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Technology Showcased Across the Show’s Exhibits

January 25, 2010
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director
The ever-changing precision ag industry provides many new products and services for farmers. One of the main goals of Ag Connect Expo is to showcase innovations in agriculture, and fittingly many exhibits at the show put the spotlight on precision ag innovations.
 
Here are some of those:
 
AGCO hosted a series of presentations and discussions centered on emerging technologies. Located at different stations around the company's exhibit, the presentations focused on topics such as robotic agricultural equipment, Tier 4 engine technologies and how pairing technology and machinery can save farmers in production costs.
 
Ag Leader unveils its fourth generation of display. The Integra features a 12.1” high-definition touch-screen. Its functions include year-round operation control, guidance, and steering. The Integra features built-in manual guidance, full-screen mapping, planter and application control, yield monitoring, real-time data logging and automated steering. There are multiple map views so the operator can determine the detail of data appearing on the screen. In addition, the Integra accepts up to four video camera inputs and offers an easy upgrade from Edge or InSight displays with the same plug, mounting bracket and bolt pattern.
 
AutoFarm's ParaDyme automated steering system is a full-featured system with integrated wireless and cellular communication for remote diagnostics. It features the AutoFarm patented dual-antenna roof module. ParaDyme supports WAAS, OmniStar HP/XP, and RTK differential signals and more than 350 vehicle platforms. RTK correction can also be achieved through a cellular network and the CORS networks in the area.

 
Buhler and Raven announce their partnership to outfit Versatile tractors with Raven technology. This factory-installed option is called Versatile Precision Ag Systems by Raven. It's available on the four-wheel-drive models of Versatile tractors.

 
Case IH had an interesting display in which calculated the return on investment for precision ag. Farmers could walk up to a computer screen, input details on their machinery and equipment and learn how guidance, automated steering and other technologies could pay back over their time of use.
 
John Deere paired their technology with customer education. Their elevated classroom located at their booth featured a big TV screen with a live internet connection. The connection allowed the folks at the John Deere offices in Iowa to interact with the group seated in the classroom. It's a long-distance learning lab giving John Deere mobility to take trainings anywhere.
 
Raven introduces Slingshot, which expands their connectivity, online services and hardware. It combines advanced RTK correction, high-speed internet, online services and Raven hardware for data transfer and advanced applications. The industrial-grade Field Hub receives a repeatable correction signal up to 30 miles away from the base station. The Field Hub also serves as the point of wireless data transfer from the field to the farm office. And Slingshot Online connects the vehicle's operator to the Raven support center for technical assistance.
 
TeeJet integrates guidance with real-time video on the new Matrix consoles. The Matrix 570G can support 4 video cameras, and the Matrix 840G can support 8 video cameras. The operator can switch from 3-D guidance mode to a camera's real-time feed provide what the company calls RealView, or guidance over video. Matrix consoles are compatible with AgCam cameras. The Matrix consoles also provide mapping and data collection, auto-steer ready, automatic boom section control and perspective-view guidance.

 
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 YM2000. Yield data can be transferred from the display using a USB storage device and can be analyzed using EZ-Office software.  
 

 
You can e-mail Margy Fischer at mfischer@farmjournal.com.
 

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