What’s new at Commodity Classic?
This morning, show goers were served a quick, 5-minute appetizer to the entrée exhibitors would be featuring at the show. So what’s on the plate for farmers? Dig in to these quick reads on what’s new, and come back for seconds as we deliver more in-depth reports throughout the show.
Topcon Precision Agriculture
Justin Jones with Topcon debuted the company’s new AGI-4 receiver/steering controller. The all-in-one controller eliminates the need for another box inside the cab by integrating everything into one system. Benefits include:
- High-accuracy inertial sensors with a snap-in module
- Full-terrain compensation
- Online steering functionality
- Drop-in and drive convenience
- ISO11783 compatible
The product will release in early March for Topcon systems 150 and 350. If you’re at the show, stop by booth 823 to learn more.
Thunder Creek Equipment
With larger operations spaced farther apart, “producers need to make field service and DEF handling more efficient and convenient,” said Mike Schippers as he began Thunder Creek Equipment’s presentation on the company’s line of fuel and service trailers. In addition, changing rules and regulations tow along another set of obstacles for growers. Thunder Creek Equipment’s solutions include:
- Brakes on all tires
- Multiple baffles
- LED lighting
- Fuel up to 40 gallons per minute
- Tow up to 70 mph
- Diesel exhaust fluid 2-in-1 pumping system
- Field service mobile shop
New at the show is Thunder Creek’s Air ‘n Arc 150. The tool features a Kohler electric start 14-hp. engine with throttle control, 150 amp welder with 20-foot weld cords, and a 5,000 watt capacitor style generator. Check out Thunder Creek Equipment at booth 133.
After last year’s drought, farmers may be interested in coverage beyond federal crop insurance. Climate Corporation offers total weather insurance -- a supplement to federal crop insurance to provide coverage against bad weather than can cause yield shortfalls that may be uncovered. In addition to insurance, Climate Corporation is releasing a field monitoring service at www.climate.com. The service can show you conditions in different fields, including growth stages and the rain you received over night. The main purpose of the service, says Jeff Hamlin, is so, “every morning you can wake up and know the state of your operation no matter where your farm is located.” Climate Control is offering the service free to anyone who stops by the booth at Commodity Classic. Their booth number is 1509.
“Growers can see a $95 per acre return on investment,” said Chris Tingle as he explained Syngenta’s new Water+ Intelligent Irrigation Platform. The purpose of the new system is to give growers a holistic irrigation platform that can provide real-time information. Water+ combines soil moisture and rainfall monitoring with the convenience of Lindsay’s FieldNET. The crop management software program ties in agronomic info to help growers make better decisions and have better control of pivots. The overall goal is to grow more corn with less water.