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Crops department

New nozzle body

Spraying Systems introduces a new TeeJet body for multiple nozzles. The new TeeJet QJ350 series features a compact design that fits inside the boom to minimize interference from the boom structure and protect the nozzle from damage. It will work on dry or wet booms and comes with three or five Quick TeeJet connection spray outlets. It also includes a two-piece ChemSaver diaphragm check valve for drip-free shutoff.

Suggested list price for a dry-boom version is $16.38. A wet-boom version is $13.10. Contact Spraying Systems Co., Dept. FIN, Box 7900, Wheaton, IL 60189, 630/665-5000, visit or, or circle 198.

Hybrids for ethanol

The push for dry-grind ethanol production is spawning research into hybrids that enhance the ethanol process. Recent research shows some hybrids do produce more ethanol, but the higher production rate is not related to high-extractable starch. A two-year study from the University of Illinois confirms that hybrids can vary as much as 23% in ethanol yield. The variability is attributed to hybrids and environment instead of high starch levels. The researchers also attribute this unexpected finding to the dry-grind process that makes even un-extractable starch fermentable.

Most major seed companies are researching and field testing hybrids that yield more ethanol. Producers who grow corn for dry-grind ethanol plants will find some hybrids already available.

Corn rootworm in Europe

Europeans are battling the western corn rootworm, according to Tray Thomas, president of Context Network. The common U.S. pest has been confirmed in 17 European countries with five reporting economic damage, Thomas says. He expects the corn rootworm to be a major challenge for European corn growers within five years.

Stored grain help

The EPA recently approved a new insecticide for combating stored grain pests in wheat, oats, sorghum and barley. Called Storcide II and developed by Gustafson, the insecticide protects against a wide range of insects such as lesser grain borer, weevils, beetles and moths. The active ingredients in the insecticide are chlorpyrifos-methyl and deltamethrin. It is offered as an all-in-one formulation designed for direct application to stored crops and seed. It also is approved for use as a bin protectant.

Fantasy marketing game

Your kids may play games online. Now you can play your own online games with the new MarketMaxx program, provided by Farm Industry News's sister publication, The Corn and Soybean Digest.

MarketMaxx will let growers try out the commodity futures trading business without incurring financial risk from margin calls. It will let seasoned futures customers try out an options strategy without paying big commissions. MarketMaxx allows participants to make trades on 100,000 bu. of corn and 50,000 bu. of soybeans throughout the marketing year of January 1 to October 31, 2005. Sign up for the fantasy marketing game at

Active row-crop farmers who participate in MarketMaxx qualify to win the use of a Massey Ferguson combine or tractor for one year, a guided lightbar system from Mid-Tech, or a complete computer hardware and software system provided by Syngenta Crop Protection.

Distillers' dried grain research

The new National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center located at Southern Illinois University — Edwardsville (SIUE) recently received a $10,000 contribution from Pioneer Hi-Bred International. The new center is conducting research to improve distillers' dried grain and solubles (DDGS) for use in animal feed. The researchers hope to develop a model that predicts the composition of DDGS, a by-product of the dry-grind ethanol process. They also hope to determine if corn grown under certain conditions results in better DDGS for the animal-feed market.

Smart corner system

A new “smart” corner irrigation system from Lindsay Manufacturing lets growers precisely irrigate the corners of a pivot system and the system “remembers” it for the future.

The Zimmatic Maxfield custom corner system with SmartChip technology allows sprinklers to be turned on and off in precise coordination with location to prevent over- and under-watering that often troubles corner irrigation systems. The SmartChip technology sends the Maxfield custom corner on a “mapping rotation” where individual readings are taken. The readings are transmitted to Lindsay where a computer modeling program determines the water application program. This new system is simple to operate and is designed for use with a GrowSmart control panel.

Contact Lindsay Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 156, Lindsay, NE 68644, 800/829-6805, visit or, or circle 197.

Grain storage tips

A new grain storage bulletin written for growers and elevator personnel is now available from the MidWest Plan Service (MWPS). The bulletin, titled “Managing Dry Grain in Storage, Second Edition,” focuses on cylindrical storage structures. It also offers principles of grain storage management that apply to all types of storage.

Sections in the bulletin cover the causes of grain storage problems and provide tips for identifying, solving and preventing the problems. The bulletin includes lists, weather maps and data tables to clarify the information and provide quick reference to important facts.

The bulletin costs $8, plus shipping and handling. To order, contact the MWPS, 122 Davidson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, 800/562-3618, or visit

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