Agricultural Articles

Business Profile: Setting Superior Standards

More durability. Stronger roofs. Better manufacturing. Employees with true passion and integrity. These are just a few of the qualities that form the foundation of Superior Manufacturing. They are evident from the top down, both in the bins and the people who make them. Our owner, Claire Rauser, set the tone from the get-go.

Rauser got his start in the industry in 1977, and by the time he founded Superior Manufacturing in 2008 he had seen more than his share of bin damage. He witnessed the wrath of Dakota winds and snow and decided to put a stop to it with a better bin. When he founded Superior, it marked the beginning of something above the standard. Something Superior.

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Grain Storage: Advantages To On-Farm Grain Bins

Storing grain beyond harvest is a commonplace practice among operators in today’s agriculture industry. Major reasons for doing so include:

  • Flexibility in when and where the crop is sold.
  • Storing grain can help you capture the “carry” in the market.
  • Less then ideal weather conditions during harvest season.
  • The ability to conditioning grain for maximum value.
  • Grain may be used gradually throughout the year for livestock feed.

Cover Story: May Wes Manufacturing - The Original Poly People

May Wes Manufacturing (May Wes) was founded in the  early 1970s in Gibbon, Minn. and relocated to a new facility in Hutchinson, Minn. in the mid 1990s. The company built its reputation for pioneering the application of ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene material to Ag after-market products.

I acquired the company in 2002 as part of a group of diverse companies under Pride Solutions LLC that serve the Ag and recreational industries, as well as other manufacturing services. Companies within Pride Solutions share unique manufacturing capabilities of working with UHMW poly.  Read more

Feature Article: U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.

Thirty years ago, a custom harvester was inspired to create an organization to act as the voice for the men and women who travel the country harvesting grain crops for growers. The idea became a reality April 8, 1983 with the first organized gathering of more than 150 harvesters in Canyon, Texas. This meeting was the beginning of what is now known as U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.

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Back When: IH Farmall B

In 1902 my parents immigrated to the United States from Sweden. They became citizens and eventually migrated to Colorado and began farming. They farmed the land with horses for many years before buying their first tractor, a 1941 IH Farmall B.

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Business Profile: Thunder Creek Equipment - Efficiency In The Field

It’s been several years since Thunder Creek Equipment, the original innovator of square-by-design fuel trailers, launched their first trailer. Since then the company has consistently rolled out new, innovative products that make servicing equipment in the field much more efficient.

Owners across the country are discovering that these trailers deliver more than just fuel - they deliver real value to an operation’s bottom line.

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Back When: 1949 Minneapolis-Moline U

Sigwell J. Simonson purchased this Minneapolis-Moline U brand new in 1949. It served as his main tractor and he used it for all different aspects of farming, plowing, cultivating and tending livestock. In the early 1950’s, he converted the U to propane gas from gasoline, which dropped the cost to operate the tractor to less than $5.00 per day.

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Auctioneer's Corner: Insight Auctioneers

Farm equipment auctions have been gain­ing popularity over the last decade for both buying and selling. Today we will introduce you to Insight Auctioneers, located in Sebring, Florida. With over 15 years in business, this father-son team has a proven formula to get the highest dollar for your equipment at their auctions.

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Feature Article: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer

www.agroliquid.comNearly 100 of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers’ Area Managers—the independent agricultural retailers who sell the company’s products to farmers around the country—recently gathered in a ballroom in Lansing, Mich. AgroLiquid Senior Marketing Manager Lonny Smith asked a revealing question: “Who here remembers Mr. Cook; does anyone want to talk a little about who he was?”

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Business Profile - Mid-Western Millwright

www.midwesternmillwright.comThe evolution of Mid-Western Millwright Inc. (MWM), located in Fort Morgan, Colo., began in 1997 with the joining of Coy Palmer and Tim Worthley. Coy began working in construction and metal fabrication at the young age of 14. And at 23-years-old Coy started Palmer’s Portable Welding. While running his business, Coy met Tim through sub-contract work. Tim was raised in Fort Morgan, and has been in the construction and welding business for 35 years.

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