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Calcium In The Pegging Zone
Planting Intentions
Reaching The Peak
Field Day For Organic Production
Tips To Reduce Drift
Data Management For Precision Ag
Editor's Note
Market Watch
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Pesticide Roundup
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Challenger And Massey Ferguson Expand Lines

AGCO announces the expansion of the Massey Ferguson 7400 Series and Challenger MT500B Series tractor lines to include two new high-horsepower models each – the Massey Ferguson 7497 and 7499 and Challenger MT585B and MT595B.

Boasting some of the most innovative technology on the market today, these tractors come standard with the industry-leading continuously variable transmission (CVT), tractor management, AGCO SISU POWER engines, plus exceptional operator comforts.

These new models are powered by a 7.4-litre capacity AGCO SISU POWER 74CTA engine, renowned for its excellent fuel economy and for producing high pulling power at low speeds. With CVT plus AGCO’s exclusive tractor management system, the tractors have the power to handle the toughest jobs on the farm and in the field.

The engine’s power and torque characteristics have been optimized to provide outstanding field and transport capabilities while providing exceptional fuel consumption and maximum power at lower RPMs.

For more information, visit your dealer or visit their Web site at For more information about the Challenger MT500B Series tractor, go to

AutoFarm ParaDyme System Installation

The new AutoFarm ParaDyme GPS System now offers Installation Kits to accomodate more than 400 different models of tractors, sprayers, spreaders, combines and swathers.

ParaDyme is now installable on virtually all brands of farm machinery, with the most recent additions of tractor install kits, including hydraulic and steer-by-wire kits, being for 12 models in the Deere 9000 and 8000 Series tractors. ParaDyme is compatible with all of the following brands: Tractors – Deere, Case IH, New Holland, AGCO, Cat, Challenger, Massey Ferguson; Combines – Deere, Case, New Holland; Sprayers – Deere, Case, AGCO; Swathers – MacDon.

The ParaDyme System is the industry’s first single system solution to all facets of precision farming: planter control, application control, yield monitoring, data logging and management, plus hands-free GPS steering via WAAS, EGNOS, OmniSTAR HP/XP and RTK. It is also GLONASS ready. Plus, with its unique factory-integrated wireless, ParaDyme offers a remote real-time service connection to the dealer in addition to optional RTK ReadyConnect that provides RTK correction without a base station.

AutoFarm says the new ParaDyme vehicle install kits will reach the 500 mark soon as new kits are created every week. Their extensive list of hydraulic and steer-by-wire installation kits is key to AutoFarm being one of North America’s most popular aftermarket GPS systems.

The ParaDyme system features AutoFarm AutoCalibration, which gives full steering system calibration by simply pressing a button. The process can typically be accomplished in less than 10 minutes on most wheeled vehicles.

For more information on the AutoFarm ParaDyme system, visit

Need A Tankmix Calculation? There’s An App For That

Need a tank mix calculation quickly? Now, thanks to DuPont Crop Protection, there’s an App for that.

DuPont Crop Protection recently revealed an innovative application to help customers – a “TankMix App,” created for iPhone and iTouch users.

The TankMix App provides basic math calculations for the amount of product and water needed per spray tank or area, calculating spray volumes.

A link to the DuPont Crop Protection Web site guides users to specific production information and usage guidance. Work on future versions and additional applications that support crop protection products is underway.

The TankMix App is available through Apple’s App Store, where it is free to download on any Apple iTouch or iPhone. A simple search for crop protection, DuPont or agriculture will give growers access to the free calculator.

New Precision Guidance From John Deere

John Deere AMS introduces two new precision guidance products in time for the 2010 planting season: iSteer, an active implement guidance system, and a new StarFire 450 RTK radio system for enhanced RTK signal coverage.

These latest additions to the company’s suite of precision guidance products give producers increased accuracy in field operations and applications when used as part of a John Deere GPS GreenStar system.

The John Deere iSteer system is an active implement guidance solution that increases repeatability and accuracy of the implement in straight-track applications. It’s ideal for producers who demand increased accuracy at the point where seed, fertilizer or other inputs enter the ground.

The iSteer system provides simple, single-point implement control through the SCV to engage the guidance or disengage the system for manual implement steering. And, operators can use the SCV to manually turn the implement right or left on demand, which is beneficial for tight headland turns, entering/exiting fields and other precise applications. iSteer is completely integrated with approved John Deere tractors and requires a StarFire iTC RTK system to operate.

The new StarFire 450 RTK radio from John Deere is designed to work on a vehicle or as a base station to increase RTK signal coverage and maintain operational accuracy in areas with rolling terrain and/or in dense foliage conditions. The StarFire 450 RTK radio features include a 2-watt radio with LED lights and optional magnetic rover antenna for mobile use.

For installation on tractors and other vehicles, the StarFire 450 RTK radio is paired with the StarFire iTC and GreenStar 2 1800 or 2600 displays. For base station applications, the 450 RTK radio can be used with the iTC receiver. An optional in-line 50-watt amplifier and high-gain fiberglass antenna are available for base station use.

Both the iSteer active implement guidance system and the StarFire 450 RTK radio are available this spring from your John Deere dealer. To learn more about these and other John Deere AMS products, see your local John Deere dealer or visit

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