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Maximize efficiency during your planting window with a seed tender from Flaman

Posted by Mitch Flaman May 07, 2021

Timing is everything. In the farming world, it is important to be ready to go when nature calls. Seed tenders are great tools to maximize efficiency and reduce downtime during the planting window. Similar to how grain carts keep the combines rolling at harvest time, seed tenders are designed to keep the drills in the field and maximize available seeding hours in the spring.

Convey-All CST-1550

Some of the main reasons seed tenders are growing in popularity include:

  1. Speed & Efficiency
  2. Convenience, Versatility & Portability
  3. Scale Benefits

Speed & Efficiency

Speed and efficiency are often the deciding factors that influence producers to purchase a seed tender. By reducing downtime when filling and maximizing the available hours to plant, farmers will notice the immediate benefits of owning a seed tender. There are only 24 hours in a day, and when utilized properly, more work can get done in less time. Seed tenders are often able to load an air cart faster and safer than a stand-alone seed truck and traditional auger.

Convey-All Commercial Seed Tender in use
Convey-All CST-1550

Convenience, Versatility & Portability

Convenience, versatility, and portability are all key aspects to improving efficiency. Seed tenders give you the ability to load up seed in advance and strategically position your fill site where it needs to be. This can reduce the manpower needed to move seed around the countryside if your farmland is scattered. One person can independently use the onboard conveyor to conveniently load the drill with the ease of a remote, reducing the need for extra bodies to move around in trucks and start/stop the fill auger before it overflows the tank.

J&M 390 Speed TenderJ&M 390-ST

Scale Benefits

Scale systems allow producers to precisely meter products when filling and emptying the seed tender and when filling the air cart or planter. This ensures operators know exactly how much seed is being allocated to which compartment This also allows for even distribution when filling the air cart to ensure there is no excess product left in one tank and not the other.
 
Whatever your reason for wanting to improve efficiency, the time is now to visit your local Flaman dealer and learn how to maximize your planting window with a new seed tender.
 
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At Flaman, we offer two brands of seed tenders in our product lineup – the J&M LC Series Speed Tender and the Convey-All Commercial Seed Tender. There are many different options and features to be aware of when considering a seed tender, including size, capacity, and functions.


For more information on these two seed tenders or to learn which one would best suit the needs of your operation, talk to one of our ag specialists at your nearest Flaman location.


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Move your auger or conveyor safely with the Lift-EZ Hydraulic Jack

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Jun 30, 2020


If you’ve ever moved grain with a conveyor or auger, you know that standard screw jacks can be inconvenient and a hassle to hook up and connect with your tractor. And if you’ve ever said to yourself “there has to be a better way,” then you’re not alone. The Lift-EZ Hydraulic Jack is a safe and convenient way to connect your auger or conveyor to your tractor
 
We spoke with the product’s inventor, Bret Watson, the operations manager at Flaman’s Swift Current location, about where the idea for this product came from, and why every farmer could use one.



Tell me where the idea for this hydraulic jack came from?
Bret: I invented it two years ago with Bob Schafer. Bob has a service company that deals with farmers, and his customers were having trouble with their jacks getting damaged. They needed another option.
Bob and I were having coffee one day and we said to ourselves, “this is something we could do.” Bob is a mechanic by trade, and I have an engineering degree and manufacturing background. Hydraulics are readily available on back of a tractor so that’s why we chose that route.

 
What was the creation process like?
Bret: We started with some drawings on a piece of paper, then I used CAD to develop it and make a prototype. Then we fine-tuned it to make sure it was user-friendly. From concept to completion it took about 3-4 months.
 
Tell me about the jack and what makes it different.
Bret: With this jack, the farmer can back up to auger/conveyor, connect the jack hoses and then safely lower/raise the unit from the cab of his/her tractor. They can easily get everything aligned, then slide in the implement pin, raise the Lift-EZ jack and then they’re good to go. It uses the hydraulics that tractors already have, so it’s easy to add on. I haven’t seen anything like this for farm use before.
 

Tell me about the added safety features of this hydraulic jack.
Bret: The jack comes with a hydraulic safety valve, so if there is any damage to any hydraulic hose the jack won’t come down. You can adjust the jack from your seat safely. When you get out of the tractor, you don’t have to worry about the jack creeping down, the valve locks it and won’t allow it to come down unexpectedly, which of course could be very dangerous.
 
Can this jack go on any auger or conveyor?
Bret: Yes, it can be retrofitted to any auger or conveyor. The jack stub can be mounted at any height in order to replace any standard screw jack. It’s very user-friendly.
 
What inspires you to invent products like this?
Bret: I’m driven by solving problems and safety. This product came right from a farmer’s need. It’s a safer product and something that will help them.


The Lift-EZ Hydraulic Jack will be available at most Flaman locations in Saskatchewan. Please call your local Saskatchewan store to ask about availability or to speak to a product specialist. 

Hydraulic jack

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Flaman Fitness wins Edmonton Journal Readers Choice Award

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Nov 30, 2015

On November 27, 2015 the Edmonton Journal published . . .

“Today’s the Day.” Those three words have been dominant at Flaman Fitness in the past year. But for the national fitness company, they are not just a slogan, but a powerful message that Flaman wants to spread to all Canadians.

“It’s a message of hope that you can start your fitness journey any day,” says Steve Whittington, Flaman Fitness’ vice-president of marketing. “You don’t have to wait for a Monday or New Year’s Day. You just need to start. And it doesn’t have to be this grand gesture of a diet or a detailed workout plan. Just be a little more active each day and eat smarter. And we’re here to help you with that journey.”
The company launched the “Today’s the Day” campaign in October of last year and Whittington says customers have responded positively. A large proof of their success is the engagement that customers are having with the resources Flaman provides to help them. More people are coming to their website and reading their fitness blog.
But Whittington says customers can now look forward to a new, mobile-friendly website they’re launching shortly. A new section, called Learn, is loaded with fitness resources, including articles, workouts, videos and much more.
“Learn is for anyone, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or just starting out,” says Whittington. “You can go here to get inspired and get great information on setting goals and improving your personal health.
“People are interested in the support we’re providing,” he adds. “We feel that this new site is o ering much more support for the customer and we hope it will resonate with them.”
Whittington believes that being selected for a Reader’s Choice Award in Edmonton again this year is reinforcement of the path the company is on to serve the customer first. And they want their message to reach beyond just their current customers.
“We have a health crisis in Canada,” says Whittington. According to 2014 statistics from Health Canada, 54 per cent of adults in the country and 23.1 per cent of youth in Canada are overweight or obese.
“As a national fitness brand with the reach that we have, I believe we have an obligation to join the fight to make Canada a healthier place.
“Maybe you didn’t run yesterday, but today’s the day you can!” says Whittington. “Every day can be a day that you can start. Fitness shouldn’t be solely about image, it’s about feeling better and living better.”
 
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Nisku's Own JP Blenke Featured in Edmonton Journal

Posted by Flaman Feb 10, 2015

 I am fortunate to get to work with an amazing group of people here at the Flaman Nisku store. We are all kind of like one big, crazy, supportive family. It makes coming to work everyday enjoyable because I know that at some point today I will get the chance to talk to one of my co-workers and learn something from them or share a laugh.

With the position that I have here (Marketing Coordinator), I get to work closely with almost everyone here at some point in time during the year. Some people are graced with my presence in their office more often than not. JP is one of those lucky people.

JP and I work together on a weekly basis keeping the Ag Clearance site up to date. He was recently featured in an article in the Edmonton Journal about his accomplishments and how he has adapted to life after a childhood accident took both of his arms.

Check out the article:

www.edmontonjournal.com/Lees+Farm+equipment+sales+poster+triumph+over+adversity/10797409/story.html


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CJAY Trailers Podcast

Posted by Steve Whittington Oct 29, 2014

CJAYIn this episode of Trailer Talk Steve talks with Brad Harvey from Cjay Trailer. Brad fills us in about his organization and some unique new products only available from Cjay Trailers. Listen, learn, Enjoy!


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