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SureFire Systems for John Deere Rate Controller 2000 Training

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JDRC 2000 with SureFire AG JDRC 2000 with SureFire AG

John Deere has made significant upgrades in their application control systems with the new JD Rate Controller 2000 and subsequent updates to their system.  This new JDRC 2000 allows for control of up to 5 liquid, anhydrous, and dry products, as well as seed rate control for air drills.  In total, the JDRC 2000 can control up to 4 products to be documented, and a fifth product for independent control. Other advantages to the JDRC 2000 are the ability to control more implement sections, an easy conversion from Deere’s previous single product rate controller, and an improved user experience.

SureFire Ag application and control systems are fully compatible with the John Deere® Rate control system. We have designed and field tested all of our application systems (liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides) in order to ensure compatibility with the new JDRC 2000.

Come spend the day with SureFire Ag, the experts in complete fertilizer systems for JDRC 2000.  In the first year, we have deployed more than 400 systems using this new control platform.

Join us to learn more about how this dual system can increase your or your customers’ efficiency and accuracy. This one-day training, offered on two dates, will include:

  • Overview of the JDRC 2000 including SureFire’s own harnessing for this controller.
  • System basics and overview.
  • Advanced troubleshooting capabilities that make the JDRC 2000 one of the easiest control platforms to work with in the field.
  • SureFire ISOBUS Sentinel for individual row flow monitoring directly on your John Deere display.
  • SureFire’s many systems compatible with the JDRC 2000 for liquid and NH3 application.
Upcoming Training Dates:
Monday, December 11th, 2017
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM

 

Location:
SureFire Ag – 4 miles North of Atwood, KS on Hwy 25.  Click Here for a location.  Register by contacting Dora at 785-626-3670 or dora@surefireag.com.

 

Can’t make either training dates? No problem! Contact us, we’ll find a time that we can connect to help you, or your customers better understand the unmatched power of the JDRC 2000 combined with SureFire systems to make sure your planter fertilizer system is the most efficient and effective it can be.
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The Friendly Faces of SureFire… Meet Andrew!

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Andrew - Sales at SureFire Ag

Andrew - Sales at SureFire AgAndrew has been on the SureFire Ag team for over 5 years proudly representing the Northeast United States including ME, NH, VT, NY, MA, RI, PA, NJ, DE, MD, CT, VA and WV as the territory sales manager and inside salesman. Andrew’s friendly personality is one of his key assets and his contagious laugh can be heard in nearly every corner of our office.

We asked Andrew a few questions to help you get to know him better. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your background?
I attended Fort Hays State University and then came home to be part of the family radio stations. My radio career ended in 2011, at which time I took a job in the Ag Industry for 1 year before joining SureFire Ag in 2012.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love interacting with customers and our team at SFA/SFE.  I also enjoy traveling and getting to see the different crops that we help grow all over the country.

What do you wish people knew about you that the probably don’t?
I am sort of an aviation geek. My grandfather flew the Corsair in WWII and my brother is a pilot, so I have always loved flying and being around airplanes… something that has been beneficial since I get to travel frequently for my job.

Do you have any hidden talents or something no one knows about you?
I like to think I am a pretty good drummer. I have played drums since I was young, and played in bands that allowed me to travel all over the country, including a stint in Nashville.

Favorite Food?
Chinese or Italian

What is the best advice you were ever given?
“Don’t wait for opportunity….create it!”

What does service mean to you?
Service to me means providing a fast and reliable solution while building relationships.

What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about My Family, faith, helping youth find success, music and sports.

Who is your favorite sports team?
Nebraska Huskers/Denver Broncos

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The opportunity to help provide a better life for my family.

We are incredibly proud of individuals like Andrew who help make the SureFire Ag team what it is. We’re all committed to creating innovative and valuable solutions for ag producers across the world and supporting our customers and friends throughout the entire process, Andrew is no different. Stay tuned for more SureFire Spotlights on our blog and please don’t hesitate to contact us for any sales or service needs.

Our Team Makes Us Who We Are… Meet Matt!

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Matt Micek, inside sales manager covering IL, IN and OH, may be one of the newer faces on our team, but he has already proven himself to be an asset. Matt joins us from a deep ag and teaching background that’s made him a key player at the SureFire offices.

We’ve asked Matt a few questions to help you get to know him. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your background?
I graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2002 and took my first job teaching Industrial Arts that same year. In that time, I taught 7-12 general technology courses along with CAD, welding, metal fabrication, plastics, woodworking, residential construction, plumbing, and electricity. I continued teaching for 12 years while also managing the family farm in Atwood. In 2016, I accepted my current position at SureFire Ag Systems in inside sales.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I’ve always been a helper by nature. I feel that my job here at SureFire is to help people be successful. I really enjoy the technical side of my job. Helping customers with system configurations, diagnostics and troubleshooting presents new challenges every day.

What do you wish people knew about you that they probably don’t?
I try to be transparent.

Do you have any hidden talents or something no one knows about you?
I like to dabble in a little bit of everything. I own a fiddle but am certainly no Charlie Daniels.

Favorite Food?
I’ll try about anything I can get past my nose.

What is the best advice you were ever given?
Not sure. Growing up, I was given a lot of advice. I just recently started listening.

What does service mean to you?
In my mind, we approach service at a whole new level. Service at SureFire is unrelenting determination to make every system function as it should.

What are you most passionate about?
I think we all have a choice to either coast through life, flying under the radar OR to live life, get involved, pay it forward and try to make an impact for the good. I prefer the latter.

Who is your favorite sports team?
The one my kids are playing on.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My alarm clock – duh!

If it weren’t for our teammates such as  Matt, the SureFire Ag team wouldn’t be what it is today. We’re all committed to creating innovative and valuable solutions for ag producers across the world and supporting our customers and friends throughout the entire process, Matt is no different. Stay tuned for more SureFire Spotlights on our blog and please don’t hesitate to contact us for any sales or service needs.

 

Tap into the FULL Potential of your PRO 700 with the help of SureFire Ag!

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Raven with SureFire Ag The Raven Rate Control Raven with SureFire Ag

The Raven Rate Control Module (RCM) is an excellent rate control platform paired with the Pro700. The Raven RCM can control up to 5 products and connects to the Pro 700 over the ISOBUS system. SureFire systems are fully compatible with the RCM and SureFire supplies everything (including the RCM) for a complete system in one shipment.

Over the past ten plus years we have established ourselves as the leaders in precision application systems.  Our business strategy is to develop strategic relationships with you the dealer and become an extension of your business.  There is no one size fits all solution to fertilizer application.  We lead you in asking the specific questions necessary to develop a complete solution to fit your customers exact needs.  Raven with SureFire AgFrom simple single product applications to more complex multiple product or variable rate systems, our goal is to delight you and your customers.  When there is so much at stake it only makes sense to partner with the experts.

SureFire Ag has added a one-day training to educate dealers and customers alike on this perfect match. This training will include:

  • Introduction to the Raven RCM including SureFire’s own harnessing for this controller
  • RCM compatibility with Ag Leader and Trimble displays your customers may use
  • SureFire systems for application of liquids, including PumpRight hydraulically driven diaphragm pumps, Tower electric pump systems, Spartan Injection pumps and more.
  • SureFire ISOBUS Sentinel for row flow monitoring directly on the Pro 700
  • LiquiShift System for High Speed Planters, Prescription Applications or any other application requiring wide rate ranges

Upcoming Dealer Training Date:

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM
Location:
SureFire Ag – 4 miles North of Atwood, KS on Hwy 25.  Click Here for a location link.

Register by contacting Dora at 785-626-3670 or dora@surefireag.com.
SureFire Ag Systems will help you or your customer’s needs in fertilizer application. SureFire’s customer support is second to none; call in and talk to a real person quickly when you need help.

Can’t make this training date? No problem! Contact us, we’ll find a time that we can connect to help you or you customers better understand the unmatched power of the RCM combined with SureFire systems.

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SureFire Spotlight: Meet Levi Felzien!

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Levi Felzien - SureFire Ag

Levi Felzien - SureFire AgHelp us welcome Levi Felzien! He is the newest member of the SureFire Ag sales team and has recently been named the Inside Sales Manager of Texas. Levi’s background is in telecommunications, an industry where he worked the better part of 15 years; his electronics background will serve him well in his role at SureFire Ag.

We asked Levi a few questions and even though he’s a man of few words, here’s what he had to say:

What is your favorite part of your job?
The people I get to work with, both co-workers and customers.

Do you have any hidden talents or something no one knows about you?
I am a troubleshooter extraordinaire; I pride myself on approaching problems and issues with applied logic, it’s a specialty of mine.

What’s your favorite food?
All of the above please.

What is the best advice you were ever given?
There are always at least 2 different ways to view a situation.  Never jump to conclusions.

What does service mean to you?
Prompt, fair solutions in a timely manner.

Who is your favorite sports team?
NFL – Raiders
MLB – Yankees
NCAAFB – CU Buffaloes
NCAABB – KU Jayhawks

We are excited to have Levi on the team and we are excited for the energy he will bring to the Texas region. The entire SureFire Ag team is committed to creating innovative and valuable solutions for ag producers across the world and supporting our customers and friends throughout the entire process, Levi is no different. Stay tuned for more SureFire Spotlights on our blog and please don’t hesitate to contact us for any sales or service needs.

Fall is in the Air: Start Planning Your Fall Fertilizer Application

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Fall Fertilizer Application with SureFire Ag

Fall Fertilizer Application with SureFire AgMany of you are still focused on fall harvest, but it’s never too early to start planning your next move in farming. Experts agree, application of a fall anhydrous ammonia can be crucial for the Nitrogen necessary for your crops.

According to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Fall Nitrogen fertilizer application success can be enhanced using anhydrous ammonia and applying in late fall after soils cool to 50 degrees F and are trending cooler.  SureFire Ag’s Torpedo NH3 application system allows you to precisely apply anhydrous ammonia with unmatched capacity and distribution accuracy. The key features of this product include:

  • High capacity delivery
  • Stainless steel, fully assembled and pressure tested
  • 120 Degree slotted servo valve for precise & accurate control
  • Easily adjust the orifice on the vapor return to control excess vapor
  • Industry leading manifolds offer 1-3% row to row accuracy
  • Direct interface to most control platforms
  • Complete systems available from anhydrous tank to the ground.

Fall Fertilizer Application with SureFire AgThe Torpedo is the perfect match to ensure you are efficiently and accurately applying anhydrous during your fall fertilizer application. Click here to learn more about our Torpedo system.

Something else to consider when fall applying anhydrous is a nitrification inhibitor like NZone GL, N-Serve or any other nitrogen stabilizer that can further slow nitrification to nitrate.  Instead of adding the nitrogen stabilizer to the anhydrous tank, take control of what and when you are adding by using a Spartan injection pump.  The Spartan will allow you to inject the nitrogen stabilizer directly into the anhydrous flow before it splits to go to each row.  This method offers several benefits like:

  • Ability to variable rate your anhydrous and keep your nitrogen stabilizer product constant
  • Ability to vary the rate on your nitrogen stabilizer to match your anhydrous application
  • Ability to turn off nitrogen stabilizer for control strip
  • Keeps corrosive nitrogen stabilizers out of your anhydrous tanks to help combat rust issues

Applying anhydrous ammonia in the fall can have the benefits of spreading out the workload, and economic incentives relative to fertilizer costs.  This year when you go to the field, make sure you are equipped with a SureFire Torpedo NH3 system and a Spartan Direct Injection system to help take the headaches out of fall anhydrous application.

Want to learn more about incorporating the Torpedo and Spartan system into your fall fertilizer application? Request a FREE quote or contact us today to learn more.

SureFire Ag’s Fall 2017 Farm Show Schedule

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SureFire Fall 2017 Farm Show Schedule

SureFire Ag Fall Farm Show Schedule 2017This fall, SureFire Ag will be at three farm shows in the next four weeks.  Things start off this week with Farm Progress in Decatur, IL.  Farm Progress is the nation’s largest outdoor farm show.  More than 600 exhibitors will be showing off their newest designs to producers from the US and around the globe.  In addition to farm shows, SureFire is also spending time in the field with several producers at grower meetings across the country.

SureFire is highlighting several products which include:

  • Sentinel ISO Liquid Row Monitor
  • Marksman Precision Irrigation Injection
  • QuickDraw Max & QuickDraw Lite
  • John Deere Rate Controller 2000 – controlling 3 products
  • Case IH Pro 700 with a Raven Rate Controller and Case IH ISO rate controller
  • Spartan Direct Injection
  • Torpedo Precision NH3

Our farm show schedule is as follows:

Date Show Booth Location
August 29-31, 2017 Farm Progress Lot 310
September 12 – 14, 2017 Husker Harvest Days Lot 1032
September 12 – 14, 2017 Big Iron Farm Show Lot W18- W20
September 19 – 21, 2017 Ohio Farm Science  Lot 361

Join us for one (or more!) of these exciting farm shows to meet our SureFire team and see the latest in revolutionary agriculture, electronic, and fertilizer technology systems.

Can’t make it to one of these shows? No problem, contact us today to learn more about our products,  request a custom quote or to line up a live demonstration with one of our Territory Managers.

SureFire Fall 2017 Farm Show Schedule

 

Attention: SureFire Rolls Out a New Phone System

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SureFire Phone Number

SureFire Phone Number In a continued effort to better support our customers and meet their needs, the SureFire team has debuted a new phone system. We have upgraded to a cloud-based VoIP system which will offer our team and our customers many more features than before; most notably, it will efficiently handle the increased phone traffic coming in to the SureFire team.

As a result of the change, it’s important to note we are only using three main phone numbers for SureFire Ag and SureFire Electronics. If you have other, old numbers saved in your phones, please take a moment to update your contact list to ensure you’ll be able to reach us.

The SureFire Ag phone numbers are as follows:

  • 785-626-3670
  • 866-626-3670

The SureFire Electronics main office phone number is as follows:

  • 785-626-9326

Please note: all other SureFire Ag phone numbers have now been disabled. To reach the SureFire sales team, customer service, or for any other reason, calls must be placed to one of these three numbers.

The new phone system will allow our team advanced features to better connect and serve our customers. Team members can now check voicemail while out of the office and our organization can now more easily manage call volume.

If you have any questions or trouble contacting us via the phone system, please do not hesitate to contact us through our website. We look forward to continue serving you to the best of our ability.

Behind the Scenes: SureFire Ag’s 2017 Sales Retreat

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SureFire Ag Team Sales Retreat 2017

SureFire Ag Team Sales Retreat 2017Every year, the entire SureFire Ag sales team takes a break from our busy schedules to spend time together – team building, planning, and reflecting in order to be the best we can be for our partners, customers, and community. This year, the SureFire Ag sales team spent a few days in the panhandle of Nebraska at the historic Fort Robinson. The goal of this retreat is to discuss what went well over the last year, as well as what we can all do to make the coming year even better.

On the first day, everyone traveled to the location at Fort Robinson and a shrimp boil was prepared by Rick Heard from Dothan, AL; something we all enjoyed! After dinner, we began the meeting by studying territory reports from each Territory Manager, detailing how the year went and places for SureFire Ag Team Sales Retreat 2017improvement. Each Territory Manager also broke down their key accounts and what the SureFire team can do to support them in the upcoming year.

The following morning, the group finished up territory discussions and began a healthy discussion of our different product lines and what they offer. The team was updated on product updates and significant time was spent discussing the new systems and plans coming straight from the engineering team. Everyone is thrilled with what’s coming down the pipeline and we can’t wait to share it with our loyal customers.

That afternoon, we took a break from business for a bit of fun. Most of the group went tubing down the mighty White River. After tubing, the team was served peppercorn roasted beef tenderloin sandwiches by Mark Griffith, Man were they good!

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SureFire Ag Celebrates 10 Years in the Ag Technology Business

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Surefire Ag Leadership Team SureFire Ag Systems Founders

In August 2017, the SureFire Ag team celebrates 10 years in business. What started as a small dream by Blaine and Erin Ginther, Josh and Lisa Wolters, and Matt Wolters has turned into a reality we’re all immensely proud of. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the loyal support of our customers, dealers, and industry partners – we thank you!

SureFire Ag began specializing in providing solutions for the control and application of liquid and dry fertilizer, seed, and chemical the SureFire way. With the support from our amazing customers, our products and services have reached customers across the United States and internationally.

SureFire Ag Systems Logo

We’ve expanded our offerings to include SureFire Electronics LLC, a subsidiary of SureFire Ag, to design and manufacture wiring harnesses for SureFire Ag Systems. Together, SureFire Ag and SureFire Electronics employs 36 full-time and 7 part-time employees. Blaine Ginther, Co-Founder and National Sales Manager explains why SureFire is proud to be an employee-owned company in a recent blog– which we believe is a huge benefit to our team and customers alike.

From the beginning, our core tenant has always been to find ways to help our customers farm smarter, not harder. From simple, standard, single-product liquid fertilizer application systems, to complex, custom-designed systems, SureFire Ag is committed to helping you farm the way you want. Josh Wolters, SureFire Co-Founder and General Manager, had this to say about the past 10 years:

Here at SureFire, our busy days don’t give us much time to sit back and reflect on the past 10 years.  As I take a chance to look back this afternoon, there are a lot of different directions my mind can veer off in.  There are great successes.  I’ve met great people as co-workers, customers, vendors and other partners.  There have been failures large and small along the way.  Failure is never fun, but we have learned important lessons from our failures. 

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Shift Your Thinking… Use SureFire LiquiShift Variable Rate Technology!

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SureFire Ag LiquiShiftOne of our most popular Early Order products is the SureFire LiquiShift Variable Rate Technology. Farmers across the country have loved the opportunity this product provides to achieve their agronomic objectives without limitations. This system gives producers a mechanism to apply fertilizer to their crops with total control.

LiquiShift Variable Rate Technology provides the ability to achieve the widest range of on-the-go rate changes of any application system available. SureFire’s LiquiShift will allow for a flow increase of 6-8 times the minimum flow rate the system is configured for. In a scenario with a minimum rate of 10 GPA at 4 MPH, the maximum rate at 6 MPH would be 40-50 GPA (6-8 times the minimum rate).

Prescription Applications

You no longer have to narrow the range of your liquid prescriptions to get within the achievable range of a single orifice size. With 6-8 times flow capacity your agronomist is in the driver’s seat. When the analysis calls for 8 GPA in low-productive or areas with high residual nutrients, you will apply 8 GPA. When the analysis calls for 45 GPA in the high productive “black-soil” region of the field, you will apply 45 GPA. No longer will you be forced to over-apply in the poor performing areas.

SureFire Ag Dual Product LiquiShift

Application Rate Changes from Field to Field

Never change another orifice. LiquiShift® utilizes metering tube to achieve uniform row-to-row accuracy and automatically switches between tubes to allow dramatic rate changes from field to field. Simply set the rate in your controller and LiquiShift® automatically chooses the proper metering tube.

Speed Changes/High Speed Planters

Faster application and/or planting speeds require larger flow ranges from your liquid application system. High-speed planters designed to work at 8-10 MPH impact fertilizer flow rates by a factor 1.5-2. High-speed liquid applicators and side dress machines create a similar scenario. LiquiShift® is ideal for all of these high speed scenarios.

Want to learn more about incorporating LiquiShift into your operation? Request a FREE quote and don’t forget, order early for next year’s planting season and save!

SureFire Improves the Marksman Fertigation System with You in Mind

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SureFire Ag - Marksman System

SureFire Ag - Marksman SystemSureFire Ag released the Marksman, a custom fertigation and chemigation system, in 2016 with a couple of goals in mind.  

First, we wanted to increase accuracy by allowing you to see how much was being applied.  With the Marksman, you no longer have to draw a line on your tank, and come back in an hour to see if your tank level dropped the right amount, hoping you have applied the correct rate.  Most fertigation pumps rely on a theoretical flow based on a pump stroke setting.  The Marksman however is a systems approach with the same reliability SureFire is known for in the mobile application world.  With the Marksman, you set it and forget it.  Read more…

Order Early and Save with SureFire Ag Systems!

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Order early and save with our Early Order Program now through August 31, 2017. SureFire is offering specials on Fertilizer Application Systems for planters that will hit the field in spring of 2018.

When you are discussing your new planter, consider your fertilizer application needs at the same time. We’ll work with you to configure a system, schedule shipment in September and October and delay payment until later in the year. Ask your local SureFire Ag dealer if you qualify for the 2018 Early Order Program.

SureFire Ag Tower

SureFire Liquid Fertilizer Systems are completely compatible and have the ability to be controlled by all major Ag platforms. Why add another controller to the cab when we can simply use the controller you already own? SureFire can work with you and your technology platform to make sure that you have what you need. We will provide the correct harness depending on which platform you have; you will receive everything your system needs to be successful including a high quality braided harness that will hold up better in the difficult Ag environment.

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Winterization of Your SureFire Ag Products

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Winterization Tips for SureFire Ag Products

Winterization Tips for SureFire Ag ProductsNow that your crops are planted and (hopefully) poppin’ up in rows, it’s time to prepare your SureFire Ag products for the off-season. In this blog, we’ll discuss winterization and off-season care of all SureFire Liquid Application Systems. Taking the time to complete these steps now will not only protect your systems, but it will also make next year’s planting season start-up go as smooth as possible.

To winterize your SureFire Ag liquid fertilizer application systems, please follow these key steps before you put the system in the shed for the off-season:

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Nitrogen Deficiency? Side Dress with SureFire Ag Systems!

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Side Dressing for Nitrogen Deficient Corn

Side Dressing is a common method used to apply fertilizer after the crop has been planted.  Depending on where you live, that application might be liquid or NH3 being applied between the rows.  Either way, SureFire can provide the system to apply the fertilizer with great accuracy.

Our liquid systems feature our industry recognized PumpRight, a hydraulic driven diaphragm pump paired with our SureFire electromagnetic flow meter.  The PumpRight pump is a positive displacement pump that allows us to have a consistent flow per revolution.  Suction is no problem for the PumpRight, this self-priming pump has over 15’ of vertical lift.  It is an oil lubricated pump, so running this pump dry won’t ruin any seals.  The EMag flow meter has no moving parts, so no need to worry about taking apart your flow meter to see what got jammed in the turbine.  The EMag flow meter compensates for different viscosity fertilizers.  With a turbine meter, you should adjust the flow cal to expect consistent accuracy but most people don’t because of inconvenience.

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SureFire Ag Products Debut Across the Country!

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SureFire Ag Demo Days in California

SureFire Ag Demo Days in CaliforniaSureFire Ag Systems has teamed up with John Deere Dealers in California and Arizona to introduce our systems to markets across the country. Last week we held SureFire Demo Days where we worked with the individual dealers to train their staff on our systems and had each dealer invite key customers in to see our products for the first time. We traveled from Yuma, AZ to Yuba City, CA and were fortunate to see virtually every crop in in the Southwest.

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SureFire Ag is Hiring!

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SureFire Ag - now hiring SureFire Ag is Hiring Engineers

SureFire Ag is aggressively moving forward to create new products to drive the success of our clients in future years.

We are actively looking for applicants to fill Electrical and Computer Engineer and  Web Programmer positions at SureFire Ag. We are committed to finding the right candidates and will hold rolling interviews until the position has been filled.
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Marksman Precision Irrigation Injection System Training Workshops

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SureFire Marksman Precision Irrigation Injection

Marksman Precision Irrigation InjectionSureFire Marksman Precision Irrigation Injection from SureFire Ag is game changing technology for injecting fertilizer and chemicals in irrigation systems. Marksman provides growers, retailers, and consultants a line-up of new features not common in traditional fertigation and chemigation systems. Marksman increases accuracy, reduces labor, and provides accurate records of every application.

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Farm Smarter, Not Harder with SureFire’s Marksman

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SureFire Ag's Marksman Pivot Fertilization Technology SureFire Ag's Marksman Pivot Fertilization Technology

It’s just plain common sense to apply the field’s fertilizer and chemicals at the same time as irrigation. It cuts down on labor, time, and waste. Do just that with SureFire’s new Marksman Precision Irrigation Injection system.

This revolutionary product applies the fertilizers and chemicals needed for the crops directly through the center pivots as you irrigate. Not only does it save you a step, it increases accuracy, reduces labor, and provides complete and accurate records of every application. Marksman provides producers and retailers a complete set of features not common in most fertigation and chemigation systems.

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SureFire Ag Pressure Sensor Malfunction

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SureFire Ag - Pressure Sensor Troubleshooting

SureFire Ag - Pressure Sensor TroubleshootingSureFire Ag products employ pressure sensors in various places as a way to give you more information to ensure your application and use is in line with what you need. These sensors do not affect application, but rather, give you the information you need to determine if a change should be made to orifices or metering tubes. It is important for the sensors to provide correct readings; if you ever find the pressure sensor on your SureFire product not working use these steps to troubleshoot:

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Test Your SureFire Ag Section Valve(s) with this Guide

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SureFire Ag - Agriculture Technology for farmers

SureFire Ag - Agriculture Technology for farmers

Using section control to divide your liquid or NH3 application into sections can help save on crop inputs by turning off sections as you cross into headlands or into already-applied areas. Troubleshooting an electric valve that is not working is not difficult. With a voltmeter and a few minutes, you should be able to diagnose the problem and come up with a solution to get your rig going.

As you test the section valves on SureFire Ag products, occasionally you’ll run across one that will not turn or move. If this happens, follow this guide for steps to help you determine the problem and troubleshoot to get you back up and running.

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Is Your Application Rate Fluctuating? Remedy it with these Steps!

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SureFire Ag - JDRC 2000 Application Rate

SureFire Ag - JDRC 2000 Application RateAround the country as farmers are beginning their planting and fertilizing for spring the question sometimes comes up regarding fluctuations in the application rates as they go across the field. This could be the result of a few things. This blog will walk you through the steps to identify the cause of the bounces in rates and how to correct things to ensure you’re applying uniform product across the field.

First, some bouncing in rates occurs all the time. Many controllers don’t show this on the screen because of a feature commonly known as Rate Smoothing. When Rate Smoothing is turned on, if the actual Applied Rate is within the Rate Smoothing % bounds, the controller shows the Applied Rate as being locked on to the Target Rate. Read more…

Testing Your SureFire Electromagnetic Flowmeter

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SureFire Ag FlowMeter

Electromagnetic flowmeter on a Tower 110 system.All SureFire pumps are paired with an electromagnetic flowmeter; these devices are designed to ensure the rate of flow of fertilizer, or other product, passing through SureFire pumps is distributed at the correct flow. These meters allow for extreme accuracy and fewer problems, making them an integral component of a SureFire system. Unlike a traditional turbine-type meter, the electromagnetic flowmeter has no moving parts to wear or jam. The liquid is measured as it flows through the inner tube between two electrodes. The beauty of these flowmeters is once the meter has been calibrated, it will be accurate for any other conductive liquid, without the need for recalibration as the density or viscosity of the product changes.

In the image on the left, you can see the SureFire electromagnetic flowmeter on a Tower 110 system.

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Troubleshooting: Hydraulic Pump Won’t Turn

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SureFire Ag PumpRight hydraulic pump SureFire Ag PumpRight hydraulic pump

Help! My hydraulic pump won’t turn. If you find yourself in this situation, the SureFire Ag support team is here to help.

There are two components involved in making the hydraulic pump run—hydraulic and electric. There must be hydraulic oil going through the valve block to turn the hydraulic motor to turn the pump. In normal application mode, the PWM signal from the controller energizes the solenoid on the valve block. This causes the proportional valve that is located inside the solenoid to open, allowing hydraulic oil to flow, which turns the pump. If the pump is not turning, we must determine which part of the system is not functioning as it should. Use this guide to help you troubleshoot and check for issues. Refer to the manuals for each controller at the end of the blog for further help.

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Having Electric Pump Issues? We’re Here to Help!

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SureFire Tower 110 Electric Pump System

SureFire Tower 110 Electric Pump SystemAs you begin to get your systems in place for a successful spring planting season, some of the most common questions the SureFire Ag team receives are about electric pumps.  In order to save you time and frustration, this blog will serve to answer some of the common questions.

Whether you are using a SureFire Ag PumpRight or a Tower Electric Pump, frequently asked questions and concerns about pumps include:

EPD Flashing Light Error Codes
EPD stands for electric pump driver. It serves as the control system and operating system for your pump. If your system is operating properly, there should be a steady blinking light in the middle of the display when pumps are off. If the LED light is flashing four times, then pausing, the EPD has tripped due to a low voltage condition. Unplug the Power Supply to the EPD to reset. If the condition persists, check Power Supply cables from battery to EPD to ensure a solid connection and viable electrical path. It is best to check the voltage under load. Voltage may appear normal when the pumps are off, but if there are connection or harness issues there may not be sufficient voltage under load conditions. There should be 11-12 volts at the point where the EPD connects to the battery power harness; lower voltage could result in a flashing light error. If the voltage drops too much under a load, check all the pins and connectors for something that might be loose, corroded, or not making good contact. Be sure the power harness goes directly to the battery, as power strips may not be able to provide the current needed to run the electric pumps. Be sure the harnesses have wires of sufficient size. 6 AWG or 8 AWG will be needed, especially for longer runs. Also, when testing the system, be sure the tractor is running. The pumps will draw a battery down quickly and encounter low voltage problems.

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Pre-Season Prep – Start with Water!

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Test with Water in your pre-season preperation

Test with Water in your pre-season preperationSpring is barreling down on us and chances are you’re in the thick of pre-season prep work in order to hit the ground running for planting and fertilization. As you begin to set up and test your SureFire Ag products, we recommend you begin testing with water first.

Using water, as opposed to fertilizer, in your initial set-up is crucial to test for leaks. Depending on the system you are  running, there can be hundreds of fittings, clamps, and other potential exit points that may need to be addressed before you begin using the system in the field with product.

Tighten all hose clamps and push the tube in every QuickConnect fitting. Loose clamps or improperly seated QuickConnects may not always show up as leaks, but they can be a source of air getting into the system. Air in the system can cause unstable flowmeter readings and can contribute to check valves not holding.
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SureFire Ag is Here to Support Your Pre-Season Preparation

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SureFire Ag Supports our Products and CustomersSureFire Ag is committed to supporting our customers and products through the entire partnership. We believe in providing you not only solutions, but reliable communication and excellent service as well. Whether it is a follow up phone call or an on-site install, the SureFire team has you covered. We pride ourselves on developing relationships with our customers and strive to not only meet your expectations —but to exceed them.

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Properly Manage Your Nitrogen Application with SureFire Ag Sytems

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SureFire-NitrogenApplicaitonSystemNitrogen management in agriculture is a hot topic today. Nitrogen is being discussed from practically every perspective:

  • Lawsuits over runoff nitrogen in Iowa drinking water.
  • OSHA rules (postponed for now) that would have a dramatic effect on the anhydrous ammonia market and availability.
  • Additional knowledge from researchers, both public and private, on precisely how much and when crops need nitrogen.
  • Precision ag services using a variety of new technology, from remote sensors on drones to super accurate weather, to generate prescription maps for nitrogen application.
  • New and old nitrogen stabilizing products on the market that can provide farmers a positive return on investment while also benefiting the environment.

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The History Behind the SureFire Ag Name

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SureFire Ag Systems Founders

SureFire Ag Systems FoundersSureFire Ag team members have been traveling the country to farm shows, clinics, and training events.  We have met many new potential customers, so we thought we would introduce ourselves and give you a bit of company history. SureFire Ag Systems was founded in August 2007 by Blaine and Erin Ginther, Josh and Lisa Wolters, and Matt Wolters. At that time, GPS technology was being rapidly adopted by many farmers. Along with the GPS technology, an opportunity existed to help producers more precisely apply fertilizer, chemical, seed and other crop inputs. SureFire was created to help producers become more efficient by applying the right product, in the right place, at the right rate.

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Atwood Farmer Wins Yield Contest using SureFire Ag Systems Products

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Nathan Franklin Yield Contest winner with SureFire Ag

Nathan Franklin Yield Contest winner with SureFire AgNathan Franklin, a local Rawlins and Thomas County farmer, was recently recognized for having the highest yield in Kansas in the National Corn Growers Association annual contest with a remarkable yield of 305.8542 bushels per acre. He has entered a total of five times, beginning in 2011; this year marks the first time he won top honors.

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Direct Seed and Save with SureFire Ag Fertilizer Systems!

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SureFire Variable Rate Fertilizer with Sunflower Seeder

SureFire Ag at Cropping Systems Conference SureFire Ag Systems is heading to the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association’s Cropping Systems Conference in Kennewick, Washington January 10-11, 2017. This conference is geared towards educating farmers about reducing input costs in farming operations by networking with other progressive farmers, industry experts, and researchers on the latest technology, equipment and strategies to improve farming. SureFire Ag will be in booths 17 and 18 at the show presenting how they can do just that with our fertilizer systems. 

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See the Marksman System at the Potato Expo 2017!

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Potato Farming - SureFire Ag

Potato Farming - SureFire AgSureFire Ag is heading to the Potato Expo 2017 in San Francisco January 4-6, 2017! Bryan Gran, Regional Territory Manager of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Arizona will be manning the booth.

SureFire will be introducing one of it’s newest systems that has the potential to revolutionize the potato farming industry, the Marksman Irrigation Injection System. This automatic flow control injection system brings SureFire Ag technology proven in mobile applications, to pivot irrigation systems, effectively allowing farmers to accomplish two important tasks concurrently.

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QuickDraw Takes Flight at Aerial Spraying Event

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National Agriculture Aviation Association meeting with SureFire

National Agriculture Aviation Association meeting with SureFireMatt Wolters, SureFire’s QuickDraw Product Manager, recently attended the 50th Annual National Agricultural Aviation Association Convention & Exposition in Long Beach, California. Pilots and aerial spraying company owners from across the country attended to learn and share industry news and updates. SureFire Ag hosted a booth in the trade show and had the opportunity to demonstrate how the QuickDraw system can make aerial spray operations more efficient and accurate.

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Get Locked and Loaded for Spring!

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As you spend this winter in your shop preparing for the upcoming spring planting season, consider adding a SureFire QuickDraw Max or QuickDraw Light to your equipment lineup. This product attaches to your spraying system and dramatically increases your efficiency and accuracy in crop spraying.

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Hot Off the Press – the 2017 SureFire Ag Catalog!

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SureFire Ag 2017 Product Release Catalog SureFire Ag Catalog Product Release 2017

The SureFire Ag Product Catalog provides our customers and partners with a comprehensive look at our product lineup.  The 2017 catalog is packed full of new product lines and exciting updates; you’ll find informative descriptions of all SureFire Ag products, as well as testimonials, and information about SureFire Ag.

This publication details each of our unique fertilizer application and control systems, what they are designed for and how they can help make your operation more efficient and productive. The products in this catalog include LiquiShift Variable Rate Technology, the Sentinel Liquid Row Monitor, the Torpedo Precision Anhydrous Ammonia Systems, the Spartan Direct Injection System, and the Catalyst Micro Volume Application System

The SureFire Ag Product Catalog is completely available online. You can flip through it right now on your computer screen by clicking here. Use the options at the bottom right of your screen to switch pages and if you want to zoom in on a particular image or description, simply double-click the area you would enlarged. Please feel free to share this blog post and the SureFire Product Catalog with any friends or family who are interested.

If you’d like a printed copy of the SureFire Ag catalog mailed to you or would like a stack of them for your shop or store, please contact us. For more information any of the SureFire Ag agriculture technology systems, please contact us here.

SureFire and John Deere Look to the Future with the Rate Controller 2000

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John Deere Rate Controller 2000 with SureFire AgWith the recent introduction of the  Rate Controller 2000 and subsequent updates John Deere has made a significant upgrade to their application control systems. This new JD Rate Controller allows for control of up to 5 liquid, anhydrous, and dry products as well as seed rate control for air drills.  In total the JDRC 2000 can control up to 4 products to be documented, and a fifth product for independent control. Other advantages to the JDRC 2000 is the ability to control more implement sections, an easy conversion from Deere’s previous single product rate controller, and an improved user experience.

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What is the Real Value in an Ownership Culture?

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Surefire Ag - Experts in Fertilizer Application and Control Systems

Surefire Ag - Experts in Fertilizer Application and Control SystemsAs I sit down to write this, it has been nearly 10 years since starting SureFire Ag and four years since SureFire Electronics. You know the adage about time flying when you’re having fun. It most certainly has been fun, and challenging of course, but if I had to use one word to describe it I’d say it has been inspiring.

In the beginning, our first and foremost goal was to make a good living and raise our families in our hometown of Atwood, Kansas. As founders of SureFire we’ve all spent time away from home gaining valuable experience. I believe our roots, and those outside experiences, have given us a sense of perspective and vision. I’d like to think it’s a little bit like the pioneering spirit that our ancestors had when they settled this area, and like our fore-bearers, we are committed to building something that endures and leaves a legacy.

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Welcome to the New SureFire Blog!

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SureFire Ownership Culture - SureFire Atwood Kansas Agriculture Technology

SureFire Ag in Atwood, KS specializes in Agricultural EducationSureFire Ag has long been committed to educating our customers in order to help improve efficiency and productivity. It is our mission to provide farmers with custom, compatible and complete solutions for the application of crop inputs.  To accomplish this goal, our team has spent years doing this both in person and over the phone; but in order to further this goal, we’ve started a blog! Through this new platform, we will be sharing the valuable information and the experience we’ve garnered over the years to help our clients be better positioned to use our products and compete in this dynamic market.

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Pre-Season Preparation

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Be prepared for spring fertilizing with these Surefire tips for your fertilization system:
1. Load the tank with 100-200 gallons of water. Utilize the stationary/manual operation procedure for your controller. Allow the pump(s) to run long enough to thoroughly flush the system of any solids that may have accumulated over winter.
2. Inspect the system for any leaks.
3. Use simulated rate and speed mode to ensure the system is working correctly. Keep in mind that water is thinner and weighs less than fertilizer and will result in significantly lower pressures than when fertilizer is pumped. If not all check valves open initially, increase your simulated rate until you reach a minimum of twice the cracking pressure of your check valves. (SureFire check valves with a black cap=10 lbs, with a blue cap=4lbs)
4. Pump any remaining water from the tank, fill with fertilizer, and you are ready to head to the field.
5. For more specific information about operating your SureFire System, see our support page for your specific control platform.

Winterization

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SureFire Winterization of Agricultural Fertilization Equipment and TractorsIn order to prepare for the onset of winter and colder temperatures, please winterize your SureFire equipment by:

  1. Flush your SureFire System with sufficient water to ensure all fertilizer and/or chemical is purged. This typically requires 50 to 150 gallons of water. Ensuring that all fertilizer is flushed out will prevent salt-out and crystallization over the winter. If not flushed properly this can result in significant frustration the following spring with plugging orifices, metering tubes, filters, and cracking pumps.
  2. Circulate RV Antifreeze, or specific winterization flush solution, through the entire system. Once all of the components are full, stop pumping, leaving antifreeze in the system. The antifreeze in the system prevents seals, gaskets, and pump diaphragms from being exposed to dry winter air resulting in significantly increased life. For more information on how to run your controller while sitting still, see our support page for your specific controller.