AUTONOMOUS—Kinze Manufacturing, Inc., continues to refine its autonomous row-crop solution. Kinze’s autonomous system is capable of completing many tasks with minimal direct human input, including planting, nourishing, maintaining and harvesting crops. The autonomous grain cart system follows the combine through the field until the combine operator presses the “Unload” button and the autonomous grain cart speeds up and pulls alongside. The autonomous system can also park and idle. For more information, call a local Kinze dealer, or visit www.kinze.com.
AIR TILL DRILL—AGCO introduces the Sunflower 9700 Series air till drill with its exclusive ribbon-seeded planting style. It’s designed as a single-pass seeding system. It opens the soil, slices out weeds, places seed and fertilizer and then properly packs the soil for optimal seed-to-soil contact. Its 5-inch wide seedbed encourages plants to develop stronger stems, superior roots and maximum yields. The 9700 Series drill is available in 40-, 50- and 60-foot seeding widths. For more information, circle B on the Reader Reply Coupon, call a local Sunflower dealer, or visit www.sunflowermfg.com.
HEATING BLANKETS—Powerblanket’s Extra-Hot heating blankets provide added heat for rapid thawing capability and equipment and machinery protection. EH blankets feature patented GreenHeat Technology to create a barrier of insulated heat for temperature
control and freeze prevention. They are suited to thaw frozen ground for concrete preparation, and for preheating service trucks and more. For more information, call 877-398-7407, or visit www.powerblanket.com.
Herbicide available for 2013 burndown
A new burndown herbicide offering improvements over previous products powered by Roundup Technology will be available to wheat growers across the Western Great Plains in time for spring burndown, 2013.
The new product, branded RT 4 herbicide, is specially reformulated for farmer and retailer use and can be applied preplant, post-harvest and to fallow ground and will replace the current RT 3 brand going forward.
RT 4 is an American-made product that has been tested and formulated exclusively for Western Plains growing conditions. It will be priced competitively with foreign-made generic glyphosate formulations, according to Monsanto. Wayne J. Jelinek, Monsanto U.S. Roundup and RT 4 Manager, explains that growers will notice significant improvements in RT 4 over the previous RT 3 herbicide.
"The most noticeable benefits will be the improved handling characteristics and reduced foaming," Jelinek explains. "The new herbicide will maintain the same level of concentration, offering improved logistical efficiency by covering more acres per gallon than most generics and branded imitators."
RT 4 herbicide will also feature reliable, consistent performance on tough-to-control weeds, including annual and perennial weeds, improved performance under cool and wet spring conditions, and better performance during hot and dry summer weather, according to Monsanto.
RT 4 herbicide will be supported by Monsanto's Tough Weed, Tough Conditions Warranty and the Roundup 30-Minute Rainfast Warranty. Monsanto will begin shipping RT 4 in November of 2012, making this latest brand available for the Spring 2013 burndown season.
For more information, circle D on the Reader Reply Coupon, call a local retailer, or visit www.monsantoblog.com.
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