The BioDieselMaster from Biodiesel Solutions is a fully automated, continuous-flow biodiesel production system that delivers up to 1,000 gal. of ASTM-grade biodiesel per day (42 gal. per hour). It accepts a variety of feedstocks, such as low free fatty acid vegetable oils (canola, camelina, soy, etc.) and animal tallow. The BioDieselMaster features integral methanol recovery and wash water pH neutralization. The 12'x5'x6' unit is easily permitted and meets light industrial utility requirements. Contact: Biodiesel Solutions, Inc., 1395 Greg St., Suite 102, Sparks, NV 89431; (877) 358-6400; www.biodieselsolutions.com.
Protect Your Wiring
Skyrocketing metal prices are encouraging thieves to steal valuable copper wire from center pivot irrigation systems. To deter thieves, Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic irrigation systems, now offers the CopperCuff. The 11-gauge, galvanized steel band, designed to fit all major brands of irrigation systems, encircles the pipe and securely clamps down the copper cable. Multiple cuffs on each span make it clear to would-be thieves that this system cannot be stripped without a great deal of time and effort. Easy to
install on a full system in less than an hour, CopperCuff can save growers 10 times the average cost of repairing a theft-damaged pivot. For more information, contact your local Zimmatic dealer, call (800) 829-5300 or visit www.coppercuff.com.
Online Help to Increase Yields
StollerUSA has unveiled an inter-active Web site at bio-forge.com to increase awareness of the Bio-Forge product line. Farmers select the crop and the stress challenge they are facing, from temperature and weather extremes to herbicide damage or insects and pests. A Web site animation then demonstrates how Bio-Forge impacts the chosen crop in their specific situation. Discussion between farmers is encouraged on a blog section where popular topics and issues are posted.
The site also includes an overview of Stoller's proprietary technology, which works to maximize the genetic expression that is already in a plant while nullifying the impact of stress issues. The site details the university research that confirms the results seen in various field trials. During the 2008 crop year, Bio-Forge was applied to more than 250,000 acres of corn and soybeans. Contact: StollerUSA, 4001 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77043; (713) 461-1493; http://bio-forge.com.
Worksaver's new Global-Style Integrated Frame Bale Spears have an all-welded frame design with Euro style quick-attach brackets. Models fit front loaders with the standard Global/Euro implement hook. Other features include cast steel weld-on sockets and bolt-in forged spears. Several models are available, offering single, dual or triple spears with ratings from 2,200 lb. to 4,000 lb. The single- and dual-forged models offer a usable length of 42", while the triple-spear models offer a 26" or 42" usable length. Optional uprights are available for triple-spear Global-Style models. Contact: Worksaver, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056-0100; (217) 324-5973; www.worksaver.com.
Sidney Manufacturing has new Timberline Tree Shears for selectively removing unwanted trees. The Timberline HTC-14 and TBL-1000 Tree Shears rotate 110° after the cut to serve as a grapple to lift, wrangle and carry the fallen tree. The tree can then be easily cut into load-size or firewood-size pieces with the tree shear.
Timberline Tree Shears utilize a pin-up style mount or universal coupler to attach to existing tractors, skid steers or mini-excavators, adding versatility to existing farm equipment. Contact: Sidney Manufacturing Company, 2805 200th St., Sidney, IA 51652; (866) 567-9618; www.sidneyattachments.com.
A Better Rat Trap
The Wise Trap, from the Danish company WiseCon, provides efficient rat control in drainage and sewage systems without using poison—even in the case of severe rodent infestations. When a rat attempts to pass the trap, its movement and body heat triggers sensors that release spears to immediately kill the animal. The spears then return to the original position and are again ready for operation. The dead rat is flushed out by the drainage/sewage water.
The trap, calibrated to the dimensions of the pipe, is installed from the ground level. Traps are controlled by an electronic unit positioned under the cesspool cover that sends notification of operational stops, overflow and low battery level. It also notifies you when there have been no occurrences in a specified period so the trap can be relocated. Contact: WiseCon A/S, www.wisecon.com.
- December 2008