2011 New Product of the Year Awards: Editors' Choice Top 10
"Innovation in seed treatment is essential to helping growers protect their crops and achieving quality yields in a sustainable way," said Kerry Grossweiler, product manager at Bayer CropScience. "On Demand takes seed treating to the next level, and benefits growers by giving them added assurance that their seeds are being treated accurately. On Demand also benefits growers by providing them with a vast amount of data which can help improve decision making and planning for future seasons."
The user-friendly, touchscreen-based On Demand system can help manage product usage and will automatically reorder supplies so dealers can optimize inventory. Treaters will also benefit from state-of-the-art remote troubleshooting that enables automatic communication between the On Demand system and Bayer CropScience service professionals if any issues are detected.
Dawn Equipment, Anhydra Universal Fertilizer Applicator
We picked Dawn Equipment’s Anhydra University Fertilizer Applicator this year because the highly engineered equipment allows for three type of fertilizer to be applied at the same time. We consider this a sophisticated system that is truly unique.
The Anhydra allows for the application of anhydrous ammonia, liquid fertilizer/manure and granular fertilizer.
The applicator is designed for high-speed application (10 to 12 mph) of fertilizer at high rates (250 lbs. N) and low horsepower, according to Joseph Bassett, director of operations for Dawn.
Another unique feature is that the applicator can operate in cold conditions because a plastic coating on the knife insulates it and keeps liquid nitrogen from freezing. Bassett says that a grower can apply dry, ammonia and liquid nitrogen all at the same time, and during three seasons of the year.
The key feature of the whole design is the very unique knife arrangement, which is a free-floating device referred to as the rudder. A blade opens the ground and the rudder is free to follow it so that it self-centers in the furrow and discharges fertilizer.
GVM, Inc., AgJunction Link
This product was chosen for this year’s list because it builds significantly on the success of GVM’s AgJunction. The newest product, AgJunction Link, is designed to increase the speed and simplify the task of moving and processing collected field data.
In creating AgJunction Link, the team aimed to open up an entirely new way to quickly and efficiently move collected field data into a users Precision Ag program so that the analysis and decision making process could be started as early as possible.