One machine, many uses
DES MOINES – After completely revamping its STS self-propelled sprayer in 2014, Hagie Manufacturing, based in Clarion, received the 2014 CropLife IRON Product of the Year award in December.
In addition, the basic machine and its various components to accomplish a variety of jobs, earned three 2015 AE50 awards from The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Hagie has its tall, roomy basic sprayer and a converted machine as a Cover Crop Interseeder on display at the three-day Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines. The show started Tuesday.
According to Doug Bassett, a Hagie sales representative, the sprayer was redesigned from front to back, with interchangeable toolbars for spraying and nitrogen applications, detasseling and cover crop seeding.
Bassett said he’s impressed with the sprayer’s clearance, at 77 inches. “That makes this machine a whole-season tool,” he said. “And you can do more with it than just spray.”
CropLife selects five products that were introduced during the calendar year.
For 2014, Hagie’s STS Series self-propelled sprayer was selected as the best of 2014 by almost 64 percent of 2,000 votes cast among its readership.
Hagie marketing coordinator Todd Lovelace said he thinks the STS’ versatility – sprayer, nitrogen, detasseling and cover crops – is what earned Hagie the award.
Alan Hagie, president and chief executive officer said the company “is in the business of solving problems.
“This business approach allows us to focus on providing solutions for optimal growth and the long-term success of our customers.
“We appreciate the market recognizing the value that our application solutions deliver to operations and to their bottom line,” Hagie said.
Bassett said the variable uses of the machine allows farmers to pre-plant applications, but can run in late-season through tall corn for fungicide and nitrogen needs.
The drive system allows the operator to program from two to 20 speeds.
The revamped cab is 25 cubic feet bigger than the former design, he said. “I think it’s the only cab that is designed for the sprayer it sits on.”
The cab is pressurized with new external and internal air filtration systems.
The radiator was moved to in front of the engine, Bassett said, to breath in cleaner air. It features a standard reverse fan to blow out any particulate matter.
The machine’s all-wheel drive means the rear wheels turn with the front to make one track in the field at end rows, running down fewer plants, he said.
Daryl Henze, of Urbandale, said he was impressed with the cover crop conversion of the STS machine.
Henze said he owns several farms in northwest Iowa and is planning on planting cover crops this season.
He said he wants to get a good stand of cover to reduce wind erosion in event of high winds with little snow cover.
“Cover crops are the way to go,” he said.
“We never set out to win awards,” said Travis Stallkamp, chief operating officer for Hagie, “but to make a real impact, a real difference in the economic drivers that face retailers and producers in today’s market conditions; providing solutions to end customers.
“That is impossible to accomplish without great innovative people taking care of these customers.
“We are humbled by the customers that voted for us.”
In addition, Hagie’s High Speed Toolbar, Cover Crop Interseeder and STS with tracks, have been named recipients of AE50 awards for 2015, deemed to be one of the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products for the food and agriculture industries.
The AE50 awards are presented by The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, an international educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, food and agricultural systems.
“It is an honor to have three different products from Hagie recognized as AE50 award recipients in the same year,” said Nick Rieck, director of engineering. “These designations are a testament to our team having deep understanding of the customer, as well as to the technical talent and collaboration that enables our company to quickly deliver innovative product solutions to the market.”
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