Guidance for Growers

Raven Industries’ new Raven Cruizer has a built-in 10Hz DPGS receiver that provides sub-meter guidance during tillage, spraying, harvesting and other operations. It features a 5.7-inch color touch-screen display with icon-based menus and status indicators. The high-resolution display provides swath guidance and coverage area information using both aerial and downfield 3-D perspectives combined with traditional LED indicators.

A field review screen helps verify coverage by showing skipped areas as well as allowing calculation of acreage contained inside a defined boundary. The unit comes packaged with a RAM Mount mounting bracket, power cable with adapter plug for instant in-cab power and an external DGPS antenna. Raven Cruizer is fully compatible with Raven’s SmartTrax and QuickTrax systems.  

Pharm with Vinegar

Pharm Solution has received EPA registration for Weed Pharm, a food-grade organic herbicide. This herbicide is a nonselective weed and grass killer that utilizes 200-grain vinegar as an active ingredient. It is available in 1-liter and 1-gallon sizes. Bulk sales are also available in 55-gallon drum and truckload quantities.

How Productive are You?

Red Wing Software, Inc. has added production analysis to its CenterPoint version 3.5 software. This new analysis tool allows users to compare profitability between profit centers, production centers and production years. When cost of production information is obtained, it can be measured by predefined quantities such as per acre, per bushel, per box, per cwt, per head or any unit tracked. The profit analysis tool uses the accounting information already entered and the built-in wizards to take the user step-by-step through creating the exact analysis needed. Values can be modified to answer “what if” questions. Amounts not allocated through transactions can be allocated in production analysis on a percentage basis or by fixed dollar amounts.

Pee Dee Sweet

Pee Dee Sweet F1 is a new triploid hybrid variety of watermelon that has been added to NESEED’s 2008 growers catalog. These bright red-fleshed watermelons weigh from 16 to 22 pounds, are tiger-striped and are resistant to gummy stem blight and fusarium wilt.

Super Freaky

Siegers Seed Co. has released a line of pumpkins and gourds that features significant warting. The Super Freak Series includes full-sized pumpkin varieties Knucklehead and Goose Bumps, and Gremlins, a large gourd variety.

In Your Pocket

Agri-Cover, Inc. has released the Access Storage Pocket G2 and the Access Storage Pocket HD for creating storage at the rear of any truck bed with inside wheel wells. The G2 pocket is manufactured from 5-inch tall galvanized steel with a smooth polished finish; the HD pocket is manufactured from heavy-duty, 6-inch tall diamond tread aluminum.

For the Roots

Deep Drip tree watering stakes, from Underhill International, are for applying water, oxygen and fertilizer directly to tree root zones and can be incorporated into an automatic irrigation system. The 1-inch wide stakes come in three lengths: 14, 24 and 36 inches. All have a slotted cap for drip line attachment, tapered stake heads with a perforated lower shaft, and an internal filter that keeps out rocks and dirt. They are constructed from ABS plastic and feature an ABS cap for sledgehammer installation that is also UV-protected against cracking and weathering.

Monitor Conditions From a Distance

Onset Computer Corp. has unveiled the HOBO Remote Monitoring System, a weather station that provides growers with instant access to data via the Internet. The new system combines weather station hardware with built-in GSM cellular communications and HOBOlink, a Web-enabled software platform. HOBOlink allows users to access current and historical data, set alarm notifications and relay activations, and manage and control HOBO Remote Monitoring systems without having to go into the field.

Users have access to a selection of optional plug-and-play Smart Sensors for measuring a range of parameters including temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, soil moisture, wind speed and direction, leaf wetness, barometric pressure, photosynthetically active radiation and solar radiation. An optional analog input port enables the use of various third-party sensors for additional measurements. Users can also set up alarm conditions for any connected sensors and receive automatic notification via e-mail or cell phone text messages when monitored conditions exceed user-defined limits.

Get the Gel

The DGB with SmartGel is King Innovation’s latest addition to the DryConn Connector family. Designed to house push-in, twist-on or spilt-bolt connectors, this all-in-one product is for waterproofing connections in two-wire/decoder irrigation systems. Filled with SmartGel—a nontoxic sealant that is waterproof and corrosion proof and protects the connection over a wide range of temperatures—the DryConn DBG SmartGel can hold and protect three different connectors using the same housing. The semi-transparent, re-enterable housing allows for splice examination during and after installation without opening the encapsulated connector. Use this connector without the need for grease tubes, heat shrinks, primer, tapes or epoxy packs.

Through Thick and Thin

H.D. Hudson Mfg. Co. has introduced its 2008 version of the 38470 Spray Thick Drum Pump Sprayer that sprays thick or thin materials. It features a closed liquid system, two-piece suction and agitation discharge pipes and a 5 hp Honda engine adjustable for volume and pressure. The sprayer comes with a pump, spray gun with 18-inch straight spray wand and a 30-inch curved wand, two TeeJet brass nozzle assemblies and 25 feet of spray hose. Attach it to a 55-gallon drum or a 5-gallon pail.

Compact and SuperSuite

New Holland’s T2300 Series offers three new tractor models to those in the compact tractor market. Models T2310 and T2320, with 40 and 45 gross hp respectively, are available with either a hydrostatic or 12×12 synchronized shuttle shift transmission as well as an optional SuperSuite cab that offers 60 cubic feet of interior space. Model T2330 has a 50 hp engine and a 12×12 synchronized shuttle shift transmission.

Seaweed and Yucca Fertilizer

Wonder Grow Plant Food has developed Wonder Grow, an organic fertilizer and soil amendment comprised of seaweed and yucca. This multipurpose plant food offers potassium, B-vitamins, trace minerals, rooting hormones and microbial activity. Use as a starter fertilizer, penetrant, root builder, anti-stress compound or mineral source.

Keep a Narrow Profile

Jacto Inc. has expanded its line of cannon sprayers with the addition of J1400CHT and J1400 PLUS. With a 265-gallon tank capacity and a spray swath of up to 80 feet, the J1400 combines the performance of the J400 cannon sprayer with a tracking axle chassis, resulting in a narrow profile sprayer with a tight turning radius. These sprayers are ideal for blueberry, nursery and many vegetable applications with tight row spacing or narrow headlands. Both models utilize the 20 GPM Jacto JP75 piston pump, and the J1400 PLUS has the added feature of optional handgun capability.