Thunder Creek Equipment, a manufacturer of fuel and service trailers, has expanded its product line with the introduction of a new trailer designed specifically for in-field equipment service. This trailer holds 440 gallons of fluid in combinations of 25-, 55- and 110-gallon capacities. It can be configured up to eight tanks for oils and lubricants, oil reclaim, as well as antifreeze, diesel fuel and diesel exhaust depending on operational needs. Grease systems are also available. The pumping systems are protected by two hatch doors located on either side of the trailer. Pneumatic pumps are powered by a combination compressor and generator located in the rear utility box. Owners can upgrade to a combination 3-in-1 welder, air compressor and generator, providing more versatility when maintaining equipment in the field. The front toolbox, located in the nose of the trailer, has a used filter drain pan and space for additional equipment. For more information, call 866-535-7667 or visit www.thundercreekequipment.com.
Massey Ferguson, a brand of AGCO, has introduced the Farmer DM series mowers, offering farmers and ranchers smooth-cutting, low maintenance and reliability. The series includes four new models (DM1305, DM1306, DM1308 and DM1309) to match horsepower requirements. Farmer DM series mowers are available in widths from 5 1/2 to 9 feet. With discs spinning at 3,000 RPM and have a flat, low-profile spur gear design even on difficult and rolling terrain. The design ensures high forage flow without material buildup. The cutterbar is equipped with a roll/shear pin for every disc. The shear pin is positioned to break outside of the cutterbed, preventing internal damage and eliminating contamination of the oil bath. A spring-loaded anti-collision breakaway system allows the entire mower to pivot backward if the mower comes in contact with an object protruding from the ground, so the operator has time to stop the tractor before serious damage can occur. For more information, contact a local dealer or visit www.masseyferguson.us.
Tubular frames protect transfer pumps
Pentair’s Hypro 1542A and 1543A series aluminum transfer pumps now have tubular frames, which provide convenient gripping positions for easier handling and increased protection during transport. With their new aluminum frames, the 2- and 3-inch pumps deliver an ideal solution for flood water removal or applications such as lawn and garden watering and pond filling. Available in 2-and 3-inch NPT pump ports, the pumps include durable cast iron impellers and diffusers, as well as an EPDM rubber mechanical seal and inlet valve that ensure longevity and reliability. With their field-proven, EPA-approved engine, the 1542A and 1543A aluminum transfer pumps offer efficiency and horsepower.
For more information, circle F in the Reader Reply Coupon, call 800-424-9776, or visit www.hypropumps.com.
Product provides post-emergent weed control with low risk of resistance
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), a provider of natural pest management products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announces the submission of a new bioherbicide, MBI-011 EP, to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The bioherbicide is a post-emergent burndown herbicide that can also be used as a crop desiccant. It has contact activity and no post-application planting restrictions are expected.
MBI-011 EP is being submitted for control of annual and perennial grass and broadleaf weeds in the agricultural, non-crop and consumer home and garden markets.
The bioherbicide offers broad-spectrum control and will provide an alternative to herbicides that are prone to resistance.
According to the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds, weeds have developed resistance to 148 different herbicides in 63 crops in 61 countries.
Phyllis Himmel, vice president of research and development for the Davis, Calif.-based company, noted how the product got its start when one of MBI’s chemists screened for herbicidal activity of medicinal herbs.
During the testing of 350 different herbs, an extract of dry long pepper (Piper longum L.) fruits showed activity against lettuce seedlings. This active ingredient was identified as sarmentine, a naturally occurring compound that gives black pepper its pungent aroma.
For more information, call 530-750-2800 or visit www.marronebioinnovations.com.
Uncertainty on corn crop options natural question
As the Midwest winter wore on, producers were especially aware of truncated maturity lengths in their corn crops.
Wet grounds and cold temps have only added to the shortened planting period.
For producers looking for ways to optimize their corn crops and help establish current plant growth, Azospirillum, a bacteria, can be a viable solution, a product of Terra Max.
Reducing the use of nitrogen inputs, microbial products using Azospirillum aid in harvesting nitrogen from the air and soil and delivering it to the plant and root systems—essentially, “fixing” nitrogen from the natural environment.
This process can save producers time and money and decrease their usage of traditional nitrogen fertilizers.
For more information, circle B in the Reader Reply Coupon, call 952-657-5592, or visit www.terramaxag.com.
Manufacturer of livestock feeding equipment unveils new mixer box
Roto-Mix, LLC, received the 2013 New Product of the Year Award presented by Western Kansas Manufacturers Association.
Roto-Mix is a Dodge City, Kan.- based manufacturer of livestockmixing and feeding equipment and recently announced the introduction of a new type of feeder box, named the Ration Delivery Box, or RDB. The RDB, designed by Ben Neier, will eventually replace the line of Roto-Mix feeder boxes.
An RDB does not blend a ration like a mixer, but instead delivers rations prepared in finish feed mills with minimum fragile ingredient damage and feed bunk control. The RDB uses a full width floor belt attached to a moving gate to deliver the ration from the rear to a front-mounted chain and slat conveyor for discharge. The driver controls forward movement and unloading speed from the truck cab with two rheostat control dials. Unlike existing feeders, the RDB system includes safeguards that will not allow the driver to bring the ration forward faster that the conveyor is unloading it.
The new RDB system utilizes the same basic body as Roto-Mix’s existing compost and manure spreaders with a unique modular front assembly containing the conveyor and knock down beaters. Ben Neier also developed a hydraulic module specific to the RDB. The RDB uses existing patents in additional to new patents that are being sought. The Western Kansas Manufacturers Association solicits nominations from their members for the award.
For more information, call (620) 225-1142 about Roto-Mix or visit www.rotomix.com.