Loftness has added more features to its GrainLogix GBL10 grain bag loader, including a larger primary auger with hopper improvements, enhanced tunnel profile and a new option for easier bag handling. With its 20-inch primary auger, the GBL10 is capable of filling 10-foot-diameter grain bags at a rate of 30,000 bushels per hour. The oversized, top-loading hopper creates an easy target for combines and grain carts, and the tunnel design eliminates bag slack while distributing grain evenly throughout the bag. For easy machine access, a removable ladder can be mounted on the left or right side of the unit. A second ladder option is also available. To load grain from a semi trailer, the Loftness swing-away truck-unloading auger can be added. The truck-unloading auger is designed to match the GBL10, resulting in maximum performance and reliability. It offers a transfer rate of 11,600 bushels per hour. For more information, call 800-828-7624 or visit www.grainlogix.com.
Corn soil insecticide use increased dramatically in 2012 and is expected to continue to expand in 2013 as growers react to larger corn rootworm control challenges, according to AMVAC Chemical Corporation, the largest manufacturer of granular corn soil insecticides in the U.S. Acres treated with AMVAC corn soil insecticides – which include Aztec, Counter and SmartChoice – climbed more than 30 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. The 2012 treated acreage increase followed a 10 percent gain in 2011, which broke from more modest year-over-year gains in the late 2000s. Corn soil insecticide use was up across the Corn Belt in 2012. The largest increases were concentrated in Iowa, southern Minnesota, parts of Nebraska and northern Illinois, where continuous corn production systems are common and have increased in recent years. Growers also are concerned about reports of rootworms that are resistant to rootworm traits in today’s corn hybrids, says Richard Porter, AMVAC Midwest product development manager. Rootworms resistant to the Cry3Bb1 protein found in some rootworm hybrids have been documented in Iowa and Illinois and are suspected in Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota. For more information, call 1-888-SMARTBOX (1-888-762-7826), or visit www.SmartBoxSystems.com.
The Bourgault 7700 Air Seeder is the second model of the 7000 series line and replaces the 6700 air seeder, and shares all of the design features of the 7950 including a three- or four-tank metering system. The patented FLEX bin feature of the 7950 has also been incorporated into the 7700, providing a 60-bushel non-metering compartment that can be diverted into a 295-bushel tank and a 105-bushel tank. The new metering augers provide the same high degree of metering accuracy along with a greater resistance to build-up. The new X30 monitoring system includes a 12.1-inch touch screen. The system has a camera in each compartment to monitor product levels, as well as a rearview camera to watch for approaching vehicles while in transport. The 7-inch LCD screen can be set to watch up to four cameras at one time, and seven cameras in total. For more information, see a local dealer or visit www.bourgault.com.
Full season of activities, approvals ahead for one chemical company
Dow AgroSciences announced its commitment to further expand its launch activities with field and farmer-focused Enlist experiences for 2013. The company continues to execute on its launch strategy as it awaits final regulatory approvals for the Enlist system, its herbicide-tolerant trait technology.
While Dow AgroSciences now expects the first sale of Enlist later in 2013 for planting in the 2014 crop year, a broad introduction of regional and local field experience plots and on-farm technical plots have been planned for the months ahead. Recent third-party market research shows that cropland acres infested with glyphosate-resistant weeds increased an astonishing 80 percent over the past two years.1
Dow AgroSciences’ 2013 Enlist activities will center on three key areas: education, experience and production ramp up.
For more information, contact a local dealer or visit www.dowagro.com.
Animal health monitoring company adds software innovation
A Greeley, Colo. company, DVM Systems, has expanded its dairy cow health monitoring product line to include a breeding software module that will provide early automatic detection of ovulation. TempTrack RePRO software predicts ovulation 12 hours in advance to identify cows that are actually cycling. By continuously monitoring each individual cow’s temperature using a high tech bolus that is administered orally and stays in the cow’s reticulum for her lifetime, TempTrack can alert a producer to key health and breeding events. Selected as one of the 2013 World Ag Expo Top 10 New Products of the Year, TempTrack captures up to 24 temperatures per day for each cow, calculates individual animal baseline temperature and uses advanced algorithms to send dairymen three different types of alerts; 1) a potential illness alert for early disease detection, 2) an ovulation alert for breeding and 3) a parturition alert to signal a pending delivery in the next 6 to 12 hours. More than three years of research with five different universities in the United States and Canada has been incorporated into DVM Systems’ software.
DVM Systems is finalizing the breeding software module with release planned for the second quarter of 2013. The bolus is designed to last five to seven years and there are no collars or leg bracelets to move from cow to cow like many activity detection systems.
For more information, call 970-506-4044 or visit the website at www.dvmsystems.com.