CAT TILLAGE POWER

Caterpillar unveiled two new tillage implements designed to work with its Challenger tractors. The TL4 soil finisher and TL5 field cultivator provide optimum seedbed preparation with minimum compaction from the company's track tractors. Both implements are manufactured by Krause to Caterpillar specifications. They feature an exclusive urethane-cushioned hitch that lowers stress on the tractor drawbar and implement frame.

The TL4 soil finisher is available in six models with working widths from 24 to 45 ft. The one-pass implement combines three field operations to provide top residue flow. It cuts residue with 20-in. discs working from 2 in. below to 5 in. above cultivator sweeps. Manual or hydraulic adjustment is available. Spaced 7 or 9 in. apart, the shanks mix the soil to improve tilth. Choose an S-shank or C-shank, depending on field conditions. The TL4 finishes the soil to provide a uniform seedbed. Four rear attachments are available: three-row and four-row tine harrows, a five-row spike harrow and a reel. Base list prices: $24,440 to $45,510.

The TL5 field cultivator handles heavy residue with its durable stacked frame and 25 in. of underframe clearance. It mixes soil with a 132-in.-deep, five-bar frame and shanks. S-shanks or heavy-duty C-shanks are available at 6- and 8-in. spacings. Three- or four-row tine harrows and three- or five-row spike harrows are available to finish the seedbed. This series of field cultivators is available in 11 models in widths ranging from 30½ to 50½ ft. Base list prices: $15,655 to $28,300. Contact Caterpillar Agricultural Products, Dept. FIN, 12101 Barber-Green Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115, 815/756-5600, www.cat-ag.com.

LOW-IMPACT SPRAYERS

New this year from Redball is the model 1400 liquid fertilizer applicator for sidedressing. The rig is equipped with high-clearance tires to accommodate a larger window of application time. It can be fitted with either an 850- or 1,200-gal. tank. The unit is available for 22 in., 16 rows; 30 in., 6, 8 or 12 rows; and 38 in., 6, 8 or 10 rows. Retail prices: $15,000 to $18,000.

Two new pull-type sprayers from Redball have walking tandem axles to reduce compaction and handle rough terrain. The high-clearance option will be available on the 670 and 680 sprayers. Sprayer tanks of up to 1,600 gal. and booms to 100 ft. are available. Prices: the mid-$20,000s to low $30,000s..

A mini bulk chemical measuring and handling system from Redball avoids spills and incorrect measurements. Chem-Fer stores chemicals in the top 150-gal. tank and dispenses through a 5- or 10-gal. measuring tank and gauge directly into a spray tank. According to the manufacturer, the closed handling system is ideal for a loading facility because it is accurate, safe and easy to use. List price: $989. Contact Redball, Dept. FIN, 140 30th Ave. S.E., Benson, MN 56215, 877/332-2551, www.redballproducts.com.

DELUXE SPRAYER

If you do a lot of field spraying, the STS 10 self-propelled sprayer from Hagie will make the job quick and easy. The new model with wraparound glass on the deluxe cab provides 210° of unobstructed view. The sprayer features a 4-wd, independent air-ride suspension to smooth out rides across rough fields. It is powered with a 275-hp, turbo-diesel Cummins engine. According to Hagie, the rig provides the best weight-to-horsepower ratio in the industry. It comes with a 1,000-gal. tank and boom lengths of 60, 80 or 90 ft. Price range: $125,000 to $135,000. Contact Hagie Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 273, Clarion, IA 50525, 800/247-4885, www.hagie.com.

PRECISE AMMONIA PLACEMENT

Thurston Manufacturing is offering an improved method of ammonia application with its updated Blu-Jet GDI 200 system. The special system incorporates a heat exchanger to keep ammonia in liquid form until it enters the ground. This provides precise ammonia application that improves accuracy by 3%, according to the company. Keeping ammonia in liquid form also allows growers to apply ammonia earlier in the spring and later in the fall than if it is incorporated in gas form. It may be attached to most fertilizer injection equipment. Price: $4,000..

The company also introduces the new Blu-Jet Seal Pro springless disc sealer to use on fertilizer equipment. The device provides trash flow and continuous soil contact while closing over the line of ammonia application. It also works on strip-till equipment. Price: $250/row unit. Contact Thurston Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Hwy. 87A, Thurston, NE 68062-0218, 800/658-3127, www.thurstonmfg.com.

FAST SEED CONVEYOR

A new high-volume seed conveyor from Unverferth gently moves grain at speeds up to 40 bu./min. The portable conveyor carries seed on a 12-in. PVC belt with 9-in. spacing between 2-in. vulcanized paddles. The hopper is extra wide (4 × 4 ft.) for easy unloading of bulk seed bags, wagons and bins. Constructed of 12- and 16-gauge galvanized steel, the conveyor is available in 20-, 25- and 30-ft. models. The 30-ft. model retails for $4,715. Contact Unverferth Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 357, Kalida, OH 45853, 800/322-6301, www.unverferth.com.

NO-FRILLS SUBSOILER

Brillion is building a small, affordable subsoiler that shatters hardpan. The implement includes three iron shanks with reversible wear strips that are set at 30 in. spacing, but may be easily adjusted to other widths. The subsoiler is equipped with a Cat. II hitch and is easily handled with a 90- to 120-hp tractor. The standard unit provides 29 in. of underframe clearance. Price: $1,600. Contact Brillion Iron Works, Dept. FIN, Box 127, Brillion, WI 54110-0127, 800/409-9749.

LARGE-CAPACITY GRAIN WAGON

To keep pace with the demand for large grain wagons that quickly unload grain, Kinze Manufacturing will soon market its 1050 Harvest Commander grain wagon. The unit, which holds 1,050 bu. of grain, unloads grain at a rate of 500 bushels per minute. To help prevent corrosion, Kinze seared a powder coat paint deep into the metal's pores.

Because the wagon is in the prototype stage, Kinze has not yet set a price. The company plans to market the wagon next year. Contact Kinze Mfg., Dept. FIN, I-80 at Exit 216, Williamsburg, IA 52361-0806, 319/668-1300, www.kinzemfg.com.

FARMER-FRIENDLY GRAIN BIN

Sukup Manufacturing claims that its new grain bin has the largest manhole of any grain bin on the market at 20 × 35½ in. Company officials say that this size makes the manhole a comfortable fit for most farmers.

The bin also features “knuckle-saver” latch handles on its inner bin door. The ample clearance between the handle and the door helps to keep you from smashing your fingers when you open the door. Bin size ranges from an 18-ft.-dia., 3,000-bu.-capacity unit to a 48-ft., 50,500-bu. model. Suggested retail prices range from $3,700 for the 3,000-bu. bin to $31,700 for the 50,500-bu. bin. Contact Sukup Mfg., Dept. FIN, Box 677, Sheffield, IA 50475-0677, 651/892-4222, www.sukup.com.

STRIP-TILL SYSTEM

Well-managed crop residue, plentiful availability of plant food, increased soil tilth and improved seedbeds are the perks of the DMI Nutri-Till'r 5310 strip-till system, according to the manufacturer.

The unit features a 24-in. coulter that smooths residue flow without mixing residue into the seedbed. Its high-clearance-shank assembly has a holding force of 1,150 lbs. The 5310 model reduces clods, shapes berms and reduces holes via 11- × 14-in. berm builders. Suggested retail price: 12-row unit, $38,000; 16-row unit, $46,000. Contact Case DMI, Dept. FIN, Box 65, Goodfield, IL 61742, 309/965-2233, www.dmifarm.com.

BULK-FILL PLANTER

Kinze has added a bulk-fill feature to its 3650 Twin-Line planter. Inside the planter's twin bulk seed hoppers, nylon bristle-tipped, adjustable-speed augers slowly elevate seed from the bottom of the hopper to a full-length PVC pipe distribution manifold located in the top. The manifold feeds all rows through molded plastic drop collars. The bulk seed hoppers pivot in conjunction with the three-section frame as it flexes. Basic list price: 12-row planter, $71,300; 16-row unit, $91,200. Options are extra. Contact Kinze Mfg., Dept. FIN, I-80 at Exit 216, Williamsburg, IA 52361-0806, 319/668-1300, www.kinzemfg.com.

SEDIMENT SCREENER

Sediment that plugs center pivot nozzles is a drawback to pumping irrigation water out of rivers. By filtering out these contaminants, the Riverscreen eliminates nozzle plugging. This rotating, water-driven, self-cleaning screen filters contaminants in water as shallow as 4 in.

Suggested retail prices: $2,350, $2,500 and $2,650 for 6-, 8- and 10-in.-dia. units, respectively. Contact Riverscreener Inc., Dept. FIN, 1925 Kiowa Rd., Clay Center, KS 67432, 785/630-0611 or 785/630-0612.

POWER WHEEL

Feterl Manufacturing now offers a power wheel option on its ground-hugger hopper for its 10-in. Swing Drive and Hydra-Feed augers. Tractor hydraulics power the wheels. Price: $700. Contact Feterl Mfg., Box 398, Salem, SD 57058, 800/367-8660, www.feterl.com.