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Thursday
Feb272014

Spreader Specialties to Feature Endurance Beet Lime Spreader at International Sugarbeet Institute

In its ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of farmers in the Red River Valley, Spreader Specialties is proud to participate in the 52nd International Sugarbeet Institute in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Held at the Alerus Center, the International Sugarbeet Institute brings together sugarbeet growers from the Northern Plains region and their counterparts just across the Canadian border in Manitoba.  This year’s event will take place March12-13.

Show organizers expect nearly 4,000 in attendance, with nearly 125 companies showcasing equipment tailored for the sugarbeet market.  Spreader Specialties, an exclusive dealer of BBI Spreaders, is proud to showcase the Endurance beet lime spreader, custom-developed for the Northern Plains market in collaboration between the dealership and BBI.

The Endurance beet lime spreader turn’s yesterday’s waste into tomorrow’s yield, allowing one crop’s by-products to become cost-efficient fertilizer for another.  Part of BBI’s flagship line of spreaders for a host of organic materials, the Endurance beet lime spreader is available in truck-mount or pull-type models, with mechanical, hydraulic, and plug-to-tractor options on-hand as well.  Other options for the Endurance Beet Lime Spreader include multiple flotation tire applications for minimizing soil compaction, including TerraGator compatibility.

The Endurance beet lime spreader arrives standard-equipped with BBI’s proprietary Binary Manifold, which makes connection to all leading precision agriculture technology systems a simple snap.  In addition, the company offers its own precision agriculture suite, the Task Command System from BBI Electronics, as a standard offering on the Endurance beet lime edition.

Spreader Specialties is offering a special promotional offer for the International Sugarbeet Institute. With the purchase of any Endurance beet lime spreader, Spreader Specialties will offer a free flotation tire upgrade.

“We’re looking forward to participating in this year’s International Sugarbeet Institute,” stated Mike Olson, owner of Spreader Specialties. “We’re also honored to present the Endurance beet lime spreader to the farmers of the Red River Valley—we took their needs and requirements straight to the manufacturer, and BBI has responded with a piece of equipment that’s unmatched in its power and precision.”

Thursday
Jan232014

Spreader Specialties Heading to Iowa Power Farming Show

After a fine start to 2014, the Spreader Specialties team hits the road for one of our favorite events on the winter trade show calendar, the Iowa Power Farming Show.

Held annually at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, the Iowa Power Farming Show is the third-largest indoor farm show in the country.  This year’s show will take place January 28-30.

Annual attendance typically reaches over 20,000, as more than 750 companies from 29 U. S. states and four Canadian provinces showcase a variety of power equipment for farming and construction uses, including tractors, sprayers, combines, planters, spreaders, turf equipment, and much more. In addition to thousands of power equipment offerings, the show will also feature a host of providers from the world of farming software, including developers of precision ag electronics, management software, and ag-related accessories.

At this year’s show, the team from Spreader Specialties will join Denny McCauley of BBI Spreaders.  Spreader Specialties is an exclusive dealer of BBI Spreaders, a company focused on products that improve the bottom line performance of all sizes of farming operations through higher yields and increased efficiency from precision dry application of fertilizer, lime, and organic materials. 

The team is particularly excited about the 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show, as it’s the first Spreader Specialties trade show featuring BBI’s awesome new Producer Series, aimed at large-acreage farming operations prevalent in the Midwest.  Spreader Specialties will have one of the key products from the series, MagnaSpread 2, on display at the Iowa Power Farming Show.

MagnaSpread 2, built on BBI’s heritage MagnaSpread platform, is two-bin hydraulic spreader built for precision, power, and efficiency.  Built specifically to meet the needs of large farms, MagnaSpread 2 delivers precision application of fertilizer and lime.  As with other hydraulic models from BBI, MagnaSpread 2 arrives with BBI’s proprietary Binary Manifold for making ISOBUS connections to precision ag electronics, as well as the all-new precision ag suite from BBI Electronics, the Task Command System.

“MagnaSpread 2, along with the rest of the Producer Series, is an important advancement for farmers in the Northern Plains region,” said Spreader Specialties owner Mike Olson, a farm equipment veteran with nearly three decades of experience. “This spreader allows for so much flexibility and customization, facilitating a great mix in the fall and nitrogen in the spring.  We already have a few of these in the field—they were released at last year’s Farm Progress Show in Illinois, and our customers are raving about the performance of MagnaSpread 2, MagnaSpread 3 (the three-hopper model), and MagnaSpread Ultra.”

To commemorate the release of the BBI Producer Series at this year’s Iowa Power Farming Show, Olson is upping the ante for farmers who make a show purchase.  He’s offering a free Super Duty Shur-Lok tarp from Shurco, the leader in elite tarps for farm equipment, with the purchase of any Producer Series spreader (MagnaSpread Ultra, MagnaSpread 2, MagnaSpread 3) at the show.

 For more information on the show, visit the Iowa Power Farming Show website at www.iowapowerfarmshow.com.

 

Wednesday
Dec182013

Spreader Spotlight: BBI's Three-Hopper MagnaSpread 3

At this year’s Farm Progress Show, the biggest agriculture show on the American outdoor circuit, BBI Spreaders wrote the next chapter in its long history of setting the pace of innovation in the dry application space. With the launch of its Producer Series, BBI has announced a new day for large-acreage fertilizer management.

The initial wave of offerings within the Producer Series features three spreaders built on the company’s heritage platform, MagnaSpread, the fertilizer and lime offering that defined BBI as the leader in precision application of dry material for the last decade:  MagnaSpread Ultra, the most powerful dry applicator on the market today, and a pair of multi-hopper offerings, MagnaSpread 2, and MagnaSpread 3.

MagnaSpread 3 is a micro-nutrient precision spreader optimized for large-acreage farms.  MagnaSpread 3 delivers unmatched precision and efficiency for large agriculture operations. The spreader drastically reduces fuel and material waste, delivering better bottom lines through greater yields for top-line revenues and serious expense management from fuel, fertilizer, and sustainability perspectives.

In a single pass, MagnaSpread 3 can deliver to producer-level farms what single-hopper offerings do in two to three passes, saving two to four days of application time for every 1,000 acres fertilized, in addition to hundreds of gallons of fuel per application. What’s the company’s secret to all of this efficiency?  It’s BBI’s patented multi-hopper design that enables three hoppers to operate independently, all controlled by variable-rate technology.  Some of the MagnaSpread 3’s earliest adopters have already successfully spread up to seven nutrients simultaneously with this trusted technology.

The MagnaSpread 3 is no stranger to precision agriculture technology—this field beast thrives on precision ag, and BBI customers have their pick of top options.  The company is offering its all-new precision ag suite, the Task Command System, as a standard offering on its powerful pull-type and truck-mount hydraulic models and MagnaSpread 3 can connect to any ISOBUS-ready precision ag suite from leading technologies from John Deere, Raven, and more.

MagnaSpread3 enables business-savvy farmers to extract full value from their agronomic data.  Employing high-level soil chemistry to its full potential by blending nutrients to the precise specifications of field agronomists was the company’s goal with its multi-bin offerings, and MagnaSpread 3 delivers on that promise.

This spreader, like the other Producer Series options, is built tough to meet the rigors of producer-level acreages.  MagnaSpread 3 features a 14-ton walking-beam suspension state-of-the-art electrostatic paint, and BBI’s commitment to quality that shines throughout the life cycle of every MagnaSpread product.

Thursday
Dec122013

Spreader Spotlight: BBI's New MagnaSpread 2

The BBI engineering and design team has really outdone itself this year, rolling out a host of new products aimed at optimizing farming profits around the world. The company rolled out three new spreaders at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, the first offerings of what we’re calling our Producer Series.

Along with our latest offering from BBI Electronics, the Task Command System, each spreader in the Producer Series has a multi-fold mission of improving cost-in-use efficiency, expense management, long-term profitability, and short-term recovery of investment for every BBI customer. The Producer Series features the MagnaSpread Ultra, with an unprecedented combination of power, durability, and precision that leaves it in a new class all by itself, and two multi-hopper offerings, MagnaSpread 2 and MagnaSpread 3.

 Today’s Spreader Spotlight focuses on MagnaSpread 3's twin-hopper brother, MagnaSpread 2.  For many years, farmers have remained loyal to BBI because we tailor our dry application offerings to their exact needs, whether through our flagship hydraulic lines of MagnaSpread and Endurance, or through our heritage mechanical line, Liberty. For more than a decade, BBI has been the leader in precision application of fertilizer, lime, and a host of organic materials on farms, golf courses, orchards, vineyards, and ag & turf farms, with an attention to the finer points of spread pattern, swath, and drive interval, as well as components marked by their durability and consistency season after season.

For the last few years, many farmers have approached BBI’s business development team at trade shows across North America, asking us why we didn’t have a twin-hopper offering. Sometimes companies fail in trying to create a market for their ideas—with the advent of MagnaSpread 2, our customers can clearly see that we are responding to their needs with a targeted new offering that gives them exactly the power, precision, and efficiency they need for multi-nutrient application in large fields.

MagnaSpread 2 drastically reduces fuel and material waste, delivering better bottom lines through greater yields for top-line revenues and serious expense management from fuel, fertilizer, and sustainability perspectives. In a single pass, this twin-hopper model can deliver to producer-level farms what single-hopper offerings do in two to three passes.  This single-pass efficiency in spreading multiple nutrients typically saves two to four days of application time for every 1,000 acres fertilized, in addition to hundreds of gallons of fuel per application. BBI’s patented multi-hopper design enables MagnaSpread 2’s dual hoppers to operate independently, controlled by variable-rate technology. 

The MagnaSpread 2, like its three-hopper brother MagnaSpread 3, is no stranger to precision agriculture technology.  The spreader thrives on precision agriculture technology applications to optimize field agronomy, and BBI customers have their pick of the best options in the precision ag technology space.  Among these options is BBI’s latest electronics offering, the aforementioned Task Command System.  This all-new electronics suite is a standard offering on the powerful pull-type and truck-mount hydraulic models for MagnaSpread 2, and the spreader can also connect to any ISOBUS-ready precision ag suite from leading technologies from John Deere, Raven, and more.

This spreader, like the other Producer Series options, is built tough to meet the rigors of producer-level acreages.  MagnaSpread 2 features a 14-ton walking-beam suspension state-of-the-art electrostatic paint, and BBI’s commitment to quality that shines throughout the life cycle of every MagnaSpread product.

Thursday
Oct242013

Spreader Spotlight: Endurance Beet Lime 

BBI Spreaders has a history of working with its dealer network to identify new and greater opportunities to impact the economic good of farmers in their fields around the world.

They even have a creed for it, a short-form expression of the company’s mission:  Driving Value.beet lime spreader

And in the Northern Plains area of northern Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas, BBI is living this mission in conjunction with Austin, Minnesota-based dealer Spreader Specialties.  Endurance Beet Lime Spreader is the latest in a long line of innovations aimed at not only solving problems and challenges, but also making gold out of waste.

The Northern Plains is sugar beet country, home to the country’s largest growers who meet the sugar demands of Americans and people worldwide. Sugar beet production presents farmers in this area with a lot of leftover beet lime, organic waste that in previous years many farmers thought to be impossible to spread evenly, much less at a consistent rate.

Now, thanks to the collaborative work among Northern Plains farmers, Spreader Specialties owner Mike Olson, and the design and engineering team at BBI headquarters in Georgia, that trash is now gold.

BBI has taken Endurance, the industry leader in organic material application, and optimized the spreader to meet the rugged demands unique to the distribution of beet lime.  Beet farmers typically spread 10 tons of beet lime per acre to fertilize virgin land, and they subsequently throw up to five tons to maintain the land year after year.

According to Olson, he gets regular feedback from area farmers telling him that when they spread beet lime with Endurance, the practice routinely delivers greater yields of 15 extra bushels of corn per acre, and an extra 10 to 15 bushels of beans.

Olson and the BBI team worked to optimize Endurance for the regional demands of the Northern Plains, much in the same way BBI has worked to optimize Endurance for chicken litter across every poultry market across the country.  The BBI team has customized Endurance for beet lime spreading through fine-tuning and tweaking certain specifications.

For example, due to the heavy volume requirements for spreading beet lime in the field, the team constructed the model with seven-gauge steel, stronger chains and sturdier flooring.  BBI also opted for flotation tires for limiting soil compaction from such a heavy load, and the company tied the spreader to existing tractor hydraulics for a solution that utilizes an existing power platform for cost-effectiveness. The result is a true workhorse that makes half-mile-round intervals before emptying and reloading for another field pass.

According to Mike Olson, the Endurance Beet Lime spreader will make a difference for many years in the Northern Plains.  “This is an incredible investment opportunity for farmers in our area right now,” Olson explained. “The greater yields in corn and beans are undeniable, and for those early adopters of Endurance Beet Lime, it’s a chance for them to spread their own fields and those of others without the infrastructure investment to pull this off on their own.”

Lee Kilpatrick, Director of Sales and Marketing at BBI, appreciates Olson’s special commitment to the farmers of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and northern Iowa. “Mike is a special dealer in a very demanding market that’s so important to feeding our country and the world. He does such an excellent job of listening to his customers, so that we can continue to develop products that fulfill our mission of improving their economics.”

For more information on the Endurance Beet Lime spreader and available inventory, please visit the Spreader Specialties website at www.spreaderspecialties.com.

 

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