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Loftness | Farm Equipment: Loftness Marks 60 Years of Manufacturing Innovation

May 06, 2016
HECTOR, Minn. — This year, Loftness Specialized Equipment marks 60 years of manufacturing success in the heart of the upper Midwest. Loftness has grown and expanded as a company since its founder, a Hector, Minn., farmer named Dick Loftness, made a V-type snow blower for his own use. This soon led to the start of Loftness Manufacturing in 1956. In 1979, Dick sold the company to… Continue Reading

Fertilizer Equipment | Minnesota Farm Guide: In 60th year, Loftness moves into fertilizer tenders/spreaders

January 29, 2016
HECTOR, Minn. – Farming is always changing and so is Loftness Specialized Equipment, Inc.Working out of their 80,000-square-feet manufacturing facility just off Highway 212 in Hector, Loftness builds grain baggers, snow removal equipment, forestry and vegetative equipment, crop residue management tools and fertilizer spreaders/tenders.With 75-100 employees that commute from as … Continue Reading

Vegetation Management | Compact Equipment: How to Maintain a Mulching Head Attachment

March 29, 2016
The Harsh Life of Forestry Work Requires Regular Maintenance Few attachments undergo the harsh operating conditions of a mulching head. Between the abrasive work, the debris-filled environment and often hot weather, these attachments have to be built tough to handle all the abuse. But no matter how tough they may be, all mulching heads need regular maintenance to operate at … Continue Reading

Vegetation Management | Roads & Bridges: Go small or go home

September 10, 2015
We live in an age where bigger is better—bigger burgers, bigger flat-screen TVs and, in the world of clearing vegetation, bigger equipment. A large-scale mechanical tree trimmer with a 75-ft boom can tear into towering pines, and a dedicated mulching machine will make mincemeat of the thickest buck brush.  But aside from rural areas offering ample space to maneuver, these behem… Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Arbor Age: Vegetative Clearing Gets Versatile

August 14, 2015
We live in an age where bigger is better — bigger burgers, bigger flat-screen TVs and, in the world of clearing vegetation, bigger equipment. A large-scale mechanical tree trimmer with a 75-foot boom can tear into towering pines, and a dedicated mulching machine will make mincemeat of the thickest buck brush. But aside from rural areas offering ample space to maneuver, these b… Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Tree Services: Working in a Tight Spot

August 12, 2015
Kappen Tree Service reaps the benefits of a compact tree trimmer for distribution rights-of-way. When it comes to clearing the strips of land along utility lines, or the rights-of-way, many contractors have struggled to find an efficient method of trimming trees. For open areas, manufacturers have developed large-scale mechanical trimmers equipped with saw blades mounted on l… Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Utility Products: Go Small or Go Home

June 02, 2015
We live in an age where bigger is better--bigger burgers, bigger flat-screen TVs and, in the world of clearing vegetation, bigger equipment. A large-scale mechanical tree trimmer with a 75-foot boom can tear into towering pines, and a dedicated mulching machine will shred the thickest buck brush. But aside from rural areas offering ample space to maneuver, these large machines… Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Arbor Age: Kwik-Trim wins 2015 Arbor Age A+ New Product Award.

May 22, 2015
PLYMOUTH, Minn. (May 22, 2015) — Arbor Age magazine announced the winners of the 2015 Arbor Age A+ New Product Awards. The Arbor Age A+ New Product Awards recognize products for the professional arborist market.* Products were judged by the Green Media editorial staff based on innovation, marketability and application within the market. The winning products are profiled in the … Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Agriculture.com: Inexpensive, Flexible Grain Storage.

November 24, 2014
Leonard Kopman’s reason for buying a Loftness grain bagging system was pragmatic. He didn’t have enough bin space for his 2011 harvest, and he didn’t want to give his crop away. “I’ve never looked back,” he says. “It’s an outstanding alternative. I’ll never be held hostage to the grain elevator again during harvest.” Grain bagging easily pays for itself with the competitive b… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Farm & Ranch Guide: Out of grain bins? Loftness grain bagging system could be answer

October 31, 2014
Grain storage has been at a premium this year with high yields being harvested across the Northern Plains. "We've seen some terrific yields but with prices low, a lot of producers may want to hold on to their high-value grain and wait for better prices," said Dave Nelson, one of the owners of the Loftness Specialized Equipment, based in Hector, Minn. However, extra storage ha… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Farm Industry News: Trend Watch

October 08, 2014
Over the weekend I was visiting our family’s long-time friends, Mary, Arlen, and Sheila Hall, who had driven in from Kansas for our annual fishing trip and Arts Meander. Mary mentioned that farmers in her area were bagging their harvested grain this year to avoid the long lines at the elevator. Turns out it’s a trend in other states, too. This morning I received an email from … Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Minneapolis Star Tribune: More farmers seeking storage are turning to grain bags

October 04, 2014
A near-record harvest, low crop prices and a shortage of storage space are changing the way some farmers store their crops. Across Minnesota and elsewhere, many growers are stuffing corn, wheat and sometimes soybeans into 300-foot polyethylene bags, 10 feet in diameter. The process, called grain bagging, provides temporary storage in farm fields that eliminates the need to wa… Continue Reading

Crop Shredders | Agriculture.com: Second-Crop Corn Stover

September 16, 2014
Hay land replaced by cornfields could have hurt Brian Alff’s custom baling business in southwest Iowa. Instead, he adapted by adding corn stover baling to his services. His customers recognize the value of harvesting a second crop of what was once considered waste. Alff has learned that using the right equipment makes baling more efficient for a better product worth the extra c… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Progressive Farmer: To Bag Or Not To Bag?

August 01, 2014
That’s the question for farmers who need temporary grain storage quickly. John Peterson would rather have permanent grain storage. But grain bags suit his needs just fine for now. Peterson and his father, Steve, farm about 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans near Wakonda, S.D. Five years ago, harvest found them with more grain than bin space because they had picked up some extra… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Reuters: U.S. grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

July 23, 2014
As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool - giant sausage-shaped storage bags - to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc. Demand has surged this summer for the white polyethylene bags the length of a football field and the equipment required to fill them, acco… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Dakota Farmer: Grain Bagging Tips

July 08, 2014
Craig Fisher, Richardton, N.D., and John Anderson, Clifford, N.D., have learned a trick or two about using grain bags. Both use grain bags extensively. Their top tips for bagging grain successfully include: If you plan to buy a bagger, visit a farm and see how they work. Fisher says Loftness – one of several grain manufacturers -- provides videos showing how to set the equipme… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Dakota Farmer: Ready For Grain Harvest

July 07, 2014
Craig Fisher has his 2014 grain harvest logistics in the bag – almost literally. The Richardton, N.D., wheat and sunflower grower isn't worried about not having enough grain storage space. He's not worried that long lines at the grain elevator in town will tie up his trucks and force him to shut down his combines. He's not worried that the railroads might be so clogged with oi… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Feed & Grain: Thinking Outside the Bin

April 29, 2014
As farming operations grow larger and yields continue their climb higher, many commer­cial grain facilities are faced with the chal­lenge of handling higher volumes. In a lot of cases, the only solution is to pile grain on the ground, due to a lack of fixed storage. However, one South Dakota co-op, tired of dealing with the spoilage from exposed grain, started thinking outside … Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Utility Products: A Helpful Solution to Trimming Trees Along Utility Line Right of Ways.

March 01, 2014
For many years, vegetation management contractors have struggled to find a good solution for trimming trees along utility line rights of way. Most will admit the old-fashioned practices of climbing trees and using bucket trucks are time consuming and somewhat dangerous. The central division of Wright Tree Service, however, seems to be one of the few contractors that have discov… Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Transmission & Distribution World: Compact Trimmer Speeds Work on Right-of-Way.

October 15, 2013
Westar Energy, like many other electric utilities, is always looking for ways to get through more miles at a lower cost when it comes to vegetation management. This was especially important on a recent project in which the utility had to trim 1,900 miles of distribution right-of-way. Much of the contract included areas that were unreachable with large mechanical trimmers, whic… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Farm Futures: Bag It Up

September 03, 2013
In the four years since Craig Fischer switched from storing most of his wheat in steel bins to gigantic polyurethane bags, he’s cut down significantly on storage expenses and has increased profits. The fourth-generation farmer from Richardton, N.D., estimates annual expenses on storage range from 10 to 12 cents a bushel. Steel bin storage averaged more than $1 per bushel. Perh… Continue Reading

Grain Bagging | Ag Web: Record Harvest Equals Storage Snars, Wide Basis.

September 03, 2013
Record crops and transportation bottlenecks are straining the nation’s grain storage system in ways it hasn’t seen in nearly a decade. That adds up to a lot of grain with nowhere to go and is hitting farmers through the double whammy of low grain prices and wide basis. The problem is particularly acute in the northwestern fringe of the Corn Belt, but not content to quietly acce… Continue Reading

Mulching Heads | Compact Equipment: A Clear-Cut Decision.

August 10, 2012
When it comes to right-of-way and land clearing, the equipment choice is clear-cut. That’s because few machines offer the same level of performance, versatility and safety as PTO-driven horizontal drum mulchers. This makes them ideal for many professional contractors looking for a cost-effective method for mulching thick grass, brush and trees. In many cases, they may already o… Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Electric Energy Online: Michigan tree trimmer uses compact equipment for distribution rights-of-way.

August 01, 2012
When it comes to clearing the strips of land along utility lines, or the rights-of-way, many contractors have struggled to find an efficient method of trimming trees. For open areas, manufacturers have developed large-scale mechanical trimmers equipped with saw blades mounted on long booms. But for distribution lines in metropolitan areas and other confined spaces, contractors … Continue Reading

Kwik-Trim | Utility Products: In a Tight Spot.

June 01, 2012
Michigan tree trimmer uses compact equipment for distribution rights-of-way. When clearing the strips of land along utility lines, or the rights-of-way, many contractors have struggled to find an efficient method of tree trimming. For open areas, manufacturers have developed large-scale mechanical trimmers equipped with saw blades mounted on long booms. But, for distribution li… Continue Reading