Farm Progress

New ag products continue to roll out despite low crop prices

Hi-tech farming: Chemical, machinery and precision companies still hard at work developing new products.

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

November 23, 2016

3 Min Read

You can now buy Zidua Pro herbicide for use in 2017. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a label for this BASF herbicide in 2016. Spokespeople say it combines three sites of action to help fight weed resistance. These aren’t new sites of action. This soybean herbicide is a contact burndown and residual preemergent herbicide for soybeans. BASF will position Zidua Pro to be a complementary product with Engenia, BASF’s herbicide for dicamba-tolerant soybeans. EPA has not yet issued a label for Engenia. Learn more about Zidua Pro at

Next-generation products


Now you can apply disease and insect protection products in-furrow at planting. Not only that, but you can choose from two different branded products from two different companies. BASF and FMC combined forces on this project to deliver an innovative product each company can offer. BASF will offer Manticor LFR In-Furrow Fungicide/Insecticide. FMC will launch Temitry LFR Insecticide/Fungicide. Both are already labeled by EPA. The new products use FMC’s proprietary LFR formulations. Learn more at and

One powerful software tool
You’ve likely heard of Trimble’s innovative ag software products. The company offered Connected farm, farm Works Software and Agri-data solutions. Recently, Trimble announced it was consolidating all three of these software platforms into one powerful farm data management platform. The new name is Trimble Ag Software. It’s an all-in-one tool, and it offers a complete desktop-based, web-based and mobile-enabled solution for data management. Check out Meanwhile, Trimble and Claas introduce a Trimble ready machine factory option for Claas Lexion combines. Anyone buying a new Lexion combine in 2017 can ask for this option. It prepares the machine for Trimble’s Android-based TMX-2050 display, which can be added later. Trimble ready interfaces with Claas CANBUS to enable GNSS steering. It also supports yield mapping through the Claas Quantimeter system. Learn about Lexion combines at

Equipment moves
New Holland Agriculture will offer new product lines as CNH Industrial acquires the Ag Grass and Soil business from Kongskilde Industries, formerly part of a Danish Group of companies. The move gives New Holland a bigger footprint with new offerings in the hay and tillage markets. The Kongskilde dealer network is expected to stay intact. CNH Industrial also acquires the Overum and JF brands as part of the agreement. This acquisition is still subject to regulatory approvals. Visit to learn more.

New construction lineups
Case Construction Equipment introduces the all-new G-series wheel loaders. The series includes seven new models in a variety of sizes. Horsepower ranges from 141 to 347, with five models in between. Expect these models to find a home on larger farms, especially larger livestock farms with bulky forages to move from place to place. Elsewhere, ASV LLC introduces the RT-75 Posi-Track compact track loader. ASV says this model is designed to be the most reliable model in its large-frame class of track loaders. This model uses a Cummins engine and Bosch drive pump and motors. Check out

New grapple offerings
Worksaver introduces the ETG-26G and ETG-26JD grapples to help sturdy loaders handle brush and debris with ease. Dual upper grapples made of 3/8-inch steel are featured on both models. The ETG-26G features a Euro/Global mount that should work on a variety of existing tractor or skid-steer buckets. The ETG-26JD offers a John Deere 400/500 style mount. Both grapples are 6 feet wide. Visit

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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