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Precise application rates

Control planting and fertilizer rates accurately with the new Veris precision rate controller that fits on row-crop planters, grain drills and fertilizer application equipment. The controller features a hydraulic drive with PosiRate technology. Hydraulic motors can pulse and run erratically when operated out of their target range. PosiRate technology provides a wide range of pulse-free rates (20 to 300 rpm), eliminating the need to change drive sprockets. The hydraulic technology is innovatively combined with electronic technology in the controller, according to Veris. The cab console interface is user friendly and allows the operator to quickly fine-tune population or application rates.

Prices start at $4,310. Contract Veris Technologies, Dept. FIN, 601 N. Broadway, Salina, KS 67401, 785/825-1978, visit or

Quieter drying

The Mathews Company redesigned its tower dryer with a single blower that replaces the two fans used in previous models. The new Quiet 1750 RPM blower is now standard equipment in tower dryer models 10730 and 101050 and will be available soon in models 10530 and 10630. The fan for the 10730 is a single 30-hp, 36-in.-dia. blower that replaces two 25-hp fans. The 101050 now uses a single 50-hp, 40-in.-dia. blower that replaces three 25-hp fans. The newly designed blower provides the necessary airflow and lowers the total horsepower required.

Contact Mathews Co., Dept. FIN, Box 70, Crystal Lake, IL 60039, 800/323-7045, visit or

Midsized Fendt

AGCO Corporation has added a 160-PTO-hp model to its Fendt tractor line. The company plans to market its new 818 Vario TMS as “the world's first true heavy-duty, midsized tractor.” It also features more of what farmers typically expect from a Fendt — namely, high-tech tools and German-engineered technology.

The tractor has an improved version of the Fendt stepless variable-speed Vario transmission that automatically calibrates the best combination of engine speed and transmission ratio for the task at hand. The new system allows the operator to drive with either a joystick or a foot pedal. New software and cab controls make operation more intuitive and shorten the learning curve for the many complex functions available.

The same can be said for the 818's Variotronic headland management system. One-touch automated systems are more flexible and easier to program. The system lets the operator combine up to 13 different steps into one of four automatic functions. The system not only controls implements, but also can automatically vary ground and engine speed in relation to distance traveled, elapsed time and lifting height.

The 15,818-lb. tractor boasts a 3-pt. hitch lift capacity of 12,900 lbs. on a relatively short 107-in. wheelbase. Front hitch lift capacity is 5,100 lbs. A redesigned front axle allows the tractor to turn within a 21-ft. circle.

The company expects the price to range from $111,000 to $120,000, depending on options. Contact AGCO Corp., Dept. FIN, 4205 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096, 800/767-3221, visit or - Wayne Wenzel

Forage moisture sensing on the go

Now you can check the moisture content of your forage crop while you chop hay or corn silage with a self-propelled forage harvester. The new model 476 moisture sensor and monitor from Harvest Tec continually monitors the moisture content of hay or corn silage as it is being chopped. A digital cab reading is updated every three seconds, and average moisture for a load is calculated when a button is pushed. The average is accurate within two points of moisture for alfalfa silage and three points of moisture for corn silage.

The monitor may be used in a New Holland FX series harvester, a Claas Jaguar or a John Deere 6000 or 7000 series machine. The moisture sensors are located on the left-hand side of the transition between the blower and the spout. The sensors are installed and accessed through the bottom access door in the rear of the transition. There are two pads per unit. Another set of sensors installed in the discharge spout signals when the crop is flowing through the spout.

Suggested retail price: $1,190. Contact Harvest Tec, Dept. FIN, Box 63, Hudson, WI 54016, 800/635-7468, visit

Fast unloading

Kinze now offers a smaller version of its 1,050-bu. Harvest Commander grain auger wagon. The low-profile design of the new 850-bu. Harvest Commander is similar to that of the larger wagon. The smaller model unloads the entire payload in 2.3 minutes, or 375 bu./min., and uses no chains or sprockets. It features an improved dual auger unloading system with on-demand positive drive for unrestricted grain flow. The 18-in. full pitch vertical auger includes full tilt industrial flighting. It folds for transport.

Suggested retail price for a wagon with 30.5- × 32-in. 16-ply tires is $26,987. Contact Kinze Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 806, Williamsburg, IA 52361-0806, 319/668-1300, visit or

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