Innovative Storage, Handling and Tractor Solutions from AGCO

With ever-increasing pressure for greater efficiencies on the farm, Stephen Sork decided to take charge of every variable he could. In the process, he switched much of his farm equipment to AGCO brands, as well as expanding his GSI-made grain...

Innovative Storage, Handling and Tractor Solutions from AGCO

With ever-increasing pressure for greater efficiencies on the farm, Stephen Sork decided to take charge of every variable he could. In the process, he switched much of his farm equipment to AGCO brands, as well as expanding his GSI-made grain...

With ever-increasing pressure for greater efficiencies on the farm, Stephen Sork decided to take charge of every variable he could. In the process, he switched much of his farm equipment to AGCO brands, as well as expanding his GSI-made grain storage and handling facilities.

Not only is soil compaction reduced from use of Challenger track tractors, but Stephen and Ernie Sork (at right, respectively) also see lower fuel costs, and their crew enjoys enhanced cab comfort.

Not only is soil compaction reduced from use of Challenger track tractors, but Stephen and Ernie Sork
(at right, respectively) also see lower fuel costs, and their crew enjoys enhanced cab comfort.

Steve, who owns and operates Sork Farms in southeast Illinois with his father, Ernie, likes the ability to do nearly everything—planting, harvesting, spraying and fertilizing—in-house. These days, AGCO tractors and sprayers are integral to making it all happen.

A former Deere customer, Steve first tried a Challenger track tractor nearly 10 years ago and was sold on the concept and the results. “We really liked them,” says Steve. “Their ability to reduce compaction in our 20-inch rows has meant no emergence issues with corn or soybeans.”

Steve, who owns six Challenger tractors and two RoGator® 1100 sprayers, says he’s also seen a savings in total fuel use, as well as increased comfort. “These machines are a really smooth ride over rough terrain, whether going over a ditch or working through washouts.”

The quest for greater efficiency and control, however, didn’t end with tractors and sprayers. Over the past 10 years, the Sorks have nearly doubled the storage and handling capacity on their farm.

In addition to stronger bin designs from GSI that can be built taller than previous models, their system features GSI En-Masse conveyors and a Hi-Flight pit conveyor. Now, the Sorks’ handling system moves grain faster and with less damage than augers or air systems.

For more, CLICK HERE to see the whole story on the Sork operation at http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/storing-profits-on-the-farm/.

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