US —Mathews Co. (M-C), a family-owned global manufacturer of grain dryer equipment, has launched its newest grain dryer product line, the Fusion Series. 

The Fusion Series includes familiar features such as a welded base, Pinnacle 20|20 controls, and M-C Trax remote monitoring and control which enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the grain drying process. 

The Pinnacle 20|20 is a PLC-based control system with a large customizable touchscreen that has remote connectivity for operational monitoring and control, and intuitive troubleshooting and help features.  

M-C Trax, on the other hand, allows users to monitor and control critical dryer functions remotely from anywhere in the world. 

The Fusion Series also incorporates exclusive mixed-flow features such as M-C’s exclusive SmartFlow Technology and M-C’s proprietary high-efficiency stainless steel and cast aluminum burners, to further enhance the efficiency of the grain drying process. 

Because the Fusion Series is expandable, another benefit of the design is that it offers independent plenum temperature control for maximum grain quality, operational flexibility, and energy savings. 

First-year production models will be making their debut later this fall just in time for the 2021 harvest; full production is currently being planned for early 2022. 

“Available in six models with drying capacities ranging from 605 – 1,750 bushels per hour (5-point moisture removal while running in heat and cool mode), this product offering should fit well into the operation of most producers’ needs,” M-C said in a statement. 

Argentine farmers to ditch soybean for corn

Meanwhile, in Argentina, grain farmers are mulling ditching soybean farming in favor of corn, which under current price scenarios offers higher expected returns, and has proven more drought tolerant in recent years. 

Rent increases by Argentine farm landlords seeking to cash in on the high prices of soybean have also made farmers seriously consider shifting to corn as these rent increases (if realized) will likely reduce profitability for farmers. 

In light of the current trends in Argentina, Post has reduced its projected soybean planted area by 100,000 hectares to 17.5 million hectares, subsequently reducing total expected production to 51.2 MMT, 0.8 MMT lower than USDA official. 

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