Kubota brings panoramic luxury to its product lineup with its introduction of the next generation of M-Series tractors: the Kubota Grand X. Four new models are available: the M100GX, M110GX, M126GX and M135GX. The new Grand X tractors boast up to a 118 PTO hp, 4-cyl., turbocharged Common Rail System diesel engine that has been tested to meet the EPA’s latest Interim Tier 4 regulations. The Grand X cab is ergonomically designed to provide a virtually unobstructed field of view and is one of the largest cabs in its class at 61.4 in. tall and 65.5 in. wide. Learn more at www.kubota.com.
Hemisphere GPS has developed section and rate control for both new and existing customers of the Outback S3 guidance terminal via the new AC 110 integrated section and flow control ECU. The name of the product illustrates the rate and section control capabilities: “AC” stands for application controls, the first “1” stands for one product and the “10” represents section control for 10 sections. As the first offering in what is expected to be a series of rate/section control products, the AC110, when paired with the S3, provides an on-screen display of sections with section override, support for eDrive TC and eDrive X, an external report viewer, and interface kits for Raven (440/450, 4400/4600) and Teejet (854) models. To learn more, visit www.hemispheregps.com.
The new Valley TouchPro irrigation control panel with touch technology is designed to simplify control panel programming and give growers the option to personalize main screen controls. Improved control features include graphic views of the pivot, end gun, and wide boundary positions to help growers apply water to fields more efficiently. Load management programming simplifies irrigation scheduling to take advantage of off-peak energy rates and reduce operating costs. The Valley TouchPro operating system is designed specifically for agricultural and outdoor environments to meet extreme temperatures, high humidity and transient voltage requirements. The Valley TouchPro control panel can use the most advanced functions of BaseStation2-SM and TrackerSP, giving round-the-clock updates and control options from a home office computer, cell phone or Internet. It comes with the Valley five-year warranty. To learn more, visit www.valmont.com.
Schaffert Manufacturing & Sales introduces the new Generation 2, 2 x 2 fertilizer disc. A unique, one-piece design keeps the down pressure even on both press wheels as they move in unison. The arm of the G2 is mounted on a pivot point that is greaseable and attaches to the tail section with four bolts. The G2 has features that are similar to those of the original 2 x 2 system, but with improved depth management. The disc mounting arm provides ½- to 2-in. depth placement. There are three adjustment holes, allowing the disc to be moved up or down. The new G2 liquid disc will accommodate most spiked closing wheels. The disc can be removed when fertilizer is not needed. It will work on John Deere, Kinze (aftermarket), White and two-hole adjustment tail sections. Learn more at www.schaffert.com.
The Goodall Power Centers are all-in-one products designed to meet the needs of today’s mobile service mechanics. Units are engineered to reduce the amount of space necessary to fit inside most service vehicles by as much as 50% in many cases. The 1150 Power Center contains a 250-amp. DC stick welder, 29-cfm two-stage compressor and 6,000W AC power. The unit is powered by a 25-hp Kohler engine. The 1150 unit has easy bolt-down installation. Learn more at www.goodallmfg.com.
The Turbo-Max from Great Plains has two coulter gangs and 7 ½-in. spacing between each blade, giving it a blade spacing per gang that is 25% closer than that of previous Turbo-Till models. The two gangs are offset so the second gang splits the first — sizing residue to 3 ¾ in. laterally, which, according to the company, is the narrowest among major vertical tillage manufacturers. The new machine has the ability to angle the gangs hydraulically on-the-go from straight to up to 6 degrees. This feature gives vertical tillage farmers more options when preparing their seedbeds. To learn more, visit www.greatplainsmfg.com.
Pride of the Farm introduces the Insect-A-Sock designed to attach to the rubber flap on the Dura Bull mineral feeder. The 2-in.-dia. sock attaches with a 12,000-lb. test webbing secured with a plated clamp. The sock is filled with acrylic fibers that retain and release insecticide solution that helps reduce horn fly, lice, tick and mosquito numbers on animals. As an animal lifts the flap to eat mineral, the solution wicks away from the surface of the fibers to treat the face, head and shoulders. The complete feeder and sock can be purchased as Model PLMFFA. The flap and sock assembly, which will fit existing mineral feeders, can be purchased as Model INSCK10. Learn more at www.prideofthefarm.com.
Par-Kan Company developed its SeedWeigh elite delivery system with current technology as well as new features designed specifically for this product. The 300-unit-capacity tender has full hydraulics for conveyor rotation and up/down adjustment of the belt. A 20-ft. KSi conveyor is a standard feature, while a 22-ft. conveyor is optional. The 12-in. belt is housed in an 8-in. tube and has 2-in. paddles to increase the unloading rate to more than 40 bu./min. For more information, visit www.par-kan.com.
With more than 850 exhibitors, the National Farm Machinery Show, held Feb. 15–18 in Louisville, Ky., featured scores of new products for 2012. Here are some of the new products from the show floor.
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