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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.

 

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.

 

Beet Lime Spreader / Waste Lime Spreader 

Thursday
Sep052013

Spreader Specialties, BBI Head to Big Iron Farm Show

Denny McCauley of BBI Spreaders will join Mike Olson and  Spreader Specialties for this year's Big Iron Farm Show.

The Big Iron Farm Show will take place from September 10-12, 2013.  Held annually at West Fargo, North Dakota’s Red River Valley Fairgrounds, he Big Iron Farm Show attracts more than 80,000 attendees from across the Northern Plains.

Show attendees will enjoy learning about and investing in products and services from more than 800 exhibitors during the three-day event, the premier outdoor farm show in the region.  The 2013 Big Iron Farm Show marks the 30th anniversary event.  Founded in 1983, the Big Iron Farm Show began with the premise that North Dakota should have its own showcase for farm equipment, lovingly referred to by farmers everywhere as “big iron.”

Over the 30 years since its ambitious beginnings, the Big Iron Farm Show has grown into a panoramic expo of the world of agriculture, with multiple areas of focus including agribusiness, health, innovation, and technology.   The North Dakota Trade Office has made the Big Iron Farm Show an international event, attracting more than 40 visitors annually from around the world, in an effort to connect the global farming community with commercial activity with US farms, ranches, and equipment manufacturers.

At the 2013 event, BBI’s Denny McCauley, territory sales manager for the Midwest and western United States will stand with Mike Olson, owner of Spreader Specialties.  Based in Austin, Minnesota, Spreader Specialties is a Northern Plains leader in sales, parts, and service for BBI Spreaders.  Olson and his team work with farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Northern Iowa, matching their needs with the latest offerings from BBI in spreaders optimized for application of fertilizer, lime, and organic materials.  

At this year’s Big Iron Farm Show, McCauley and Olson will showcase MagnaSpread, BBI’s line of spreaders optimized for granular fertilizer and lime applications.  The MagnaSpread series, available in both truck-mount and pull-type single-axle and tandem-axle versions, features the ISOBUS-compatible BBI Binary Manifold as standard equipment. The Binary Manifold connects with a variety of precision farming technology software systems from every manufacturer currently leveraging the ISOBUS platform.

The MagnaSpread line is known for its efficiency, durability, and effectiveness at increasing profitability for farming operations of all sizes.  The line ranges from smaller models geared to the needs of ag & turf farms and golf courses to the Producer Series range.  The new Producer Series MagnaSpread models feature multi-hopper versions (MagnaSpread2 and MagnaSpread3) for sophisticated management of multi-nutrient applications, optimizing agronomy and eliminating wasteful spreading.  The Producer Series also features MagnaSpread Ultra, a behemoth with an unprecedented combination of power, capacity, and efficiency.

“It’s always a pleasure to join Mike Olson and Spreader Specialties at the Big Iron Farm Show,” stated McCauley.  “The Northern Plains is an important part of America’s heartland, and Mike Olson’s team is peerless in the level of service and expertise it provides to the area’s farmers, golf course managers, and municipalities.  We are honored to have Spreader Specialties as an exclusive dealer of BBI’s products, the best spreaders on the market for leveraging precision agriculture applications.  We look forward to meeting with the area’s farming community at the show.” 

For more information on the 2013 Big Iron Farm Show, please visit the show website at http://www.bigironfarmshow.com/index.php

 

Tuesday
Aug132013

Spreader Specialties Gears Up for Dakotafest

BBI’s Denny McCauley is heading to Mitchell, South Dakota, joining Spreader Specialties for the 2013 IDEAg Dakotafest.

Dakotafest, scheduled for August 20-22, is the premier agricultural event in South Dakota.  Once again, more than 30,000 attendees will descend upon Schlaffman Farm outside of Mitchell.   More than 550 local, national, and global companies will come to Mitchell to connect with farmers and ranchers of the Northern Plains.  Exhibitors will represent the spectrum of companies supporting the farming industry, including equipment manufacturers, precision agriculture electronics firms, ag-based financial services companies, and consultants.

In addition to manufacturer exhibitions, Dakotafest features educational forums on a number of timely farming topics, as well as field and livestock demonstrations that will showcase the latest advancements in agribusiness.

For past shows, attendees come from every county in South Dakota, as well as significant numbers of farmers and ranchers representing key farming and ranching regions in Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.

BBI’s Denny McCauley will be attending Dakotafest, teaming up with one of our key partners for the area, Mike Olson of Spreader Specialties.  From its home in Austin, Minnesota, Spreader Specialties works with farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and northern Iowa, ensuring that farmers in these areas are equipped with the latest offerings in BBI spreaders, parts, service, and technology for precision farming capabilities.

For Dakotafest 2013, McCauley and Olson will showcase MagnaSpread, BBI’s industry leader in the precision application of fertilizer and lime. The MagnaSpread hydraulic series is available in a variety of models, including truck-mount and pull-type versions, as well as models based on single and double-axle frames. , The MagnaSpread line features the ISOBUS-compatible BBI Binary Manifold as standard equipment. The proprietary Binary Manifold connects with a variety of precision farming technology software systems from every manufacturer currently utilizing  the ISOBUS platform.

 “BBI really appreciates this part of the country and the farmers that make up so much of the economic vitality of the Northern Plains region,” stated Lee Kilpatrick, Director of Sales and Marketing at BBI Spreaders. “This community is served with great care and expertise by Mike Olson and Spreader Specialties.  Mike and his team exemplify the very best elements of a great farm equipment dealer—superior product knowledge, the ability to get to know their customers to match our products with their needs, and a life-long commitment to customer service.  We are pleased to be joining Mike once again for Dakotafest, one of our favorite shows on the ag circuit.”

For more information on the 2013 IDEAg Dakotafest, please visit the show website at http://www.ideaggroup.com/dakotafest.