Trimble has introduced its Field-IQ crop input control system designed to offer farmers a variety of ways to control their inputs by using the Trimble AgGPS FmX integrated display or the AgGPS EZ-Guide 500 lightbar system.
The Field-IQ system combines input control capabilities into one modular system, including map-based planter row unit shutoff for seed and liquid fertilizer, variable rate seeding, variable rate liquid fertilizer, variable rate spreading and real-time variable rate nitrogen application. The Field-IQ system reduces the need for complex calibrations—farmers can simply purchase the components they need, set up, test and begin operations.
The modular functionality of the Field-IQ system allows farmers to:
Automate Individual Row Control for Seed. Reduces overlap and overcrowding, helping growers use less seed while improving yields. Use the new, easy-to-install Tru Count Meter Mount air clutch to shut off seed row units.
Automate Individual Row Control for Liquid. Easily shut off liquid fertilizer for individual rows with new Tru Count LiquiBlock valves. These valves connect to Tru Count air clutches, sharing the same air source, allowing growers to simultaneously shut off seed and liquid.
Perform Variable Rate Application. Vary the rate of seed, granular material or liquid fertilizer application using Rawson variable rate drives to provide precise control. No lag at the beginning of a pass so seed, granular material or liquid fertilizer is applied at a steady rate at the start of each row.
Control up to 48 Sections. Automatically control planting and precise seed placement for up to 48 individual rows with the Field-IQ system.
Record Coverage and Mapping Automatically. The FmX integrated display or the EZ-Guide system records where the farmer has been and what activities have been performed, eliminating the need to manually turn on and off application and logging.
Perform Real-Time Variable Rate Nitrogen Application. The Trimble GreenSeeker optical sensing system registers the amount of nitrogen needed by the plant, then automatically prescribes the right amount of nitrogen for the sprayer to deliver it on-the-go.
Field-IQ is expected to be available in January 2010 through Trimble's Agriculture reseller network.
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