Tech Journal

October 4, 2010 09:22 AM

Field Checks from the Sky

F10359 autocoper

Farmers can get a bird’s-eye view of their crops, land, livestock and operation without leaving the ground with the AutoCopter. This unmanned, remote-controlled helicopter retails for $30,000 and costs about $2 an hour to operate. The high-quality digital camera capability of the AutoCopter enables farmers to survey and target precise areas with video. Precision nutrient mapping, tracking livestock, inspecting fences and examining a roof for hail damage are just a few potential farm-and-ranch applications for this device. The AutoCopter has stabilized software that allows it to hover over targeted field areas, providing a mobile aerial platform for surveillance, photography and sensor management. Learn more about this new technology at .

Tire Trends to Reach Farm Fields

F10359 SprayBib tire

As farmers look to stretch available manpower to cover more acreage, their demand for larger-scaled equipment has increased. Members of the tire industry have responded accordingly. Michelin, for one, is introducing its first VF-class tire for sprayers this year. The D speed–rated SprayBib radial tire debuts as the first and only row-crop sprayer tire to meet the Tire and Rim Asso-ciation’s very high flexion (VF) classification. The SprayBib tire flexes and runs at significantly lower air pressures. As a result, it delivers a larger footprint with more lugs
in the soil, giving the machine better traction and less slippage and farmers a better ride and the opportunity to get into fields sooner without damage. The SprayBib radial is the only high-clearance tire for sprayers that can carry 14,330 lb. at speeds up to 40 mph. The tire delivers an expected wear life of three to five years versus an industry standard of one to two years. More information on the SprayBib radial is available at

Telemetry-based Machinery Tracking
The new AgCommand vehicle-tracking system is a state-of-the-art, telematics-based data-recording tool from AGCO. The system monitors machine location, operation and efficiency on-the-go to help farmers and retailers manage their machines’ uptime, control costs and maximize operational efficiency. Telemetry-based tracking is an emerging trend in agriculture that has the potential to help managers optimize equipment performance and cover more ground more efficiently. In addition, the technology records equipment function and performance in order to identify if adjustments or repairs are needed. This makes maintenance easier to track and plan and helps to enhance machine life. Visit

Vehicle Install Kits Offer Multiple Precision Applications

The AutoFarm ParaDyme GPS System now offers Vehicle Installation Kits to match more than 500
models of tractors, sprayers, spreaders, combines and swathers. ParaDyme installation and steering kits are available across a range of ag equipment brands, with the most recent additions including bolt-on kits for any John Deere, Case IH or New Holland combine built within the past 10 years. The rollout also includes kits for additional tractor brands such as Massey
Ferguson, Fendt and Deutz.

The ParaDyme System is a single system incorporating all facets of precision farming: planter control, application control, yield monitoring, data logging and management, plus hands-free GPS steering via WAAS, EGNOS, OmniSTAR HP/XP and RTK. It is also
GLONASS-ready. With its unique factory-integrated wireless, ParaDyme offers a remote real-time service connection to the dealer in addition to optional RTK ReadyConnect, which provides RTK correction without a base station. Find more at


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