers an edge against the
weather,” Thurow explains.
“Since there are very few good
days available during the spring
planting season, a minimum of
breakdowns and stoppages let
producers take advantage of the
good days, which play a vital role
in determining final yields.”
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its business today is in nonfarm
construction. The department will
handle anything from a small
convenience retail store to
medium-size buildings such as the
$2.1 million Magnavox CATV
factory administrative building,
which it recently completed.
Along with industrial facilities,
Agway Building and Engineering
also builds offices, warehouses,
garages and municipal buildings.