New Protection Delivery Platform for Row Crops
3RIVE 3D from FMC is an at-plant crop protection delivery platform that combines formulation and application technology to boost acreage planted in a day.
Reducing the volume of water needed to deliver crop protection products to the furrow, the 3RIVE 3D uses 40 oz. of solution per acre. 3RIVE 3D mixes the precise amount of product with a low amount of water and expands the mixture up to 50 times into a zone of protection directly into the furrow. The applicator includes a 130-gal. water tank and a 30-gal. product tank skid-mounted for installation on all major planter brands.
This technology allows farmers to cover more acres in less time while saving inputs. “Growers can plant up to 500 acres between refills,” says Matt Hancock, FMC North American corn segment manager.
Capture 3RIVE 3D is the first product formulated to use with the delivery platform and controls corn rootworm as well as seed and seedling pests. It was tested in 27 research trials across eight states in 2014 and will be used on 100 farms in 2015—with a full launch in 2016. For more, visit www.fmccrop.com.
Autonomous Farm System Nears
Three Illinois farmers successfully used Kinze Manufacturing’s autonomous row-crop solution in fall 2014 and tested new facets of the system. Kinze added the ability to simultaneously run multiple combines and autonomous carts.
The system automatically selects which grain cart is optimal for a combine operator to unload, factoring in the most efficient route. Operators in the field have an aerial view—knowing at all times where other combines and grain carts are positioned. Kinze recently added side radar sensors for periphery vision. The system “sees” obstacles on both sides, allowing it to safely maneuver down narrow corridors.
“Our goal is to help increase productivity by allowing the farmer to accomplish multiple tasks at once and eliminate the need for skilled labor during harvest,” says Susanne Veatch, Kinze’s vice president and chief marketing officer.
Kinze will continue evaluation in multiple farming environments before the system is widely available. For more, visit www.kinze.com.
Internet Coverage Expands Across Farm Country
Farmers can now get long-range Internet service up to 14.5 miles from a home-base router. AyrMesh Bridge is a five mile long, point-to-point Internet link that serves as a wireless Ethernet cable.
“This new technology tool maximizes Internet coverage across a property and through fields and pastures,” said Bill Moffitt, president of Ayrstone Productivity.
For users who already have an AyrMesh wireless network, the new Bridge can boost the range of the network up to 14.5 miles, accessing remote cameras, switches and weather stations without a cellular data signal.
Additionally, the Bridge can be used by producers who don’t have an AyrMesh network, connecting multiple devices that are several miles apart.
“The biggest advantage it has over other point-to-point bridge products on the market is the extreme ease of installation and use because the Bridge is managed and monitored from the AyrMesh.com web portal,” Moffitt says.
For more, visit www.ayrstone.com.