System Monitors Planting Accuracy
Farmers make every effort to ensure that seed corn and soybeans are precisely planted. According to John Deere, the new SeedStar XP system takes planter monitoring to the next level to help accomplish that job. When paired with the GreenStar 2 family of displays (GS2 2600 display or the entry-level GS2 1800 display), the SeedStar XP monitoring system can provide more information about the planting process to the operator in the tractor cab. Specific information about how the planter is performing enables the operator to make needed adjustments for implement optimization. Integrated planting technologies for better asset utilization and ease of use are just part of what this new system provides. For more information, visit www.johndeere.com.
Field Mapping Services
Agribusiness companies are tapping into the value that field mapping services, through GPS-enabled equipment, provide to corn and soybean farmers.
Pioneer Hi-Bred now offers a program called FIT Services to help growers analyze product performance and crop inputs as well as make better-informed management decisions to get the most from each acre.
The service is based on data recorded by a producer’s yield monitor. After harvest, growers can take advantage of the FIT mapping service to review customized, complimentary harvest yield maps. The maps indicate which areas of a field might need more management attention, such as trouble spots with poor drainage.
In addition to harvest mapping, Pioneer offers other value-added, precision ag-based tools for customers through its sales force. To learn more about FIT Services, talk to a local
Pioneer sales professional or visit www.pioneer.com.
Dedicated RTK Service
MyWay RTK LLC introduces the first independent, open-technology RTK (real-time kinematic) network designed for the specific needs of agriculture. Using a cellular/Internet connection, producers can access the high-accuracy RTK GPS signal up to 25 miles from a base station without using proprietary precision farming hardware or software. The signal eliminates the need to be located within line of sight of the base station as well as other issues related to weather conditions that can affect networks. The technology provides a strong enough signal to use for operations that require sub-inch accuracy. MyWay RTK’s open architecture works with any equipment that uses industry-standard GPS protocols. Learn more about the service at www.mywayrtk.com.
Strategic Partnership Announced
Jacto Inc. and Raven Industries announce a strategic partnership in which Raven will be Jacto’s precision ag partner for factory-installed components and the precision ag supplier for its global dealer network. Branded as Otmis, the Raven precision products offered by Jacto will include GPS guidance, assisted steering and automatic section control.