Despite the current downtrends, farmers' and product makers' moods remained upbeat at this annual farm show in Louisville, KY. Check out the latest new offerings we discovered. Then dial up www.farmindustrynews.com to view even more new ideas from Louisville.

Son of Apache

Equipment Technologies has released its new Cherokee self-propelled sprayer to complement its Apache model (1997 FIN Top Product).

This stoutly built, economical, 500-gal. sprayer features hydrostatic 2-wd; a Cummins 110-hp engine; manual-adjust wheel spacing from 72 to 120 in.; crop clearance from 48 to 58 in.; heavy-duty air bag suspension; a 60- or 75-ft. fold-back boom with hydraulic accumulators; and a joystick hydrostat lever to control boom tips, foamer and on/off product flow switches. Price: $59,986. Contact Equipment Technologies LLC, Dept. FIN, 2321 Executive Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46241, 317/390-2100.

Belt track for ATVs

Want to run your ATV or sprayer over wet ground? Try the new 15-in.-wide rubber Belt Trak for your ATV or JM's Mini Floater Sprayer. The track allows you to work in wetter ground and with less compaction. JM Innovations sells the continuous-loop track for $1,000. Contact JM Innovations Inc., Dept. FIN, 9304 Hess Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025, 618/667-6089.

Economical cultivator

The new 8325 row-crop cultivator from Orthman has a simplified design and economical price. Orthman redesigned the tail of its cultivators to reduce cost. Now the cultivator offers a simple, A-frame section with 13- x 61/2- x 6-in. gauge wheels. The tail section is combined with 20-in. coulters and forward-swept barring-off discs, which may be quickly lifted up in a storing position. Another feature of the cultivator is a wraparound parallel linkage and solid toolbar. The implement is available in sizes ranging from 4 to 24 rows with row spacing 30 in. and up. A 8-row cultivator lists for $12,000. Contact Orthman Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box B, Lexington, NE 68850, 800/658-3270, www.orthman.com.

Massey adds power shift

Although AGCO declined to release details at press time, its Massey Ferguson division showed two new series of tractors at Louisville as a prelaunch. Its 75- to 120-hp PTO 6200 series and 135- to 225-hp PTO 8200 series should reach dealerships in early summer. The 6200 tractor line features Perkins 1000 series Fastram engines, a new improved cab, plus options like 4-wd and power shuttle transmission. The larger 8200 series features the Perkins engine in the 135-hp model and an SISU/Valmet engine in the larger models. Other features include a transmission choice of a new 18F/6R electronically controlled full power shift (similar to the one in White or Allis tractors) or the 32F/32R Dynashift. A quieter cab also includes both console and integrated armrest controls. Price: not available until introduction. Contact AGCO Corp., Dept. FIN, 4205 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096, 770/813-9200.

Precise depth control

Maintain precise soil depth even when driving over rolling corn and soybean ground with the new line of field cultivators from Kent Manufacturing. The series VI features a new floating hitch, which maintains accurate, constant depth. The new series comes in widths from 12 to 35 ft. But like the other Kent cultivators, it folds hydraulically to 13 ft. 9 in. for transport. The frame is constructed from 3- x 4-in. high-tensile tubing. The 27-ft. cultivator pictured retails for about $16,000. Contact Kent Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 126, Tipton, KS 67485, 785/373-4145, e-mail Kentmfg@midusa.net.

Quest to spray

Billing it as the new millennium sprayer, Demco has redesigned a pull-type rig to handle 1,100 gal. and a 60-, 80- or 90-ft. boom. The Conquest features a total drainage tank design with stainless steel baffles for less sloshing; 60- to 120-in. infinite wheel spacing; hydraulic- or PTO-driven centrifugal pump; TeeJet 844 monitor for precise application; concise control panel with easy access to a leak-free plumbing system; 2-in. Dry-mate quick fill with digital flow meter; a 75-gal. rinse/flush tank; and a 5-gal. clean water tank. Price: $27,000 to $30,000. Contact Dethmers Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 189, Boyden, IA 51234, 800/543-3626.

Easy residue flow

Drive easily through heavy crop residue with a new field cultivator from Landoll. The model 9800 field cultivator has true 6-in. spacing, six ranks of shanks and a deep frame at 153 in. These features combine to create a better residue flow, through the cultivator. It is available in sizes from 20 to 55 ft. and with either C-flex or spring-clamp, edge-bent shanks. The cultivator folds down for a narrow transport width. List prices range from $14,500 for a 27-ft. model to $25,000 for a 55-ft. model. Contact Landoll Corp., Dept. FIN, 1900 North St., Marysville, KS 66508, 800/428-5655, www.landoll.com.

Secure hitching

The new hitch pin Lockease will end your concern that pins will slip out of hitches on your implements. According to Farmer Fabrication & Welding, its new pin is the first self-positive, self-locking pin. Once the pin is in place, a spring-loaded locking pin on top keeps the pin from coming out. A large handle lifts to help remove the pin from the hitch. The steel pin is produced from materials that ensure great strength and wear. Lockease is available in sizes from 3/4 to 11/2 in. Costs range from $17.50 to $33. Smaller pins and a 2-in. pin will be available this summer. Contact SI Distributing, Dept. FIN, 03221 Barber Werner Rd., St. Marys, OH 45885, 800/368-7773.

Corn head shreds stalks

A new corn head from Germany will shred stalks while picking corn. The ROTA Disc by Geringhoff features an integrated stalk chopper that lets you eliminate a pass through the fields where you need to pull a stalk shredder.

The six-row model of the new corn head lists for $39,000. It is available for any make of combine, in rows 20 to 40 in. wide, and up to 12 rows. A monitor mounted in the combine cab will control the corn head. Contact Geringhoff U.S., Dept. FIN, 3867 E. Hwy. 12, Willmar, MN 56201-5803, 320/231-0345.

More spray time

A new pull-type sprayer allows you to apply field chemicals on windy days when other sprayers are grounded. Two powerful blower fans generate up to 78-mph air speed out the sprayer slots, preventing drift on windy days. The Commander by Hardi will also move plant canopy around to place chemicals on both sides of the leaves.

The sprayer features a Hardi diaphragm pump and comes in boom sizes of 80, 88 and 90 ft. The tank and frame are designed for a low center of gravity with a high ground clearance of 29 in. The model pictured features a 875-gal. tank, 80-ft. boom, controller, and Hardi pump; it retails for $56,200. Contact Hardi Inc., Dept. FIN, 1500 W. 76th St., Davenport, IA 52806, 319/386-1730, e-mail kdw@Hardi-US.com.

Easy hydraulic connections

Prevent dangerous squirts or coupler damage when connecting hydraulic equipment with the EasyConnect attachment. EasyConnect allows you to connect hydraulics with any amount of pressure on the ball-tipped end. Often, pressure builds up on that end and must be relieved by hitting the tip on a solid surface, which can damage the tip or spray oil. EasyConnect does not need the pressure relieved. According to the manufacturer, the hydraulic coupler fits most hydraulics on the market today. It sells for $8. Contact Schumacher Co. LC, Dept. FIN, 502 W. 1st Ave., Durant, IA 52747, 319/785-4449, www.schumacheric.com., e-mail Eckerman@netins.net.

Troubleshooting radar

If you need to check for problems in a radar system on your farm, the Radar Simulator from Agri-Tronix will help. The simulator plugs into any radar system and will indicate if radar or a monitor is the problem. A knob on the simulator dials speeds from 1 to 10 mph. The device may be used to set spray systems without moving the sprayer. Plug it into the radar system, dial up the correct speed and check the spray nozzles to make sure the flow is correct. The simulator lists for $80. A Radar Emulator with a digital readout sells for $149. Contact Agri-Tronix Corp., Dept. FIN, 2001 N. U.S. 31, Franklin, IN 46131, 800/445-5058, www.agri-tronix.com.

One-pass tillage

Prepare your field next fall in just one pass with the Dyna-Master from M & W. The new implement combines two machines into one. The subsoiling shanks from the company's Earthmaster are linked to the dual rotor system from the Dyna-Drive. The subsoil shanks reach deep to shatter compaction and improve drainage. Front coulters cut residue to prevent the shanks from plugging. The rotor system then levels the ground, breaking clods and maintaining residue. The company reports that the device will leave 58% residue on highly erodible ground. The Dyna-Master is 14 ft. 5 in. wide and 26 ft. 6 in. long. It retails for about $30,000. Contact M & W, Dept. FIN, 1020 S. Sangamon, Gibson City, IL 60936, 800/221-2855.