Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AGCO introduced the RoGator C Series self-propelled row crop applicators and all-new LiquidLogic system, which will make its public debut during MAGIE 2017. The new technology-loaded, user-friendly RoGator and liquid application system deliver innovations needed to meet the needs of today’s crop production industry, professional applicators and farmers.“With the prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the country and the introduction of new herbicide systems to control these weeds, greater management and attention to detail will be needed for anyone applying herbicides,” said Mark Mohr, tactical marketing manager for AGCO’s application division. “The engineering and technology of the RoGator C Series machines and new LiquidLogic system are going to help operators simplify their jobs, reduce potential for off-target application, make cleanout faster, easier and more thorough and reduce product waste.”The FlowLogic recirculation plumbing keeps product moving through the boom, plumbing and filters to reduce chemical buildup and help eliminate plugged spray tips. New ClearFlow recovery, the industry’s first full-recovery system, uses air to force product from the booms or reload station back into the tank, leaving less than 2.5 gallons in systems without injection. And, new self-priming booms help save time and money since product flows quickly through the entire boom once the product pump and recirculation are turned on.Other key features of the LiquidLogic system include a “hold at minimum” pressure setting across the boom that helps ensure a consistent spray pattern to keep product on target at low speed and the ability to maintain a +/– 1 psi variation across the boom. Section control for either 35 sections with 10- or 15-inch spacing or 36 sections with 20-inch spacing are standard with the AgControl® rate controller. Finally, variable displacement control of the product pump manages and limits speed to 5,000 rpm to help prevent pump failure. Touchscreen AccuTerminal is one-stop control systemThe first thing operators will notice is the 10.4-inch touchscreen AccuTerminal which allows intuitive, easy-to-learn control and monitoring of machine functions, such as the new cruise control and shuttle shift speed along with drive sensitivities, headland control and tractor management system (TMS).The AccuTerminal can be used to access functions within the redesigned AgControl rate and section control system as well as spray functions such as pressures, auto agitation, boom cleanout, product rinse and recovery. Its design also seamlessly provides simple control of the AirMax180 dry system and calibration. The ISO-compatible interface of the New LeaderEdge box controls features such as boundary spreading and other capabilities within the AccuTerminal.Automatic guidance and AGCO’s full suite of Fuse precision application, documentation and machine tracking tools are all controlled through this single operating terminal. Dual-band cellular plus worldwide satellite connections allow machine tracking and performance through Fuse Connected Services via AgCommand, keeping the machine connected everywhere, like never before. In one simple step, task data flows seamlessly between TaskDoc on the machine and a growing number of major Farm Management Information Software (FMIS). The RoGator C Series can be configured with AGCO’s fully integrated AgControl and Auto-Guide systems, or Raven Viper 4+ technology with SmarTrax. A hybrid configuration also allows the use of Raven Viper 4+ for product control while using AGCO’s Auto-Guide for guided steering. Chassis offers SmartDrive system for greater operating efficiencyThe RoGator C Series chassis also delivers unprecedented levels of performance. Its new all-wheel SmartDrive system will make the operator’s job easier and more efficient through a long day in the field. Cruise control gives the operator a consistent speed for accurate application and easy speed changes in the field and on the road. Shuttle shift makes changing direction fast and easy. Redesigned based on operator requests, the new joystick is compact with a comfortable, ergonomic feel.All-wheel traction control adjusts motor displacement when a wheel starts to slip, keeping the machine moving in the field, and the anti-locking brake system (ABS) and improved hydrostatic braking deliver stopping power and speed control. Cab filled with operator comfortsA new armrest is one of the primary features within the cab, with improved ergonomics for the joystick, section switches, boom control and liquid system controls located on the armrest. USB power ports help keep the operator connected through the day; a programmable keypad allows the operator to customize the lighting package and a rearview camera operates automatically when the machine shifts into reverse.“With a heritage of serving the application needs of agriculture and professional applicators, plus thousands of hours of real-world application, the new RoGator C Series and LiquidLogic system delivers the technology, reliability and efficiency today’s applicators need to easily and successfully do their jobs,” Mohr said. “They’ll find it offers many new and industry-leading features they’ve been waiting for.”The RoGator C Series made its public debut at MAGIE, Aug. 24 and 25, 2017 in Bloomington, Ill. It also will be on exhibit at several farm shows this fall, including Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., Big Iron in West Fargo, N.D. and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. To find a dealer or for more information about AGCO application equipment including the new RoGator C Series row crop applicators and the exclusive LiquidLogic system, visit www.Challenger-ag.com or a local Challenger dealer.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterCOLBY, Kan. (DTN) — The first day of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat Tour wrapped up with a total weighted average yield estimate of 46.9 bushels per acre (bpa), up from 38.2 bpa last year.The tour made 240 stops to measure wheat, most of them a muddy affair, as showers and thunderstorms pelted many of the tour’s routes through central and northern Kansas, as well as the southernmost counties of Nebraska.That moisture has been a game changer for the quality and yield potential of this year’s winter wheat crop, noted Doug Bounds, the Kansas state statistician for USDA NASS.“Last year roughly 97% of the state was in some state of drought at this time,” he said. “Now zero percent of the state is in a drought. So we have drastically different conditions this year.”As a result, estimated yields ran consistently higher than last year on the tour’s first day, even as some dry soils emerged in the western half of the state. Justin Gilpin, CEO of Kansas Wheat, piloted a car on the green route, which traveled through the state’s northern tier of counties. There, scouts found yields averaging roughly 10 bushels per acre above last year. On the blue route through central Kansas, tour organizer and Wheat Quality Council Executive Vice President Dave Green scouted fields with an average of 49 bpa — 14 bushels above last year’s blue route average on day one of the tour.However, the historically low wheat acreage in Kansas was also visible Tuesday, Gilpin said. Winter wheat acres in Kansas dropped to 7 million acres this year, the lowest since 1910.“As someone who has been on the tour several times, the most noticeable thing to me is that there are a lot fewer wheat acres, especially on that northern tier of counties,” he said. “I think we’ll see more corn acres replace those wheat acres.”Most wheat fields were also behind their average pace of development, with fields in northern and central Kansas ranging from tillering to flag leaf growth stages, with only a few in the boot stage. Fields became noticeably less mature as the tour routes moved westward. Most scouts estimated the fields they visited ranged from six to eight weeks from harvest.Nearly half the winter wheat crop was planted late due to persistent wet weather in October, noted Romulo Lollato, Extension wheat and forages specialist for Kansas State University. “There is a very big difference between fields planted in early October and September and late October and November,” he explained. Cool-to-moderate temperatures this spring have not encouraged the crop to catch up, he added.Scouts on the blue route encountered one such underdeveloped field in Rooks County, where the farmer explained that rain and soybean harvest had stalled planting until Oct. 19. The wheat had barely made it out of the ground before dormancy and was still tillering, with a calculated yield potential of just 28 bpa.Less mature wheat requires some adjustments to estimate yield potential accurately, noted Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat. When heads have not emerged yet on the wheat plant, the tour’s formula for calculating yield must rely on the number of stems on a wheat plant, which are all theoretically capable of producing a head.“The yield formula accounts for the fact that the wheat plant will slough off some tillers,” Harries said. “They won’t all make it unless conditions are ideal, which is rare. So the formula does account for that happening.”Most scouts encountered little disease on their routes. Some routes encountered minor freeze damage, in the form of burned leaf tips, but most wheat was not far enough along to suffer damage to wheat heads on this portion of the tour.Lollato noted some patchy nutrient deficiencies in some fields on his car’s route, which explored the very center counties of Kansas before heading northward to Colby. “It’s been so cold for so long that organic matter and sulfur hasn’t started being released as much as it should,” he noted. “And with all the rainfall over this winter, we might have lost some of our nitrogen through denitrification or leaching, depending on soil type.” As the weather warms this spring, nutrient availability could improve, he added.Overall, Green said he was impressed by the wheat potential in central and northern Kansas.“This is really good wheat for this area,” he noted. “I think we’ll hear the words ‘above-average’ a lot.”Each year the tour asks guest speakers from other states to present yield estimates from their regions. A representative from Nebraska estimated average yield in that state of 44 bpa, with a total estimated production of 47.4 million bushels, down from 49.5 million bushels last year. A representative from Colorado estimated that the state’s wheat crop would average 46.5 bpa, for a total production of 97.2 million bushels, up from 70.2 million bushels last year.Wednesday, scouts will wind their way through western, southwestern and south-central Kansas, with one route dipping into northern Oklahoma, before ending the day in Wichita.Follow Emily Unglesbee on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee for live coverage of the tour this week.Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected](PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.