The new Case IH 4400 and 4200 corn heads include several features that allow them to pick more corn at higher ground speeds in adverse conditions, like heavy-duty drives engineered for high-speed harvest and high-yielding corn hybrids. Case IH has announced new draper headers and corn headers that are results of a recent $60 million investment in manufacturing improvements, research and development. In addition to the new products, the venture has produced the new Combine Header Center of Excellence in Burlington, Iowa. The new 3152 and 3162 draper heads harvest more acres in less time, with superior crop feeding features and less susceptibility to crop moisture. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.caseih.com.
When high winds blow corn over, there is still hope that the entire crop can be harvested. Patriot Equipment in Minden, Neb., manufactures the Corn Reel and Crop Sweeper, two machines that help save the harvest for farmers who have corn that has been knocked over by high winds and rain. Patriot has manufactured the Crop Sweeper for the past seven years and the Corn Reel for the past 25 years. This harvest, they sold more than 100 machines to farmers across the country. Patriot Equipment manufactures their crop sweeper in steel or aluminum. Each order is custom made to fit whatever number or rows their combine head has, and whatever row spacing they are set at. In addition to corn reels and crop sweepers, Patriot Equipment manufactures seed tenders, fertilizer tank trailers, tractor mounted fertilizer tanks, combine head trailers, pivot track closers, pivot bridges, creep feeders and bale feeders. They also manufacture stubble crushers that knock over corn stalks and help protect tractor tires. For more information, call 800-264-6587 or visit www.mindenmachine.com.
Growers can select soybean varieties depending on disease pressure
DuPont Pioneer customers dealing with charcoal rot will have an opportunity in 2014 to make Pioneer brand soybean variety selections with enhanced charcoal rot tolerance scores. The scores are backed with solid research information about tolerance to the fungus that causes charcoal rot.
This widespread disease normally favors hot, dry conditions and is made worse when drought occurs, causing stress to the plant. It can also occur in fields that experience optimal infection conditions but do not show significant drought stress through the season. These varied conditions show the need for a score-to-rate tolerance to the disease independent of field conditions.
The introduction of this new score allows growers to select the degree of tolerance they need in a field, based on the expected level of charcoal rot pressure. Scores are based on Pioneer research observations of the comparative ability to tolerate the infection of the charcoal rot pathogen among various soybean varieties.
The scores range from 1 to 9 on the Pioneer scale, with 1 being susceptible and 9 being resistant. This score replaces the older CRDC (charcoal rot drought complex) score seen on previous varieties.
While selecting soybean varieties with a charcoal rot tolerance score is convenient, an integrated management approach is vital for reducing microsclerotia (a diagnostic symptom of charcoal rot) levels in the soil and stresses to the crop.
When split open, the woody tissue of the root and base of the stem may show dark gray to blue-black streaks.
Management practices to help limit charcoal rot include:
Rotating to corn or wheat;
Scouting fields for charcoal rot symptoms to determine which have infection;
Irrigating to help reduce drought stress;
Avoiding excessive seeding rates and maintaining adequate soil fertility levels; and
Controlling weeds to reduce alternate hosts and competition for available soil moisture.
For more information, contact a representative or visit www.pioneer.com.
Starter fertilizer offered by cooperative
CHS Inc., the St. Paul, Minn.-based farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business, has announced it is introducing two new liquid starter fertilizers: CHS Aventine Complete, available through CHS Service Centers, and XLR-rate, available nationwide through CHS cooperatives and crop input retailers.
XLR-rate liquid starter fertilizer is a high orthophosphate formulation that delivers early green-up in colder, wet soils; promotes root development for a better stand and strengthens the crop during pre-productive growth stages to overcome disease and adverse growing conditions, according to CHS officials. CHS Aventine Complete contains a broad range of nutrients and unique chelation technology that prevents micronutrients like iron, copper, zinc and manganese from binding in the soil, which improves seedling health for a good start that’s necessary for maximum yield.
Both XLR-rate and CHS Aventine Complete can be used as a soil or foliar application.
Their low-salt formulations make both products seed and plant safe, eliminating the risk of injury or yield loss. For more information, contact a dealer or visit www.chsinc.com.
Technology allows farmers to automatically change seed hybrid
To help farmers optimize their seed hybrids and increase their yields, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc., Williamsburg, Iowa, announces the world’s first electric multi-hybrid concept planter. Multi-hybrid technology provides farmers with the ability to change the seed hybrid they are planting automatically as the planter moves through the field. Instead of selecting an average seed variety for use across an entire field, seed hybrids can be selected and automatically planted to suit different field management zones.
For example, in parts of the field with high productivity soil, a “racehorse” seed variety can be used, whereas a “workhorse” seed variety can be used in the less productive areas. In fields with poor drainage, a variety that can handle moisture can be planted in the lower areas, with a more productive variety used in field locations with a higher elevation.
The yield gains in trials varied from 2 bushels per acre to more than 10 bushels per acre by utilizing multi-hybrid planting. The Kinze electric multi-hybrid concept planter has new row units that incorporate 2 meters for every row. The meters feed a single seed tube, so the row unit gauge wheels, openers, and closing wheels are identical to a standard Kinze 4000 series row unit.
Kinze will be partnering with Midwestern farmers during spring 2014 to showcase the technology in the field on several electric multi-hybrid concept planters. For more information, contact a dealer or visit www.kinze.com.
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