Join us September 7th, for our 2nd Raven X Event.
At this demo, we will be featuring Raven ICD Hawkeye Nozzle Control, Injection and Autoboom XT!
Hawkeye Nozzle Control – for individual nozzle droplet size control, rate control and shutoff.
Autoboom XT takes boom height control to the next level by also controlling the centre rack angle.
Please see the following link for more information:
17_9 RavenX Bothwell ON
17_9 RavenX Bothwell ON
We are pleased to have one of the first Agrifac Condor’s with Factory Raven controls for the section control, guidance and SmarTrax steering.
The agrifac Ecotronic sets the rate. The Viper 4+ provides mapping, guidance, autosteer and section control using Raven ISO boom section and an ISO boom interface module.
The Raven ISO SmarTrax ECU is the first one we have installed and is brand new to the market.
Here are some pictures.
Digging into Friday’s USDA Report comes up with the following items worth noting.
First, across the board stockpiles as of March 1st 2017 were up slightly from a year ago, and towards the high end of trade estimates, for all crops.
Corn had 8,616 Million bu (110% of last year’s level)
Soybeans had 1,735 Million bu (113% of last year’s level)
Wheat had 1,655 Million bu (121% of last year’s level).
Of course, all the talk is about spring planting these days, and the never changing discussion of whether or not this year will finally be the one the US farmer decides to switch to soybeans has resulted in a constant drip-drip-drip erosion of soybean pricing while corn has held steady.
The USDA report did not disappoint. Corn intentions are at 90 million acres (down 4 million from a year ago) and soybeans are up a whopping 6 million acres to 89.5 million acres, largely at the expense of wheat acres.
Will this come to pass? History has shown us that the US farmer will plant corn if the weather cooperates. If so – there is some opportunity with soybeans. That said, if we see a delayed spring the USDA’s guesses may come to reality. Time will tell.
Let us know if you can attend. We would like producers, operators alike to be on the same page with the new technology so that we can all make the most of it.
April 6th, 9:30 until noon,
Florence Community Centre. See flyer for more details.
hcl grower meeting2017
Spraying season is approaching:
On April 26th we will be hosting our second Raven X event.
Some features to consider for the 2017 spraying season:
The Watchdog station integrates into your existing display to log real time weather data while you are spraying. This includes windspeed, direction and temperature. The wind speed is also adjusted for the ground speed of your sprayer.
Hawkeye Nozzle Control:
The Hawkeye Nozzle system allows you to adjust your droplet size based on your current conditions, as well as have individual nozzle control (shut off), turn compensation for speed and instant on/off.
Raven Sidekick Injection systems allow for separation of chemicals from your main water supply, for enhanced operator safety and easier machine cleanout. This is going to be a bigger concern for the 2017 season with the advent of xTend soybean technology.
The Farms.com Precision Ag Conference is on this afternoon and all day tomorrow, Feb 1st.
It starts today at 2pm and runs until 5 pm tomorrow. Not sure if it is sold out yet or not so you may want to check out their website.
We have a booth setup in the exhibitor area, and Chuck Baresich is part of the farmer panel on Feb 1st at 1:30 at the Chrystal Ballroom in the Lamplighter in London.Crystal Ballroom
Sharing Successes & Lessons Learned
Moderated by: Lisa Prassack, President, Prassack Advisors
Chuck Baresich, Haggerty Creek, Bothwell Ontario
Eric Dietrich, Hugh J. Dietrich Farms Ltd
Josh Boersen, Bradi Farms
Mark Brock, Shepherd Creek Farms Ltd.
Haggerty will be at Booth 326, in the Main Hall. We would like to spend some time showing off our Electrical Conductivity Scanner, used to make improved field Management Zones.
We are also planning on discussing how the use of field computers, rate controllers, and management zones fits into the 4R nutrient management framework.
Please Join us!
Overall a generally positive report for Corn and Soybeans.
Corn production was lowered from the Nov estimate but a small amount, and below analyst’s estimate by 50 million bu, at 15.148 million bu. This was based on a 174.6 average yield (this was lowered from 175.3) and 86.7 million harvested acres, also lower by a bit.
Soybean production was lowered by a higher amount, which I think must have been a surprise given the market reaction. Again, yields were lowered as was the harvested acres. Soybean yield pegged at 52.1 vs. 52.5 last report.
Of greatest note to me is that the USDA has lowered (again) it’s expected to corn yield to 173.4 (which is still huge) but raised soybean yield to 51.6 (really huge).
Traders were expecting this – which is why markets reacted the way they did. That said – it is interesting to see this corn number continue to decline.
The soybean yield may come back to bite us – especially since the Ontario yield is high so far. We are already seeing basis reductions and soybeans being piled on the ground.
Here are the plot results, first one off in Ontario for DeKalb.
Very pleased with the RR Xtend results from both DeKalb and Pride.
There may have been a bit of a stand/population issue with a couple of varieties but overall things were pretty even.
This plot looked good all year – lots of 4 bean pods