Top 10 new products of 2013
The Viper 4 field computer features a 12.1-inch responsive touch screen and sleek design with a rugged magnesium casing.
A customizable user interface utilizing new Raven Operating Software allows users to set up machine profiles, user profiles and grower-farm-field information, expediting job start-up and streamlining information management functionality.
“Data management is critical to our customers’ success. Viper 4 hardware, software and third-party applications will operate separate from each other, providing an open platform for data management with our Slingshot API platform and agX compatibility,” said Matt Burkhart, vice president and general manager for Raven’s Applied Technology Division.
Syngenta Agrisure Duracade Corn Rootworm Trait
Syngenta announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) fully deregulated Agrisure Duracade, enabling seed with the trait to be planted in 2014. Product sales are currently occurring.
Agrisure Duracade expresses a unique protein to control corn rootworm. It has a different mode of action to the company’s existing Agrisure RW trait. When combined these traits provide unmatched insect control: USDA data show a tenfold reduction in Western corn rootworm beetle emergence and superior performance against all comparable traits.
“This is the fourth introduction of a proprietary corn trait in the past six years, demonstrating our ability to rapidly deliver ground-breaking innovations to growers,” a Syngenta spokesman noted. The technology is available at a time when insect resistance is a rising challenge. Its proven dual mode of action will be indispensable for the eff ective management of corn pests and will raise farm productivity.
Agrisure Duracade is being used to create convenient and effective refuge-in-a-bag solutions for corn rootworm control featuring two new trait stacks: Agrisure Duracade 5122 and Agrisure Duracade 5222.
Syngenta announced the launch of Clariva, a proprietary seed treatment nematicide based on the Pasteuria technology acquired in 2012.
Clariva consists of naturally occurring soil bacteria with a unique, direct mode of action on nematodes: microscopic worm-shaped soil organisms, which cause significant damage to all major agricultural crops.
Syngenta Chief Operating Officer John Atkin, said, “Soybean growers in particular have long been searching for additional tools to manage the widespread cyst nematode problem, which in the U.S. alone causes more than a billion dollars of annual yield losses. Clariva will take nematode control to a new level and reinforce our global leadership in seed treatment innovation.”