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Rapid Access to Satellite Imagery

AgVerdict users will soon have rapid access to satellite imagery, thanks to an agreement between Wilbur-Ellis and Planet Labs. The agreement will give farmers data access within minutes instead of days through ultra-compact satellites that scan the Earth every 24 hours.

“Timely and frequent imagery will give our growers the advantage to act immediately in order to prevent problems and will help them make more efficient decisions,” explains Michael Wilbur, vice president of data services and field technology for Wilbur-Ellis.

Planet Labs operates a network of 71 satellites called Doves. “Planet Labs brings a unique capability to 
agricultural markets around the world: high frequency, good resolution and the ability to serve data at micro and macro levels,” notes Josh Alban, vice president of sales for Planet Labs. 

AgVerdict allows farmers to store their data on a cloud-based system to access from any field location. The program is available for iOS mobile devices. For more information, visit 


New Grain Tracker App

Digi-Star’s new Grain Tracker app offers farmers full operation of the GT 460 grain cart scale system from 
a smartphone or tablet. With the addition of Digi-Star’s ERM WiFi module to the GT 460 system, the new app lets producers connect wirelessly to simplify harvest work. 

Grain Tracker enables combine operators to update yield monitors and makes truck drivers aware of grain load levels. “This full feature system will allow custom harvest teams to have billing data available as they are pulling out of the last field,” says Jack Danner, Digi-Star sales manager.

After downloading the app, farmers receive a free one-year subscription to Grain Tracker Online to access harvest records from any location and on any device with Internet access. For more information, see


Precision Tech’s Combine Expansion

Ag Leader is partnering with AGCO to allow for factory-installation of Ag Leader’s yield monitoring system on 2015 Gleaner S8 Series, Massey Ferguson 9505 Series and Challenger 500E combines. Al Myers, Ag Leader’s founder, developed the first widely used yield monitor more than 20 years ago.

“We know it is increasingly important for farmers to collect and analyze yield data to use in making management decisions as it has a significant impact on yield and the bottom line,” says Roger Zielke, product manager for Ag Leader. For more details, visit 


Simplified Hardware Management

A new set of Raven support tools simplifies management of precision ag hardware. Slingshot Link lets growers and dealers send Raven Operating Software (ROS) updates wirelessly to Viper 4 field computers through a Slingshot Field Hub. The new round of updates also includes enhancements to support capabilities and diagnostic information.

“Connectivity in the field is becoming an integral part of our customers’ operations,” says Paul Welbig, general manager for Raven’s Austin Technology Center. “Sending ROS updates wirelessly will greatly simplify a previously very cumbersome and costly process.” 

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