Case IH has launched the Flex Hoe 900 air drill to seed in a variety of ground conditions. The 900 expands the number of models in the Flex Hoe Series. The new machine features a parallel link opener for ground contour following. The unit is available in 50-, 60- and 70-foot toolbars, with 10- or 12-inch spacing. The air drill features a new intuitive user interface, so operators can make quick, on-the-go adjustments with ease. The Flex Hoe 900 gets a shorter opener length, creating a 1-to-1 ratio between knife and press wheel. A new patented Quick-Lock depth adjuster is positioned at waist height and built with presets for tool-free adjustments on each opener. Learn more at caseih.com.
UPGRADING A SIDE-BY-SIDE
Can-Am has a Texas-focused side-by-side model, the Defender Max Lone Star Edition. This machine gets several upgrades and additions for 2020. In addition to the new Stone Gray color finish, the machine has a new front fascia, and hood with removable grill. A more ridged chassis and thicker fire wall helps reduce heat and noise in the cabin. Power comes from an upgraded 82-hp Rotax HD10 engine, with a new low-sound exhaust system and a recalibrated continuously variable transmission. The machine also gets a ride improvement with new suspension calibration, and it boasts 13 inches of ground clearance. Learn more at can-am.brp.com.
Celebrating its 65th year in business, Polaris is pulling out all the stops with the Ranger 1000 and Ranger Crew 1000. The new Rangers work with the ProStar 1000 single-overhead cam engine, delivering 61 hp and 55 pound-feet of low-end torque. The machine features 2,500 pounds of towing capacity. In addition, the two machines — both standard and Crew — get improved ergonomics, including 25% thicker seats. There’s also a one-piece chassis, full-body skid plate and a large steel bumper for durability. Learn more at polaris.com/offroad.
John Deere is adding three new products to the Frontier line, starting with the SA20F Skid Steer Carrier Adapter. The carrier adapter is compatible with John Deere 100, 200 and 300E Compact Utility Tractor Loaders and allows you to use industry-standard skid-steer attachments on a compact utility tractor. The company claims the SA20F can be attached or detached in under 50 seconds using a quick-attach feature that minimizes setup time. Learn more at johndeere.com. Check out the next slide for a new seeder.
Making the most of that utility tractor means having the right tools on hand. The new John Deere GS10L Ground Driven Overseeder is designed for residential, property owner and commercial residential use. The system uses an exclusive calibration tray to adjust for the desired seeding rate and can save significant time on setup. The unit can be used for a range of activities, from aerating lawns to breaking up soil clods to create a uniform seedbed. Learn more at johndeere.com. Next up is a new rotary tiller.
The new John Deere RT30 Gear-Driven Rotary Tillers turn over and mix soil to prep seedbeds for planting and are compatible with John Deere 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Family tractors. The RT30 Series has nine rotary flanges with six tempered boron steel C-blades. The larger rear bonnet helps ensure a quality finish and levels the soil. A tempered gear-drive transmission on the RT30 tillers is available in forward and reverse rotation, and it requires less maintenance than roller chain drives. The machines are available in 42-, 49-, 62- and 73-inch widths. Learn more at johndeere.com. Up next is a high-reaching wheel loader.
John Deere has added a high-lift option for the 344L Compact Loader. This option offers increased height and further reach for dumping or stacking, ag material handling, or other tasks. The option has a maximum hinge pin height of 13 feet, 2 inches, which is 12-inches more reach compared to the standard 344L. The 344L comes with Articulation Plus steering, which allows faster turns and better productivity. When equipped with a quick coupler and bucket, the full-turn tipping load on the 344L is 10,362 pounds, allowing operators to lift big loads overhead. Learn more at johndeere.com.
EASY GATE SYSTEM
Shur-Co is expanding use of its SmarTechnology product family with the new AutoGate electric gate opener system. The AutoGate opens and closes farm swing gates with the push of a button on the Smart3 remote. The system can be operated from the comfort of truck or tractor cab — and it can fully open and close a gate up to 16 feet wide. The gate opens or shuts completely in 10 to 15 seconds. And you can change the open-side travel limit using the Shur-Co Smart3 app, with maximum travel of 100 degrees. A safety feature provides auto shut-off if the gate is obstructed. The system comes with a 20-watt solar panel to for convenient charging. Learn more at shurco.com.
Remlinger Manufacturing is launching the Strip-Till Strip Freshener. The assembly bolts to the existing row units in place of the ripper shank assembly. Prior to planting, a quick pass over the existing strips with the fresheners is designed to break up the old strip. The aim is to attain faster soil warmup and quicker drydown, allowing earlier planting. Learn more at remlingermfg.com.
UNENDING HOT WATER
The name Rheem may be familiar to you if you own one of the company’s hot water heaters. Rheem also has tech in the tankless water heater business, and the company has taken that tech and put it into the new HotWave hose sprayer. That unit provides unending hot water from the hose, which makes cleaning dirt and grime easier around the home and farm. The unit will heat water up to 110 degrees F. The unit connects to your garden hose and an outdoor power outlet. The nozzle has a range of spray adjustments. Learn more at Rheem’s Indiegogo HotWave page.
The new Michelin FloatXBib is a dedicated tire solution for self-propelled spreaders for use with a high-load capacity. The tires are available in IF 1000/55R32 CFO size, and this is the first increased-flexion (IF) flotation tire. An IF tire has the same rolling circumference as the industry standard radial tire, but it can handle the same load at up to 20% less air pressure — or 20% more load at the same pressure. The tire has a range of design features, including rounded shoulders for vegetation protection, improved stubble resistance and wear, double and reinforced shoulder lugs for improved contact patch, and a reinforced central area with a special lug design for improved comfort and speed. Learn more at michelinag.com.
NEW YIELD MONITOR
Loup Electronics has launched the new Elite Yield Monitor. With a 7-inch color touch-screen display and a new user interface, the Loupe Elite is a cost-effective yield and moisture monitor for any combine. The unit boots up in seconds. The new hardware platform offers the ability to customize the screen to see key information for your operation including dry or wet yield, dry or wet weight, average moisture and more. You can also create new tasks, switch crops and enter varieties directly on the screen. The system uses field-proven, noncontact optical sensors to provide consistent readings, and it’s designed to make calibration easier. Learn more at loupelectronics.com.
NEW FEED MIXER
Highline Manufacturing has launched the AccuMix AM 1000s, a self-propelled feed mixer with a self-loading option. The unit has a 300-hp engine, high ground clearance, large off-road tires, crab steering, a big cab and hydraulic suspension. The Hired Hand self-loading arm ends the need for multiple operators and machines. The unit can peel the silage face smoothly and solidly, which reduces spoilage. The 150-hp variable speed milling head is simple to service, with all drive components outside the milling head. Learn more at highlinemfg.com.
TAKING ON NEMATODES
Nufarm Americas has added more states for approved use of Trunemco, a seed-applied nematode management technology. The list does keep growing and you can find out if you’re state is included at nufarm.com/uscrop/trunemco. The Nufarm-exclusive product is considered a new nematode management system because it can boost yields and protection of corn, soybeans and cotton. Available for crop year 2020, the patented technology primes plant physiology to create natural nematode barriers to optimize protection. The product uses biochemical and microbial active ingredients for dual defense inside and out of the plant against nematode feeding and establishment.
IMAGE ANALYSIS SERVICE
Crop protection company Adama U.S. has launched Adama Eagle Eye, which is powered by Agremo. The company offers advanced analysis of aerial data and imagery to help protect yields in-season. Insights from the web-based tool aim to cut production costs and boost yields with actionable, accurate data. The system uses aerial footage to simplify field scouting. Learn more at adamaeagleeye.com.
NEW DEAL FOR PLANT BREEDING
NEW DEAL FOR PLANT BREEDING: SlantRange and AgReliant Genetics have entered into a partnership to provide remote sensing and analytics systems for agriculture. AgReliant, the nation’s third-largest seed company, will integrate the SlantRange Aerial Phenotyping solution into its seed breeding technology program. The SlantRange system offers tech to accurately measure and track a variety of agronomic traits for every plot of a field trial, using multispectral sensors on autonomous drones. The system provides calibrated metrics and statistics, from plant count and size measurements to plant health and vigor, to create a model of crop performance. For AgReliant, this means enhanced data during plant breeding and development. You can learn more about the SlantRange service at slantrange.com.