New Holland has launched the latest generation of elevation combines. The CX8000 is a straw walker combine up to 490 horsepower and is designed for large-scale farmers and custom harvesters. The Opti-Fan system, standard on both the CX8080 and CX8090 models, compensates for the impact of up and downhill slopes on harvesting performance. The operator sets the fan speed on level ground and the system automatically adjusts it when the harvester goes up or downhill. When traveling on upward slopes, the speed is reduced to ensure the material does not travel too quickly over the sieves causing losses; when tackling downhill gradients, it increases the speed to prevent thick build-ups. The system improves cleaning performance by up to 20 percent and it optimizes the stroke and throwing angles in the cleaning. The grain pan, pre- and top-sieves operate independently to optimize the cascade for increased capacity, and the longer sieve stroke and steep throwing angle keep more material airborne for enhanced separation. The system automatically varies the straw walker speed based on the field’s slope. The operator simply selects from four pre-sets: wheat, corn, canola and rice, and the Opti-Speed system takes care of the rest. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.newholland.com.
Hesston by Massey Ferguson has introduced the 2200 series large square baler with features engineered to help custom harvesters and producers bale a wider variety of crops, particularly crop residue and biomass crops like Miscanthus, under a broad range of conditions. A feature of the 2200 series baler is a packer cutter system offered on the MF2250 model. It features a three-row packer to actively pull the crop across six spring-loaded stationary knives located in the floor of the packer chamber. The system reduces the crop into 4-inch sections for better distribution and smoother flow into the baler, to ensure that whatever operators choose to bale, they get consistently dense, well-shaped, quality bales ideal for transport, storage and preserving crop quality. The packer cutter forces a smooth-flowing supply of crop material through the cutter knives, even when material is damp or windrows are uneven. The 2200 series features an optional automatic chain lubrication system that services key drive chains including the packer, the cutter and the stuffer/knotter chains. The timing and duration of lubrication is controlled from the tractor cab using the C1000 baler monitor. The MF 2250 produces a 3-foot-by-3-foot bale, the 2270 produces a 3-by-4 bale and the 2290 produces a 4-by-4 bale. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.hesston.com.
Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc., Kalida, Ohio, has announced the availability of a chemical injection system and a virtual terminal console for tractors without ISO systems for the Top Air Premier series of T-Tank sprayers. With the additions and available steerable hitch option, Top Air models TA1200, TA1600 and TA2400, with 1,200-, 1,600- and 2,400-gallon capacities, respectively, can now be equipped with all the comparable features and benefits of more costly self-propelled sprayers. With the Top Air direct chemical injection system, the sprayer’s main tank is loaded with clean water and the chemical is contained in single or dual separate 24-gallon tanks, depending on sprayer model and capacity. The concentrated chemical is then accurately injected into the spraying system and mixed with the water just prior to being sprayed out of the boom. Chemical application rates are adjustable by regulating the concentration injected into the boom, allowing the Top Air Premier series of pull-type sprayers to match the variable-rate capability of self-propelled sprayers for applying varying amounts of chemicals at different locations within a field for site-specific crop management. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.topairequip.com.
Company purchases 2 brands, expands vaccine program
Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, has announced the company will purchase the Titanium and Master Guard brands from AgriLabs. The cattle vaccine brands will complement Elanco’s growing vaccine portfolio, including the recently approved ViralignTM 6, the only modified-live combination vaccine to protect against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus 1b, which is now the most predominant BVD virus strain in the United States.
Elanco, based in Greenfield, Ind., will continue to deliver the brands and work with AgriLabs, St. Joseph, Mo., to ensure a seamless transition. Elanco will support all 2013 programs and pricing, and customers should continue to place orders through existing channels. In the next few decades, global population is expected to exceed 9 billion, and 3 billion will move into the middle class, the fastest middle class growth in world history. With the growing affluence, will come a 60 percent increase in demand for meat, milk and eggs, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
For more information, see a representative or visit www.elanco.com.
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