Case IH has introduced two larger-sized Precision Disk 500 air drills to help growers cover more acres in short planting windows. The frame design makes transport easier, as the wide profile of the transport wheels provides the stability to let the operator move the disk drill confidently, even at higher road speeds. The air drills are in 50- and 60-foot working widths. The larger drills feature a parallel-link row unit for seed placement accuracy. The drills are available in either 7.5- or 10-inch row spacings. Newly designed double-edged closing wheels, with three easy-to-adjust pressure settings, eliminate air pockets and ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Hydraulic down pressure across the full width of the disk drill can be adjusted either manually or via an in-cab display option. The 50- and 60-foot Precision Disk 500 drills also provide the flexibility to seed across multiple crops and conditions. The meter-roller options available with the Case IH Precision Air delivery systems provide accurate metering across a wide range of crops, including soybeans, wheat, hybrid rice, milo and cover crops. The single, easy-to-reach "T" handles select and lock in seeding depth with one adjustment and no tools are necessary. Depth settings range from zero to 3.5 inches in 14 increments. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.caseih.com.
Manitou, a West Bend, Wis.-based builder of terrain material handling equipment, has introduced updated MRT series rotating telescopic handlers to the North American market. The MRT 1840 Easy 360, MRT 2150 Privilege Plus and MRT 2540 Privilege Plus combine practicality and performance with their expansive lift heights, 360-degree rotation, optimal visibility, powerful diesel engines and 3-in-1 versatility with telehandler, winch and platform modes. The MRT 1840 Easy 360 is powered by a 101 horsepower (74.5 kW) Perkins Interim Tier IV-certified turbocharged engine and the MRT 2150 Privilege Plus and MRT 2540 Privilege Plus are powered by a 150 horsepower (110 kW) Mercedes-Benz EPA Tier III turbocharged engine. The engine automatically adapts itself to the needs of the transmission system. The two-speed hydrostatic transmission in all models provides optimal power and control for precise placement of the machine. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.manitou.com.
Firm releases agricultural risk software
GrainBridge LLC of Omaha, Neb., an agricultural based software company that has released GrainBridge 3.0.
GrainBridge provides agribusinesses and their farmer customers with online software that allows users to effectively manage their operation, understand potential risk exposures and profitability every given day using risk assessments such as marketing plans, crop insurance, cash sales, futures/options, and government programs.
Features include: responsive design to accommodate mobile tablets; a new livestock module for beef and pork risk management; enhanced graphics; new charts and graphs within the financial section; customized report function to review individual or multiple crop or livestock profiles; and side-by-side comparison of current values in the What-if Analysis Report.
GrainBridge offers the agribusiness a multitude of options in using the software, including: customized branding, for the look and feel of your company; application programming interface (API) for custom software integration; single sign-on for private business login credentials; and administrative rights to manage customer accounts. For more information, circle D in the Reader Reply Coupon, call 800-515-5657, or visit www.grainbridge.com.
Companies collaborate on precision data
Agriculture technology leaders DuPont Pioneer and John Deere are collaborating to deliver near real-time field level data to growers, taking decision services to the next level. The companies are linking Pioneer Field360 services, a suite of precision agronomy software, with John Deere wireless data transfer architecture, JDLink and MyJohnDeere.
Pioneer will be among the first to leverage wirelessdata transfer architecture, making the data exchange process faster and more convenient for growers and enabling them to make important seed, fertilizer and other input purchasing and management decisions with the latest field data.
Growers can opt in to upload their field data directly into Pioneer Field360 Select software from their John Deere GreenStar 3 2630 display through MyJohnDeere. PioneerField360 Select software also can be used to generate seeding and fertilizer prescription files and send them directly to the grower’s GreenStar 3 2630 displays in the field.
Pioneer and John Deere plan to make the service widely available in 2014 to anyone who has been equipped by a John Deere dealer for wireless data transfer and has subscribed to the Pioneer Field360 Select software. Each company will market their software and solutions through their existing localized distribution channels.
For more information, contact appropriate sales or dealers, or visit pioneer.com/field360.
Company offers seed treatment plan for soybean cyst nematode
Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most damaging soybean pathogen in North America. Infestations remain high throughout the Midwest despite the use of current SCN crop protection products, agronomic practices and SCN-resistant varieties. Growers in the U.S. experience about $1.5 billion a year in yield losses due to SCN.
Current products either provide initial protection or defend under certain growing conditions. Agronomic practices and SCN-resistant varieties provide a baseline for protection, but SCN continues to adapt to the varieties and limit soybean yields.
In 2014, Syngenta will offer the missing piece of the puzzle—Clariva Complete Beans nematicide/insecticide/fungicide, an on-seed application of separately registered products that adds a revolutionary nematicide to the market-leading, broad-spectrum seed treatment of CruiserMaxx Beans with Vibrance insecticide/fungicide. Clariva Complete Beans will provide an offense against SCN to complement current defensive practices, such as rotating crops and planting SCN-resistant varieties.
While competing seed treatments only offer limited SCN protection, Clariva Complete Beans provides a direct mode of action that is lethal to the pest. The nematicide within Clariva Complete Beans protects soybeans from SCN during all growth stages by killing juvenile, as well as adult, SCN.
On-farm trials prove the yield increase offered by Clariva Complete Beans at a 3 percent to 5 percent yield advantage in SCN-infested soils when combined with SCN-resistant varieties.
Syngenta recommends that growers test their soil to determine if they have an SCN infestation. If SCN is present in a field, growers can use agronomic practices and have their seed treated with Clariva Complete Beans to help prevent significant soybean production losses.
For more information, contact a representative or visit www.Soybeans.FarmAssist.com.
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