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Fast unloading

A new grain conveyor system from Brandt will handle 12,000 to 15,000 bu. of grain/hr. The new 2021 GrainBelt Transfer Conveyor may be operated independently or in combination with the 20 series GrainBelt Harvest Conveyors, including the new 2095 model. Growers may flood feed the conveyor for maximum filling of the 14-in. tube on both the 2095 GrainBelt Harvest Conveyor and the 2021 GrainBelt Transfer Conveyor.

The 2095 is equipped with two 9-in. drive rollers, a spring-loaded belt tensioning system, a collapsible intake, and scissor-lift design with two hydraulic rams. The 2021 is 21 ft. long, operates with electric or hydraulic drive, and is equipped with an extra-large, collapsible low-profile hopper.

List price for the two conveyors is $2,800 to $3,200, depending on features. Contact Brandt Agricultural Products, Dept. FIN, Box 317, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3A1, Canada, 306/525-1314, visit or, or circle 199.

Deciding to tile

A new spreadsheet available from the University of Illinois helps farmers figure the costs and benefits of tile draining their own fields. The spreadsheet will be available on a CD version of the newly updated Illinois Drainage Guide.

University of Illinois agricultural engineer Richard Cooke developed the spreadsheet. He says even with installation costs added in, a dramatic drop in the cost of tile means farmers might want to consider draining some of their wet fields. “Tile drainage is basically an economic decision,” Cooke says. “If the benefits exceed the costs, tile drainage makes sense.” The spreadsheet allows producers to enter data from their own farms and gives them the flexibility to change various factors to change the calculations.

The Illinois Drainage Guide will be available from Illinois extension offices at the end of this month.

Bifenthrin registered

The EPA has approved a new label for bifenthrin insecticide/miticide for a variety of crop uses. Fanfare 2EC from Makhteshim Agan of North America (MANA) is the newest generic bifenthrin available for food and fiber crops. The Fanfare label covers crops such as corn and beans. The product helps control corn rootworm larvae in northern, southern and western areas, as well as army cutworms, black cutworms, white grubs, seed corn beetles, seed corn maggots, stalkborers and wireworms.

For a copy of the Fanfare label, visit

Weed control for small grains

Dow AgroSciences has received EPA acceptance for WideMatch herbicide, a broadleaf herbicide that works in small-grain fields to control kochia, Canada thistle and wild buckwheat. The company claims that the product matches up well as a tankmix partner with all leading grass herbicides. A combination of the active ingredients fluroxypyr and clopyralid, WideMatch also offers proven control of volunteer flax, common mallow, marestail (horseweed), sunflowers and cocklebur, as well as suppression of field bindweed, according to the company.

For more information, call 800/258-3033, visit or, or circle 198.

Soybean rust CD

The Iowa State University Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) offers a new interactive course module on CD-ROM entitled “Soybean Rust.” The CD describes Asian soybean rust and provides details about the disease's life cycle, identification, potential for damage, current geographical distribution, and management. The CD is designed as an interactive course and includes a link to an online chemical database, which shows the chemicals currently labeled in the U.S. for use on the disease.

The course was developed as a continuing education tool for Certified Crop Advisers and other agricultural professionals and producers. It contains an examination that may be completed for continuing education unit credit with the American Society of Agronomy.

Contact Crop Adviser Institute, College of Agriculture, 4 Curtiss Hall, Ames, IA 50011, 515/294-7546, or visit

Soybeans lack SCN resistance

A joint research project being conducted by the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University — Carbondale has found as many as 20% of the commercial soybean varieties billed as resistant to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) are not resistant after all. Scientists at both universities screened more than 400 of the 500-plus resistant soybean varieties now on the market against four different nematode populations. More than 630 lines will be screened again this season.

Visit to learn more about the research and see how varieties performed.

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