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04/01/2009 02:00:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

The smaller unit requires a tractor with at least 400 horsepower to pull it, whereas theww larger unit requires a tractor with at least 500 hp.

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Manage center-pivots with your cell phone

For the past few years, users of Valley’s Tracker center-pivot irrigation management system have been able to receive alerts sent to their cell phones, pagers or computers.

Now the Valley, Neb.-based company has taken the technology a step further with Tracker Mobile, which allows irrigators to manage center-pivot systems using a SmartPhone equipped with Windows Mobile software.

Growers can start and stop center-pivots, change sprinkler direction and diagnose field problems using a Smartphone, such as a Blackberry.

Tracker Mobile works with Valley’s Tracker2 and Tracker SP control panels.

For more information, visit www.valleytracker.com.

Electronic tree sensor for sprayers

After four years of field testing, Progressive Ag of Modesto, Calif., has introduced the LectroSense sensor for use on its LectroBlast electrostatic sprayers.

The simple-to-use system is based on an electronic sensor rather than sonar or computers.

A sensor is attched to a break-way boom, which is mounted on the each side of the sprayer. When the sensor detects a tree, it signals the sprayer to turn on. If no tree is present, it signals to the sprayer to turn off.

It can cut chemical use up to 75 percent, according to Progressive Ag officials.

The sensor was designed for use in uniform young orchards or vineyards until the canopies close over. It can be mounted on older or new LectroBlast sprayers.

For more information, visit www.proaginc.com.

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