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Westeel, a Canadian manufacturer of steel storage products, has expanded its line of Smoothwall bins. Westeel has entered into an agreement with Norstar Industries, a manufacturer of grain handling products based in Morris, Manitoba, to build the new bins—the Magnum GN model for grain, seed and feed storage and the Magnum FN for fertilizer, grain, seed and feed storage. The bins are available now in select Manitoba locations and also in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. The Magnum GN has a storage capacity of 3236 to 5720 bushels. The Magnum FN storage capacity ranges from 118 to 209 tons (107 to 189 metric tonnes). Both types of bins feature a 10-year structural guarantee, as well as a 30-month coating warranty. For more information, call 800-472-4624 or visit

Continuously variable transmission technology is available for Case-IH Maxxum 110, 120 and 130 tractor models. CVT combines speed variability of a hydrostatic transmission with the mechanical efficiency of a traditional gear transmission and it allows the tractor operator to go as slow as 98 feet per hour up to 30 miles per hour. A multi-function handle allows the operator to stop the tractor without having to push the clutch. The functionality also applies to the foot throttle and is useful when backing the tractor up to hitch to implements. For more information, contact a dealer or visit

Organic producers have option for chelated trace minerals

Novus International Inc. has announced the Organic Materials Review Institute has determined that its chelated trace mineral products MINTREX Zn, MINTREX Cu and MINTREX Mn have met the compliance requirements outlined in the official policy manual, and the products are listed for use in organic production.

All three formulations will be added to the OMRI products list under the general materials listing: “NOP: Minerals—Feed, Class: Livestock and Feed Ingredients.”

Novus, of St. Louis, submitted the application for MINTREX to the OMRI in February and received the OMRI listed status in late September. This status applies to use of MINTREX in the U.S. market.

MINTREX is a chelated trace mineral that has an official ingredient definition in the official publication of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

MINTREX products are produced to ensure compliance with global standards. MINTREX received the 2012 North American Animal Feed Ingredients Product Differentiation Excellence Award.

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Campaign features 'one-stop shop' for expertise

Syngenta is bringing the expertise of its more than 70 trained agronomists into the homes and hands of growers throughout the United States.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based company announced the launch of “Know More, Grow More,” a comprehensive online resource providing growers a bird’s-eye view of what’s happening across crops to aid management decisions.

Using their knowledge of crop scouting, agronomic insights, and production expertise, the Syngenta agronomists will have blog entries to help growers maximize their crops’ potential.

Categorized by region, crop, and agronomic topic, the blog will be sortable for access to relevant information. A photo stream and regular videos round out the website to give growers an inside look at what’s happening from crop fields to orchards.

Farmers who visit “Know More, Grow More” will find information such as: harvest preparation tips; fall management recommendations; practices that extend the longevity of orchards; choosing the best seed varieities for each field; recommendations for herbicide, fungicide and insectide application timings; tips for scouting, nutrient management and other production practices; preparing crops to minimize damage from anticipated storms; and tracking the geographic spread of herbicide resistance.

If a topic has not yet been addressed, site visitors are encouraged to use the contact form to submit their questions and Syngenta agronomists will cover the topic as soon as they are able.

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Irrigation company launches redesigned website

Valley Irrigation has redesigned its website to better serve its customers. The site,, features a modern look, the latest navigation practices, and in-depth product information.

Updates and improvements to the website are based on research and input from Valley dealers and customers. Valley is based in Valley, Neb.

Testimonials from growers who use Valley products are a key feature of the new website. Real farmers share their real-life experiences with Valley products.

The new website makes it easy to research a product or contact a dealer. Growers can find product brochures, videos, owners’ manuals, and all the resources needed to make informed irrigation decisions. In addition, product specifications, features, and benefits are outlined. A new, highly responsive Valley dealer locator plugs growers into the industry’s sales network.

The site also includes an entire section on control technology options for precision irrigation machines. The products allow growers to control their pivots remotely, saving time and money, and improving quality of life by eliminating the need to physically visit fields to check on center pivots.

Other features on the new site include a return-on-investment calculator for determining the benefits of a corner purchase, podcasts, a photo gallery, company information, and irrigation management solutions.

Valmont founded the center pivot irrigation industry in 1954. For more information, circle B in the Reader Reply Coupon, contact a dealer or visit



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