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AGROTAIN International has announced its new, comprehensive website, www.AGROTAINturf.com, which provides turf professionals with easy access to a complete range of resources for maximizing nitrogen efficiency. On a mission to share its nitrogen management expertise with turf professionals in every segment of the industry, AGROTAIN’s new online resource provides an extensive library of industry research, product details and peer case studies to provide insight into new ways to maximize nitrogen efficiency. The website also provides direct access to other sources of useful industry information, including links to trade associations and other industry partners.
In today’s highly competitive golf course marketplace, superintendents face the challenge of providing players with the best possible golfing experience while keeping expenses to a minimum. Combine that with an increased emphasis on water conservation and environmental stewardship, and the result is a strong need for a simpler, more cost-efficient way to manage golf course irrigation.
Bobcat Company is making soil preparation easier for owners of compact tractors or the Toolcat™ 5610 utility work machine with the release of the new soil conditioner and disc harrow Category 1 three-point hitch implements.  
Lynex remote controlled slope mower. The Lynex LX1000 is a remote-controlled, tracked slope mower. Designed for steep slope vegetation control, the LX1000’s low centre of gravity and wide stance allow it to operate on slopes up to 75 degrees. The unit’s 300’ operating range keeps operators off steep slopes and out of danger. The field proven stepless transmission is designed for simplicity and durability. The flail cutting head is powered by a 22 hp gas engine. For product demonstrations or information, please contact the importer Eastern Farm Machinery Ltd. at 519-763-2400 or visit http://www.easternfarmmachinery.com
A "new products arena" has been established for this fall's GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. in which the industry's newest innovations will be displayed side-by-side on stands. The new products arena will serve as a venue for news conferences and products launches. Companies already on board include Ariens, Toro, Husqvarna and Exmark. For more information, visit http://www.gie-expo.com.
Since inventing the skid-steer loader more than 50 years ago, Bobcat has continued to improve its loader design to make operators more productive and comfortable. New Bobcat® M-Series skid-steer and compact track loaders feature the most significant design changes undertaken by the company. This new design enables the operator to accomplish more work through performance and durability enhancements that provide more power and keep the loader working longer, while increasing operator comfort through improved visibility and a more spacious and comfortable cab.
Morton® Ice Melter Blend is now available in new visible blue crystals which help indicate where the product has been applied for easier and more controlled dispersion. The unique blend of sodium chloride and calcium chloride melts in temperatures as low as -15º F by generating heat upon contact with ice and snow.  This product penetrates through ice and snow's bond with pavement to accelerate the melting process and allowing for easy removal.  This product is available in a 50 lb. durable bag.
DUPONT Professional Products has entered into an exclusive agreement with Agrium Advanced Technologies to distribute DuPont Acelepryn insecticide. “We are very excited to partner with DuPont and bring this new class of chemistry to the Canadian marketplace,” said Doug Hubble, sales and marketing manager for Agrium. “With its proven performance and environmental attributes, Acelepryn will fill a very important need for our customers.” Independent university researchers have confirmed that the mode of action for Acelepryn provides superior control of the key white grub species and other important turf insects, including annual bluegrass weevils and cutworms. Its other attributes include the ability to control multiple pests with a single, early application; lower application rates for white grub control; an active ingredient with a lower water solubility than any white grub control product; an entirely new class of chemistry and mode of action active ingredient; and an active ingredient classified as reduced risk by the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency for applications on turfgrass with a low impact on beneficial arthropods as well as birds, bees, fish and mammals. It is approved for use to control key pests infesting landscape and recreational turf in Canada.
GOLF course superintendents and sod farmers have a new tool to combat key turf diseases with the recent label expansion for Rhapsody® ASO approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Rhapsody ASO is a broad-spectrum, preventative biofungicide for the suppression of key diseases in turf, including brown patch (Rhizoctonia solani), dollar spot (Sclerotinia homoeocarpa) and anthracnose (Colletotrichum graminciola). “We know golf course superintendents are under increasing pressure from members and the public to reduce the environmental load of the pesticides they use. And while local bylaws and provincial bans may not have as direct an impact on golf courses just yet, as they do for those working in other areas of turf care, there’s a lot more discussion about it these days,” said Janet Porchak, national marketing and communications manager for UAP, the distributor of Rhapsody ASO in Canada. “That’s why this registration for Rhapsody ASO is welcome news because it fills an important void in the arsenal of tools available to superintendents.” Rhapsody ASO is registered for use in turf in all provinces, including Ontario. It’s registered for use on bluegrass, bentgrass, fescue, ryegrass and orchard grass. This includes fairways, tees, greens and roughs. It’s recommended that Rhapsody ASO be applied with sufficient water to provide thorough coverage and as part of a program with other registered fungicides for resistance management. Rhapsody is also used for disease suppression in flowers, greenhouse vegetables and ornamentals.
KUBOTA has announced the addition of the new L45TLB into its tractor/loader/backhoe lineup. Loaded with a robust 45 hp. Kubota diesel engine and a high-performance feature-loaded HST PLUS transmission, the new L45 gets the job done efficiently and easily. The 3 range HST PLUS transmission includes Hydro Dual Speed (Hi/Lo) and Load Sensing features which delivers a smoother transfer of power. The unique Auto Throttle Advance links the HST pedal and the engine throttle, synchronizing tractor speed and engine revolution. The innovative Repositioning System allows operators to move at “creep” speed while operating the backhoe. The sleek loader has a hydraulic self leveling valve (with on/off switch) for the ultimate in spill prevention and safe operation. Removing the 10-foot quick-attach backhoe is quick and easy, and the optional three-point hitch operates a host of rear-mounted attachments effectively with the hydraulic independent pto.  Visit  http://www.kubota.ca for more information and dealer locations.
Kubota announced the addition of the new L45TLB into their tractor/loader/backhoe line-up. Loaded with a robust 45 hp. Kubota diesel engine and a high-performance feature-loaded HST PLUS transmission, the new L45 gets the job done efficiently and easily. The 3 range HST PLUS transmission includes Hydro Dual Speed (Hi/Lo) and Load Sensing features which delivers a smoother transfer of power. The unique Auto Throttle Advance links the HST pedal and the engine throttle, synchronizing tractor speed and engine revolution. The innovative Repositioning System allows you to move at “creep” speed while operating the backhoe. The sleek loader has a hydraulic self leveling valve (with on/off switch) for the ultimate in spill prevention and safe operation.  Removing the 10’ quick-attach backhoe is quick and easy, and the optional 3-point hitch operates a host of rear-mounted attachments effectively with the hydraulic independent pto.  Visit http://www.kubota.ca for more information and dealer locations.
Kubota introduces four new models to its popular B Series compact utility tractor line. The new Kubota B2320, B2620, B2920 and the B3200 tractors are versatile, powerful and productive, featuring more horsepower, hydrostatic transmission (HST) with three-range transmission speeds to choose from, giving the operator enhanced power and control. The B2320, B2620 and B2920 come equipped with three-cylinder Kubota liquid-cooled diesel engines rated at 23, 26 and 29 Hp, while the B3200 features a four-cylinder engine rated at 32 Hp. Kubota’s B-Series tractors come standard with multiple safety and comfort features. All models in the series are equipped with a variety of safety features including: multi-reflective headlights for better visibility, backlit dash panel for tracking vital functions, and a slanted metal hood that offers a clear view of front loader operations. A foldable roll-over protection structure (ROPS) is standard. The B-Series also provides the operator with a high-back seat and large flat deck platforms for more leg room and a wider step area. Kubota’s B2320, B2620 and B2920 standard tractors are performance-matched with Kubota’s LA304/364 front loaders and BH65 backhoe. The B3200 is performance matched with the LA504 front loader and BH76 backhoe. The LA504 loader includes an optional Kubota quick coupler for easy attach/detach of attachments. The series is equipped with a four-position loader valve and lever control that is integrated with the tractor and ergonomically positioned for easy and quick use of a front loader and other front implements. These tractors also feature a new backhoe reversible seat (optional with backhoes) that swivels from front to back to provide more leg room for backhoe operation. BH65 and BH76 backhoes are also available with an optional 6-position mechanical thumb. Visit http://www.kubota.ca for more information and dealer locations.
EARTH & Turf Products, LLC, has announced new, higher-capacity models in its line of topdresser spreaders. The new, larger units can be classified in two categories: The LANCO ST-100 Series models are 1.0 cubic yard mounted or 1.0 cubic yard pull-type topdressers with galvanized hoppers. They offer a choice of tractor hydraulics or 13-hp Honda engine-driven hydraulics, with standard or deluxe controls. Their wide, 20-inch conveyor belt moves different kinds of material smoothly through a large, 7-inch X 20-inch metering gate. There is a choice of fixed or tilt spinners. Standard turf tires are 25.6 X 14-12 NHS turf for maximum flotation. If the LANCO ST-100 is not large enough to handle the needs, three additional, larger capacity topdressers offer capacities of 3.5, 5.0 or 6.5 cubic yards. They can spread dry or wet material of all kinds, many with more than 40-feet-wide spread pattern. These topdressers have a 31-inch wide, crescent-style conveyor belt and a 15-inch X 31-inch metering gate opening for quick unloading withour bridging. These units will also offer “pin-on" attachments. Their large capacity drastically cuts labour cost and reduces trips. Large, 33-15.0 X 16.5 flotation tires are standard for low ground pressure and good stability.  The topdressers are available from Eastern Farm Machinery Ltd. in Guelph, Ont., 519-763-2400, http://www.easternfarmmachinery.com/.
TurfEX, a new product division of TrynEx International, has introduced the TS-75 commercial-duty push spreader. Ideal for distributing seed and fertilizer on smaller applications, this manually powered spreader also has the ability to spread ice melt for winter maintenance applications. The TS-75 features a heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant polyethylene hopper. The hopper has a capacity of 1.3 cubic feet and is easy to load and manoeuvre. Nylon axle and wheel bearings provide self-lubrication with outstanding wear and load carrying performance. Large gears are constructed of durable Nylatron® GS nylon which provides superior wear and impact strength. Furthermore, a rugged gear cover with quick release clamps keeps gears well protected while also allowing for quick and easy serviceability. Large 13-inch diameter pneumatic tires are featured on the spreader to easily traverse rough, uneven terrain and to minimize pushing effort for the operator. Other standard features include a clear, fitted hopper cover and one-year warranty. In addition to the commercial-duty push spreader, TurfEx offers six additional heavy-duty polyethylene top spreaders with a choice of PTO-driven or electric-powered models and capacities of three, seven or 12 cubic feet of material.
GRASSHOPPER PTO-driven snowthrowers deliver "no-clog" performance, even in deep or heavy, wet snows. A discharge spout controlled from the operator's seat rotates a full 180 degrees to propel snow up to 30 feet away. Available for Grasshopper zero-turn FrontMountTM power units in 48- and 60-inch models, snowthrowers feature heavy-gauge welded steel construction, a high-speed 12-inch-diameter auger and a heavy-duty replaceable scraper blade for reliability season after season. The exclusive Grasshopper QuikConverterTM implement system lets you remove the mowing deck and add a snowthrower in minutes without tools. An optional winter enclosure and 16,000 BTU/hr heater protect operators from the elements for enhanced comfort and efficiency. Available in Ontario from DFK Equipment Sales Inc. in St. Marys.
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