January 2020
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Ag Leader Technology and Kinze Manufacturing Introduce New High-Speed Planting Technology   HTS Ag and Sundance Media Group are holding a Two-Day Intensive FAA Part 107 Training Workshop!   OPI Blue Troubleshooting   Get Your Planter Right For #plant20   Watch Your Grain: You May Have a Hotspot Now   ► Microsoft to End Support for Windows 7   Iowa Power Farming Show   ►  Take Advantage of Our Customer Referral Program Today!
Ag Leader Technology and Kinze Manufacturing Introduce New High-Speed Planting Technology

Ag Leader to add SureSpeed™, high-accuracy, high-speed planting system to its full-farm precision farming portfolio.

AMES, Iowa, January 7, 2020 — Today, Ag Leader announced its high-speed planting system SureSpeed, to serve row crop farmers with accurate seed placement at speeds up to 12 miles per hour. The meter with integrated delivery system was developed in collaboration with Kinze Manufacturing. Introduction is planned for the 2021 planting season through each company's respective dealer networks.

"Working with Kinze made sense in many ways because we're both family-owned companies that put the needs of the farmer first. Leveraging Kinze's expertise in leading seed meter technology ensured a high-quality product," said Al Myers, president of Ag Leader. "Ag Leader strives to provide the highest quality year-round platform in precision farming. SureSpeed broadens our planting portfolio allowing us to meet a wide range of grower needs for planter technology."

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HTS Ag and Sundance Media Group are holding a Two-Day Intensive FAA Part 107 Training Workshop!

Go to https://107trainingiowa2020.eventbrite.com for more information!

OPI Blue Troubleshooting

By Brandon Fischer, HTS Ag

With crops being harvested at higher moisture than what we typically see, it’s critical to make sure that your OPI BLUE system is working properly. Here are a few tips and tricks to help troubleshoot your system.

If all the cables have an asterisk next to every temperature and moisture reading (fig 1), first thing to check is to make sure that your internet is working. If it is, you may need to restart the gateway. To do this you go to the gateway enclosure box, which is usually next to your internet router and flip both power buttons to the off position (fig. 2). The bright blue lights will then turn off. Once the lights are off, wait 30 seconds and then flip switches back on.

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Get Your Planter Right For #plant20

By Brett Buehler, Ag Leader

Although it's difficult to believe, spring planting will be just around the corner. Now's the time to start preparing to make the most important pass across the field – planting – this 2020 season.

In order to make the most of planting this season, you've probably already considered several options to improve over last year. For many, it's an equipment update; others improve existing equipment by adding technology. Whether you're taking anything new to the field for 2020, or just planning to make the best of what you already have, there are a few things you need to know to ensure your seeds are placed the BEST that they can be this season.

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Watch Your Grain: You May Have a Hotspot Now
Chandra B. Singh, Ph.D., P.Eng. and Ron Larson, M.Sc., P.Eng.

You may have dried and cooled your grain for safe winter storage; however, the spoilage risk for stored grain is always present. If the stored grain is exposed to extreme initial storage conditions such as high moisture and/or temperature for a significant period before drying, or if the grain contains a high percentage of fines, broken and immature kernels, the spoilage risk is even greater.

During the winter months we often pay less attention to our stored commodities, thinking that our grain is safer during winter months. However, grain temperature may rise significantly due to heat generated by the respiration of grain.

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Microsoft to End Support for Windows 7

By OPIsystems

Microsoft has announced that they will no longer be supporting Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. What does end of support mean? Per Microsoft, if you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software updates or security updates.

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Iowa Power Farming Show

HTS Ag will be at the Iowa Power Farming Show.

Come see us in Booth #925 and sign up to win a DJI Mavic Mini!

The Iowa Power Farming Show is at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa on January 28-30, 2020!

Tuesday, January 28th 9:00am — 4:00pm
Wednesday, January 29th 9:00am — 4:00pm
Thursday, January 30th 9:00am — 3:00pm
Take Advantage of Our Customer Referral Program Today!

We love referrals from our valued customers! When you refer a new customer, choose from these reward options:
  • Discount on an HTS Ag Annual Service Plan!
  • A gift card to a farm supply Store!
  • A gift card to one of your favorite eateries!
(Reward amount is based on value of new customer purchase)

Download the referral form here
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