PRECISION PLANTING CONCEAL
A concealed knife in the gauge wheel is the basis for Precision Planting’s latest product concept for nitrogen placement. The tool, known as Conceal, consists of a dual set of injection knives that tuck inside a special groove in the planter gauge wheels. Liquid fertilizer is injected through the knife directly below the gauge wheels for consistent and optimized placement. The tool not only gets nitrogen in the right place, but also gives farmers the benefits of a simple design that can handle varied soil and residue conditions. Learn more at precisionplanting.com or call 309-925-5050.
HARVEST INTERNATIONAL POWERPLANT
The new Harvest International PowerPlant rigid planter bar takes advantage of the technological advances of the company’s planting systems and uses them in a smaller, economic-sized tool perfect for planting research and test plots. Available in pull-type or three-point configurations, the new planter comes in single and dual-frame rigid planter bars and between 10-foot and 20-foot models with almost any row spacing. The unit has a vacuum port manifold and can be equipped with gauge wheels or lift-assist wheels. Fertilizer tanks are available for the pull-type models. Get all the details at harvest-international.com or call 888-218-5373.
FURROW CRUISER XTREMES
If you have abrasive soils or you’re planting into cover crops and need an extra “umph” to cover seed properly, check out Furrow Cruiser Xtremes from Copperhead Ag. These cast-iron closing wheels have openings that keep the weight down. Yet spokespeople claim these wheels deliver the weight and wear of regular cast-iron wheels, with no ill side effects. They’re available for Case IH, John Deere and White planters. List price is $260 per row. Call 855-876-7440 or visit copperheadag.com.
ZONE FERTILIZER PLACEMENT
Note the stream of fertilizer coming out of the nozzle on the planting unit. If this were a video, the next frame would show nothing coming from the nozzle. The goal is to place fertilizer, or any product that can go directly with the seed, in only the 2-inch zone around the seed. 360 Yield Center spokesmen say this could cut product use by two-thirds. Expect the concept to be in beta testing in 2018, with possible launch in 2019. Learn more at 360yieldcenter.com.
STARTER FERTILIZER PLACEMENT
Applying starter fertilizer on both sides of the row is attracting attention. 360 Yield Center is working on a product that would deliver nitrogen about 2.5 inches to each side of the row and about three-fourths of an inch deep. It’s been tested applying up to 180 pounds per acre of N. Spokespeople believe it will be a great way to apply N early. Then you could apply the final 60 to 90 pounds later. It could be available as early as 2018. Learn more at 360yieldcenter.com.
ENGAGE ZONE CONTROL
Engage Zone Control from Intelligent Ag helps farmers with John Deere 1910 air carts right now. What’s noteworthy is the development of an aftermarket product that allows section control. Engage Zone Control works on any 1910 air cart model year. You can control up to eight sections per bin. List price is $21,000 to install on a three-bin cart. IntelligentAg is a startup growing out of North Dakota State University Research. Call 701-356-9222 or visit intelligentag.com.
PLANTER BULK TANKS
Add fill tanks to your Kinze 3500 small-frame planter for the 2018 season. The two 25-bushel tanks increase seed capacity and cut down on refill time. You can also add split-row or liquid fertilizer options. For more information, contact Kinze, Williamsburg, Iowa, at 319-668-1300 or at kinze.com.
An alternative to floating plastic balls monitoring your starter fertilizer is the new SFA32 from Ag Express Electronics. This system consists of an in-cab display, a flowmeter for each row (up to 32), mounting hardware for the flowmeters and harnessing. The 7-inch color touchscreen display gives instant visual feedback for each row, gallons per acre and total gallons applied. The bar graph for each row alerts you of partial plugs. For more on the SFA32, contact Ag Express, Sulphur Springs, Ind., at 765-533-4809 or agexpress.com.
2140 EARLY RISER PLANTER
Case IH offers the 2140 Early Riser planter featuring ultra-narrow row spacing options along with precision planting technology. Designed to transition easily from an operational width of 44 feet to a transport width of 13.5 feet, the 2140 Early Riser helps farmers move from one field to the next and navigate those tight field entrances. The 2140 Early Riser is available in 15-inch row spacing for no-till or minimum-till operations. Also, farmers can choose between even and odd rows, for an extra 15 inches to improve productivity. For more details, contact Case IH Agriculture, Racine, Wis., at 877-422-7344 or at caseih.com.
LANDOLL 5540 DRILL
Kansas-based Landoll Corp. brought its newest product — the Model 5540 50-foot, four-section, folding grain drill — to this year’s 3i Show in Dodge City, Kan. Four sections, rather than the typical three, give the Model 5540 more flexibility over terraces and uneven ground. The drill can carry 162.5 bushels of seed wheat. Suggested list price is $176,000. The Model 5540 is manufactured at the Landoll factory at 1900 North St. in Marysville, Kan. For more information, call 800-428-5655 or visit landoll.com.