The Top 10 New Products From 2018
To recognize innovation that impacts ag retail, AgPro has named a New Product of the Year Award for 12 years. Here are the 10 finalists for 2018.
To qualify, each product had to be available for stocking or pre-order sales for the 2018 season and be specifically focused for use or sale by AgPro readers—retailers, agronomists and crop consultants. Products can range from inputs, machinery, technology or other categories that directly impact AgPro readers.
AgPro staff do not solicit entries for the contest; instead, they review the year’s announcements. In the process, the staff rely on manufacturers to be truthful regarding product attributes and marketing intentions outlined in their informational materials.
Read about each of the 10 finalists below, and then, cast your vote for the 2018 New Product of the Year.
The deadline to vote is Jan. 1, 2019. Vote now!
The winner will be announced in the February issue of AgPro and all AgPro digital communications.
TerraGator C Series From AGCO
AGCO’s Challenger brand has introduced four new machines in the TerraGator C Series—three three-wheeled models (TG7300C, TG8300C and TG9300C) and one four-wheeled model (TG8400C). The new high-flotation nutrient applicators can be outfitted with multiple options for dry and liquid applications, which include a redesigned spray system and six systems for dry application. The new spray system features a redesigned reload station with more centrally located tasks during the reload process including a relocated fresh water refill, streamlined plumbing and the OptiMotion auto-agitation feature carried over from the RoGator. The refill station also has an eductor that is 50% larger for faster loading.
Powered by AGCO Power engines, the machines are outfitted with CVT with the Challenger Tractor Management system, so the operator chooses a speed—not a gear—from creep to 46 mph. This provides for consistent field speed and precise application.
User features carried over from the RoGator C Series include the touch-screen AccuTerminal with Auto-Guide in the cab and the common armrest with the redesigned joystick that controls the drive system, cruise control, shuttle shift, master apply, guidance engage and boom height control. And for rate and section control, the TerraGator C series is paired with the Raven Viper 4+ technology, which can be integrated with Raven steering and data transfer.
LibertyLink GT27 Soybeans From BASF
BASF and MS Technologies are pleased to announce commercialization of new LibertyLink GT27 soybeans. LibertyLink GT27 is the industry’s first soybean trait to market featuring tolerance to both glyphosate and glufosinate, as well as to a new HPPD MOA herbicide for soybeans*, pending EPA approval. This trait gives farmers increased flexibility for weed control and allows them to switch broad-spectrum modes of action in a single season, or multiple seasons. LibertyLink GT27 soybeans will be available from a number of seed brands. In the first year of availability, LibertyLink GT27 soybeans will be offered in relative maturities ranging from group 0 through 4.
* LibertyLink GT27 is not tolerant to all HPPD herbicides. HPPD herbicides currently on the market are not for use with LibertyLink GT27 soybeans and may result in significant crop injury. Pending regulatory approvals.
Case IH Nutri-Placer 940 High-Speed Low Disturbance (HSLD) row unit
Case IH is expanding its line of fertilizer applicators with the Nutri-Placer 940 High-Speed Low Disturbance (HSLD) row unit. The applicator is capable of speeds up to 11 mph and places nutrients up to 6" deep in the root zone. Case IH claims applicators can cover 500 acres in a 12-hour day, so operators can make the most of their time in the cab.
The new models range from 50' to 65' widths and feature cast-iron components. They also include the new 22.6" single-coulter-blade design to cut through residue with minimal disturbance. Additional new features include five-section flex for ground contouring, triple-fold transport modes and 30" row spacing.
The Climate Corporation’s Seed Advisor
Seed Advisor integrates data from Bayer’s robust seed genetics library, along with millions of field data points in the Climate FieldView platform, to identify and predict what hybrids perform well under specific conditions. When building Seed Advisor, Climate used a three-pronged approach that it employs before introducing new, data-driven tools to market, coined “build, validate and test,” to convert that information into seed selection and placement recommendations for each field.
First, the company leverages data science to build and train its data models. From there, the team validates those models against real-world agronomic and performance information, and that is finally confirmed in field testing with farmers across hundreds of thousands of acres.
Seed Advisor tells a farmer’s seed dealer the best hybrids for each field on the farm and ranks options in case farmers don’t like the first-place option. The tool also provides information about planting populations and those recommendations can be a static number or variable rate, depending on a farmer’s equipment. The Seed Advisor model has been validated against real-world seed performance data in FieldView on more than 4 million acres, and in 2017 Seed Advisor demonstrated an average advantage of 6 bushels per acre with a nearly 80 percent win rate in farmer field trials.
John Deere R4044 Sprayer
John Deere adds the R4044 sprayer to its 4-Series sprayer lineup to specifically fit application passes into tight time windows and low impact on the soil or standing crops. The R4044 sprayer has a 1,200 gal. capacity and is 9% lighter than the R4045 sprayer. With a balanced power-to-weight ratio, the sprayer is powered by a 325 hp, 9.0 L PowerTech engine.Like other 4 Series sprayers, the R4044 sprayer can be outfitted with ExactApply, AutoTrac Vision, AutoTrac Row Sense, and the 4600 CommandCenter display. The R4044 Sprayer can be equipped with VF tires for superior traction and reduced soil impact. Its steel booms are up to 120’ and carbon fiber booms are an option at 120’ or 132’ widths. A 200-cubic-foot drybox option is also available.
Centuro From Koch Agronomic Services
A new nitrification inhibitor, Centuro, from Koch Agronomic Services is the first nitrification inhibitor to receive Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration in more than 40 years. Centuro is a nitrification inhibitor for anhydrous ammonia and UAN. Centuro helps keep the applied nitrogen in the ammonium form three times longer than without an inhibitor. The ammonium form of nitrogen is less susceptible to loss through denitrification and leaching. By keeping more nitrogen available for plant uptake, research has shown Centuro can improve nutrient-use efficiency and yields. Across a two-year study in Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri, Centuro increased the nutrient use efficiency of nitrogen by up to 25%. And fall-applied ammonia treated with Centuro increased corn yield by an average of 8 bu/acre compared to untreated fall-applied ammonia, and by an average of 7 bu/acre in spring applications. For flexible storage and handling considerations, Centuro has a subzero freeze point, high flash point and long shelf life. Centuro is noncorrosive to the metal used with UAN and anhydrous ammonia and does not require stainless steel tank storage.
Launching from their experience in the seed treatment business, KSi introduces AutoBulk with applications in liquid fertilizer systems. KSi AutoBulk is exclusively available through FarmChem, a manufacturer of chemical handling equipment, inventory monitoring and bulk facility design. KSi’s marketing manager Rick Smith says an advantage to entering the fertilizer automation software market now as they can focus on the latest technology and supporting only current and future systems. The remote service features of KSi systems, including AutoBulk, have already shown great advances in time to get back online when there’s an issue. The KSi AutoBulk system specifically provides: flexible, user-friendly software interface; accurate, high-capacity blending; robust data collection and reporting tools; remote call support and service.
Nutrien Digital Ag Platform
To digitize more of its business activities, the newly named Nutrien Ag Solutions launched a new digital platform in July as a way to evolve and transform its business. The platform is designed as an integrated hub where farms can manage their agronomic and business needs. It will be integrated with the company’s Echelon precision ag services and will allow farmers to interact with Nutrien agronomists (the company has more than 3,000) and field service representatives. The digital platform aims to optimize growers’ yields and financial results—growers can manage their account, services, products and payments via the web and mobile. The initial launch has focused on “making Nutrien even easier to do business with.” Additional features will include securing products and reorders, and advisor modules to help growers make better-informed decisions. While e-commerce capabilities for Nutrien have not been officially launched, this platform sets the stage for the company.
Syngenta Vibrance Cinco Seed Treatment
Syngenta Vibrance Cinco fungicide seed treatment is labeled for use in corn to guard against damaging seed- and soil-borne diseases, including Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Fusarium, the company says. Containing five fungicides and five modes of action in one jug, Vibrance Cinco provides maximum root development, emergence, stand establishment and above-ground plant development. Syngenta says independent trials show Vibrance Cinco has a two bu. per acre advantage over commercial standards. This number increases to 6.7 bu. per acre in areas of heavy disease pressure.
Valent U.S.A MycoApply EndoPrime
To help increase corn yields through bigger, stronger root systems, Valent U.S.A launched MycoApply EndoPrime with four species of mycorrhizae scientifically selected for row crop needs. The application is in-furrow, at planting and with starter fertilizer or water as a carrier. Growers in the upper Midwest participated in a trial demonstration of the product and, 57 percent of growers saw larger root mass compared to untreated corn. The products to make crops more resilient under dry conditions. Valent has also developed a new formulation of the product that will pre-slurry more easily than the previous one.
How to Vote online
After reviewing the finalists, now it’s your turn to vote for the 2018 New Product of the Year. The deadline to vote is Jan. 1, 2019.
Last Year's Winner
AgPro readers voted the R7 Field Forecasting Tool (FFT) as the 2017 New Product of the Year. Read more about it here.
Runner-up: Valley Irrigation Icon Series of control panels
Honorable mention: Spensa Technologies Z-Trap
You can read more about the 2017 New Product of the Year by clicking here.