2011 New Product of the Year Awards: Editors' Choice Top 10
The next step in our award program is reader voting for the Readers’ Choice of Top New Product of 2011. See the separate short description of how to vote.
Descriptions of each winner, from company supplied information, is included in alphabetical order by company name.
Ag Leader, Air Cart Support for Seeding and Fertilizer Application
Ag Leader Technology, Inc.’s product was chosen this year because of the multiple functionality of the new controller. We considered this to be leading edge technology. The introduction of support for ground drive air carts with linear actuator control for seeding and fertilizer application enables control of up to three channels of granular product or a combination of one channel of seed and two channels of granular product. The new Air Cart support provides the benefits of SeedCommand and DirectCommand to broad-acre seeding.
“Ag Leader now provides a valuable precision farming tool for broad-acre operations,” said John Howard, product manager. “The calibration enhancements, meter prime feature and support for meter circuit clutches provide benefits such as AutoSwath, data logging and mapping and variable rate seeding or fertilizer application for these operations.”
Additional features of the air cart support include tables for referencing stored meter calibration values to reduce the chance of error; variable rate control by product for more efficient use of inputs; support for bin level and fan speed sensors; and an automatic meter shut off option if fan speed falls below a minimum setting. The air cart support is available with Ag Leader’s Integra display.
Bayer CropScience, On Demand
Bayer CropScience’s On Demand is a fully-automated seed treatment system that enables greater precision for seed treaters and retailers for application of product. The editors chose this product for the top 10 list because it’s a fully automated closed system with computerized oversight from a remote location. We were impressed with the ability for Bayer personnel to troubleshoot any problems by remote.
On Demand is the first and only fully-automated seed treatment system developed to make treating seeds easier, more accurate and more efficient. The system is designed with product stewardship and convenience in mind, offering consistent applications resulting in improved seed integrity and accountability.
The system allows operators to select from multiple, pre-loaded and seed company-approved treatment recipes at the touch of a button. The true closed system eliminates jug-mixing by hand, helping to ensure that Poncho/VOTiVO and other Bayer seed treatments will be applied with greater precision and according to labeled rates.