Potato Grower

November 2019

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 29 www.brillionfarmeq.com The Heavy-Weight in Pulvi-Mulchers Gets BIGGER. The 3600 Series Pulvi-Mulcher from Brillion features wider working widths, increased trash clearance and reduced downtime in the field. The series is available in 21', 25', 30' and 36'6" working widths. The 30' model weighs 80% more than the popular WL360 for more clod crushing power. The 36'6" unit is the widest Pulvi-Mulcher ever offered by Brillion. All 3600 Series models feature 8" roller axles with heavy-duty bearings that improve reliability and reduce maintenance interruptions in the field. The design includes three rows of two-piece edge bent s-tines on overall 6" spacing. 25" of under frame clearance improves trash flow through the machine. A leveling device in front of the rear roller helps level ridges left by the shanks. A choice of 20" Notched, 20" Crowfoot or 20" Optimizer ® Ductile Iron Pulverizer wheels allows each 3600 Pulvi-Mulcher to be customized to varying soil conditions. And new to this series is the 24" Notched Ductile Iron wheel to provide even more clod crushing power with its heavy weight. Brillion, WI 54110 855.320.0373 ©2019 Brillion Farm Equipment Scan this code or visit our website to learn more. www.facebook.com/landollag 2362-38BrillionFarmEquipment12h.indd 1 8/21/19 5:00 PM Ceres Imaging flew over pivot- irrigated potatoes in central North Dakota, providing early-season thermal imagery that identified sprinkler problems before potato crops were damaged by over- or under-watering. The first image shows a dark ring where nozzles that were 13 percent too large caused over- application of water. In the second image, a lighter- colored ring pattern shows drop pipes that were partially plugged, resulting in under-watering across a band of ground approximately 300 feet wide. A light-colored ring in the center of the image reveals a sprinkler nozzle that was completely plugged. A slightly larger dark ring is from over- watering nozzles. "If you have any kind of water stress in potatoes, it can lead to fry color problems in french fries," says agronomist John Vaadeland. "Ceres Imagery helped us to detect irrigation issues we couldn't visually see early in the season." manage pest and disease outbreaks, and detect irrigation issues before they impact yield or quality. For large-scale operators, though, reviewing these analyses for hundreds of fields can be time-consuming and unwieldy. That's why Ceres Imaging is now arming growers with new analytics tools—developed with machine learning techniques and data gathered from years of flights— that automatically sort through and categorize results. The result? Rather than a pile of uninterpreted imagery or long reports, growers get immediate suggestions on where to follow up first, and why— making management decisions simultaneously faster and more informed. "Any experienced grower can think of any number of ways they might try to optimize irrigation," Llewellyn says. "What we want to do with our analyses is help prioritize those interventions most likely to pay off in a big way."

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