A Plug for Blackmore

The latest addition to the Blackmore line of plug trays is the 242. The tray features heavy-duty, fluted cell walls that act as a conduit, providing more oxygen to the root zone. It also features an oversize 3/8-inch diameter drain hole, angled label ramp and 5/8-inch turned over top for increased rigidity. Each cell has a depth of 1 3/8 inches and volume of 10 cubic centimeters.

Know Your Environment

Fruit, vegetable and nut growers tracking storage temperature or humidity conditions can retrieve real-time data and download data for further analysis with the redesigned Dickson Graph-at-a-Glance Flat Panel Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers. The loggers provide a digital graph so that managers can immediately detect environmental trends that could potentially affect product quality. Features include 4.5-by-3.4-inch display screen, FLASH memory card data transfer capability, USB-enabled triple-speed downloading, user-defined display settings, 32 kilobytes of storage, and audio and visual alarms. Models include the FT300 and FT325 for temperature only, and FH320 and FH325 for temperature and humidity.

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.

Compact Cat

Bobcat has introduced a new line of compact tractors. At the moment, there are five models available—CT120, CT122, CT225, CT230 and CT235—and four additional models will be released throughout 2008. All feature four-wheel drive and hydrostatic transmissions. Engine horsepower ranges from 20 to 34 and weights range from 2,055 to 3,055 pounds. All models can be used with Bobcat implements, including an angle blade, backhoe and box blade.

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 split-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.

Super Pruner

Superior Fruit Equipment now has an 8-inch hand pruner with forged aluminum handles and a high-carbon SK-5 steel blade. Replacement parts are also available.

Take It EZ

True Temper’s EZ Pour Spout wheelbarrow is designed to allow for accurate, efficient pouring. Use the corrosion-proof, 6-cubic-foot capacity poly tray for transporting mulch, gravel or soil. Heavy-duty H-brace and steel cross-strips provide stability and support for heavy loads. It also comes equipped with leg stabilizers to optimize control and maneuverability.

Scout for Light

Spectrum Technologies, Inc. has introduced a new line of Field Scout light meters to help growers measure the amount of light available to plants in greenhouses. The meters measure UV radiation from 250 to 400 nanometers, quantum light/photosynthetically active radiation from 400 to 700 nanometers and light levels in foot-candles.

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.

A Mobile Time Clock

P.E.T. Tiger, from Orange Enterprises, handles payroll data collection and production tracking. It fits any size business, from a few employees to thousands. It works by collecting hours and piece rate payroll information using scannable tags such as barcodes. For tracking production, the crew leader scans employee barcodes each time a bin is brought in, recording the employee, time and count. For payroll, it minimizes errors associated with converting time sheets to accounting input data and eliminates the paperwork of recording attendance and production. Data collected in the field is transmitted to an office computer for analysis and can be used with any payroll software packages.

Pack Up and Go

A&B Packing Equipment’s CT-Universal Pack #6500 is a high-speed filler for grape and cherry tomatoes. Features include twin inline cup vibrators to eliminate fruit falling through the machine at cup separation and a wide chute, high-speed guillotine de-nester with quick-adjust handles that automatically places cups on the line. It packs 20 to 180 pints per minute and can pack up to 5-pound clamshell containers. The stainless steel frame measures 10 feet by 29 inches and has four wheeled legs.

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.

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.