Environmental Tillage Systems, Faribault, Minnesota, has released the SoilWarrior N, designed for zone tillage combined with simultaneous application of anhydrous and liquid or dry starter fertilizer. The SoilWarrior N system is in response to customer demand for efficiency, innovation and flexible options. Producers have requested equipment that adapts to fertilizer formulation changes based on soil conditions, the calendar, and comparative prices of various nutrient options. They have also asked for one pass application. SoilWarrior N provides targeted seed zone preparation, while blending fertilizer throughout the root zone’s growth profile. ETS products are designed to help corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat growers by conserving soil, saving nutrients and achieving yields. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.soilwarrior.com.
VRTS System, Inc. of Wolbach, Nebraska, has introduced products designed to address the common problem of broken and bent teeth on V-rakes or side-delivery tine rakes. The VRTS System uses high density polyethylene straps added to rake wheels to support the teeth. The system allows the teeth to work mechanically as designed while reducing the breaking and bending of teeth, saving time and money. With the system installed, the down pressure on the rake can be set to meet the conditions in the field. This allows increased downward pressure to be applied when raking heavy windrows and decreased pressure when raking light hay. For more information, call 855-754-4011 or visit www.vrtssystem.com.
Firm to distribute pre-plant seed treatment
Engage Agro USA, Prescott, Arizona, announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Heads Up Plant Protectants, Inc. of Saskatoon, Canada, to market Heads Up, a patented and Environmental Progection Agency registered pre-plant seed and pre-transplant seedling treatment for edible beans and soybeans.
Heads Up is a seed treatment based upon saponin extracts from quinoa. It provides a low cost plant health insurance and vaccine program via Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR) that triggers the plant’s naturally occurring defense pathways and it is compatible with traditional seed treatment and inoculants.
Heads Up fits within Engage Agro USA’s product portfolio. Heads Up has a strong return on investment as a result of the cost to the grower being less than $2.50 per acre, dependent on seeding rate.
In addition, it is a tool to fight diseases including sudden death syndrome (Fusarium virguliforme), root rot/damping off (Rhizoctonia solani) and white mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum).
In addition, Heads Up is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute. Engage Agro USA provides development, regulatory, marketing and sales functions for unique, high value crop protection and nutrient products in agriculture, turf and ornamental markets in the United States. For more information, see a representative or visit www.engageagrousa.com.
New herbicides help early season weed control
Corn growers have improved options for early season weed control this spring with updates to a DuPont crop protection line. DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware, has launched DuPont Breakfree NXT herbicides, new herbicides that deliver the same benefits as previous Breakfree products in improved formulations.
Like their predecessors, flexible Breakfree NXT herbicides allow application from preplant to early postemergence (before corn is 11 inches tall) and can be used in conventional, reduced-till and no-till production systems. They mix with other labeled pre-emergence herbicides, such as DuPont Instigate, Prequel or Resolve Q for broader spectrum control. In two-pass programs, Breakfree NXT herbicides can be applied at reduced rates in preparation for Realm Q, Resolve Q, or Steadfast Q applications.
With three formulations to choose from, Breakfree NXT herbicides offer growers flexible options to control challenging grass and broadleaf weeds including barnyardgrass, foxtail lambsquarters, pigweed, ragweed and waterhemp (when used at the full rate).
The new Breakfree NXT formulations fit seamlessly with current crop protection programs to help growers maximize results from every acre. They also are included in the TruChoice rewards program, which helps growers partner seed and crop protection products for the greatest economic advantage.
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.dupont.com.
Company launches pressure-compensating sprinkler
A pressure-compensating sprinkler, Micro Sprinkler 7 PC, has been unveiled by the Toro Company, El Cajon, California.
Specifically made for orchards, vineyards and nursery applications where undulating terrain and long lateral lengths are challenging, the sprinkler’s pressure-compensating design provides uniform flows and diameters over a range of operating pressures. In addition, the Micro Sprinkler 7 PC has a wider diameter of throw than previous Toro micro sprinklers.
Capabilities of the new sprinkler include: wide diameter of throw, from 16 feet to 31 feet, depending on sprinkler model; pressure-compensating sprinkler provides uniform flow over a wide range of operating pressures, from 20 pounds per square inch to 60 psi; low angle of throw to maximize irrigation under foliage; easy identification in eight color-coded flow rates ranging from 9 gallons per hour to 40 GPH; and snap-fit bearing provides an easy field inspection and maintenance. Also, the sprinkler has an improved distribution characteristics with larger droplet sizes that are less susceptible to wind; anti-insect/dust-proof spinner that retracts to protect nozzle when not in operation; an optional break-off deflector tab that allows the sprinkler to be placed near a newly planted tree to concentrate water where the roots are developing; and a fully assembled models available with preinstalled tube and stake. The Toro Micro Sprinkler 7 PC is now available for order at authorized Toro agricultural dealers.
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.toro.com.
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