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Sunflower: Replacement Blades and Sweeps

Designed for durability and to deliver superior performance in the field, Genuine Sunflower Replacement Blades and Sweeps offer farmers a proven edge.

Cutting through tough, hybrid crop residue and hard-packed soils, Sunflower vertical tillage tools lead the industry in innovation and performance. But to keep these best-in-class tools operating at their best and helping to prepare the ideal seedbed, be sure to use Genuine Sunflower Replacement Blades.

Made with the highest quality materials, exacting manufacturing methods and rigorous testing—Sunflower Genuine Replacement Blades lead the industry in durability and performance. Here’s just a partial list for what sets them apart from the competition.

Material Quality. The best disc blades and sweeps start with the finest materials. Sunflower utilizes proprietary boron steel to provide best-in-class durability, leading to longer, higher-performing wear.

Advanced Manufacturing. Precise robotic cutting and manufacturing equipment guarantees exact dimensions and sharpness. Water quenching, after-heat treatment sets these parts apart to eliminate wobble, and adds to the overall performance and durability.

Quality Testing. Every batch of discs, sweeps and other Genuine Sunflower Replacement Parts goes through a battery of tests to ensure the highest quality and durability.

Just like having the right-sized tractor to pull these exceptionally effective and efficient implements, replacement parts are critical to the best-in-class operation of Sunflower Seed and Tillage tools. Ensure you maintain that high level of performance in your fields with Sunflower Genuine Tillage Parts.

To learn more about Sunflower parts, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/sunflowerparts/ or visit your Sunflower dealer and ask for Sunflower Genuine Tillage Parts.

Sunflower Seed and Tillage: Built Around the Parts

Today’s farmers have to overcome numerous hurdles in preparing optimum seedbeds: hard-packed soil, heavy residue left over from genetically modified crops, erosion concerns, and continued demands for speed and efficiency. To meet the challenge, Sunflower offers more than 100 models and configurations of seeding and tillage tools, each designed to help enhance seed-to-soil contact for rapid and uniform emergence. That means more efficiency, better yields, higher profits.

After almost 70 years of excellence, farmers have come to trust Sunflower. It’s a name synonymous with quality and dependability. Now, that same excellence can be found in new Sunflower Genuine Tillage Parts, such as blades, sweeps, chisels and points.

Just like having the right-sized tractor to pull these exceptionally effective and efficient implements, replacement parts are critical to the best-in-class operation of Sunflower Seed and Tillage tools.

Visit a Sunflower dealer to ask for Sunflower Genuine Tillage Parts.

To see more about Sunflower parts, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/sunflowerparts/.

MF4610: One Tractor, Many Jobs

In its heyday a century ago, scores of horses were used to do dozens of jobs at Biltmore. Today, one utility tractor—with 99 HP—performs multiple jobs at one of the country’s most beautiful agricultural operations.

Kevin Payne, Biltmore’s farm manager

Kevin Payne, Biltmore’s farm manager

Biltmore has long been a Massey Ferguson® customer. Their small fleet includes Massey Ferguson tractors dating back 35 years. The nearly new MF4610 is the most recent jack of all trades making life easier in a diversified operation.

“Masseys are easy to operate and affordable to work on. They do the job,” says Kevin Payne, Biltmore’s farm manager. “The 1979 MF1100 is as strong as when it was new.” And he should know. Payne has worked at Biltmore since the year that MF1100 was purchased.

Payne loves the smooth but powerful shuttle transmission on the MF4610. At Biltmore, Payne and crew can be hauling cattle feed in the morning, cutting thick sudangrass by afternoon and moving rolling chicken coops by evening.

“The shuttle transmission is really nice when you are picking up feed pallets or baling, then loading hay,” says Payne. “It is a whole lot quicker doing anything where you are moving from forward to reverse frequently.”

The MF4610 does it all with a 3-cylinder engine that generates torque as well or better than comparable 4-cylinder engines. “I use this tractor to disk ground, and it moved through the field like the disc wasn’t even back there.”

For the full story, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/biltmore-ritzy-home-real-farm/.

Workhorses: From MF135 to MF8670

For being named the 2013 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, James Cooley received use of a Massey Ferguson® tractor for one year. He chose the MF8670, known for its continuously variable transmission (CVT), fuel efficiency and comfort.

Cooley and the MF8670

Cooley and the MF8670

It is not, however, his first Massey Ferguson. “We love Masseys,” says Cooley. “We’ve got 17 of the old 135s” used for bringing out peaches and light work. For parts, he calls on Nance Tractor and Implements in McConnells, S.C.

Adds Cooley, the vintage workhorse “was Massey’s special tractor, Daddy always said. The 135 is a tractor that everybody can drive. It’s easy to maintain regarding its parts and availability of them.”

As for his new MF8670, which Cooley calls the “Cadillac of tractors,” he plans to put it to work preparing peach and strawberry land. “We’ll use it for making the soil loose and ready for the roots to spread out on the peach trees,” he says. “And we’ll use it for fixing the ground for the strawberries.

“The view is remarkable,” continues Cooley. “It’s a smooth ride and the turning radius is remarkable. And, of course, it [has] unmatched power.”

For more on the Cooley farm, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/farmer-of-the-year-coming-out-on-top/.

Hesston by Massey Ferguson: Running Fast, Cutting Clean

A new customer had seen the clean, close cut Monte Innes, and his wife Julie, had achieved on a nearby property and realized his existing custom balers—who used equipment of a certain green color—were leaving money in the fields.

“This is the third RazorBar disc header we’ve had, and we now wouldn’t own anything else,” Monte says. “We get all the hay. It is a clean cut an inch from the ground.”

He also appreciates the speed with which the machine can travel in the field and on the highway. “It is awesome traveling down the road at 20 mph from one field to another,” he continues, noting how important that speed is when you’re working numerous scattered fields and dodging weather to get a sole cutting following a brief 70-day growing season.

The windrower is quick. “Today I cut 180 acres in six-and-a-half hours,” Monte says, “and I couldn’t have done that with any other machine.”

The Innes’ Hesston by Massey Ferguson 2170 XD baler produces bales that are denser, heavier. Because of that, Monte can now get 26 to 27 tons of hay on a semi trailer truck for shipment, rather than 22 tons.

“That saves us about 50 loads per season,” says Monte, “which saves us about $25,000 in shipping costs. “Our new baler is a home run for us.”

See Monte’s full story at http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/high-country-hay/.

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