After several years of development, Toro announces its new Aqua-Traxx FC (Flow Control) drip tape. This product creates an entirely new category within the drip irrigation marketplace.
In the past, growers had to choose between uniformity and control over flow rates. Now, Aqua-Traxx FC provides growers with improved uniformity compared to turbulent-flow devices, and superior ability to control overall system flow rate compared to pressure-compensating devices.
This is made possible through the design of the flow control emitter....More
Nelson Irrigation of Walla Walla, Washington has introduced its 1000 Series valves which the company says will save energy with higher flow capacity and lower friction loss.
The valves have more precise and stable pressure regulation over a wider range of flow and with minimal pressure differential required across the valve.
A modular design provides ultimate flexibility in valve style and connection type while simplifying installation, trouble-shooting, and maintenance – good news for the grower, installer, and system designer....More
Valent U.S.A. Corporation (Valent) and Minneapolis-based MGK have a new agreement to manage the marketing and sales of MGK’s crop protection line of insect control products in the U.S. effective April 1, 2015.
The addition of the organic and sustainable product line from MGK into the Valent portfolio will create a mix of unique and valuable chemistries for managing organic and sustainable agriculture.
MGK products control a broad spectrum of insects on many agricultural crops....More
Terry Stark, who has guided the California Association of Pest Control Advisors over the last decade, plans to retire Dec. 31 and return to his home state of Texas with his wife Sylvia.
Stark's lessons learned in the Marines and politics primed him to lead CAPCA at the right time. He leaves CAPCA as a stronger and more influential organization, according to those who have worked with him.
Compass Minerals, a leading producer of specialty potash fertilizer in North America, introduces Protassium+, the company’s newly branded sulfate of potash, also known as K2SO4.
Protassium+ is a premium, high-quality source of potassium with sulfate sulfur which provides good superior plant and crop nutrition which top growers demand. ...More
California farmers may be known for many things; early adoption of conservation tillage practices is not one of them.
Drought could be changing all that for some as there appears to be interest in growing silage corn using strip-till methods. California’s reliance on silage corn to feed its large dairy herd requires significant acreages, and with it, ample water....More
Growers no longer need to spend time and labor assembling riser pipe in the field with the new Certa-Set preassembled riser from North American Specialty Products LLC (NASP).
The riser is designed to integrate with the company’s Certa-Set PVC irrigation system.
The Certa-Set preassembled riser from NASP (formerly CertainTeed Pipe and Foundations) eliminates the need for customers to source components from multiple suppliers and solvent-weld them together....More
While unpredictable weather may delay application timing of spring herbicides, more growers are adding a burn down application in the fall to their weed management program.
Though the focus when applying a fall burn down is to control of winter annual weeds, a fall burn down provides numerous benefits for soil health and pest management....More
Evogene Ltd. and Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (MBI) have signed a multi-year collaborative agreement targeting the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control, followed by the development and commercialization of new pest control products by each company.
The target insects for the collaboration will be Lygus Hesperus, a sucking insect also known as the western tarnished plant bug; and Spodoptera exigua, a chewing insect commonly known as beet armyworm.
Both insects cause significant damage to a variety of major crops....More