Top 10 New Products of 2012 Selected
Company and inventor-supplied descriptions of each product are included as follows.
Adapt-N is an online tool that helps precisely manage nitrogen inputs for grain, silage or sweet corn. It uses a well-calibrated computer model and high-resolution weather information to help simulate the complexities of a growing season within a corn field.
It was developed to provide more precise N recommendations for corn, based on site-specific conditions. It uses basic soil, management and crop information provided by the grower. By basing recommendations on local conditions, the tool improves N use efficiency, thus improving farm profits, while reducing environmental N losses.
The model was developed by Cornell University agronomists led by Harold van Es. Since this tool can predict corn N needs more precisely based on field-specific conditions, it allows for more timely application of N when the crop needs it. It adjusts N applications based on weather. It reduces fertilizer rates, costs and losses in the long-term, while maintaining yield. It helps to fine-tune sidedress N rates. It can determine if manured fields need additional fertilizer N and it can determine if rescue N is needed after heavy spring rains. It helps answer the question if there is excess N after a growing season.
Adapt-N is mobile enabled and can be used on a smartphone, iPad or Tablet.
Adapt-N was tested for a year and a half in Iowa and New York. It was introduced in 2012 to Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. More states are expected to be added in 2013.
Xemium fungicide powering new formulation fungicides
In 2012, BASF introduced two new fungicides based on its newest active ingredient, Xemium fungicide. The Environmental Protection Agency granted full registration of Priaxor fungicide and Merivon fungicide.
Xemium, a next-generation fungicide in the carboxamide family, was discovered by researchers at BASF headquarters in Germany. Xemium is in the carboxamide class of chemistry. The high mobility of Xemium allows the product to systemically redistribute from the waxy layer of the leaf to areas of the leaf that are not directly sprayed, protecting the whole leaf and ensuring long-lasting and disease-stopping effects. Xemium blocks the respiratory Complex II, which disrupts the energy supply and biosynthesis of essential fungal building blocks, preventing new infections from developing. It is active on a wide range of life stages of the fungus, and affects multiple stages in the fungal life cycle. Activity on multiple stages allows for a wider window of application and greater flexibility in product use.