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Titan Machinery holds Fall Tillage Day

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf
agripen@live.com

Date Modified: 11/21/2012 1:10 PM

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PIPESTONE, Minn — Titan Machinery gave farmers the opportunity to see Steiger and Magnum series tractors work last week during an event near Pipestone.

A 600 Steiger and 315 Magnum each had a 870 Ecolo-Tiger Ripper. The farmers took the tractors out to a harvested corn field and worked the machines.

"We had approximately 80 farmers come to the demo day," said Curt Fey, field marketer for Titan.

Fall tillage is important and so is crop residue, said Mark Klaassen, IH crop production sales specialist.

"Agronomists tell us that we need to get corn stalks into eighteen inch pieces or smaller. The new GMO stacked corn hybrids do not decompose as easily," said Klaassen. "Soil contains the necessary microbes and bacteria to break down the stalks, but there must be soil contact."

Case IH territory sales manager Bill Whitworth said the Magnum and Steiger tractors are Tier 4A compliant. They have met the stringent standard using Selective Catalytic Reduction.

"SCR has been used by our sister company in Europe since 2006," said Whitworth. "To me that means it is now off the shelf proven technology. It uses a diesel exhaust fluid to treat the exhaust resulting in less emissions entering the air."