Two New Holland engineered and manufactured draper headers have been designed New Holland’s CR series twin rotor and CX8000 series combines. New Holland draper heads are designed with industry-leading features. The SynchroKnife drive eliminates header vibrations and reduces overall header loss. The system has two opposing knife drives, but eliminates the vibrations they can cause by keeping the opposing knifes synchronized. The drive also eliminates complex drivelines, reducing maintenance needs and saving power. Having the drive in the center of the head reduces the end shield width to minimize rundown of standing un-cut crop. New Holland 840CD rigid draper headers are available in cutting widths of 25 feet, 30 feet, 35 feet, 40 feet and 45 feet. For more information, contact a local dealer or visit www.agriculture.newholland.com.
The 4700 All Plant Air Drill from Spearville-based CrustBuster/Speed King Inc. is a part of the field-proven 4700 series. The new air drill system centers on the company’s parallel linkage opener, which is engineered to provide a constant down pressure throughout the operating range. This down pressure plus remaining parallel to the ground throughout the opener’s travel, results in a consistent planting depth control. The CrustBuster/Speed King design features a 350-bushel capacity, two compartment split 60/40, four-wheel steer cart. Mounted on the ISO-compatible cart system is the central fill, pressurized tank that features a low hopper sensor. The operator can load and unload the hopper with an attached 8-inch auger. The capability to drill grain and apply fertilizer at the same time allows producers to get more acres finished in less time. The drill is built in three sections on 40-foot and 45-foot frames. The folding air drill is designed for quick and easy transport. For more information, call 620-227-7106 or visit www.crustbuster.com.
Technology at forefront for dairy firm
The future vision of a Madison, Wis.-based dairy equipment manufacturer was shared at 11 regional and international meetings held around the globe. BouMatic dealers heard from president Bob Luna and other experts, who trained them to help dairy producers find solutions to production problems not just their equipment problems.
Luna said the company’s new products are designed to make producers more efficient, effective and productive. Among those projects is technology so producers can milk cows gently, quickly and completely. Dealers will be trained to give dairy producers the improved tools to calculate the total ownership costs, and evaluate the potential return in order to make informed decisions.
Founded in 1939, BouMatic makes quality milking systems. BouMatic serves dairy producers in over 45 countries, and employs 475 people worldwide. For information, call 608-222-3484 or visit www.boumatic.com.
Kansan seeks high yield dream
The only thing predictable about weather across the Corn Belt this spring has been its unpredictability.
Like the rest of his corn-growing peers, Mitchell Baalman and FDK Partnership of Hoxie, Kan., have dodged raindrops and snowflakes to finally begin their attempt at raising 300-bushel-per-acre corn on a designated field of 100 acres or more.
The Mosaic Company introduced The Pursuit of 300: The Road to Higher Yields this past August.
The program uses the real-world experiences of farmers as a launchpad for agronomists, researchers, retailers and industry stakeholders to discuss and create the next generation of cropping systems. The goal is a sustainable, profitable system that incrementally yields an increase in bushels of corn per acre. Six growers from six different states have each designated 100 acres or more to serve as their Pursuit Fields and are chronicling their efforts at Pursuitof300.com.
Mitchell Baalman planted his field April 29, about a week behind his target date. He has split his field (120 acres) with a center pivot into two halves to gauge the success of newly implemented practices.
On one half of the field, Baalman planted 32,000 seeds per acre from a planter running between 5.4 to 5.5 miles per hour. Because he is pushing populations to 36,000 plants per acre on the other half, Baalman slowed the planter down by 0.5 to 1 mph to hopefully establish a more precise stand.
The Pursuit of 300 consists of six farms in six states stretching across the Corn Belt, and includes, in addition to Baalman and FDK Partnership, the following:
• Matt and Luke Lantz of Lantz Farms in Lake Crystal, Minn.;
• Curt and Chris Hudson of Hudson Family Farms in Crawfordsville, Ind.;
• Dale Launstein of Launstein Farms in Holland, Iowa;
• Todd Prinz of Prinz Farm and Feedlot in West Point, Neb.; and
• James Schoff of Schoff Farms in Walnut, Ill.
For more information see a local dealer or visit www.Pursuitof300.com.
Company starts mineral management program
Alltech is launching a mineral management program that aims to help its customers feed less organic trace minerals to their livestock and get optimal performance results. Alltech’s Total Replacement Technology project will be officially launched in June.
The company recently formed a global mineral management team to focus on providing solutions and support while introducing a modern nutrition application. By creating a network of mineral consultants and researchers around the world, they will be delivering technologies to address today’s nutritional and environmental mineral concerns. This approach encompasses all of the company’s efforts to redefine organic trace mineral nutrition by educating the feed industry about TRT and to no longer address single mineral-related issues but overall mineral nutrition challenges.
With new environmental feeding regulations being put in place each year, the TRT project strives to provide a secure source of organic trace minerals that are contaminant-free and safe for the environment. The new mineral management program joins a list of Alltech On-Farm.
For more information, circle E in the Reader Reply coupon, call 800-289-8324 or visit www.alltech.com.