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4-H Machinery Club
Farm Machinery Club 2006 Review

This year a new Farm Machinery club in Lambton County was
started up. Since there seemed to be a lot of interest in
this kind of a club, the leaders Theo Kusters and Willy Weys
thought they would give this a shot. There were ads placed
in the 4-H newsletter and the word was spread from mouth to
mouth.
The first meeting was held at Willey Weys’ farm. Everyone
introduced themselves. We were informed that the topic this
year would be combines and balers. Just like all 4-H clubs,
we had elections. However the duty of contact person was
added to the other 5 existing duties. This person would be
responsible for notifying everyone when the next meeting
would be held. This worked out well, because now all our
members had one job to do. We then watched a video called
“how to master your combine” by Farmshow.
The second meeting also took place at the Weys’ farm. This
meeting’s focus was a Case IH axial flow combine. We looked
at how it operated and how all the parts make the combine
function.
The third meeting was held at Delta Power Equipment (a.k.a.
Sanders Farm Equipment) Jerry Beernink, a sales manager of
Sanders, was kind enough to meet us at the dealer ship to
tell us about combines and balers. The first thing he had
prepared for us was an info session on combines. He had two
New Holland combines side by side; one rotary and one
conventional combine. This was really neat and very useful
for us to see the big differences between the two combines.
Then we went to look at a brand new NH baler. Mr. Beernink
was able to clearly explain how the knotter works.
The fourth meeting was held at Theo Kusters’ farm. This
meeting focused on their Hesston small square baler and how
it operated. Delta Power had supplied the leaders with a
video on knotters to compliment Theo’s explanation on the
baler.
The fifth and last meeting was a field trip. Since we had
not had a chance to go out in the field at all this year due
to the rainy weather, all of us were excited to attend. We
went to see a Ropa Euro Tiger Sugar Beet harvester in
action. John Noorloos, a local beef farmer who co-owns this
harvester was there to teach us about the machine. He was
able to clearly explain how the machine works and tell us
what his experiences with this machine are. We were all able
to go for a ride and be amazed by how this machine works. We
then went for pizza in Wyoming.
On behalf of the all the people in my club, I would like to
thank the leaders for all their time and effort. They did a
great job at leading the club, and trying to fit the
meetings into our busy schedules.
Although we would have liked to see more people in the
club, it was still a very successful and enjoyable club. The
leaders were enthusiastic and did and excellent job at
leading the club. We hope next year more people will come
out and join the club, especially for the leaders, as it
takes a lot of time and effort for them to put this club
together.
A photo session has been posted on Famphoto.com. Here is
the link:

Feel free to have a look, and perhaps respond to our threat.

Martien Kusters

My good friend Josh Miller, who was also a member will post
some pictures about the fieldtrip
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~ The above picture was at the third meeting. Taken in front
of our baler.

In back from left to right: Willy Weys(leader), Fraser
Beatty, Theo Weys, Martien Kusters(me).

In front from left to right: Trevor King, Josh Miller
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Hey guys I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in
the machinery club especaily Mr. Kusters and Mr. Weys. With
out them we wouldnt of had a machinery club and we wouldnt
of been able to do all the things we did like seeing that
sugar beat harvester in action. I also want to thank Mr.
Norlos for having us out and giving us the oppurtunity to
learn about the sugar beat harvester. I hope we continue the
club next year and get some more people out. I took some
pictures from the last meeting that I wanted to show
everyone. This was the first time I had ever seen a sugar
beat harvester in action and was amazed by its size and
technology. Thanks again.

Josh
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Picture of Mr. Norlos showing us the engine and hydraulic
set up of this machine. This was a very impresive site to
see with a 600hp 8 cyl Mercedes engine.
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Another pic.
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Picture of the rollers that feed the beats into the mouth of
the beast. Mr. Norlos told us that the rollers cleaned the
dirt of the beats and also they all turn the same way to
help save them from wear.
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View from the cab.
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Just after a headland turn. I was realy impressed with how
well it could turn beacuse all its wheels turn and its
articulated.
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Another pic with Fraser riding on the side.
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Another pic.
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One of the combines we discussed is the conventional combine
which is still beeing used in many parts of the world.
Picture shown here is our New Holland combine as earlier
shown here on FP. Combine did his job on our farm for the
third year now without having any problems.....
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Unloading on the go into a tracked CAT trailer pulled buy a
John Deere 8420.
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John Deere 8420 getting dirty.
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Another pic.
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Here is another pic at the field trip
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Another angle. Here Mr. Noorloos is pointing out how the
machine applies more weight to the back axle as it fills up.
Very impressive.... I will see if any of the other members
have pictures of our club or about things we talked about.

Regards

Martien
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The weather seems to clear up for the next week or so, so
hopefully we can add some more pictures of harvesting
beans(straw) and corn.

Club members thanks for joining.

4-H ontario thanks for your support.
Visit for more information of "4-H" www.4-hontario.ca

Thanks also the mentioned companies we visisted with the
club! We really appreciated your time, considering how busy
you people are; especially during this difficult harvest
season.
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