EYE ON THE WORK
The Visionworks camera now features the HD T-10 10-inch touch screen. This is a multimedia screen that's got built-in Wi-Fi, built-in navigation and can run Android apps. The new monitor is easy to install, and an optional quad processor will allow you to view up to four cameras at a time. You can even stream video and sports in the cab. The system was on display from S.I. Distributing, and pricing varies by options. The monitor works with the Visionworks camera, a durable system for providing you better vision during machine operation. Learn more at sidist.com.
Mechanical Transplanter is launching the new Model 1100. The machine is available in two versions: individually driven direct drive uses an ATV type drive tire in front of each unit; or a gauge wheel system with a hex line shaft driving multiple units. This machine can be set up to place plants as close as 6 inches apart. The machine features sealed bearings for easier maintenance, and a roller chain for less flex and stretching during operation. Suggested list price is $2,500 per row. Learn more at mechanicaltransplanter.com.
Looking for a system with 2-by-2-by-2 placement of fertilizer from your planter? Fennig Equipment offers a retrofit kit for John Deere and Case IH planters to help. The system offers you the opportunity for dual placement for improving nutrient availability at planting. The new Case IH kit is available for a suggested list price of $750 per row for a dual system, $450 per row for a single system. For the John Deere system, the price is $483 per row for a dual system and $285 per row for a single system. Learn more at fennigequipment.com.
GVM is launching the new T380 Prowler, which can carry 11 tons of dry material or 1,800 gallons of liquid for application. It is also designed for better flotation with its wider tires. The machine gets a new hood, a Tier 4 Final Cummins QSL9 380-hp engine, and a four-wheel steer option. The machine can be outfitted with the New Leader NL5000 G5 spreader, and for the sprayer there's individual nozzle control available. Suggested list price is $350,000. Learn more at gvminc.com.
COVER CROP SEEDER
Kuhn Krause sees the value of cover crops and the many benefits offered, and now offers the CCX 9000 Cover Crop Seeder, which attaches to the Excelerator so you can seed a cover crop while making a vertical tillage pass in the fall. The system uses an electric drive metering system, an easy-to-adjust seed diffuser and other innovations to make planting cover crops easier in the fall. Suggested list price is $22,000 for the CCX-9000-45, which has a 45-cubic foot capacity and works on larger Excelerator tools — from 30- to 34-feet wide. Learn more at kuhnnorthamerica.com.
Schulte is offering a line of spreaders built by Radium. The spreaders can handle a wide range of materials. The Radium Prospread Top Dresser can spread fertilizer, lime, and manure post-seedbed prep or after plants are up. The system allows the user to apply at a range of rates from low to high to get the coverage they need. Suggested list price for the 310 is $63,300. Learn more at schulte.ca.
LOW PROFILE SPREADER
Loftness is expanding its dry spreader line with the OS170, a machine that's just 56.4 inches tall yet can carry up to 80 cubic feet of material. The hopper also has a narrow 48.7-inch width so it can work in narrow plant spacings too. The machine comes standard with a mechanical apron drive that includes hydraulic shutoff. An optional hydraulic drive allows you to adjust the feed rate independent of ground speed, as well as variable rate prescription capabilities. Suggested list price is $16,000 for a base machine. Learn more at loftness.com.
LONG-LIFE GAUGE WHEEL
Needham Ag Technologies has launched a new spoked gauge wheel with a 3-inch green urethane tire. The outer diameter of the tires are warrantied for three years from purchase. The wheels feature the Peer SeedXTreme bearing, which also eliminates the need for a separate hub and allows for easier maintenance. The wheel fits all John Deere single disk openers and most other drills that use a 16-inch diameter gauge wheel mounted with a 5/8-inch bolt. Suggested list is $160 per row plus shipping. Learn more at needhamag.com.
The new DiscCover NH3 Sealer from Thurston Mfg., has independent arms to enhance residue flow, multiple blade positions to optimize performance including side-dress, post-harvest, pre-plant and strip-till use. The unit uses a zero-maintenance hub to reduce maintenance time. There are three blade options: notched, wavy and hoe-wheel. Optional down-pressure springs can be added at any time. List price per row $395 with a notched blade. Learn more at thurstonmfgco.com.
LDM Ag Services, LLC, wants to help you solve a weight problem on your planter. Today's center-distribution planters with big seed hoppers and fertilizer or spray tanks can create compaction issues and pinch row challenges that can hurt yields. The company offers a planter hydraulic frame weight distribution retrofit kit. This system spreads the frame weight more evenly across the planter. The kits are currently available for a range of John Deere planter models. Suggested list price is $5,000. Learn more at ldmagservices.com.
For operations seeking out a versatile seeder for a range of crops, Tar River Implements offers the DLR-072 Crop Seeder. The unit comes with 10 adjustable disk heads to seed grass, corn, beans, oats and other crops. The seeder has two stainless steel boxes with closable slides for each row, and you can apply fertilizer to each row during planting. Suggested list price is $2,650. Learn more at br-equipment.com.
NO-CLOG DRIP LINE
Netafim has launched the Aries Thinwall Dripline that uses a new non-compensating dripper that is clog resistant. That black "baffle" you see on the line is designed to provide even flow at rates as low as .11 gallon-per-hour, while still avoiding clogs. It can be used in waste water irrigation situations, too. Price varies by material, flow and pressure required. Learn more at netafimusa.com.
TOTAL NOZZLE CONTROL
Individual nozzle control is getting to be more important as farmers work to avoid overlap in their fields and maximize their crop-protection products. The Hypro ProStop-E from Pentair provides that tech across your sprayer. Just upgrade to the system, lay in the wiring and control it using popular sprayer control systems including Raven. Cost is $165 per nozzle system, plus wiring. Learn more at hypropumps.com.
SINGLE PHASE POWER
If you're an irrigator and you want more power, often that means boosting your electric service at the pump. Those days may be ending with the new Belle Motor, which can provide up to 100 hp with a single-phase electric line. This motor is compatible with most single-phase service, and has a high starting torque, which means it can start high inertial loads. The company offers a range of electric power options — with motors ranging from 30 to 100 hp. Learn more at bellemotor.com.
VARIABLE RATE TECH
The Altek Vari-Feed motorized valve can be controlled to provide variable volumes at each outlet. The software available gives the user total control of the liquid flow during application and spraying. The system uses a stepper motor and a 12-volt power supply. The software can pull in prescription maps for total control at application. Suggested list price is $95 per row for the units, plus the cost of software. Learn more at altekinternational.com.