FERTILIZER APPLICATION—Hypro introduces the Push-to-Connect Nozzle Bodies and FastCaps designed for adapting fertilization and nutrient application kits to planters, seeders and toolbars. The bodies replace leak-prone threaded fittings in these systems with a design that uses a double O-ring to provide superior sealing of the hose in the fitting. The Push-to-Connect Nozzle Body is available with either one-quarter-inch or three-eighths-inch Push-to-Connect fittings. The nozzle bodies are available in two different configurations. For more information, call 800-424-9776, or visit www.hypropumps.com.
HAY SPEARS—Lucas Metal Works, Ochelata, Okla., introduces its new model of hay spear, the Lucas Hay Spears Quad Spear. This model allows farmers to pick up two large round bales at once with one implement. It comes standard with four 48-inch spears that are grouped in pairs to allow the unit to also pick up large square bales and single round bales. For more information, call 866-689-8904, or visit www.thinklucasequipment.com.
Equipment conserves hay, labor
GoBob Pipe and Steel Hay Conserver feeders continue to allow ranchers to stretch feed in drought times.
To reduce waste, "conserver" hay feeders force cattle to place their heads through metal bars to get at the hay. Any feed the cows drop falls back into the feeder where it can be eaten later.
With the Hay Conserver feeders, cattle can eat what they need but don't waste the hay. Ranchers report 40 percent less hay to feed the same number of cows, which is helping many survive the drought.
Another piece of equipment, the Accumulator is designed to allow one man to clear and accumulate an entire field of hay in a fraction of the time traditionally required. When used with an accompanying grapple, one person can rake, bale, accumulate, load, and store a 5-7 acre tract in a single day.
The Accumulator can gather 10 bales of hay into one row and convert it in a few minutes, allowing custom accumulating of square bales that have already been baled on the ground. It hooks behind any square baler in seconds without using pumps or tractor hydraulics. Just run a baler, hook the Accumulator to the back where it will neatly situate the bales. Then return with the grapple, hook to the bales, and load 10 bales at a time. With such equipment, one man can put 350 bales on a trailer in less than an hour, or 250 bales per hour in the barn.
For more information, call 866-532-9123 or visit www.gobobpipe.com.
New seed treatments for 2013
Fungal diseases are major causes of poor emergence and stand development in soybeans. But farmers will have a stronger line of defense in 2013 with Monsanto's planned introduction of Acceleron Seed Treatment Products with a new-generation fungicide for soybeans and cotton.
These seed treatment products contain multiple modes of action to deliver more complete and consistent disease protection, including a new fungicidal active ingredient. This offering of Acceleron Seed Treatment Products includes:
--Defense against Rhizoctonia and Fusarium, with a new active ingredient.
--Continuous protection from seed and seedling diseases.
--Broad-spectrum insect protection.
"Acceleron Seed Treatment Products with the new generation fungicide, in combination with other management practices, can help protect against these damaging seedling diseases, enabling farmers to achieve more uniform stands, higher yield potential and better return on investment," said Davie Wilson, Monsanto Seed Treatment Product Development manager.
The products are being evaluated in Monsanto field trials this season. The objective is to compare performance in terms of stand development and total stand survival, vigor enhancement and, ultimately, yield. In some plots, time-lapse photography was utilized to capture differences in emergence and early-season plant growth and health. While the focus is on disease, the trials also compared early-season insect protection.
Acceleron Seed Treatment Products for soybeans are designed to complement and help maximize the performance potential of Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans. They provide an early-season advantage of improved early-season vigor and stand establishment with superior protection from seed and seedling diseases and early season insect pests.
For more information, call a seed representative or ag retailer or visit www.acceleronsts.com.
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