The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a veterinary biological license for Viralign 6, the first combination modified-live virus vaccine to provide targeted protection against bovine viral diarrhea virus 1—the most predominant BVD virus strain in the United States. Marketed by Elanco, Viralign 6 also provides protection against BVD viral strains 1a and 2, bovine respiratory syncytial virus, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus and parainfluenza3 virus. The vaccine enables low-volume, subcutaneous administration in cattle 5 months of age or older. The BVD virus is an RNA virus, which means it is more susceptible to mutation. That’s why researchers monitor BVD viral strains to identify changes in predominance. Viralign 6 is available in 10-dose and 50-dose packages through veterinarians and animal-health distributors. For more information, contact a sales representative, or visit www.Elanco.us.
Valley Irrigation has added Pump Connect to its management product line, giving farmers a way to automate pumps that supply water to irrigation equipment. With Pump Connect, developed by the Valley, Neb.-based company, it allows growers to wirelessly control pumps from the center pivot control panel. When the pivot calls for “Water On,” Pump Connect sends a radio signal to start the pump and get the water flowing, and it stops the pump if the pivot shuts off. The system has a 900 MHz, frequency-hopping radio with 1 watt of output. Pump Connect offers the capability for connecting up to 48 radios in one setup. Multiple pivots can be connected to one pump, or one pivot can be connected to multiple pumps. For more information, contact a dealer or visit www.ValleyIrrigation.com.
Dry grain calculator app available
Farmers are now able to calculate and see potential losses from grain that is at less than optimal moisture levels using their smartphones and tablets.
FarmLogic’s Dry Grain Calculator, a free app, is available on the Google Play Store and on the Apple App Store. Dry Grain Calculator assists users in making the decision to dry their grain, blend loads to reach optimal moisture levels or deliver the grain as is. Users select a grain crop and enter the initial weight and grain moisture percentage; then the app calculates the grains weight if it were at its optimal moisture level. Users can then compare their data to make informed grain-marketing decisions.
Taplogic started in spring 2005 by Hoyt Choate. The company develops high-tech mobile technology solutions that are essential for record-keeping and soil sampling in the agricultural marketplace. Choate originally developed a solution for farmers everywhere with his company’s flagship product, FarmLogic, in 2005.
FarmLogic is a web-based, farm record-keeping system that is mobile friendly using the app FarmPad. TapLogic’s latest app, Soil Test Pro, empowers farmers to use the latest advances in IT and GPS science to make their record-keeping and soil sampling fast, simple and convenient.
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.FarmLogic.com.
Company releases new field-specific corn hybrids
Palmer, Kan.-based Ohlde Seed Farms has developed seed varieties and hybrids engineered for specific field and soil conditions.
One example of the company’s success is a new Ohlde 24-13 corn hybrid, a 113-day maturity variety that provides high yields in combination with heat and drought-stress tolerance, a feature that is becoming increasingly important in parts of the Midwest.
The high test weight and grain quality traits from O 24-13 also come with solid roots and stalks that improve standability.
Explaining the company’s number code, president Shane Ohlde notes that the first number, or “2” in the case of the 24-13 hybrid, represents the number of traits. The second is the year the product was, or will be released (2014) and the last two digits provide the maturity (113 days).
The new VT Double PRO RIB hybrids offer tolerance to Roundup brand agricultural herbicide, while the RIB (refuge-in-the-bag) technology puts the refuge that’s required for IRM into the same package or container as the fully traited seed.
New Ohlde corn hybrids for 2014 include O 24-12, a high-yielding hybrid with great stress tolerance that is ideal for highly productive soils; O 84-01, a 101-day hybrid that provides consistent ears with good placement and O 24-10 RB, another stable and consistent hybrid for tough dryland conditions.
A new O 24-05 RB hybrid adds depth to the early line-up with toughness and yield potential. Adaptable to a wide geographic area and numerous soil types, it features medium plant height that provides an early canopy and intactness for fall harvest.
For more information, call 785-692-4555 or visit www.ohldeseed.com.
Controlled-release fertilizer protects nitrogen under less than optimal conditions
Weather and field conditions can present challenges for farmers attempting to apply nitrogen (N) in the spring. However, a trial in Michigan shows the flexibility of ESN SMART NITROGEN can help farmers making applications when conditions are less than optimal.
The trial, conducted in Lansing, Mich., by Kurt Steinke and Andrew Chomas of Michigan State University, studied fertilization programs on sandy loam soils. Fertilization programs for corn in northern geographies are typically a one- to two-pass program, usually with some combination of nitrogen applied up to planting, followed by post-emergence, side-dress application.
ESN can be used as part of a typical two-pass program, or as a single application to apply all of the nitrogen needed for the entire growing season in one application. Loveland, Colo.-based Agrium Advanced Technologies (AAT).
Including ESN as part of the fertilization program protects the nitrogen investment, even when conditions are conducive to nitrogen loss. Protecting the investment allows ESN to provide yield benefits, despite 11.3 inches of rain falling in April and May, resulting in late planting and nitrogen loss conditions in May and June. The Michigan study was designed to evaluate ESN for corn in the state, applied either at preplant, planting or side-dress. For more information, call 970-292-9095 or visit www.agriumat.com.
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