Tech Journal - March 2018

March 9, 2018 02:10 PM
Case IH Defines Autonomy

Case IH Defines Autonomy

Since introducing an autonomous concept vehicle in 2016, Case IH has been evolving the technology and further defining automation and autonomy in regard to agriculture. The company has been in discussion with customers on how automation and autonomy is and can be used on their farms and is partnering with Bolthouse Farms on an autonomous tractor pilot program this year.

Because the advantages of automation vary by farm, Case IH has devised five categories for current and future technology needs (see graphic above).

The five categories start with automating specific tasks on a piece of equipment. Case IH introduced automation technology in the 1990s with AFS AccuGuide autoguidance. Today, advanced solutions include AFS AccuTurn automated headland turning technology and AFS Soil Command seedbed sensing technology.

In 2018, Case IH is collaborating with Bolthouse Farms, one of the largest carrot producers in North America, to understand how autonomous technology can be used in real-world, on-farm requirements. The pilot program will focus first on tillage, using a small fleet of autonomous Steiger Quadtrac tractors pulling a True-Tandem disk harrow or Ecolo-Tiger disk ripper. This will help evaluate autonomous machine control in a variety of tillage applications, soil types, meteorological conditions and sensing and perception activities.

Syngenta Acquires FarmShots

Syngenta has bought FarmShots, Inc., a provider of high-resolution satellite imagery on 8 million acres. The company uses cloud-based software and interfaces to create images that analyze light absorption to provide field and plant health information. The system can be used on many devices to allow access to data anywhere, anytime. It also provides a prescription map.

Syngenta plans to integrate FarmShots into its AgriEdge Excelsior. The privacy pledge that allows FarmShots growers to maintain control of data is still intact.

Mavrx Satellite Platform Now Free in U.S.
Mavrx Phone

To boost access to advanced decision support tools, the MavrxFarm platform is now available, free of charge, to farmers in the U.S. This includes access to all desktop and mobile tools and, according to the San Francisco, Calif.-based company, the country’s largest collection of agricultural satellite imagery. The available tools include:

  • Satellite imaging
  • Daily satellite-based crop health tracking
  • Management zone creation and prescription writing integrated with John Deere, SST, EFC and others
  • Mavrx Scout mobile app (iOS and Android) for tissue and soil sampling and scouting, with reporting and lab integration

Farmers seeking more granular field information can purchase premium aerial imaging services, leveraging the manned aircraft network.

With a focus on imaging and communication, Mavrx has built a platform that gives a bird’s eye look at yield, planting and equipment application data while incorporating in-season and historical satellite information.

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