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Summers Manufacturing, Devils Lake, North Dakota, offers Duracoat blade options for its Supercoulter, CoulterChisel and DT series Diamond Disk tillage tools. The blades feature an abrasion-resistant Wear-Tuff coating to extend service life as much as three- to five-times longer than standard blade options. Duracoat blades are available in flat, turbo, 13-wave, 8-wave, and 8-wave notched varieties for the Supercoulter and CoulterChisel. These five blade options provide varying levels of residue sizing and aggressiveness to accommodate any tillage practice. For more information, see a dealer or visit


Yankton, South Dakota-based Shur-Co, LLC has unveiled SMARTransmitter, the SMART1+. The SMART1+ has the same basic functionality of the original SMARTransmitter, plus additional features customers have been requesting, including improved range and Express mode capability that can be enabled or disabled (on/off) for each channel. The Express mode indicator light shows the user if a channel is operating in, or set to, Express mode, and the battery compartment makes it easier to replace the two AAA batteries. Shurco is a provider of covering systems for trucks, trailers, carts and specialty equipment. For more information, call 800-474-8756 or visit



Feed enzyme attractive alternative with sorghum

High corn and soy prices have poultry and swine producers seeking alternative protein sources. Previously, nutritionists have discounted using sorghum as an alternative ingredient as it contains proteins difficult to digest. Sorghum, the fourth largest crop produced in the U.S. at 389 million bushels in 2013, is also grown in many regions of the world where other plants don’t thrive, which makes it a plentiful alternative for poultry and swine diets globally.

Recently completed research shows that supplementing feed with protease enzymes helps break down complex protein structures in sorghum, improving protein digestibility and availability, which makes sorghum a more viable feed component. Poultry and swine research shows that diets supplemented with protease enzymes support gut health and optimize animal performance, compared to diets without supplements. One common problem is that indigestible proteins found in different feed grains can ferment in the animal’s intestine and promote growth of harmful bacteria. By breaking down more protein in the feed, protease enzymes negate the opportunity for harmful bacteria to populate by removing their source of nourishment.

CIBENZA DP100 improves protein digestibility in feeds over the typical industry averages by as much as 10 percent depending on feed ingredients used, according to St. Louis-based Novus International researchers.

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Granular mineral offered to help goat producers

Kay Dee Feed Company, N. Sioux City, South Dakota, has launched Kay Dee Goat-etts Granular Mineral for goats. Kay Dee manufactures the best-selling granular weatherized mineral in the industry, Super Ranger Kaydets. The newest addition to the Kaydets granular mineral line, Super Ranger Goat-etts, are highly palatable, weather resistant and supply herds with the total daily requirements of essential vitamins and minerals.

Goat production has become a booming industry. The continued growth throughout all sectors of the industry has created an increased demand for goat meat, cheese, milk and other products. As a result, goat production offers an opportunity for established producers and newcomers to the industry to succeed. Kay Dee Goat-etts are weatherized to not blow away and the granular form resists caking, a company official said, adding the product delivers the ideal balance of vitamins and minerals goats require.

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Cover crop, forage variety hikes cash crop yields

Potentially game-changing FIXatioN Balansa Clover is being commercially released by Salem-based Grassland Oregon, a pioneer in the research, development and promotion of forage and cover crops.

FIXatioN Balansa clover is a small-seeded annual legume that features rapid germination and vast quantities of biomass. Individual plants can exceed 10 feet in length; however, the plant structure is only able to support 3 feet of vertical growth. The biomass produced completely shades the ground, smothering the majority of weed and crop species. In Oregon field trials, FIXatioN was able to outgrow and smother rogue daikon radish plants that had not winter-killed.

The plant’s deep tap roots contribute to long-term soil health and conservation, creating channels for rainfall to penetrate deep into the soil, breaking up compacted soil and preventing erosion. FIXatioN can be a source of protein for livestock, deer and waterfowl, yielding high crude protein levels ranging from 22 percent to 28.4 percent with relative feed values as high as 277. As the plant matures it produces blossoms that are attractive to pollinators.

The clover can withstand multiple cuttings (yielding as much as 2.5 tons of extremely digestible drymatter per cutting) and intensive grazing regimens. Single cuttings in June have yielded more than 5 tons of dry matter. The plants retain actively growing leaves from the tip of the stem to the rosette at the soil surface, allowing for better recovery than Crimson, Arrowleaf and other annual clovers.

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