TISHOMINGO, Miss.—The recently introduced DuraClass Alumax heavy-duty aluminum dump body offers high strength and low body weight for long life and maximum payloads. Typically up to 50 percent lighter than traditional steel, the decreased body weight of aluminum bodies increases payload capacity, minimizes fuel consumption and can improve truck life.
The Alumax features a heavy-duty, eight-inch extruded top rail that resists bowing from heavy internal loads. The heavy-duty bottom rail, which includes an inside radius for faster and cleaner dumping, ties the deck, sides, cross-members, vertical posts and outside dirt shedders together, providing unmatched structural integrity.
Aluminum 5 3/4-inch I-beam long-members have an integrated rubber track and rubber riser to significantly reduce shock and noise. The four-inch stacked, U-shaped cross-members provide extra load-bearing vertical walls. The unit’s cross-members are on 12-inch centers and feature gussets at each cross-member.
With water management becoming an increasingly important factor in crop production, John Deere introduced John Deere Field Connect to provide site-specific water management data to facilitate the decision-making process surrounding irrigation practices. With site-specific information, producers are able to more efficiently utilize irrigation inputs, resulting in fuel savings and additional yield potential, the company explained.
The John Deere Field Connect solution allows you to continually monitor moisture levels throughout the root zone of your crop. In the field or at the office, you can make timely adjustments to changing moisture conditions, resulting in reduced water consumption and energy costs through more efficient management. With your soil moisture levels balanced, your crops are able to effectively absorb fertilizers and pesticides, promoting higher yields and improved crop quality.
CHICAGO—Global packaging solutions specialist tna announces the launch of the world’s first vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) rotary polyethylene packaging system.
The latest innovation for the company’s leading tna robag range, the tna robag FXIS 3ci, offers efficiencies of up to 99 percent of target output while reaching unrivalled speeds of 150bpm.
The innovative rotary jaw design uses advanced impulse sealing technology to deliver high-quality, consistent packaging, with high levels of accuracy. Product waste is reduced due to the optimized product transfer from the multi-head scale through to the jaws. Plus, tna’s innovative rotary double flat jaw (RDFJ) configuration doubles the throughput in comparison to the standard single jaw packaging systems that are currently on the market.
The tna robag FXIS 3ci builds on the well-known features of the tna robag 3ci series, such as the simplified film system for effortless film threading, and stainless steel construction for ease of cleaning, while also delivering efficient, reliable PE sealing and bagging. Its polyethylene bags are suitable for numerous packaging applications, including fresh or frozen vegetables.
WESTPORT, Conn.—Leading agricultural firm H.J. Baker and their Tiger-Sul Products subsidiaries have launched TIGER Boron 2%—a first-ever product that combines sulfur and boron in an application-friendly homogeneous pastille. This allows for greater spatial distribution, which can provide increased absorption of boron by root hairs and improved plant health.
Sulfur is widely known as integral for protein synthesis, chlorophyll transport and nitrogen utilization, which creates greater crop yields. Boron is essential for nitrogen fixation, as it regulates oxygen in legume nodules and also plays a structural role in cell wall development and maintenance. It is vital for reproductive growth in all crops including pollen tube growth and pollen germination.
Tiger-Sul Products is a wholly-owned subsidiary of H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc. Visit www.bakerbro.com.
RALEIGH, N.C.—MANA Crop Protection announced its KlearSky Technology brand, which represents advanced formulation technology that embodies a range of attributes to deliver high performance and reduced impact on the environment. KlearSky Technology sets a new standard in formulation technology by encompassing the superior efficacy of conventional active ingredients while lowering product emissions and enhancing the handler experience through such features as lower odor, fewer personal protective equipment requirements and/or reduced signal word.
MANA introduces the KlearSky Technology brand as a means of indicating formulations that crop consultants, retailers, distributors and growers can rely on for high performance, a reduced impact on the environment and less restrictive handling requirements.
Among the KlearSky labels is ABBA Ultra miticide/insecticide. ABBA Ultra minimizes environmental concerns by reducing impact on air quality, and it has twice the concentration of the active ingredient so applicators simply use half the rate of standard abamectin formulations. With less formulated product required per acre, there is less material to store and manage alongside less container waste. Labeled for use on several specialty crops, ABBA Ultra delivers superior control of mites and insects with solid benefits in crop safety. It offers significant reductions in PPE restrictions, which is a plus for workers and applicators.
BALTIC, S.D.—Ag PhD, the leading television show for agronomy information in the United States, announced the availability of its Harvest Loss Calculator and Planting Population Calculator on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphone and tablet devices.
These new apps, sponsored by Case IH, provide tools to help growers make quick in-field calculations to improve their operations.
The Ag PhD Harvest Loss Calculator allows growers to estimate yield loss before and during harvest by recording the number of individual corn, soybean, wheat, sorghum, barley or oat seeds found on the ground in a square foot. With this information, the app can calculate the number of bushels growers have lost per acre.
The Ag PhD Planting Population Calculator has two functions. First, during planting season, the app can determine optimum in-row spacing between seeds based upon row width and the desired planting population per acre. Second, after crop emergence, the app allows growers to determine a stand count by helping them count the number of plants that have emerged in a specific row length.
Producers can download these tools for free from links on the Ag PhD website at www.agphd.com.