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Updated payroll software

State payroll reports are now easily produced with Red Wing Software's updated payroll software. Version 7.0 makes filing the numerous forms required by each state, including tax forms and new-hire reports, much easier, according to Ken Hilton, president of Red Wing. He says a partnership with Aatrix Software, Grand Forks, ND, gives the company instant integration to these tax forms and reports.

The payroll reports menu on the software displays state and government tax forms exactly as they will print. Version 7.0 includes an upgrade to a direct-deposit option that allows employees to automatically deposit a portion of their net pay to a savings account while receiving the balance in a traditional paper check.

Price: $595; updates, $359. Contact Red Wing Software, Dept. FIN, 491 Hwy. 19, Red Wing, MN 55066, 800/732-9464, visit or

Optical yield sensor

A new combine yield sensor from Loup Electronics measures grain volume with an optical sensor, rather than sampling grain weight like other yield monitors do. This means the sensor is not in contact with the grain.

The Loup Yield Monitor displays yield, grain moisture content, ground speed, field and total bushels, wet or dry bushels, field area, bushels per hour, visual indication of header cut width, and time of day. It comes with a data collection storage card so the information may be used to produce yield maps. The console is a backlit LCD with direct readouts.

The price, which includes installation, is $3,995. Contact Loup Electronics, Dept. FIN, 6530 Holdrege St., Lincoln, NE 68505, 877/489-5687, visit or

Wireless lightbar

GPS technology doesn't have to cost a fortune or be a pain to install. A new low-cost lightbar guidance system from Midwest Technologies features a compact lightbar, a GPS antenna/receiver and a wireless remote control that eliminates the need to run a cable into the cab. Pay $3,195 for the complete system, and you'll get sub-meter accuracy using the free WAAS signal. No monthly subscription is required. Plus, the company claims its lightbar's curved design saves space and is easier to read than straight lightbars.

The display gives data about vehicle speed, area covered, track error and several other factors. The brightness of the LEDs is adjustable for bright sun, dim light or full darkness. Two keys increase and decrease brightness. A handheld remote runs on two AA batteries that provide power for an entire season of work. Because there's no need to run a cable, the cab can remain sealed from dust or other contaminates, even if the lightbar is mounted on the hood of the vehicle.

The CenterLine lightbar is available through TeeJet and Mid-Tech distributors. Contact Midwest Technologies Inc., 2864 Old Rochester Rd., Springfield, IL 62703, 217/753-8424, visit or - Wayne Wenzel.

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