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Manure Constituent Sensing Technology now available with John Deere HarvestLab™ 3000
John Deere is bringing its Manure Constituent Sensing technology to North America. This new feature measures nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium values, among others, for liquid manure applied as a fertilizer.

Producers and commercial service providers applying liquid manure to fields can now more accurately analyze, adjust and document gallons applied per acre, on-the-go, to meet specific nutrient targets, according to a company release. The John Deere HarvestLab™ 3000 with Manure Constituent Sensing analyzes liquid manure 4,000 times per second to provide laboratory-quality values for important nutrient constituents to help producers manage their total fertilizer program.

“This is a product that allows the farmer to ultimately apply liquid nutrients at the right place, at the right rate in the simplest terms,” said John Mishler, precision ag tactical marketing manager for John Deere. “Along with that, they are able to easily document that data, and then share that information with those who help them make decisions with their operations.”

The system provides accurate, real-time values for total nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and dry matter content of the manure as it’s applied to the field, Mishler explained. The operator can manually or automatically adjust the volume based on the nutrient values to meet specific nutrient targets or goals for their fields, and possibly save on commercial fertilizers.

This technology can be used with a variety of tanker or dragline equipment to apply liquid swine, beef and dairy cattle manure. During application, the nutrient values are shown on the display in the tractor cab, and with Tractor Implement Automation, the tractor/applicator speed is automatically adjusted to maintain the desired application rates or nutrient levels. The application data can be sent wirelessly to the John Deere Operations Center for mapping and documentation or shared with trusted advisors.

“When we think about the sensor, one of the things that's really important, I think, is that it actually retrofits quite easily into whatever application the farmer has today,” Mishler said. “They don’t need to buy a complete new line of equipment, it's something that they can add to what they have.”

HarvestLab 3000 with Manure Constituent Sensing and activation will be available starting August 2019. Customers with existing HarvestLab 3000 units will need to order the parts to install the sensors on their manure application equipment, as well activate the manure sensing software, a company release said. For more information, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit

LANXESS announces Virkon S disinfectant and virucide kills ASF virus 
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is offering U.S. swine producers the proven broad-spectrum disinfectant and virucide Virkon S, which is effective at killing the African swine fever (ASF) virus. Having been independently tested for virucidal efficacy against ASF1*, Virkon S is proven to be effective against the disease at a dilution rate of 1:100 in the presence of organic challenge, a company release said.  
“The independent test result provides proven data on the ability of Virkon S to kill ASF,” explains Ryan T. Domack, sales manager of Market Segment Disinfection in the Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit at LANXESS. “Implementing strict disinfection barrier controls is the only real way of stopping the spread of swine diseases from one production site to another.”

Domack recommends producers achieve the highest possible levels of hygiene, using an independently proven effective disinfectant, which is effective against diseases that have catastrophic effects on farm productivity and mortality rates.
LANXESS provides customized technical support to swine producers to help protect against pathogens such as ASF1* in applications across the range of possible infection vectors, including other animals, transport vehicles, housing facilities and personnel.
For complete directions for use and the full list of approved pathogens, please consult the product label. For more information, visit
1 African Swine Fever Virus efficacy was tested with 1% soil load and 342 ppm hard water.
* Not approved in California for use against the noted pathogens.


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