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Your 2021 Harvest Guide

At Thunderstruck Ag Equipment, our mission has always been to help farmers get the most out of their operations. Our team knows farming and they know what equipment can help you get the best returns.

Farming is one of the world’s oldest professions, and one of the few that is still as necessary today as it was when it started. While agriculture and farming in North America, as an occupation, has dropped from 90% in Colonial times to only 11% today, it is still the largest industry in the world, employing over 1 billion people globally and generating over $1.3 trillion worth of food annually.

Farmers are some of the hardest working men and women out there and their ability to adapt to changing times has kept them in business for centuries. With changing crops, weather, markets and technology, a successful farmer is able to adjust plans in order to keep their operations strong.

In North America, farming is dependent on a number of factors; what crops were planted, current climates and equipment are just a few. Changing weather patterns can mean crops aren’t getting enough water or they’re getting more than expected, or an early snow can mean lost crops and a potentially devastating loss for the operation. Changing food trends can affect farmers crop rotations. To keep up with product demands farmers may have to drop a crop that they know will do well in their fields because the market just isn’t there anymore. We know a farmer’s job is far from easy and it never stops.

At Thunderstruck Ag, we’ve put together a great collection of equipment that we’re proud to sell. We know farming and we know the challenges farmers face everyday. Our products are designed to get the job done better, faster and safer and they do it better than the competition.

Harvest in North America

composition of U.S. and Canada

A successful harvest is never a guarantee. Every region experiences different struggles and needs different equipment to get the job done. Seasons, weather, and what pests their current crops might attract are just a few of the things farmers need to consider on top of the usual equipment maintenance and changing markets. Unseasonably wet or dry weather patterns also greatly affect harvest outcomes and ROIs.

Depending on what crops are planted and the geographic location of the farms, Canadian harvest can be anytime between June (for crops like Winter Wheat) and the end of November (for crops like Corn or Soybeans). In America, it’s anytime between July (for crops like Barley) and November (for crops like corn). The unpredictable nature of changing weather patterns have plagued farmers for years. Early frosts, flooded fields, unexpected temperatures, or early snow all greatly impact the ability to harvest the crop. The risk of snow is present in many provinces and states, to which the damage can extend past the plants and on to any equipment used in the attempt to harvest wet or frozen crops.

We proudly carry a number of farmer-designed harvest products that were built to increase your yield and help get you off the field faster.

 

Contact our sales team to see how we can help with a successful harvest!

percentage diagram of land usage by agriculture

Did you know?

Agricultural land makes up 44% of American land and 53% of Canadian land.

Seasons

There is no ‘off season’ when it comes to farming. Each season brings with it another set of jobs that need to get done before the next one can start. From planning, prepping, planting, monitoring, harvesting, storing, and selling – a farmers job is never done.

  • Spring Prep

    March–May

    Spring is a busy time on a farm and sets the course for the rest of the year. Farmers are making sure all the equipment is in working order and ready to go so planting can happen before weeds take over fields. Field checks are constantly made to see when they are dry enough to start the season. If you go too soon, you get stuck in the mud; wait too long and your crop (depending on what you are planting) might not be ready before the snow comes. With the unpredictability of spring weather, it’s a stressful time on any farm.

  • Summer Growing Season

    June–August

    The summer months mean monitoring crops for weeds, pests or fertilizer needs. It’s also when irrigation is required. Hoping it will rain doesn’t make it happen, so farmers have to make sure their crops are getting enough water to remain healthy by irrigation.

    When they’re not busy checking or watering their fields, farmers are once again checking on their equipment. Regular inspections can save a farmer a lot of time and money when it comes to harvest. Summer is a crucial time to make any necessary repairs, replacements or upgrades to equipment to ensure a smooth harvest.

  • Autumn Harvest & Maintenance

    September–November

    Fall is the busiest time of year for farmers. Harvest means lots of work and long days on the fields. Farms often bring on extra workers to ensure everything is harvested before the snow falls. Once the fields have been harvested the farmers store their crops for eventual sale.

  • Winter Planning

    December–February

    Once the fields have been harvested and the combines have been stored, things get a little quieter on the farm. Farmers use this time to review yield maps, and make the decisions on how they should proceed the following year. This is also the time of year when budgets are set and supplies are purchased for the next planting season.

Regional Crops

Farming in North America is unique in every state or province; the crops, the land, the climates are different everywhere you go. Every farm deals with its own set of challenges and knowing which crop is best suited for the area is something farmers have learned and adapted to over the years. Adaptable crops are most suited to areas with mixed climates, in choosing these crops, you’ll also want to consider crops that are adaptable to crop protection methods. Canada is the largest exporter of beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils in the world. This can be attributed to the fact that these are cool season crops meaning they can be seeded early and are tolerant of light frosts which are common in Canadian climates.

There are a lot of determining facts when farmers are selecting which crops to plant. Market prices, seed costs, and herbicide costs are just the tip of the iceberg. Cropping rotation keeps farms from planting the same crop year after year to improve soil health and break up pest and disease cycles. Different equipment or attachments are required for harvesting different crops so most likely a farmer that plants corn or wheat isn’t rotating to something like cotton that would require a completely different piece of equipment.

Crops in Canada

  • wheat 1

    Wheat

    Nationwide

  • canola 2

    Canola

    BC, AB, SK, MB

  • barley 3

    Barley

    Nationwide (AB produces 50% of Canadian barley)

  • corn 4

    Corn

    Nationwide

  • soybeans 5

    Soybeans

    MB, ON, QU

Crops in America

  • corn 1

    Corn

    IA, IL, NE, MN, IN, KS - Corn Belt

  • soybeans 2

    Soybeans

    IL, IA, MN, NE, IA

  • barley 3

    Barley

    ID, ND, MT, CO, WY, WA

  • oats 4

    Oats

    ND, SD, WI, MN, IA

  • rice 5

    Rice

    TX, FL, AR, MS, MO, LA, CA

top down view of corn based products

Did you know?

Corn is an ingredient in over 3,000 grocery products.

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Equipment Innovation

Copperhead Concaves winning first place for most innovative new product at Manitoba Ag Days

Since farming has been around for centuries, changes in harvesting equipment over the years is to be expected. The continuous innovations in farming equipment have proven that farmers see solutions where others might see problems. If something isn’t working, or if it cannot be done safely, they work to find a better way. No one understands what a farmer needs more than a farmer which is why the advancements in the agriculture industry are usually made by farmers.

Farming is typically a generational occupation – farms are passed down and taken over by the next generation. The way the father did things isn’t always the best (or safest) way for the next generation, so they find a better more efficient way to get the job done. Sometimes it’s a simple solution to upgrade to something available on the market, but sometimes it’s tinkering and welding scraps together to make something that gets the job done in a better way. Through trial and error, farmers have been able to progress through changing times and keep their farms in operation.

Farming has come a long way from hand-fashioned tools and no-electricity. With today’s equipment, farmers can get the job done faster, safer and better than they ever could before.

 

We make harvest better

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History of Plant & Harvest

1784

1st Stationary Threshing Machine

cast iron plow

1797

1st Cast-Iron Plow

1850

1st Corn Picker

steam engine

1868

Steam Tractors Introduced

1886

1st Self-Propelled Combine

gas powered tractor

1892

1st Gas Powered Tractor

1927

1st Swather for Sale

closing wheel

1993

1st Spiked Closing Wheel

2006

1st Steering System Based on RTK GPS

1794

1st Hand Powered Cotton Gin

1842

1st Grain Elevator

grain elevator

1855

1st Self Propelled Steam Traction Engine for Plowing

1884

1st Horse Drawn Combines

horse drawn

1892

1st Successful Gas-Powered Engine that drives in forward and reverse.

1904

1st Successful Crawl Tractor

crawler tractor

1947

1st Grain Auger Unloader for Combines

1994

Satellite Technology Introduced

illustration of 15th century farmers working

Did you know?

Farming in Canada can be traced back to the 15th century.

Farm Safety

Farm safety should always be the number one priority for any operation. We all know rushing to get a task done can cause more harm than good. Pre-planning your harvest can ensure you have allotted enough time to get everything done on time.

Jeremy inspecting equipment

Emergency Plan

Establishing an emergency plan for you and your workers is paramount during harvest season. Taking a few minutes to check-in at an arranged time can help with locating workers and evaluating any issues that may have come up. If a worker has attempted to make a repair and has become seriously injured in the process the check-in system would prevent them from being stuck out in the middle of nowhere without any help. Knowing which fields everyone is working on and the routes they take to get there allows you to retrace anyones steps should they fail to check-in and cannot be reached. Ensuring that all equipment has a properly stocked first-aid kit is essential for any minor injuries that may occur. Accidents happen and a lack of proper supplies could potentially be a matter of life or death when dealing with large equipment.

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Training

Basic training for any and all equipment should be given to anyone that will be using it. When mistakes are made with large equipment the consequences could be disastrous. A simple run-through of how a machine works could save you valuable time and money.
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Safety Checks

Conducting routine checks on equipment can prevent any issues from occurring while you’re out in the field. If any issues do come up the temptation to make a quick fix can be costly, and remembering to take the time to shutdown the equipment before trying to make any adjustments is crucial to keeping your operation running safely.
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Health

Personal safety can also be attributed to staying hydrated, ensuring you are eating regularly, taking stretch breaks and resisting the urge to work through the night. A proper night’s sleep is your best ammunition for a productive day.

Harvest Solutions

At Thunderstruck Ag, we’ve made it our mission to help farmers get the job done better. We’ve compiled a line-up of the best in farm innovation and we’re excited to get your operation fitted with the best the market has to offer.

reverser

Reversers

The reverser was built to unplug a threshing cylinder blockage quickly and efficiently. It plumbs directly into your combine’s hydraulics, eliminating the physical strain of unplugging the cylinder. This product is both a safer, and more efficient method for unplugging the rotor. With a unique product design, it reduces the chance of operator injury, while minimizing the downtime created by the need to unclog blockage.

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vac jack

Vac Jack

Designed to allow you to lift your grain vacuum higher with just the push of a lever inside your tractor’s cab. The Vac Jack is a great solution for semi-trucks with tall smoke stacks, and high sided grain trailers. Safe and easy to use, this product eliminates the need to manually jack and block your grain vacuum.

concave

Concaves

Designed with a 68% larger opening than standard Concave systems, the Copperhead Ag design helps you get the job done faster and more efficiently. The extra space between the bars allows you to unload threshed grain in the Concave section, rather than carrying it all the way through to the separating section. The Copperhead Concave System uses three cover plates that are completely adjustable and/or removable, allowing you to harvest any crop without switching systems.

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typhoon

Typhoon

The Typhoon was designed for maximum capacity and minimized downtime. This super-heavy duty feed drum is fully welded and designed with strength and adaptability. Aggressively grab crops and pull it through in a constant steady flow allowing for faster travel speeds and a quicker harvest.

Contact our sales team to find out how our products will help you this harvest season.

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twister

Twister

This revolutionary attachment solves the frustrating problem of the feed drum drive chain coming off on Macdon fronts, saving time and stress during peak harvest. The patented radial cam shell design of the Twister allows instant chain tensioning by hand. No drilling, welding or cutting is required for installation, letting you get back to work faster.

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Jeremy installing equipment

Why we're in ag

Thunderstruck Ag Equipment was born out of a passion for selling innovative products. When we first started we had no intention of exclusively selling Ag products, but once we started working with farmers and being a part of the agriculture community we never looked back.

When we first started looking for products to represent we wanted to work with small businesses that built quality products that needed a little help getting to market. Our intention was to step in and help them with their marketing and assist them in selling their products. We ended up falling in love with the ag industry and everything it stood for; hard working, quality people who step up to help their neighbours and their communities whenever they can. Nothing comes close to the same kind of connections you find with farmers – it’s not a competition but a community. It’s this mindset that allows farmers to see solutions when others would see problems. When something isn’t working they can find a better way, and they don’t keep it to themselves, they want to help others facing the same problem. Farmer invented products are what we want to represent and farmers are the people we want to work with.

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We represent products that are designed by farmers for farmers and are very selective in what we choose to represent. All of our products are either unique or superior against the competition. We work side by side with the manufacturers and inventors of everything we carry. Our goal is to make planting and harvesting easier, with products designed to solve common problems within the industry.

We’ve stacked our team with the most dedicated people you can find. We’re invested in every product and company we work with, and going the extra mile for our clients isn’t even a question. We may not have started out with the intention of selling ag equipment, but today, we wouldn’t want to be in any other industry.