Each year SureFire Ag Systems opens their doors to summer interns, usually two to three college or high school students. This year we had the pleasure of working with three exceptional interns. They are Ryan Wolters (19 yrs. old) and Marvin Sanchez (19 yrs. old) of Atwood, KS, and Jace Shirley (21 yrs. old) of Oakley, KS. Cedric Green, facilitator of interns, has some kinds words to say about the three collectively. “All of our interns caught on quickly and we were able to accomplish many tasks this summer. It took less explaining from the engineers for them to be productive. This group of interns have a great work ethic and enjoy the “work hard, play hard” culture of SureFire Ag Systems.”
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.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew 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.
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.
Many 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.
The 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.
One 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).
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.
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.
Watch this short video to learn more about LiquiShift and how it can do what it does.
SureFire 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…
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.
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.
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.
SureFire 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: