Implements of all kinds lined the parking lot on the edge of Gottschalk Park at the Kansas State Fairgrounds Friday, and at the far end stood an orange combine with a 1,000 bushel hopper.

The Tribine Harvester, while designed and manufactured in Newton, Kansas, traveled through the day, Thursday, to make it to the Kansas State Fair for its first-ever Ag Innovation Day. Ag Innovation Day featured new technology, talks on irrigation innovations, new product highlights and more.

“This was not our idea, this was the State Fair’s idea,” Kyle Bauer, general manager of KFRM who hosted producer power chats as part of the day, said. “We’re really proud of the Kansas State Fair for putting this on to showcase all these new technologies and innovations.”

The Tribine Harvester was a hit, with many people stopping by to sit in the cab and talk to the Tribine team. The exact machine at the Kansas State Fair had been near Boone, Iowa last week for the 2018 Farm Progress Show, and the team left Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. Thursday at noon to make it back to Hutchinson for the fair.

“This machine was in the field yesterday in Grand Island harvesting corn,” said Darren Nelson, powertrain engineer for Tribine.

During the team’s power chat, the folks from Tribine showed how they started with a simple design on a piece of paper. The machine now has about 3,600 parts that are designed and manufactured in Newton.

“Our parts list is up to about 10,000,” Nelson said. “Which means since we started this there are about 6,400 parts we’ve designed and stopped using. It’s always improving.”

The company opened its doors in January 2015 and brought its first machine to a show in August 2016. The company is owned by Bob Dillon, who had the idea.

“Bob Dillon was farming in Indiana and realized he had to have a grain cart follow him everywhere,” Tribine Vice President of Engineering Emeritus Bob Matousek said. “He realized the grain cart was now part of the system, and added it to the combine.”

The combine got its name from being a combination of the reaper and thresher machines, hence the name Tribine. It now has three components: reaper, thresher and grain cart.

The 1,000 bushel grain cart on the Tribine eliminates the need for a tractor following with a grain cart — although producers could still utilize one if they wanted — and can unload its 1,000 bushels in two minutes.

“In a high-yielding crop, you don’t have to have a grain cart following you all day,” Nelson said. “If the field’s a little wet, and you’re worried about the tractor and cart getting stuck, you don’t have to worry about being caught in the middle of pass with nowhere to unload.”

The Tribine also boasts help with soil compaction. The machine spreads its weight more evenly over its two axles, Nelson said. Without using a grain cart, the field only sees one pass over each set of tracks during harvest.

Innovations have also been made in the cab. The Tribine is controlled using a joystick system rather than a steering wheel.

“We’ve eliminated the steering wheel,” Field Test Engineer Ray Price said. “One benefit of that is that it offers better vision of the header.”

The Tribine was a good candidate for Ag Innovation Day, not only because it’s manufactured locally. The machine won and AE50 award in 2017. The award recognizes innovation in agricultural engineering.

“That’s kind of like the Oscar for ag engineers,” Nelson said. “So we’re pretty proud of that.”