AGCO Application Equipment is introducing the RG700, which is a 700-gallon machine that is part of the RoGator series. Launching in fall 2013, the RG700 self-propelled sprayer is suited for smaller tank size and is Tier 4i-compliant. The RG700 has a 165-horsepower engine and advanced selective catalytic reduction technology. It has an adjustable track width wide with two angle configurations. The six post cab design has a panoramic front windshield and curved windows, folded booms that rest below the sightlines for better road visibility and wider platforms and a lower first step onto the walkway. The RG700’s liquid system is designed to achieve maximum output and tip-to-tip application accuracy. For more information, contact a dealer or visit www.applylikeapro.com/RG700.
Made from neoprene material and equipped with an active carbon filter, the RZ Mask filtrates up to 99.9 percent of dust and allergens while absorbing odors. The mask covers the nose and mouth while strapping around the back of the neck with velcro. Each mask comes with two replaceable and hand washable filters. The RZ Mask comes in over 20 designs and colors. For more information, circle D in the Reader Reply Coupon, call 888-777-9422 or visit www.RZMask.com.
Enzyme technology saves up to 5 percent corn in ethanol
Novozymes has announced the launch of an enzyme technology that can increase ethanol yield from corn by up to 5 percent. The technology also increases corn oil extraction by 13 percent, while saving 8 percent energy.
The efficiency improvements can be achieved when two new enzymes, Spirizyme Achieve and Olexa, are used together with another Novozymes enzyme, Avantec. A typical U.S. ethanol plant uses around 36 million bushels (900,000 tons) of feed-grade corn per year to produce 100 million gallons of fuel ethanol, 300,000 tons of animal feed (DDGS) and 8,500 tons of corn oil. By using Avantec, Olexa and Spirizyme Achieve, such a plant can save up to 1.8 million bushels (45,000 tons) of corn while maintaining the same ethanol output, increasing corn oil extraction, and generating up to $5 million in additional profit. Corn is the key raw material in biofuel production in the U.S. and by far the biggest cost component for an ethanol plant. After the corn is harvested, the kernels are ground into corn meal and water added to make a mash. Enzymes convert the starch in the mash to sugar, which can then be fermented to ethanol.
Corn oil is used in the production of animal feed, biodiesel and soaps, and has become an increasingly important revenue stream for ethanol producers. Novozymes estimates that approximately 80 percent of the operating ethanol capacity in the U.S. will have incorporated oil extraction into their plants by end 2013.
For more information, contact a dealer or visit www.novozymes.com.
Soil moisture monitor, weather station added to program
Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic irrigation systems, has added soil moisture monitoring and a weather station to its Growsmart product line.
The plug-and-play add-ons use a wireless connection to report relevant weather and soil water data from the field to a secure customer account on the web. FieldNET by Lindsay software and supporting mobile applications provide the graphical user interface, convenience and reporting growers need to make more informed irrigation decisions, according to Reece Andrews, new technology product manager at Lindsay.
Growsmart sensors are designed to provide growers information that enhances irrigation management using FieldNET’s management tools, which allow growers to remotely monitor and control their entire irrigation system, he said.
The soil moisture station and probes can be named for quick reference and linked to the associated fields. Soil moisture trends are illustrated in easy-to-read graphs and provide current trending and season-over-season history. Soil moisture monitoring can help growers decide when to apply irrigation.
The weather station includes sensors for wind speed and direction, solar radiation, air temperature, humidity, precipitation and calculated evapotranspiration. A low-maintenance tipping rain bucket is included as part of the weather station. Historical records are maintained for quick access, with trending charts together on one page.
For more information, contact a dealer or visit www.growsmart.com.
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