World Ag Expo names Top 10 new products

01/08/2014 07:50:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

The World Ag Expo has named the Top 10 new products that will be on display at the 47th annual show, Feb. 11-13, in Tulare, Calif.

The products were judged by a group of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals, according to a news release.

They include:

• AgVu by Advanced Reconnaissance Corp.

This is a new type of color aerial image that is able to detect crop problems earlier. The map is based on subtle variations in the wavelength of lgith reflected by plants during crop development. AgVu is available by subscription for $1-$2 per acre.

• Bandit Xpress by Automated Ag Systems. The three-wheeled Bandit Xpress is a self-propelled, self-steering platform where up to four workers can harvest or maintain fruit trees.

The unit features two adjustable height platforms—one at each end. Workers can harvest the tree from top to bottom in a single pass and collect fruit in bags as they go. A mechanical auto-steering system eliminates the need for a driver for the machine.

• CultiClean by Sutton Agricultural Enterprises Inc. This is a unique implement that combines the soil-mulching features of a rototiller with the weed-killing effectiveness of propane-powered fire. It offers growers of high-density vegetable crops a hot alternative to conventional cultivation tools and herbicides for weed control.

The rig not only forms planting beds but also kills weeds and their seeds in the top few inches of soil.

• GeoBlu Explorer by GeoBlu Services. This is a lightweight, battery-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) that gives producers an eye in the sky, enabling them to make quick, easy work of a wide range of visual monitoring or remote sensing.

The drone offers an alternative to walking fields or riding an ATV to assess crop conditions.

• Mc MAG3000 by McCrometer Inc. The Mc MAG3000 is a low-maintenance, easy-to-install flow meter that fits a common range of agricultural line sizes, from 4- to 12-inch diameter pipe.

The saddle mount-insertion style, battery powered magnetic flow meter provides an accurate, rugged and reliable flow-measurement tool.

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