IN-LINE RIPPERS—AGCO introduces three new Sunflower 4700 Series in-line rippers, built to dig deep and stand up to tough soil and residue conditions while restoring optimum yield potential to heavily compacted soils. They are intended for primary fall tillage and are available in three models, the SF4710, SF4730-8, and SF4730-12, and five widths. For more information, circle A on the Reader Reply Coupon, call a local dealer, or visit www.sunflowermfg.com.
8-ROW PLANTER—Great Plains introduces the YP-825R Yield-Pro Planter, with row spacing capabilities of 22, 30, and 30 inches Twin Row. It uses the 25 Series Row Units and Air-Pro Meters for seed placement and spacing. With its Lift-and-Rotate design the mainframe rotates on the hitch to narrow the transport width to a slim 11 feet, 10 inches for convenient road travel. For more information, circle B on the Reader Reply Coupon, call a local dealer, or visit www.greatplainsmfg.com.
WEB-BASED PIVOT MANAGEMENT—T-L Irrigation Co., announces the Precision Link, its latest advancement in web-based irrigation management. Developed by AgSense, LLC and T-L, the Precision Link, coupled with the Precision Point III Control Panel, allows full remote pivot control and monitoring capabilities. Users can manage pivots from computers or mobile devices with an internet connection. The remote control management includes pivot start/stop, direction control, application rate and speed change and more. For more information, circle C on the Reader Reply Coupon, call 800-330-4264, or visit www.tlirr.com.
Forage and conservation crabgrasses available
Elstel Farm and Seeds, with locations in Thomas and Ardmore, Okla., produces and provides seeds of two, big type, improved varieties of forage and conservation type crabgrasses: Quick-N-Big Crabgrass and Red River Crabgrass.
These high quality crabgrasses were selected for their superior forage production as well as other desirable traits for forages.
Red River Crabgrass was first selected and released in 1988 by the Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Okla., as an officially Certified Crop. Red River was the first worldwide known selected variety of forage type crabgrass. It has the genetic potential to be a very productive type of a runner type (stolon) crabgrass. It was researched and selected for forage from a collection of a large number of widely and naturally occurring ecotypes from several states and New Zealand.
Quick-N-Big Crabgrass, a large leaf crabgrass, is a proprietary variety of Elstel Farm and Seeds. It was first provided to producers in 2006, and has been an Oklahoma Certified Seed from 2007 until present. Quick-N-Big is an early developing, high producing forage crabgrass.
Early plot studies showed it to produce and average of about 10 percent more total tonnage that Red River with much more early season forage. In some studies it produced more than 20 percent more than Red River. However, it must be remembered that both of these varieties are very good crabgrass varieties.
Quick-N-Big Crabgrass produces runners in a stand where there is space for that function, but it is more of an aggressive tillering (stooling) crabgrass. Elstel Farm and Seed personnel have counted up to 99 tillers or individual stems coming from one plant (and actually one seed). And sprouts or additional stems coming off of those main stems at the joints, have been known to produce a total of 396 stems from one seed by the first cutting in mid summer.
Quick-N-Big is genetically capable of getting very tall and productive if conditions allow it. It has been measured free standing up to 58 inches tall. Very tall for a crabgrass. But, of course, its forage use would not allow that kind of growth in most cases, because grazing or haying would be done long before that mature growth stage.
For more information, circle D on the Reader Reply Coupon, call 580-670-0043, or visit www.redrivercrabgrass.com.
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