EQuipTV: Getting best results from combines, seeders

Ways in which Prairie farmers can get the most out of their combines and air drills this year are the topics of two new videos at Grainews.ca.

In the short EQuipTV videos posted Wednesday, Grainews machinery editor Scott Garvey takes you to a Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) combine clinic at Brandon, Man. and a Seed Hawk customer training event at Langbank, Sask.

At the combine clinic, PAMI’s combine performance expert Les Hill discusses how farmers can get the most out their combines this fall.

It’s a common misconception, Hill says, that farmers can expect perfect performance from their combines by following the book settings for a given crop, when in fact the optimum settings vary by crop conditions.

At times, he says, combine settings may need to be tweaked two or three times a day.

At Langbank, about 120 km west of Virden, Man., Scott takes part in a training event and visits with Seed Hawk management and staff to learn why the company offers this training — not just to dealers, but directly to farmer customers.

The company, which last year underwent a major expansion of its Langbank facility, focused its event on how to keep Seed Hawk air drills properly maintained in the field.

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