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CLOSED SYSTEM: California already requires closed-system handling for some pesticides, and nationwide regulations could be coming soon for certain products. Seeing the need, GoatThroat Pumps is developing a closed system that would meet future U.S. EPA requirements.

If there's a need, companies will meet it

Hi-Tech Farming: Company devises new closed-handling system for paraquat.

GoatThroat Pumps, Milford, Conn., is doing what inventive farmers and manufacturers have done for decades. The company saw a need and developed a product to meet it.

In this case, it’s a pump for a closed-handling system for liquid pesticides. U.S. EPA has indicated that beginning in September, new container standards for paraquat take effect. Those standards include “closed-system packaging for all non-bulk end-use product containers of paraquat.” Non-bulk is defined as fewer than 120 gallons. Learn more at epa.gov.

A closed system that doesn’t allow human contact with the pesticide is the need. One answer is the product GoatThroat Pumps developed. It’s already used in California, where more stringent regulations on certain pesticides exist.

Weed control specialists note that paraquat isn’t used as widely in the Midwest today. However, there could be situations where due to herbicide resistance, it may still find a fit. Other closed system solutions are available, but the developers of the GoatThroat Pump believe theirs will fit future EPA requirements most completely. See goatthroat.com.

More intense scouting

DJI phased out the Phantom Pro drone series in favor of its Mavic lineup. Now, working with Sentera, DJI introduces the Mavic 2 Pro Double 4K Upgrade. The company claims it transforms the drone into a professional scouting machine.

With this upgrade, you can capture multiple data points in a single flight. You can get data for the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, normalized difference red edge and high-resolution color RGB crop health data.

The price goes up, too. List price for the Mavic 2 with this upgrade is $4,728. Visit sentera.com.

Extend Wi-Fi

Extend your wireless network to far-off fields with the AyrMesh Bridge from Ayrstone Productivity. Designed to extend wireless coverage from an AyrMesh wireless network hub, it can also work for those who don’t have the AyrMesh wireless network.

Connect AyrMesh Bridge to a router to have Wi-Fi in a remote building or to connect a remote camera. In many cases, AyrMesh Bridge can extend coverage to fields where you don’t have coverage now.

Easy installation is a hallmark of the product. It lists at $449.95. Visit ayrstone.com.

Fleet management

If you have lots of vehicles in the field at once, either in a large farm operation or a retail ag dealership, check out Fleet Analytics Manager, a new product from Raven for its Slingshot portfolio. It enhances Raven’s Connected Workflow solution that syncs the office with the field.

Use this new tool to analyze current and past work orders and track such things as acres covered or individual machine usage per day. Using new Raven hardware, it can be set up with notifications and alerts, too. Learn about how you can try Fleet Analytics Manager at ravenslingshot.com.

Efficient crop recommendations

You can now get agronomic recommendations that you can convert into work orders and records more easily with AgriEdge, Syngenta’s whole-farm management system. Syngenta and Simplot Grower Solutions are working together to increase your efficiency through software integration.

Here’s how it works. If you have AgriEdge, you also have Land.db software that comes with it. Now you can pull agronomic recommendations from Simplot Advisor directly into Land.db. Visit agriedge.com.

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