It is with pride that we announce the second annual AgProfessional Editors' Choice 2008 New Product of the Year Awards. The editorial staff of AgProfessional has selected 10 products that captured our attention. We think these innovative products deserve high recognition.



We based the winning selections on the facts and information provided us in news releases, background materials and media presentations. We didn't contact company officials prior to the selections, attempt to gather financials related to the products or evaluate the long-term sales potential of products.



Out of the hundreds of new product and product upgrade announcements that we receive at AgProfessional each year, some of the products stand out as exceptional and as potential industry changing. The new products had to be announced during 2008, not 2007 or prior.



What was most important in the evaluation was the news release information and media packets provided by the companies. The winning companies recognize the potential to impact purchase decisions by providing interesting and stimulating information in various manners. The winning companies issued something other than run-of-the-mill information-materials that showed each company's excitement about introducing a revolutionary product or a major upgrade.



The judging was done by the editorial staff (Richard Keller, editor; Colleen Scherer, managing editor; and Jim Ruen, contributing editor).



The product award winners appeared only on www.AgProfessional.com in the new products section, not in AgProfessional magazine. The magazine and Web site are targeted toward crop consultants, farm managers and agricultural retailers. Additional information about the award winners is on the Web site. Web sites are basically unlimited space for providing information, and as noted, we receive hundreds of product news releases each year. AgProfessional.com allows us to list all products of interest to our agricultural business audiences. (Notice the separate request for Web site voting by readers to select the Readers' Choice 2008 New Product of the Year Award.)



Some of the winning products were introduced early in the year for use in 2008 and others were announced late in the year with sales potential in 2008 and 2009. The majority of product use will occur in 2009 and beyond.



We salute the manufacturers and will proudly present each of the company winners with an award plaque to commemorate them being one of the winners of this award.



A short description of each AgProfessional Editors' Choice 2008 New Product of the Year Award winners is included in alphabetical order by company name.



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Choose your top product introduction of 2008 from AgProfessional's Editors' Choice Top 10. Base your vote on the information provided and your opinion about what makes a new product introduction superior to other new products. The award should not be based on sales already accomplished but potential to positively impact the ag industry.



See full product descriptions and vote online at www.AgProfessional.com. Results of voting will be in the February issue of AgProfessional when the 2008 Readers' Choice New Product of the Year Award winner will be announced. Vote today at www.AgProfessional.com!



AutoFarm, Reflex Technology
Reflex Technology provides continuity of position solution to maintain automated steering by seamlessly "flexing" to a lower accuracy mode when a higher accuracy mode is lost, such as loss of the RTK radio link.

AutoFarm has introduced Reflex Technology, now built into its RTK Steering Systems including A5 RTK AutoSteer and the FarmPRO GPS Steering and Application Control System, said Justin Larouche, AutoFarm director of product management.



Reflex offers multiple signal selection, allowing the operator to jump from RTK to WAAS with blockage, or OmniSTAR to WAAS.



Reflex is constantly running OmniSTAR and WAAS in the background, it "flexes" to whichever provides the best solution when necessary, then automatically returns to the higher accuracy mode as soon as it becomes available.
"What we find is if you get too close to a large area of trees or buildings we might temporarily lose signal. The Reflex technology allows us to 'flex' back to either a WAAS or OmniSTAR system. We might temporarily lose a little bit of accuracy but we have zero downtime as far as assisted steering is concerned," said Dustin Ehler, Ehler Bros. Fertilizer Co., Thomasboro, Ill.



Bayer CropScience, Belt Insecticide
Belt SC insecticide contains a new active ingredient, flubendiamide, from a new chemical class, the phthalic acid diamides, and provides a mode of action that acts differently against target pests compared to conventional materials. In addition to several row crops, including corn, cotton and tobacco, Belt is also registered for use on pome and stone fruits, tree nuts and grapes.



Belt SC insecticide has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for control of several economically important lepidoptera species. According to Bayer CropScience, the material will provide rapid feeding cessation as well as long-lasting residual control for better overall protection of crop value, all without disrupting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.



"The product's new mode of action disrupts the calcium balance within insect muscle cells, leading to a rapid cessation in feeding as well as paralysis of target pests," explained Steve Krueger, insecticides product development manager for Bayer CropScience in the United States. "And because Belt shows no cross-resistance to conventional insecticides, this unique new active ingredient will help manage resistance potential in armyworm, tobacco budworm and corn earworm populations."



Another benefit for growers is that the mode of action of this new active ingredient means that it can also be used to combat pests that are resistant to certain conventional insecticides from the pyrethroid, organophosphate, carbamate and IGR-type chemical groups.



Bayer CropScience, Liberty Link Soybeans
Liberty Link soybeans will offer a new soybean technology for 2009. The Liberty Link soybeans are tolerant to glufosinate. Bayer CropScience announced Liberty Link soybeans are the alternative to the non-selective herbicide option of glyphosate-tolerant soybeans.



Bayer is working with approximately 85 seed companies to offer Liberty Link soybean varieties for 2009.



Twenty-three Liberty Link varieties ranging from mid-group zero to late group four maturities will be marketed to farmers, said Frank Spelbring, vice president of marketing for Soygenetics.



In September, the European Union approved Liberty Link soybeans for import for food and feed use once they were approved to be grown in the United States.



New Ignite 280 SL herbicide was approved in 2008 for use on all Liberty Link crops to control more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including tough-to-control, ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds.



Ignite is registered for use on all Liberty Link crops-FiberMax cotton, InVigor canola, Liberty Link corn, including all Herculex and Agrisure CB/LL hybrids and new Liberty Link soybeans.



With Liberty Link soybeans and Ignite herbicide, Bayer noted, it has a seed and efficient herbicide combination ready for immediate grower use.

Bayer CropScience, Prosaro Fungicide
Prosaro fungicide, manufactured by Bayer CropScience, received registration in 2008 and will be available for use during the 2009 growing season. Prosaro sets a new standard for wheat and barley disease control, announced the company. It provides activity on fusarium head blight (scab) while controlling a broad range of important foliar diseases. Among the foliar diseases controlled on wheat are leaf rust, stem rust, septoria leaf and glume blotch,and tan spot. Barley leaf diseases controlled include net blotch, spot blotch, rusts and scald.



Randy Myers, Bayer CropScience fungicide portfolio manager, said U.S. cereal growers have had significant challenges, especially with scab, over the past decade. Caused by the fungal pathogen fusarium graminearum, Myers said scab causes a combination of reduction in yields, market grade and crop quality.



"Prosaro has broad-spectrum control, which allows optimum results for improved profitability and greater risk management," he said. "It offers the best available scab activity, which contributes to increased grain quality and yield. Prosaro is proven to reduce deoxynivalenol (DON) levels, thereby reducing the impact of scab on the marketability of the grain."



Growers have also battled rust along side economically-damaging leaf diseases. Specific to leaf disease control, Prosaro contains active ingredients that penetrate the leaf and are redistributed throughout the tissues, protecting both upper and lower leaf surfaces. According to Myers, the infection process is stopped when the pathogen comes in contact with the fungicide.



Hemisphere GPS, Four New Patents
Hemisphere GPS, introduced an expansion of its portfolio with four new patents. This top product award recognizes these major improvements that can be used alone and in combination for Hemisphere GPS to continue as a leader in agricultural precision tools.



The Satellite Position and Heading Sensor for Vehicle Steering Control patent is based on the company's successful and patented Crescent Vector technology used in marine navigation and various precise positioning and attitude determination applications. Multiple antennas are used to provide accurate heading and roll data in addition to position.



The technology outlined in the Portable Reference Station for Local Differential GPS Corrections patent is currently employed in the Outback Guidance BaseLineHD. This portable base station provides differential corrections and requires minimal user setup-a choice for real-time centimeter-level positioning for machine control applications.



The Articulated Equipment Position Control System and Method patent enables the position of an implement to be controlled while it is being towed behind a tractor or other self-propelled vehicle. The control system interfaces with a steering guidance system to keep the implement on a predetermined course.



The Carrier Track Loop for GNSS Derived Attitude patent provides a method and system for reducing inconsistencies on the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) carrier tracking loop. This technology provides direct communication between two GPS receivers' tracking loops in order to minimize common noise induced effects.



John Deere, Nutrient Applicators
In order to meet new nutrient application requirements, John Deere launched a complete line of Nutrient Applicators, the 2510 Series, which deliver consistent, reliable nitrogen fertilizer for various field management practices.



"We've designed these tools for different applications and are introducing the following new model configurations," said Dave Wendt, product manager, John Deere Des Moines Works. "The 2510H is for high-speed application with low soil disturbance, the 2510C is for conventional application, and the 2510S is for strip-till/conservation tillage applications."



The highly productive 2510H Nutrient Applicator features a revolutionary new design that allows operators to cover more acres in less time, at field speeds of 10 miles per hour. Equipped with precision-injection technology, it's capable of applying anhydrous ammonia at high speeds with minimal soil disturbance.



Although each of the nutrient applicators could be used by custom applicators, it is the 2510H that makes custom application an economical operation compared to slower application tools bars.