Kuhn Krause is celebrating 100 years of innovation during 2016. From small beginnings in Meade, Kansas to the purchase of the Twin-Wheel Windmill Factory in Hutchinson, Kansas (current home of Kuhn Krause), innovative ideas and equipment continue to flow and provide solutions to current farming challenges.
Innovations began in 1916, when Henry Krause (original company founder) developed the One-Way Disc Plow. The One-Way was a true innovation for the high plains wheat growing region of the United States, and soon became a staple item on many farms. These products proved to be extremely efficient in tilling the soil, managing the residue and preparing a good seedbed for the wheat of the high plains.
In later years, the Flex-Wing® Tandem Disc Harrow was developed. This innovation solved the need for larger folding equipment for increasing horsepower and farm acreage, while adapting to the rolling contours of the field. Simultaneously, the first Rock-Flex™ design was developed, which provided disc harrows the ability to work the rocky soils of the Upper Midwest and the Northeast.
In recent years, innovative products like the Gladiator® for strip-till, and the Excelerator® for vertical tillage, have become very popular among farmers. Again, the people of Hutchinson, Kansas responded to the needs of farming operations throughout North America and the world. These new product categories deliver advanced practices for managing fertilizer placement and handling residue, while preparing a seedbed.
As for the future, other innovations are already in development. Once those projects have been proven through rigorous testing, Kuhn Krause will deliver other innovative solutions to farmers and continue to enhance row crop production agriculture for another 100 years.
Kuhn Krause, Inc., a subsidiary of Kuhn North America, Inc., is a leading innovator in the field of agricultural equipment, specializing in tillage and grain drill equipment. Kuhn Krause products are sold through farm equipment dealers throughout the United States, Canada and many other countries.