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Top-10 New Products: The Cutting Edge of Ag

Top-10 New Products: The Cutting Edge of Ag

tulare – Results are in for World Ag Expo’s Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America. The winners will be showcased Feb. 14-16 during the 50th anniversary of World Ag Expo in Tulare. A group of judges made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals selected the Top-10 New Products.

AfiAct II Calving Alert Service
Kibbutz Afikim, Israel
This unique service provides Afimilk customers with the ability to receive an alert when any of their cows or heifers have started the process of calving. This is a service provided to Afimilk customers who utilize AfiAct II tags on their dry cows. The service is free of charge, and only requires activation within the software (version AfiFarm 5.1 or higher). Within seven days of activation, calving alerts can be sent automatically to users in the form of SMS (text messages) and\or e-mails. These alerts are sent once the system detects the specified changes in an animal’s pattern of behavior. Additional alerts may also be sent, should calving complications occur. Alerts contain: time of detection, her number, group, days pregnant and lactation. There is also a new Calving Animal Report in the AfiFarm software. Booth Site: South St. and ‘S’ St.

Automated Ag Systems
Melon Wrangler
Moses Lake, Wash.
The Melon Wrangler is a harvest assist machine can attach to a trailer, truck or bus in less than one minute. Equipped with two side conveyors, it eliminates the toss method, which can bruise and damage the fruit as well as cause injuries to the crew. The Wrangler is equipped with two 24 horsepower gas engines that use approximately 4 gallons of gas in an eight hour work period. Due to the short picking season and the high heat, the Wrangler is equipped with lights allowing for harvesting to be done outside of daylight hours. Booth Site: Expo Lane.
Cool-Calf Covers
Cool-Calf Cover, Warm-Calf Cover
Oceanside, Calf.
These calf hutches can absorb 83% of solar radiation, so heat stress is an unavoidable problem. Cool-Calf Covers™ reflect 84% of the sun’s heat, resulting in a 10-15 degree reduction in temperatures. Warm-Calf Covers™ absorb 94% of solar heat, while insulating the hutch, reflecting body heat back to the calf and improving temperatures by up to 10 degrees. The covers reduce the stress of varying temperature extremes that calves inevitably experience. Calf-Rescue Blankets™ (Patent Pending) use both reflective and heat absorptive technology to help struggling newborns control body heat fluctuations in varying climates, and can also be used to move the calf. Anyone involved in calf birth and development can benefit from these products. Booth Site: Farm Credit Dairy Center.
J&D Manufacturing, Inc.
72” Torque Drive Mega Storm II Fan
Eau Claire, Wisc.
The 72” Torque Drive Mega Storm II Fan is the first exhaust fan of its size with no belts, pulleys or tensioners! This fan is the highest performing exhaust fan and it still meets the 20.3 CFM/Wt. requirement for many energy rebates. Booth Site: Farm Credit Dairy Center.Logan Clutch Corp.
Cleveland, Ohio
Flexadrive is a multiple pump drive system that facilitates diesel, diesel-electric and hybrid drives for all sizes of agricultural production equipment. This multiple pump drive system enables you to connect and disconnect hydraulic pumps on demand. It also has a power management system that enables you to switch from diesel to hybrid mode much easier. Among the list of features, data collection and wifi capability are beneficial for those interested in big data. Booth Site: Building C.

Protekta Inc.
Lucknow, Ontario, Canada
X-Zelit is the answer to preventing clinical and subclinical hypocalcemia in dairy cows. X-Zelit binds excess calcium from the close-up ration in the small intestine prior to calving. This process allows her to maintain an optimum calcium level at calving and into lactation. Booth Site: Farm Credit Dairy Center.

London, UK
SilostopMAX is an orange on black film that is virtually impermeable to oxygen and, for this reason, prohibits the entry of air into ensiled crops. Ensiled crops are stored in an anaerobic environment to prevent energy and dry matter (DM) losses. SilostopMAX is a robust film that complies with CA ARB rule 4750 and is therefore suitable for larger applications. It is easy to handle and apply. It’s proven to be over 100 times more effective than conventional silage sheeting. Booth Site: Farm Credit Dairy Center.

Sutton Ag Enterprises
Ortomec Cleaner 2
Salinas, Calif.
The Ortomec Cleaner 2 is self-propelled, cuts crops at variable heights and vacuums away the cut product and foreign material with its high powered suction system. By running the Cleaner 2 through a post-harvest field, the machine removes the residuals of the previous cut, harmful insects and any other unwanted material in the field, while cutting the crop to a uniform height. This allows the crop to regrow in a cleaner and healthier environment, which in turn allows for a reduction of the use of chemicals. Traditionally, the field would be plowed and replanted after a harvest Additionally, the machine can be used prior to harvesting with just the vacuum system, to remove any material that is not the crop that reduces processing time while increasing food safety. Booth Site: ‘T’ St. and Median St.

Veda Farming
Solutions, Inc.
Salinas, Calif.
The Scorpion is a self-propelled automatic weeder that has a built-in frame and engine which allows it to control weeds by carefully cutting the weed at the root, without hurting nearby plants. The Scorpion removes weeds within 1/2 inch around each plant, with hydraulically operated blades. The weeder can be used on as many rows as needed for each bed, with flexible configurations. Booth Site: “U” St. and Median St.

Watch Technologies
Grants Pass, Ore.
AutoFlood completely automates on-farm flood irrigation by retrofitting existing delivery gates with linear actuators that open and close the gates based on sufficiently irrigating fields. AutoFlood controls all aspects of flooding, from the time water enters an on-farm canal until flooding is completed. AutoFlood controls delivery gate operations, manages flow in all “checks” or “lands” to nearly eliminate tailwater spill, reduces cost of irrigation labor by 75-90%, reduces water consumption by 5-10%, reduces standing water on crops due to over-flooding, provides real-time data to farmers and allows a farmer to change system operational parameters remotely. Booth Site: Pavilion B.

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