Horsch out of Germany gave show-goers a closer look at its patented electric-motor-driven seed meters featured on its Maestro planter launched last fall. Each planter row unit comes with an electric motor that drives the seed meter in place of mechanical chains and sprockets. The system precisely and evenly places the seed in the row at speeds up to 9 mph, which helped the Maestro SW earn the world record for planting 1,110 acres in 24 hours. An extremely small metering disc is designed with open grooves and a scraper attachment for a straight-down release of seed.
“The Horsch Maestro is the first planter in the US market to come standard with electric driven metering units, combined with our patented slotted metering disk this allows for a more consistent release of the grain into the seed tube, resulting in a vast improvement of overall planting accuracy,” says Horsch spokesperson Drew Gerber. Visit www.horsch.com
The new Versatile RT90 combine had its first public showing at this year’s National Farm Machinery Show. The combine was born in Russia under the brand name Torum. This is Versatile’s first entry in the combine market. Visit www.versatile-ag.com
The New Holland Cornrower is a brand new combine attachment that gives farmers a new way to harvest stover used as feed and cellulosic ethanol. The unit fits on a New Holland 99C chopping corn head. It is designed to “windrow” the stover after it has been chopped, at the same time as harvesting the grain to eliminate an extra trip down the field. Visit www.newholland.com/na
Brock unveiled a new web-based monitor that lets you access grain dryer controls with your smart phone or tablet computer. It is designed for any of Brock’s Quantum dryers. The monitor displays onscreen all dryer settings and sends a text alert if readings go beyond the desired moisture levels, says Brock project engineer Brandon Mullen. Contact www.graindryers.com or call 800/541-7900.
If you lose the power to a John Deere cab monitor, Sensor-1 offers this replacement. The new John Deere Power Module is the direct replacement for the Comp-U-Trak power module used in John Deere 100, 200 and 300 monitors and wiring harnesses. List price: $357.50. Contact Sensor-1.com
Also new from Sensor-1 is this power strip that lets you hook up five different cab monitors all at the same time so you don’t have the hassle of running each power lead to the battery. The power strip plugs into the socket in your cab. List price: $192.50. Contact Sensor-1.com
The Novacast 442 by Pottinger made its debut at this year’s show. It is a rear disc-type mower that is larger than previous models to provide a cutting width of 25 ft. when combined with the company’s 351 front-mounted mower. Suggested list price: $22,000 for the 442 rear mower; $26,000 for the 351 front mower. Contact Poettinger US at 855/879-8597 or visit www.pottinger.at
Five years ago, AgriDry, maker of the Bullseye grain spreaders and controllers for grain bins and dryers, came out with a equipment communications system that that let you monitor and adjust dryer or bin settings from your desktop computer, but you’d have to go to the office to do it. Now, the company is offering a new web-based app called AD (AgriDry) Link that lets you do the same things from a smart phone or tablet. Information is stored in the “cloud” and can be viewed and accessed from any mobile device in real-time. The new mobile app, sold with every controller, is paid for by subscription at a price of $200/bin site per year and includes text and email alerts when you need to change the fan settings. The company also offers full-time technical support. Contact AgriDry at 855/247-4379 or visit www.AgriDryLLC.com
The National Farm Machinery Show kicked off yesterday. Farm Industry News editors scoured the South Wing of this largest indoor farm show to bring you the newest products on display.
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