Magnation’s Big Blue Suite and Rainbolt Pump and Well Systems, Oakland, Calif., are chemical-free, low-maintenance water and energy-saving technologies that result in sustainable, healthy, quality soils and crops. The delivery systems use magnetic science to create and deliver soft “rain-like water.” Water treated with Big Blue and Rainbolt systems transform hard water into chemical-free rainwater, increasing crop yield and vitality while reducing water, pesticide and fertilizer usage. The systems will consume less water, fertilizer, pesticides and energy, resulting in a reduction of up to 30 percent in operational, and improved soil conditions year round. Big Blue anodized aluminum systems are available in units ranging from three-fourths of an inch up to 14 inches in diameter. Larger custom sizes are available. The Rainbolt line protecting pumps and wells—available in aluminum—range from 4- to 12-inch systems. For more information, call 888-820-0363, or visit www.MorePlant.com.
Hamer Inc., Plymouth, Minn., has unveiled a new bag hanger that automatically picks, places and fills a variety of pre-made bags. The Model 1200BH is suitable for paper, poly woven and poly bags. It can index a single bag and presents the individual controlled bag for opening and fill spout placement. Bags are picked with heavy-duty arms and placed on an integrated clamshell style bag spout for filling. The product is made with structural steel tube frame, wire mesh safety gating and heavy duty bag magazine and conveyors. For more information, call 800-927-4674 or visit www.hamerinc.com.
Growers offer review of weed control system
Select growers in the Corn Belt are reporting on their experiences with the first grower-led research plots for the Enlist Weed Control System. The plots were designed to give growers experience managing all aspects of the herbicide-tolerant technology, including the Enlist corn trait, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology and the Enlist Ahead management resource.
Growers were asked to provide information back to Dow AgroSciences as the company prepares to launch the technology, pending regulatory approvals. Growers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Colorado, were targeted on a range of glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds, such as waterhemp, giant ragweed, marestail, morningglory, lambsquarters and a variety of grasses.
The Enlist plots were managed by the grower at each location with support from Enlist specialists. Growers overwhelmingly rate weed control with Enlist higher than current systems. Ninety percent of trial participants rated the weed control achieved with Enlist higher than their current weed control programs in corn. The remaining 10 percent stated that weed control with the Enlist system was as good as the weed control they are achieving in corn today.
The growers cited the overall level of weed control, the wide application window and multiple modes of action as reasons for satisfaction compared with their current weed control practices. Pending approvals, the Enlist Weed Control System is expected to offer growers the same wide window of application that glyphosate-tolerant crops have today.
The growers also evaluated evaluate the drift and volatility potential of Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology.
For more information, circle C in the Reader Reply Coupon, contact a dealer or visit www.Enlist.com.
Heat pads made for young pigs
A Stanfield Heat Pad provides a heated surface that infant and juvenile pigs lie on or against in livestock production facilities. Made in Osborne, Kan., the pads maintain a consistent temperature approximately 35 degrees Fahrenheit above ambient air temperature.
Stanfield Heat Pads are strong enough to withstand tough abuse and their ultra-thin profile keeps sows from pushing against them, while allowing piglets to comfortably lie partially on the pad if their body temperature rises. They are water-resistant and certified safe to operate. Made of flame-retardant, non-porous materials, cleaning is easy and hygiene is assured. They are available in numerous shapes to fit a variety of farrowing stalls, and can accommodate up to 30 pigs in nursery buildings.
Stanfield Heat Pads were first developed in 1973 by Osborne Industries as the first under-animal heater for use in intensive pig production facilities.
For more information, circle D in the Reader Reply Coupon, call 800-255-0316, or visit www.osbornelivestockequipment.com.
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