New products for cattle
CAT makes a new splash into the farm power market with introduction of their K series of small wheel loaders. They will be used in the cattle industry for moving and loading feed ingredients, and waste removal, says CAT senior marketing engineer Joel Grimes. The smallest of the new machines, the 924K, was on display at Cattle Convention, and Grimes did a walk-around with media. Highlights of this machine: a 3.6 cubic yard patented bucket that has a long base that gives a 15% improvement in fill time; a Z-bar linkage system that takes the bucket straight up as high as 16 feet, rather than reaching forward; the first in-cab memory system that remembers loading and unloading bucket positions for operator convenience; three separate dedicated hydraulic pumps that prevent overload of wheel speed or bucket operation; a low-noise cab with a speaker system in several languages; rear camera and rear air intake for cleaner, cooler operation; 15% to 20% reduction in fuel usage built around the computer “brain” center that monitors all engine and loader operations to prevent overheat. www.cat.com/NCBA2012
Manure Fertilizer Additive
SFP, a fertilizer additive company, has introduced a new product to add to dry or liquid manure called More Than Manure. The product is said to reduce phosphorus lock-up and nitrogen loss through volatilization and leaching when put on manure. It can be mixed with liquid manures in the pit or spreader tank, or applied over the top as a liquid on applied dried manures from feedlots. It’s only applied at 18 ounces per acre, and the cost is $15 to $17 an acre. In yield trials, corn yields have responded an average by an increase of 9 bushels an acre, with upper responses of 25 bushels. www.morethanmanure.com. 1-888-446-4769.
More Rural TV
Rural Media Group is adding a new TV channel to their popular RFD-TV programming. Called RURAL TV, the new channel will debut in mid-February on DISH Network channel 232 (RFD-TV is channel 230). The new channel will let Rural Media expand to more rural business programming, with five hours daily of live agribusiness news, weather, and commodity market coverage in updated half-hour “wheels.” There will also be more live livestock sales, and cattle and horse shows. Rural Media is working to get more cable TV and satellite TV services to offer the expanded programming. www.ruralmediainternational.com