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Do Cover Crops really pay?
The Importance of Fan Warming for Managing Grain
Electric Drives to Join Ag Leader's SeedCommand Line-up
Tips From Tech: Prep Now for Fall Granular Application
Fall Display Firmware is now released!
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Fall Display Firmware is now released!
by Sam Worley, Ag Leader

Ag Leader is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 6.6 for the Ag Leader® Integra, Versa and Compass displays. Version 6.6 is available for download here.

In addition to several maintenance items, one large feature included in version 6.6 is vehicle/implement modeling when backing into corners and/or making three point turns. Single antenna receiver customers (think GPS 6000, 1600, 1500, etc.) have the ability to backup without the icon flipping for all operations without concerns of speed or distance.

The key to making this feature work is to make sure the first direction of travel is forward after starting the display and getting a GPS fix. In the off chance that the vehicle icon becomes inverted on the display, users can now push the manual heading change button located on the lower left corner of the mapping screen when in full screen mode (Figure 1.)

To read about all the great features in version 6.6, please read the release notes here.

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Do Cover Crops really pay?
by Adam Gittins, HTS Ag

There is no shortage of articles out there right now about the benefits of cover crops, ranging from increased soil health, keeping nutrients in the soil, reduced compaction, weed control, erosion control, and the list goes on. Here are just a few of the recent articles I have came across – feel free to read up on it yourself.

Do Cover Crops Deliver a Yield Bump?
How Cover Crops Pay Off in a Continuous No-Till System
How Seeding Cover Crops Can Slash Your Fertilizer Bills

But does it really pay to be doing it? How do you go about doing it in your operation? What seed should you use, when should you seed it, how should you apply it?

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The Importance of Fan Warming for Managing Grain
by Chandra B. Singh, Ph.D., P.Eng. and Ron Larson, M.Sc., P.Eng.

The success of in-bin natural air drying is highly dependent on quantity (airflow rate) and quality (temperature and relative humidity (RH)) of the air delivered to the grain. The airflow rate is affected by bin design, grain type, and the number and type of fans installed in the bin. Delivering sufficient air flow rate as bins become larger and taller is quite challenging. When air is pushed through the grain mass, the narrow intergranular paths create resistance to the airflow. The resistance to airflow increases with a higher grain depth and for grains with smaller seed size (e.g., wheat, rice, and canola). The resistance to airflow also increases with increase in airflow rate. To overcome this resistance, the fan(s) must develop enough static pressure to deliver required airflow. The temperature of the air increases as it moves through the fan. Thus plenum air temperature is warmer than the ambient.

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Electric Drives to Join Ag Leader's SeedCommand Line-up
by Ag Leader

AMES, IA, August 31, 2015 - From the company that perfected row clutches, Ag Leader is proud to introduce a new row-by-row electric drive product to its SeedCommand planter control line.

An all-encompassing planting solution, SeedCommand will soon include an electric drive option for reliable individual seed shut-off, in addition to its time-tested clutch options. Of the many features of electric drives, growers gain precise row-by-row control of planter performance to incorporate variable rate planting on a per row basis. Instant adjustment to population rates and consistent seed spacing despite changes in planting speed, field conditions or on curves and headlands are also benefits enjoyed by growers using electric drives.

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Tips From Tech: Prep Now for Fall Granular Application
by Andrew Pierce, Ag Leader

Harvest is starting to get underway for most parts of the Corn Belt and hopefully everyone has a safe harvest season. But before we know it harvest will be over and granular fertilizer application will be in full swing. There are several things to keep in mind when beginning to apply that I will outline in this blog.

Active Season
You will want to create a new season in the display as the 2015 crop is now complete. Creating a "2016 Crop" season before applying will keep your application data tied with the rest of the operations for the 2016. After you have exported your harvest data, and successfully loaded into SMS on the computer, you can delete the 2015 season from the display. This prevents the display memory from filling up.

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