Steers Prefer Eating Stover Over Grain

We’ve known for a long time that cattle like Cornrower stover because it doesn’t contain dirt and it is chopped up, making it much easier to ingest and chew. An endorsement of Cornrower stover from the steers that had gotten into a corn field that was being harvested came recently.  After unloading grain and heading back to the corn being harvested, we saw steers eating the stover in the windrows – preferring that to the grain on the stalk, unharvested stover and grass that was immediately available.

Harvesting stover the right way makes a ‘waste’ commodity a valuable feed.  Photos are shown above of the steers eating an evening meal, along with video from inside the cab and field level here:

For more information on the Cornrower and its performance and potential, call us at 800-327-5936!

Now is the best time to take advantage of our Certified Maintenance Inspection Program!

If you understand the value of having highly trained New Holland service technicians working on your equipment, then you’ll also appreciate our annual Certified Maintenance Inspection program.

CMIs are a proven and effective way to prevent downtime, protect your equipment investment, and improve resale value thanks to well-documented service work. In the off-season and preseason, our trained and experienced technicians will inspect your equipment and provide recommendations on how to maintain your machine for peak performance. An inspection is a great way to promote uptime in-season. Inspection Pricing (in store only, add $100 for on the road).

Inspection pricing will be waived if a repair quote is turned into a service repair agreement:


There are several reasons why now is the best time to take advantage of our CMI program:

If you schedule your inspection by 11/30/15, we will reward you with a free pair of New Holland mechanics gloves, a $36.99 value!


Also, New Holland’s Ready Check Maintenance program is going on now, which offers the following:

1. You can receive 150-days interest free for repairs paid in full using your CNH Productivity Plus account through 11/30/15. This promotion drops to 120-days if booked during December, and then down to 90-days through March 31, 2016. Speak to the dealership for full details on this promotion.

2. Earn six-month extended parts warranty available on remanufactured and genuine New Holland replacement parts with  an existing six-month warranty, for a total of 12 months of warranty protection. Six-month extended parts warranty  eligible only on parts installed by an authorized New Holland dealer. Offer good from October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. Program subject to change or cancellation without notice. See your local New Holland dealer for  complete details and qualifications.


Keeping your equipment properly maintained is important to prevent downtime in season. Stop in at any of our locations today to take advantage of our CMI program and reap the additional benefits that come with it!

How can a Pacesetter 2 Drone help your Farming Operation?

The 2015 harvest season is starting to wind down and now is the time to be thinking about what tools and technology you need to become more efficient and profitable for the 2016 growing season.

Precision Drone Pacesetter 2 Package

The Precision Drone Pacesetter 2 Package comes with the everything you’ll need including the drone, laptop, live feed monitor and software

A Precision Drone Pacesetter 2 package would be the perfect tool to help you with that. The Pacesetter can help you find many issues in your fields throughout the growing season, such as the one in this NDVI map, where the tank ran out of anhydrous before the end row was reached.

The Pacesetter helps you identify problems in your fields. Here is an actual example of an NDVI image shown from the Pacesetter software indicating where the tank ran out of anhydrous during side-dress application.

The Pacesetter helps you identify problems in your fields. Here is an actual example of an NDVI image shown from the Pacesetter software indicating where the tank ran out of anhydrous during side-dress application.

The red arrow shows where corn was ran over and knocked down at the field entrance when NH3 nitrogen was being side-dressed. Also visible, is the variation of soil types and how they are affecting crop health. The orange areas of this field show you where the sandy soil is causing the corn plants to struggle more than the rest of the field. The Pacesetter does not only let you see the health of your crops, but can also be used to help you:

  1. Create variable rate fertilizer and/or seeding maps using any major farm software
  2. Find replant opportunities and determine how many acres are affected
  3. Determine amount of crop damage for crop insurance purposes
  4. Find planter and/or applicator malfunctions
  5. Monitor specialty crops and/or seed variety test plots
  6. Spot where weed pressures are hurting crop health
  7. Locate disease and/or insect pressures

The Pacesetter 2 is also a great tool to help you market your crop and create a strategic game plan long before harvest. Simply fly your fields and create an NDVI geo-referenced crop health map so you can identify healthy, moderate, and struggling areas of your fields. These values are represented in the NDVI image as colors of green, yellow, and orange/red using the Precision Vision software that comes with the Pacesetter 2 package. With that NDVI map you created, pick a GPS point that represents each color of the map and conduct a physical yield check in the field for those spots. Import this NDVI map into any farm software of your choice to determine the percentage of healthy, moderate, and struggling crop in your fields.

Here are two pins of GPS points where yield estimations were taken based off of the NDVI map created by the drone.

Here are two pins of GPS points where yield estimations were taken based off of the NDVI map created by the drone.

Using the yield check estimates gathered in the field and the percentage of each crop health color derived from the NDVI map, you can determine what type of average yield to expect per field.

If you would like additional information about the Pacesetter 2 drone and how this innovative product can help you make better management decisions during the next growing season, call Eli Fred at 574-224-8324 today!

Unverferth introduces NutriMax Liquid Applicator

Unverferth introduced a new applicator bar at the FPS this year. The NutriMax applicator helps ensure optimum crop performance through the precise placement of nutrients when most needed by the plants during periods of high growth. Check out this link along with the video for more information on the toolbar:

Give us a call or stop in and see us at any of our locations for more information on this applicator!

Cornrower Runs Well at POET in Iowa

The Cornrower and stover harvest evaluation efforts with POET in Emmetsburg, IA and New Holland continue this season.  Last year’s results showed that ash (dirt) content in stover harvested from windrows made by the Cornrower were as clean or cleaner than stover from windrows formed solely from combine discharge.  Stover yield and control of the amount of stover offered with Cornrower technology is not available from any other harvest system.  New Holland and POET are both advocates of bio-energy, particularly with ethanol, through Growth Energy efforts.  No other farm equipment manufacturer is actively promoting farmer’s products in the bio-energy area in the manner that New Holland is doing.

New Holland Rochester at the Chili Cook Off

The city of Rochester’s 24th annual Chili Cook Off event was held this past Saturday. New Holland Rochester had a great time participating in the event. The Cook Off had a record turnout, with a total of 504 registered cards were gathered at the event, breaking the previous record of 420. Our employees who helped did an excellent job on both the chili and putting together the display. While our chili and display unfortunately didn’t win, we did serve about 14 gallons worth in under 2 hours before running out, and received many complements on both the booth and the chili. We appreciate everyone who came out to the event and we hope to take the gold next year!

New Holland HFT Japan Visit

New Holland HFT Japan along with Jiri Velharticky (CNH industrial Business Manager) and Dan Halliday (NH – Global PLM Product Manager) visited our Rochester locations this week as part of their trip to learn from New Holland dealers here in the US. We discussed a little bit about our business, talked about PLM/Telematics/Drones, looked at equipment in the field at Bauman and Clauson Farms as well as Barts and Showley Farms, learned what a Cornrower is on a corn head, and topped it off with a lunch from Jarrety’s Place.

We appreciated the opportunity to establish a relationship with a New Holland dealer on the other side of the globe, and are thankful they included us on their US journey. We hope they enjoy the rest of their experiences here in the US and travel home safely!

About New Holland HFT Japan (from their website

New Holland HFT Japan is the leading farm equipment importer and retailer in Japan. They retail New Holland tractors, combines, and other agricultural equipment on an exclusive basis. We also handle the brands of many other highly regarded overseas and domestic manufacturers.

You will often hear us referred to as HFT, which we use in relation to our heritage and to distinguish ourselves from other New Holland-related organizations around the world.

Operating from our own field stores throughout the country, our 600 + staff members serve Japan’s farmers 365 days a year.

Sgariboldi – Bringing Self-Propelled Mixing to N. America

Sgariboldi Grizzly 8100

Sgariboldi Grizzly 8100

Self-Propelled feed mixing is coming to North America thanks to an arrangement with New Holland Centerville and Sgariboldi – a leading European manufacturer of feed mixing equipment. Joel Davis, a sales representative from New Holland Centerville and Jim Straeter, manager at New Holland Rochester, visited Sgariboldi in Italy recently to become acquainted with the product and the people at Sgariboldi. The family-owned company founded in 1957 focuses only on feed mixers and distributes their product on every continent except North America – until now. The unit coming to North America will be on display at the World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin the last week of September and then it will be delivered to a retail customer near Centerville, IN. Contact Joel Davis at New Holland Centerville (765-962-7724) for information. A video of a model that will be on display at Madison is posted with this news item.

Stover Harvest at Kaminski Farms

On Sept. 30th a stover harvest was done at Kaminski Farms in Three Oaks, MI.  Leading the three-year study is Dennis Pennington of Michigan State University and he operated the drone and spliced video to make this film.  New Holland Rochester provided the Cornrower and New Holland NA provided use of the CR6.90 combine for this study.  Dave and Linda Kaminski and their son Aaron deserve a huge ‘THANKS’ for providing help and field opportunity for this effort.  The Kaminski’s raise Angus cattle and will wrap the stover for evaluation later. 

The Cornrower provides dirt and rock free windrows of chopped stover concurrent with the corn grain harvest.  This video clearly shows the opportunity to quickly harvest clean stover as the New Holland round baler was packaging the stover right after the windrows were made, thereby capturing the moisture in the stover for ensiling the material.  With chopping happening in the windrow process this material can easily be used for feed or bedding without further processing.

Results of the MSU effort will benefit all growers of corn as well as end users such as the Kaminskis and we are happy to be able to participate in tis effort.