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Spring 2012

Volume 5

A Quarterly Publication by MacAllister Machinery

Deere Follows AGCOs Lead

After years of touting superior engineering and performance, John Deere has finally admitted they cannot achieve the required emissions levels to meet Tier 4 Final without using SCR technology. To make things sound better than they actually are, they are promoting their system as using less DEF. That is supposed to be a cost savings for the farmer. What they're not talking about is that their hybrid system, utilizing exhaust gas recirculation, a diesel oxidation catalytic and diesel particulate filter actually adds parts and potential failure points, resulting in additional maintenance costs. They also dont like to talk about the regeneration cycle and the potential loss of power when operating. Couple that with the increased exhaust temperatures during the regeneration and you are dealing with not only nuisance problems, but added wear and stress to the engine components. The dirtiest little secret really isnt a secret at all, but it is certainly dirty. To achieve their emissions ratings, Deeres EGR system takes exhaust, cools it and sends it right back into the intake. We have all learned since we were kids the dangers of introducing even the slightest amount of foreign material into a diesel intake. Clean air only or face the consequences. Now we are supposed to believe that running large volumes of the particulate and soot laden exhaust back through the entire combustion cycle wont cause unnecessary wear or damage. And again this system adds many additional parts including cooling packages and valves (Continued on Page 2).
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AGCO Solution No exhaust gasses returned to engine

Deere Solution Exhaust gasses returned into engine

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Deere Follows AGCO (Continued from Page 1). Short of completely abandoning their design, and admitting defeat, the only thing Deere could do to meet Tier 4 Final was to follow the lead of companies like AGCO who have been utilizing DEF and SCR technology successfully for years. With the system found on Challenger tractors, the engine is allowed to perform as it should at all times and the emissions are controlled by treating the exhaust gasses. The flow of air though the engine is never contaminated in the way that an EGR system does, resulting in optimum power and performance. What does this mean to the farmer? No one likes change but the rules have been in place for several years and we have all been working towards reaching the solution which will require the least change. Farmers who have been running equipment with SCR technology are finding that it really isnt a hassle to get the cleanest exhaust with the simple addition of one fluid, DEF. Those who have been holding out hope that something else will come along will now have to make that same adjustment. The question they will need to ask is Do I want a system that uses multiple approaches and causes additional impact on the power unit, or do I choose the simple, proven method that has been providing the emission levels necessary for a cleaner earth and is a proven performer? The answer is simple. The answer is Challenger. Designed for power, performance, and efficiency.

Willmar Wrangler Versatile Workhorse

The Willmar Wrangler 4560 articulated loader combines versatility and strength into one incredible material-handling workhorse. Its operating load capacity of 2,450 pounds makes moving fertilizer, seed, pallets of feed, or construction materials a simple task. The universal quick coupler allows operators to switch attachments easily while the conveniently placed joystick allows for complete control over the attachments with a single hand while using the other hand to steer. The Wrangler 4560 has four different bucket capacity options from 20 to 45 cubic feet, making it one of the most versatile loaders available. There is no need to worry about getting in and out of tight places with the Wrangler because it oscillates up to 8 degrees to give the greatest wheel contact on uneven terrain, thus creating maximum maneuverability without the jerkiness felt in other machines. In addition, this nimble loader has a tight turning radius of 11 feet and up to 40-degree articulation on both sides. All of these features coupled with the strength of the 82 horsepower Deutz 4-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine make this agile machine one essential loader. Contact MacAllister Machinery to learn more about the Willmar Wrangler 4560 articulated loader. Ease of moving any dry fertilizer product from bin to hopper and the simple transport of rocks, irrigation pipes, and building materials is only a phone call away.

Information provided by Willmar. Photos courtesy of AGCO. Spring 2012


Left: The strength and versatility of the Willmar Wrangler 4560 articulated loader make it ready any job.
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SpraCoupe Offers Unmatched Accuracy

To best meet all your farming needs, MacAllister Machinery continues to offer the latest and greatest equipment in the industry. We are excited to announce that we now offer SpraCoupe sprayers. There are more SpraCoupe sprayers on North American farms than any other sprayer in its class. This is due to its exceptional history and reputation; for fifty years SpraCoupe has been the industrys benchmark for tip-to-target control and accuracy. The multiple filter system minimizes clogging and reduces nozzle wear, resulting in more consistent, accurate application with lower maintenance costs. In addition, hoses are sized to their position on the boom and nozzle section to maintain even distribution across the boom and reduce line loss. While competitors sprayers offer +/- 3 psi variance per nozzle, SpraCoupe guarantees a maximum of +/- 1 psi variance per nozzle delivering the most consistent product application in the industry.

SpraCoupe 4000 Series

The SpraCoupe 4000 Series sprayers are powered by a 125 horsepower, 4.4L Perkins 1104D turbocharged and charge-air-cooled diesel engine that delivers incredible power with outstanding fuel efficiency. These sprayers use as little as 2 to 2.5 gallons per hour, allowing operators to work a sixteen-hour day on one 44-gallon tank of fuel. With a 13.8-foot turning radius, these sprayers have the tightest turning radius in its class; which improves fuel efficiency, saves time, and reduces crop damage. The hydraulic track adjustments at the rear of the machine also save time by making changes simple and efficient as operators benefit from track widths for every crop. The key to minimizing soil compaction is the machines weight and having the right suspension system. The SpraCoupe 4000 Series is light enough to be nimble, yet heavy enough to withstand the strain of a 5,000-acre farming operation. While the front wheels feature center oscillations with independent struts and spring suspension, the rear wheels have trailing leg, swing-type coil springs and shock absorbers. Combined, the two maintain a parallel movement over rough terrains. Not only do operators notice the smooth ride, but they as enjoy lower maintenance costs as less stress is placed on the components. Overall, the combination of the 4000 Series sprayers weight, power, and dimensions result in a machine that moves through fields with minimal impact.

SpraCoupe 7000 Series

The SpraCoupe 7000 Series sprayers are powered by a 174 horsepower, 6.6L Perkins 1106D turbocharged electronically controlled diesel engine. This engine delivers eight percent more torque than previous models while the high power-to-weight ratio maximizes power to performance. In even the most severe field conditions, the 7000 Series sprayers automatically adjusting fuel injection system burns fuel more completely, providing full power to the ground. Farmers can stay in the field longer with the larger tank options, powerful centrifugal pump, and easy reload station of the SpraCoupe 7000 Series sprayers; further maximizing efficiency. As with the 4000 Series, the 7000 Series boasts ample power with compact size to reduce soil compaction and damage in all field conditions. The precision of the SpraCoupe weight and suspension system design cuts hours or even days off spraying time as the machines move quickly and easily among a wide variety of crops, crop heights, and field conditions. The hydraulic track adjustments at both the front and the rear make changes simple and efficient.
Information provided by SpraCoupe. Photo courtesy of AGCO. Spring 2012

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Village of Merici: How You Can Help

As we mentioned in the previous issue, the MacAllister Machinery Ag Division has partnered with The Village of Merici to help our community with the growing concern of having adult children with developmental disabilities. The Villages goal is to build a residential community for individuals 21 and older that offer programs focused on independence development for residential living and employment. How can you help? Volunteers are needed for the Merici book clubs. The book clubs provide literacy understanding through the use of pictures, e-text, and audio books. No special skills are needed, just a passion for philanthropy and reading. Training will be provided. To learn more, please contact You can also help raise the much-needed funds for creation of the independent living facility by purchasing a fundraiser shirt. Contact Rick Crafton at to get yours today. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit

Know Your

According to Purdue University experts, Indianas mild winter is most likely going to increase the pests in your fields this spring. There have been enough warm days for winter annuals to germinate, causing excess weed coverage that makes it more difficult for the soil to warm and dry in the spring. Experts recommend assessing weed size and if the fields are dry enough in March, and applying burndown treatments and residual herbicides earlier than normal. One of the weeds expected to be particularly bothersome this spring is Marestail, or Horseweed. Marestail is found throughout the United States in crops, pastures, orchards, and roadsides. In addition to competing with corn and soybeans for light, nutrients, and moisture, marestail can also serve as a host for the tarnished plant bug, an alfalfa pest. It can also be a host for aster yellows, a viral disease transmitted by aster leafhoppers to a wide variety of plants. While native to the US, it has become much more problematic to control in Roundup Ready soybean production in the past ten years. Not only is it well adapted to no-till crop practices, but it has also evolved a resistance to several different herbicides including glyphosate. In fact, marestail was the first broadleaf weed to develop a Above: The leaves of marestail resistance to glyphosate in the country. Indianas first reported case plants alternate and have a of glyphosate-resistant marestail was reported in 2002. linear simple shape with enTo combat this resistance, it is recommended that soybeans tirely or slightly toothed marplanted prior to mid-May require a residual herbicide to control later gins. emerging plants. In doing so, you will reduce the need for postemergence herbicide treatments, which could potentially contribute to herbicide resistance. Herbicides should be applied before marestail plants reach four to six inches in height. Other weeds expected to thrive from the mild winter include henbit, chickweed, purple deadnettle, annual bluegrass, Carolina foxtail, and downy brome.
Information provided by Purdue University and the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center.
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Thank You for 15 Years of Dedication!

Al Gaff began selling agriculture equipment in 1969 at the age of 25. He has spent the last 15 years at MacAllister Machinery. While Al is retiring, he still plans to work part time and continue his dedication to his agriculture customers. Al and his wife, Nancy, have three sons and one daughter with four grandkidswhich he is looking forward to spending time with. He also plans to spend time traveling and fishing. He and Nancy are avid travelers and are looking forward to trips to Arizona and to the Shenandoah Valley visiting historical sites in Virginia. While Al doesnt consider himself a history geek, he is intrigued by how people lived way back when. Als calendar is also filled with plans to go mushroom hunting in Tennessee and Michigan. Once he settles back at home, he plans to also do a little gardening. Al has really enjoyed the challenge that a sales position offers. Getting the right piece, that will exceed the customers expectations, and at a cost that is acceptable to both, is always very satisfying. Hell really miss the camaraderie that he shares with his co-workers and customers. While we will miss Al greatly, we wish him a happy retirement and our most sincere thank you for 15 years of dedication.

Uses for Everyday Items

Each issue will include creative uses for everyday items. This column will provide clever and creative solutions using items already found in your home. Have a creative use for an ordinary item? Submit your idea and see it featured in The Grain Bin. Submissions can be emailed to Rick Crafton at

Spring Planting
Yogurt Containers: Raise seedlings. Poke drainage holes in the bottom of the container and fill with soil. Start seeds until they are ready for the garden or a pot. Marbles: Add color to your potted plants topsoil. Just sprinkle marbles on top of the soil and enjoy. Bonus! These marbles also act as a deterrent for cats getting into mischief in the houseplants. Cake Dome: Make a terrarium. Covering small potted plants helps to speed growth, plus it brings a touch of elegance to your indoor potted plants.

Easter Egg Hunt

Who says Easter egg hunts are only for kids? Not me! Go on an Easter egg hunt through The Grain Bin. There are 24 eggs hidden within the texts and photos in this seasons edition. Hints: Look very closely and read each article, the eggs are all different sizes and colors. And yes, this huge egg counts. See how easy it is, you already found one! Grab your basket and get started. Happy hunting!

About the Editor

Brittany Swackhamer is a freelance writer from Cicero, Indiana. She has a passion for agriculture, livestock, and rural life.
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predicting the weather since 1792, when Robert E. Thomas devised a secret formula for forecasting. Todays forecasts are based on three scientific disciplines: solar science, climatology, and meteorology. The predictions are determined by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity. According to the Almanac, spring will begin with slightly below normal temperatures and precipitation for the Lower Lakes Region, while the Ohio Valley will experience slightly below average temperatures with significantly higher than normal precipitation during the month of April. The month of May will be cooler than usual, with below normal temperatures throughout the entire state. May will also bring less precipitation to Indiana. All parts of the state will experience above normal temperatures with below normal precipitation throughout June.

The Old Farmers Almanac has been


Farmers Future Forecast

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Welcome Brent!
Please join us in welcoming our newest sales representative at our Fort Wayne location, Brent Herendeen. After attending Purdue University, Brent worked on the family farm before joining the technology division at the North Central Co-Op, where he stayed for ten years. From there he became the district sales manager for local seed companies. He now lives in North Manchester with his wife and their two sons. Brent loves to play golf and hunt deer. He is also a certified first responder volunteer firefighter. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two English Mastiffs and embarrassing his two sons in front of their girlfriends.
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Fun Facts About MacAllister Machinery
The MacAllister Machinery Agriculture Division has a NEW website! Learn about the latest products and promotions by visiting Plus you can catch up on previous volumes of The Grain Bin. While youre online, also be sure to like our NEW facebook page at MacAllisterAGDivision.
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Location: Fort Wayne, IN

Who is who at Fort Wayne?

Mike Piqune, Technician: Has been with MacAllister 26 years. Married for 23
years to his wife, Shelly. Has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons. Interests: archery hunting deer, bear and antelope; helping with Wells County 4-H; church activities.

Rob Lemler, Technician: Has been with MacAllister 18 years. Married 8 years and
has 5 children and 6 grandchildren. Interests: fostering children (15-20 kids in 7 years), working in garden, & traveling.

Steve Schmoll, Parts Specialist: Has been with MacAllister 25 years. Married
for 20 years to his wonderful wife. Has 2 sons and a daughter and is expecting his first grandchild in September. Interests: hunting and shooting; also served in the US Army.

Travis Schuler, Technician: Has been with MacAllister 9 years. Marrying Christa Peden this December. Interests: spending time with family and friends.

Submit your comments, questions, pictures, and ideas to Rick Crafton. We look forward to hearing from you!
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