Challenger, a worldwide brand of AGCO Corporation, Duluth, Georgia, has announced the availability of five new row crop tractor models it believes can instantly increase on-farm efficiency and productivity. The new Challenger MT500E Series row crop tractors with new AGCO POWER Tier 4 Final 6.6- and 7.4-liter six-cylinder diesel engines feature increased maneuverability, efficiency and power. Maximum engine horsepower ranges from 185 to 255 across the lineup, which includes the MT555E, MT565E, MT575E, MT585E and MT595E. Torque ratings at 1,500 RPM range from 830 foot-pounds for the MT555E to 1,049 foot-pounds for the MT595E. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.challenger-ag.us.
DICKEY-john Corp., Auburn, Illinois, a maker of precision electronics for agriculture, has expanded its line of seed sensors to include the Hy Rate Plus LED seed sensor. From larger seeds such as corn to small seeds like canola, the Hy Rate Plus accurately counts seeding population during planting. Equipped with light emitting diodes and by spacing these LEDs close together, the seed sensor virtually eliminates dead zones in the seed tube. As the seeds pass through the light field in the sensing tube, a proprietary software algorithm quickly learns what seed type is being planted and adjusts its detection sensitivity accordingly. This provides for better seed counting accuracy across the widest range of seed sizes. The seed sensor automatically adjusts detection sensitivity in dusty conditions, allowing the sensor to effectively distinguish seeds from dirt, dust and debris, which results in better counting accuracy, even on windy days. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.dickey-john.com/product/hy-rate-plus.
Company's product boosts winter wheat
Successful nitrogen management for wheat crops means a grower could experience higher yields and increased levels of grain protein at harvest. ESN SMART NITROGEN is a natural fit for winter wheat. One application of ESN at planting can provide all the nitrogen needs and protect the nitrogen investment.
ESN, made by Agrium Wholesale, with a division in Denver, is a controlled-release fertilizer consisting of a urea granule encapsulated in a polyurethane coating. This allows the nitrogen to release from the granule at a rate controlled by soil temperature, providing continuous feeding of nitrogen when the plant needs it most.
In a University of Missouri study, ESN and ESN blends consistently produced top wheat yields for all application times from October to March. Other findings in this study include: ESN can be blended with urea or ammonium sulfate for a one-pass nitrogen-management program; ESN can be applied whenever conditions are suitable; ESN ensures the producer gets the most from the nitrogen investment; ESN’s patented polymer coating protects nitrogen from loss and ensures maximum flexibility in nitrogen application timing; and the nitrogen stays protected inside the coating and is released when needed by the crop.
ESN can be used alone or in combination with other soluble fertilizers for a wider application window. For applications in November to January, 100 percent ESN can be used; from January to March, a blend of 75 percent ESN and 25 percent urea is recommended; and for applications in April, a blend of 50 percent ESN and 50 percent urea is recommended.
In addition to performance benefits, ESN has a seed safety benefit for winter wheat as well.
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.agrium.com.
Yield input management offering expanded
DuPont Pioneer, Des Moines, Iowa, has announced plans for a new grower pilot program that will expand on the input management offerings in its recently launched Encirca Yield services platform to include phosphorous and potassium management.
The pilots will field-test and refine the new services which complement the ground-breaking Encirca Yield Nitrogen Management Service that was released in July.
In July, growers began signing up for the Nitrogen Management Service—the first offering in the Encirca Yield platform. The service was launched following a successful pilot program with more than 100 growers participating on more than 60,000 acres across the Midwest.
Pioneer launched a nitrogen service first because it is one of the most difficult inputs to use efficiently and misuse can be costly. Pioneer research shows some growers are losing an estimated $50 to $60 per acre by applying too much or too little nitrogen. The Encirca Yield Nitrogen Management Service helps growers limit these losses and secure more profit from each acre.
The Encirca Yield platform relies on several innovative enabling technologies that mimic crop production throughout the growing season. Strategic collaborations with eight U.S. land grant universities, the USDA and University of Missouri and DTN/The Progressive Farmer are providing enhanced crop modeling, advanced soil mapping and hyper-local weather data to fuel the analytics featured in Encirca Yield.
For more information, see a representative or visit www.encirca.pioneer.com.
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