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Case IH celebrates six major industry awards
Case IH recently garnered six industry awards, most notably, the Magnum 380 CVT earned the highly coveted TOTY® 2015 Tractor of the Year designation.

“Our company was very honoured to receive the Tractor of the Year 2015 award,” said Jim Walker, vice president, Case IH NAFTA. “Twenty-seven years of Magnum tractors means 27 years of approval by the toughest group of testers you can get: farmers in their daily work.”

A jury of 23 expert journalists determine the TOTY award winner. Features that contributed to the Magnum 380 CVT win include the continuously variable transmission, the easy-to-use multi-controller armrest, the new LED lighting packages, and the innovative Rowtrac solution that uses a combination of rear tracks and high-tech, low-pressure front tires to provide greater traction and minimal soil disturbance compared with two-track machines.

Along with the TOTY award, five other Case IH products earned AE50 designations, marking each as one of the top 50 most innovative new products of 2014. A panel of international engineering experts named the AE50 award winners by identifying the products that best advance engineering in the food and agriculture industries. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers organize the awards.

Winning products from Case IH include: the Precision Disk™ 500 disk drill, the Steiger® 620 HD indirect engine cooling system, the Ecolo-Tiger® 875 disk ripper, the flip-up tall corn attachment for the 4400 series corn heads, and the Magnum Rowtrac tractor.

“These accolades celebrate thoughtful innovation and putting producers first. It’s a winning combination, and one our customers have come to expect,” Walker said. “We are driven to provide the right amount of technology and iron to deliver productivity and profitability, and we will continue to design products that are ready to better meet the changing needs of today’s producers.”  •

Chinese import approval for Agrisure Viptera®
Syngenta announced at the end of December that it has received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera® trait (event MIR162) from China’s regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use.

The Agrisure Viptera® trait is a key component of Syngenta’s insect control solutions, offering growers protection against the broadest spectrum of above-ground corn pests and enabling significant crop yield gains.

Agrisure Viptera® has been approved for cultivation in the USA since 2010 and has also been approved for cultivation in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Syngenta originally submitted the import approval dossier to the Chinese authorities in March 2010. In addition to China, Agrisure Viptera® has been approved for import into Australia/ New Zealand, Belarus, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Vietnam. •

Dupont launches new Destra™ herbicide
DuPont Crop Protection has announced the new DuPont™ Destra™ herbicide will be available in Ontario and Quebec for the 2015 growing season.

Destra™ is a post-emergence corn herbicide with two modes of action, from Groups 2 and 27, that comes in a convenient 40-acre case. According to Dave Kloppenburg, row crop manager with DuPont Crop Protection, Destra™ offers something corn growers have been looking for.

“Growers know the importance of using different chemistry groups and not relying solely on glyphosate,” he says. “Destra™ is a residual, multiple mode-of-action product that provides growers with an excellent option for one-pass post emergence weed control.”

As Kloppenburg explains, adding Destra™ to a glyphosate-tolerant system delivers several benefits. The product’s residual action is highly effective on late-germinating weeds like fall panicum and proso millet, as well as tough broadleaf weeds including velvetleaf. Destra™ offers the flexibility to spray as early as the 3-leaf stage of corn up to the 6-leaf stage, keeping fields clean through the critical weed-free period to help maximize yield potential. The product is easy to handle and, when tank-mixed with a quality glyphosate, will not require extra surfactant. “Growers will love the convenience of a Destra™ post- emergence program,” says Kloppenburg.

“Using Destra™ with glyphosate allows you to target the early post-emergent application window with enough horsepower to get you through to canopy closure,” says Kloppenburg. “With multiple modes of action, it defends against glyphosate-resistant weeds, comes in easy to handle packaging, and is competitively priced, all of which makes Destra™ a great new choice.” •

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