VERTICAL TILLAGE—AGCO introduces the Sunflower 6631-35 and 6631-40 vertical tillage tools. These have the width to meet early spring tillage needs of large farms and are designed to create a consistent seedbed
across the entire width of the machine. With the Sunflower Split-Wing design of locking wing extensions, these tools offer strength and stability and yet fold to a compact package for transport. The easily shred and mix tough crop residue to enhance warming of cold, wet soils so planting can begin earlier. They are available in 35- and 40-foot working widths. For more information, call a local Sunflower equipment dealer, or visit www.sunflowermfg.com.
ROTARY HAY RAKE—New Holland introduces the ProRotor line of rotary hay rakes that help haymakers produce higher quality forage with minimal leaf loss. Flexible tines on each tine arm gently lift and carry the crop to the windrow. Three models are available including the traditional ProRotor 3114, the dual-rotor ProRotor 3223 and the center-delivery rotor ProRotor 3226. Each uses a gentle rotary raking action for light, fluffy windrows that continue to dry. And, because the tines don’t contact the ground contaminants aren’t swept into the windrow. For more information,
call a local New Holland dealer, or visit www.newholland.com/na.
FEED SYSTEM—The Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed System from FarmTek provides maximum growing in a compact area with minimal labor. Operating on a seven-day cycle, the system produces up to 250 pounds of nutrient-rich fodder
daily. It uses a nutrient film technique watering regimen and eliminates the need for overhead watering. Seven levels of UV-stabilized, NSF-quality PVC channels
are supported by galvanized frames. The levels combine for a total of 336 feet of growing space. It is scalable to produce 500, 1,000 up to 2,000 pounds of fodder per day with multiple unit adaptor kits. For more information, call 800-327-6835, or visit www.farmtek.com.
Cotton harvest aid now approved for use this year
FMC Corporation announces regulatory approval of Display cotton harvest aid, its new brand for cotton defoliation and control of juvenile growth and tough weeds. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency informed FMC of the approved product labeling on June 8. Cotton State regulatory approvals are pending, and FMC is readying plans for initial commercial product use in September and October for this year's cotton harvest.
Used as directed, Display cotton harvest aid is flexible across a wide range of environmental and crop conditions. Its mode of action rapidly expresses effects both in cotton defoliation and weed desiccation. The formulation makes Display an excellent tank mix partner with other adjuvant and harvest aid brands.
Display, developed internally by FMC, comes from research and development efforts focused on creating advanced crop protection solutions for US growers. The new composition uses two proprietary FMC active ingredients to optimize its value for cotton pre-harvest use. Benefits with Display, technically categorized by its mode of action as a PPO product, include removing foliage from the cotton plant and halting regrowth. Used with appropriate adjuvants, Display is proven effective over a wide range of temperatures, even cooler fall season temperatures. In addition, Display controls viney weeds, such as morningglory species, that interfere with the operation of cotton harvesting machinery. Display is equally well suited as a pre-harvest treatment for spindle picker or stripper harvest methods.
For more information, circle E on the Reader Reply Coupon, call a local retailer or visit www.FMCcrop.com.
Nitrate testing helps drought feeding decisions
Farmers are turning drought-stressed corn and other crops into silage and green chop throughout the nation. Plants take up nitrate when they're stressed, and extreme nitrate content is harmful to livestock. NECi has developed easy to use, safe, and reliable Nitrate Test Kits to help make harvest and feed decisions quickly.
ECi has made improvements in its line of test kits for prevention of nitrate toxicity in livestock feed and forage. The company has consolidated two steps to reduce time and cost per test--they're a little faster, a little better, and less expensive. The kits are designed to provide useful, semi-quantitative information for nonskilled users with no lab equipment.
The LF-200 series kits are for testing of crops that still have moisture. If a user can squeeze a few drops of liquid from the feed sample, he should use the LF kits. The DF-200 series test kits are for hay and dry materials. They require a blender and some distilled or deionized water to run.
Kits are packaged in bundles of five tests plus one nitrate control/standard. Users can run the tests in the field, in the kitchen, in a home office, or as a service at ag retail locations. The kits contain everything needed, including instructions to help users evaluate results.
NECi's Test Kits for Agriculture were developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The company has tested most common crop and feed types including corn, sorghum, wheat, hay, and many vegetable crops. Results have been validated by university labs, USDA-ARS researchers, and NRCS labs. The same reagents used in NECi's Ag Kits are used by commercial testing labs for their automated analyzers. We've taken an accurate lab method and simplified it so users can get actionable information on site in about 30 minutes.
The kits are based on an enzyme and contain no hazardous chemicals. They are lightweight and compact. They should be stored in an air-conditioned location or refrigerator for a six-month shelf life.
For more information, circle D on the Reader Reply Coupon, call 888-NITRATE or visit www.nitrate.com.
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