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January 31, 2010
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
 
 


In the Field and on the Street
Combining the popularity of street navigation with precision ag, Leica Geosystems introduces the mojoMini 3D lightbar guidance system. The mojoMini provides precision guidance in the field and comes standard with street  navigation, so the system can be transferred from tractor to tractor or to the pickup. In the field, the lightbar uses the Leica SmartAg antenna and Glide technology. The touch-screen display measures 4.3" and has guidance options including AB parallel, A+ heading, contour and pivot guidance. The system can be installed quickly with a magnetic-mount antenna, which connects wirelessly to the display in the cab using Bluetooth technology. For use on the road, the display can be moved to the vehicle for street navigation. The display has a built-in GPS receiver, so the antenna can remain installed on the tractor. The street navigation program provides turn-by-turn guidance, search for address by city, state or ZIP code and a large database of point-of-interest locations. Another feature of the display is its calculator function. Price: $1,450. For more information, visit www.mymojomini.com.



Planter Section Control Added

Building on its boom section control application, the Outback AutoMate from Hemisphere GPS now provides planter section control. Using advanced software, the system is designed for use with Outback guidance systems, including Outback S, Outback S2, Outback S-Lite, Outback S3 and Outback Sts. The planter section control system includes three customizable planter kits—one for air clutch planters and two for electric clutch planters. Section control minimizes overlaps and skips by turning planter sections on and off according to field boundaries, no-plant zones and planted areas. The Outback system provides up to 10 sections of control and eight predefined no-plant zones per job. Visit www.outback guidance.com for more.


Raven Expands

Relationship With SST Building on their alliance, Raven Industries has bought a minority ownership in SST Software Inc. This past summer, the companies announced a collaborative effort to provide farmers efficient ways to manage information. Raven high-speed modem and field computers can provide a real-time connection to SST's algorithms. The results so far include the integration of SST's AgX Platform to Raven's Viper Pro and Envizio Pro field computers. The combination of the companies' hardware and software for record keeping and data transfer will continue as the relationship between Raven and SST develops. For more information, visit www.ravenind.com and www.sstsoftware.com.



Real-Time Crop Information

Designed for use with Topcon's System 200/250 (X20) console, CropSpec is a real-time crop monitoring and application system. Topcon worked with Yara International to develop the two-sensor CropSpec technology and configuration. The sensors are mounted on the machinery cab's roof to expand the sensing range left to right across the sensing swath or application toolbar width. CropSpec uses pulsing laser diodes for its measurements of plant reflectance. The data collected determines chlorophyll content, which can be linked to nitrogen concentration in the leaf. The system allows the user to monitor in-field variability, treat on-the-go or keep data for future analysis or prescription applications. The CropSpec system operates with the VRC program (Maplink) or any of the X20 application controllers. For more information, visit www.topconpa.com.




Yield Monitoring and Mapping from Trimble
An additional season of functionality from the Trimble FmX display is now available. In addition to steering the combine, the FmX can be used for yield monitoring and mapping applications. This application connects to existing combine sensors and is compatible with John Deere 50 Series combines with flow sensors in the grain tank and 60 and 70 Series combines. The FmX yield monitoring application is also able to collect data from the Ag Leader YM 2000. When harvesting odd-shaped fields or partial swaths, the system can use the auto-cut width feature when the header is not full. Yield data can then be transferred from the display using a USB storage device and can be analyzed using EZ-Office software. Upgrade price: $995. For more information, visit www.trimble.com.






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