PRECISION DISK DRILLS—The new redesigned Precision Disk single-disk air drills from Case IH includes the Precision Disk 500T with an on-board bulk seed tank in 25-, 30- and 40-foot working widths. It also includes the Precision Disk 500 in 30- and 40-foot sizes, paired with a two-between or tow-behind air cart. Each offers a new row unit, engineered to achieve more emergence and improved plant stand establishment with soybeans, wheat, sorghum and hybrid rice. The new design delivers accurate seed placement and depth control across varying soil and tillage, with more consistent seed-to-soil contact. For more information, call a local dealer or visit www.caseih.com.
ROCK GRAPPLE—Land Pride now offers the SGR15 Series Rock Grapple. It features dual hydraulic cylinders to grasp uneven loads, and 3-inch spacing between the teeth to sift smaller debris. Available in 66-, 72- and 78-inch widths, this grapple is fast and efficient. For more information, call a local dealer, or visit www.landpride.com.
Software collects harvest data
HarvestMaster, a division of Juniper Systems, announces Mirus harvest data collection software as the latest addition to its research agriculture solutions offering. Mirus is an all-in-one software designed to collect and view harvest data in real time. The Mirus software is compatible with the industry leading HarvestMaster HM800 GrainGage systems.
Mirus features include large, easy-to-read screens, capable of showing multiple data screens simultaneously for more efficient operation. Step-by-step calibration wizards for all sensors ensure easy calibration of the GrainGage system. The intuitive user interface of Harvest Master's Mirus software is tailored to combine operators, promising ease-of-use and simple adoption into harvest data collection processes.
Mirus software has become the new standard in harvest data collection by providing the following:
--Compatibility with Windows laptops and tablets running Windows XP, 7, or 8;
--Ability to generate and import maps, and collect and export data;
--Simultaneous views of four different harvest information screens;
--Graphical and spatial display of data;
--Ease of viewing diagnostic screens while in harvest mode;
--Step-by-step wizards for weight, moisture, and test weight sensor calibration;
--Combine operator rated observations;
--Operator Quick-Notes on individual plots.
For more information, call 435-753-1881 or visit www.junipersys.com.
Irrigation software upgrade includes new options
Toro announced the release of AquaFlow 3.2, the company's latest update to its Drip Irrigation Design Software.
AquaFlow 3.2 now allows users to design multi-sloped telescoping sub-mains, and to choose between English or Spanish language and English or metric units. In addition, Toro's new Thinwall dripline is supported in this new version which complements Aqua-Traxx premium drip tape and BlueLine dripline. A summary of the capabilities of AquaFlow 3.2 include:
--New support of Toro's new Thinwall dripline;
--New multi-sloped telescoping sub-mains;
--New Spanish language and metric units
--Improved report printing options;
--New ability to import and export designs;
--Unique dashboard format with tiled graphs;
--Instantly generated color-coded block maps that depict system uniformity;
--Easy comparison of two different lateral selections;
--Pull-down menus for easy viewing;
--Multiple slopes in both the lateral and mainline programs;
--Choice of multiple sub-main and mainline pipe types and sizes;
--Lateral and sub-main flushing calculations;
--Customizable reports that may be saved in multiple formats.
AquaFlow enables the end user to evaluate drip irrigation design options more quickly and accurately, leading to better, more effective drip irrigation design decisions and systems. As a result, drip irrigation systems are better able to improve farm profitability and increase resource use efficiency.
For more information, call a local dealer, or visit www.toro.com.
Rain sensor automates window, vent closing
A new rugged and reliable rain sensor is being used to automatically close vents and windows. Limitations in previously available sensor technology has made this seemingly simple task very difficult.
Hydreon Corporation of Minnesota has introduced the RG-11 Optical Rain Gauge. With the RG-11, applications such as greenhouses, agriculture, and louver vents are enjoying simple and effective ventilation, and properly closing the ventilation in the event of a downpour. In some cases these systems can replace far more costly and less efficient air conditioning systems.
The RG-11 Rain Gauge is an optical sensor, and is sensitive to even tiny amounts of rain. In contrast, rain sensors used in irrigation do not detect rain until several millimeters have already fallen. That is far too insensitive for most window-closing applications. Further, and in contrast to other sensing technologies, the RG-11 stops sensing rain when the rain stops. It does not need to wait for the water to evaporate.
The Hydreon RG-11 is based on the same principle used in automotive windshield wiper control system. Consequently, it is immune to external contaminants, a problem which plagues conductive rain sensors. DIP switches within the device set the sensitivity, and the RG-11 can be set to various modes of operation. The device may be set as a simple on/off "it's raining" indicator, or used to emulate a tipping bucket where qualitative measurement of rainfall rate is desired. Interfacing is through simple relay contacts.
For more information, call 952-943-2378 or visit www.rainsensors.com.
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