Parker Hannifin Corp., Minneapolis, Minn., has introduced the SensoControl Diagnostic Serviceman Plus, a hand-held meter that provides portable maintenance and diagnostic data for hydraulics and pneumatics. An automatic sensor recognition scales the measurement range, eliminates confusing and time-consuming setup routines. With a scan rate of 1 millisecond and the ability to measure pressure, flow, temperature and rotations per minute, Serviceman Plus fits mobile and industrial systems. The meter aids in the diagnostic and troubleshooting of everyday hydraulic and pneumatic problems found on equipment used for power generation and renewable energy, off-highway construction, agriculture, military, industrial and other heavy-duty equipment. All measurements captured on the Serviceman Plus hand-held meter can be stored on a Nano USB drive, or transferred to a personal computer for analysis and documentation using the SensoWin software provided with the meter. For more information, call 763-544-7781 or visit www.parker.com/sensocontrol.
Seed grower adds to lineup for 2014
Asgrow Rock Star products feature the industry’s latest soybean trait technology, Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield, and have consistently achieved top-end yields through a combination of superior genetics, improved agronomic traits and the implementation of the Asgrow brand’s 4P System, which is a full-season management system including the “4Ps”—Plan, Plant, Protect and Perform.
In addition to the Rock Star lineup, Asgrow brand is featuring advancements that include defensive packages to help farmers protect their yield from insects and devastating diseases such as soybean cyst nematode, phytophthora root rot and iron-deficiency chlorosis tolerance. A field with soybean cyst nematode pressure can result in a 40 percent loss of potential crop yield before a farmer is able to see aboveground symptoms, which is what makes this parasite one of the most harmful yield-robbing pests.
The Rock Star products are designed to perform within the Asgrow 4P System, which is a year-long approach to increase yield potential and profitability of soybeans. By following the high yield management recommendations of the Asgrow 4P System, along with the expert advice provided by their Asgrow seed dealer, farmers can unlock the genetic potential in their fields. The 2014 lineup of Asgrow Rock Star products include: AG0832 brand (LATE 0); AG1431 brand (MID 1); AG1733 brand (LATE 1); AG2031 brand (EARLY II); AG2433 brand (MID II); AG3231 brand (EARLY III); AG3731 brand (LATE III); AG3832 brand (LATE III); AG4232 brand (EARLY IV); AG4632 brand (MID IV); and AG5332 brand (EARLY V).
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.asgrow.com.
Study shows negative effects of modified-live vaccines on reproductive success
A study published in Theriogenology, the journal of animal reproduction, raises more questions about using modified-live vaccines (MLVs) in breeding females and naÃ¯ve heifers.
The research from South Dakota State University investigated the effects of vaccination type in conjunction with first-induced, timed-artificial insemination protocols. The findings showed synchronized naÃ¯ve beef heifers vaccinated with a five-way MLV were more likely to have abnormal estrous cycles. This same group of heifers also had significantly lower pregnancy rates than those vaccinated with a well-adjuvanted, inactivated vaccine.
Dr. Doug Scholz, director of veterinary services, Novartis Animal Health, suggests producers reduce the risks by replacing MLVs with inactivated vaccines, such as Vira Shield, that protect against IBR, BVD and other important diseases. Vira Shield poses no risk to gestating fetuses and will not cause IBR abortions because the virus has been inactivated and cannot revert to virulence. It has been proven safe over many years and can be used at any phase of the estrous or gestation cycle, regardless of the animal’s vaccination history.
For more information, contact a Novartis representative or visit www.virashield.com.
Efficiency found in liquid fertilizer
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers has helped growers produce better crops by focusing on the soil. As yields increase, more nutrients are required. At the same time, soil nutrient levels have decreased or remained nearly unchanged, creating a higher reliance upon applied fertilizers and the availability of the nutrients they provide.
Needing sustainable economics and workable cultural practices amidst increasing environmental concerns, growers must ask the question: How do I increase nutrient efficiency? The answer maybe the nutrient BALANCE by Agro-Culture. Evaluating a complete soil test and balancing the nutrients in short supply will greatly increase overall fertilizer efficiency. For example, there are many nutrients that affect nitrogen availability. Paying particular attention to the ratios of these nutrients in the soils can have a positive effect on nitrogen utilization by the crop. It is also important to remember that nitrogen is released when crop residue, manure, or other organic materials in the soil break down. Properly amending the soil helps create a healthy environment for soil biology to digest these materials, converting the nitrogen component into plant usable forms. It is also important to provide secondary and micronutrients, found deficient on a soil test, to support the breakdown of materials and further enhance fertilizer efficiency.
For more information, contact a representative or visit www.AgroLiquid.com.
Wire winder helps farmers
Grand Island, Neb.-based Pro-Tatch Inc./Hotwoods has added a new gas-powered wire winder to its product.
Pro-Tatch/Hotwoods has been manufacturing three-point winders for more than 26 years. Its latest unit works best for the farmer or rancher who is spread out and does not want to use a tractor to travel between fencing locations.
The winder can work off the back of the pickup or on the ground. There are many ways the customer may use it and it has a 5.5 horsepower Honda gas engine, a reusable reel that holds a half mile of barbed wire or a mile of smooth wire. Solid reels are also available.
For more information, call 308-381-6275 or visit www.hotwoods.com.
Inverter generator balances portability, power
Bringing an inverter generator along on any outing is easy and useful with the 1000Wi model by Powerhouse Inverter Generators of Morgan Hill, Calif.
The Powerhouse 1000Wi is loaded with features including a recoil start, low noise (great for campground use), inverter for safe use with even the most sensitive electronic equipment, 12-volt external charging system, carry handle for easy transport and variable speed settings for fuel economy. Accessories include oil jug, 12-volt charge cable, spare spark plug, spark plug wrench and oil drain extension.
A single cylinder, 4-stroke OHV, 53-cc, 1.63-horsepower air cooled gasoline engine produces a maximum 1.000 watts and continuous 900 watts of clean power. A high-efficiency combustion system keeps emissions low and it weighs 32 pounds. Powerhouse Generators is a manufacturer of quality inverter generators for use in outdoor sports, construction, agriculture and emergency applications.
For more information, call 800-495-5858 or visit www.powerhouse-products.com.
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