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Option for corn

The new corn herbicide Option will be labeled for corn only. Aventis Crop Science is seeking EPA registration for the postemergence herbicide in corn to control a broad range of annual and perennial grasses, plus several important broadleaf weeds. It is not labeled for soybeans or other crops as incorrectly reported in “Déjà vu all over again?” (January 2002, page 7).

Wide seed feed

Cut your planter fill time with a seed transfer system from Gandy that now reaches 36 rows. The system constantly delivers seed from a bulk tank to individual row hoppers from 8 to 36 rows. Delivery shuts off as seed covers the delivery tube. The system may be purchased with 64-, 80-, 96- or 120-bu. hoppers and in tow-behind and implement-mounted models. Price: $8,800 to $14,800. Contact Gandy Co., Dept. FIN, 528 Gandrud Rd., Owatonna, MN 55060, 800/443-2476 or circle 195.

Convert corn to gas

Ever wonder what happens to unsold corn seed? At Pioneer Hi-Bred International, researchers are working to convert the unusable seed to a gas that is burned for energy. At its Toledo, IA, seed corn production plant, the company is testing a device called a gasifier, which processes returned seed that may not be re-bagged. The corn enters a chamber filled with aerated sand, which is heated to 1,200°F. There the corn seed, cobs and other materials are broken down into a gas rather than burned. The gas may be burned to produce heat. Pioneer reports the small amount of corn ash is high in nutrients and makes excellent fertilizer.

Easy guide system

Field guidance is getting easier with the introduction of a parallel swathing system called the AgGPS EZ-Guide 110 from Trimble Navigation. Using the company's GPS technology, it helps operators guide farm equipment in precise rows. The system is easily moved from one piece of equipment to another. The system includes a GPS smart antenna, lightbar and remote keypad that can be mounted anywhere in the cab. Growers may upgrade the system with many other features, including as-applied mapping, soil sampling, flow control or variable rate management. Price: $3,750. Contact Trimble Navigation, Dept. FIN, 645 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94088-36420, 408/481-8000, or circle 194.

Portable guidance

Ag Leader introduces its own easy-to-use EZ-Guide system. The stand-alone system includes an all-in-one antenna/receiver and a remote keypad, which can be mounted at the operator's fingertips. The lightbar is compact but still easy to see and operate. The system uses both A-B and A+ guidance patterns in addition to providing sub-meter accuracy. Growers using a personal computer may quickly upgrade EZ-Guide for contour guidance and advanced headland features. The EZ-Guide uses Trimble Navigation technology. Price: $3,750. Contact Ag Leader Technology, Dept. FIN, 2022 S. Riverside Dr., Ames, IA 50010, 515/232-5363, or circle 193.

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