DuPont Pioneer researchers use sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment to plant, manage, harvest and collect data from test plots. Doing so leads to improved hybrids and varieties for growers, according to the Des Moines, Iowa-based company. The IMPACT (Intensively Managed Product Advancement Characterization and Training) trial program provides local data to help Pioneer with decisions on crop genetics. IMPACT plots allow researchers to test dozens of Pioneer brand corn hybrids and soybean varieties that are candidates for commercialization. The large number of local plots means Pioneer researchers can learn how products perform in a wide variety of growing environments. Data from these plots show which products offer the best performance in a given environment. Researchers use four- and eight-row planters, which seem simplistic in an era of 24- and 36-row rigs. Row width may vary between 30-, 36-, 38- or 40-inch row spacing or require planting on soil ridges depending on geography, grower preference and field management. For more information, see a representative or visit www.dupont.com.
Diesel Control Technicians Inc., Hutchinson, Kansas, has just moved into the next generation of diesel fuel injection system rebuilding, testing and repair by the purchase of a BOSCH EPS815 Injection Pump Test Bench and a BOSCH EPS 205 Common Rail Injector Test System. These machines are almost completely run by computer. Without user invention the 815 runs the pump through all necessary tests, then increases and/or decreases the fuel where needed. If at any point during the cycle the pump fails a test, the bench will stop and inform the operator to make specific corrections and then proceed with the calibration. The system simulates all necessary operating states of normal vehicle operation. With the 205 it is able to test Common Rail Injectors with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications, which are pre-programmed automated plans, electronically pressure control and metering, which provides an in-depth analysis with printable test results. For more information, call 620-665-6700 or visit www.dieselfuelinjectionrepair.com.
Firm stresses technology to help producers
Ohlde Seed Farms, Palmer, Kansas, will showcase new products and technology during a field day Aug. 20.
An Ohlde Soil Specific Seed online prescription planting technology demonstration, an integrated farming systems through Climate Basic, a Monsanto product that demonstrates Climate Basics system for measuring up-to-the-minute information on rainfall, wind speed and other factors, and a field plot tour of Ohlde Seed Farms’ corn and soybean varieties are planned that looks at standability, crop maturity drought tolerance and overall variety performance.
Also, a precision planting demonstration designed to provide information beyond a monitor and a drone demonstration is planned for the activities.
For more information, call 877-692-4555 or visit www.ohldeseed.com.
Firm offers policy for unwarranted suits
Livestock producers faced with unwarranted animal cruelty lawsuits have some unique protection as Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa, offers a no-cost, add-on coverage for its AgriChoice farm insurance product to help cover the costs of unwarranted animal cruelty lawsuits.
In response to issues raised in focus group meetings with farm customers, Nationwide Agribusiness developed this innovative coverage endorsement. The Unwarranted Animal Cruelty coverage applies to civil or criminal claims where the insured prevails without a finding of liability or guilt and offers up to $20,000 to help defray the insured’s defense costs. Coverage is not available in all states.
Nationwide Agribusiness believes that animal abuse is inexcusable. Everyone involved in animal agriculture has an ethical obligation to provide for the well-being of farm animals. But farmers who follow scientific and industry approved standards for animal care and welfare need protection from the costs of unfounded lawsuits.
For more information, circle D in the Reader Reply Coupon, see a representative or visit www.NationwideAgribusiness.com.
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