Rugged Handheld Mobile PC With GPS

Kurt Lawton

Continuing coverage of InfoAg 2009 conference here at also includes some news updates from our sponsor, Ag Leader Technologies. One of the products that jumps out at you in their booth is the bright orange rubberized SMS Mobile Field PC—which looks tough enough to play football with in the rain and mud. Seriously though, it truly can withstand field …

Ag Leader, Audio, Equipment, GPS, InfoAg

InfoAg Speaker Promotes Fertilizer BMP Needs

Kurt Lawton

Encouraging all farmers, not just the technology adopters, to use precision fertilizer Best Management Practices (BMPs) was the theme of an opening session talk by Clyde Graham, VP of Strategy and Alliances with the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. Speaking at the bi-annual precision agriculture InfoAg conference in Springfield, Ill., today, Graham cited the importance of a global 4Rs BMP effort with …

Audio, Education, Fertilizer, InfoAg, International, Software, sustainability, University

Precision Guidance In Central California

Chuck Zimmerman

I’ve had the opportunity to work on a project for John Deere that involves their new utility tractors and vehicles this year called the Drive Green Utility Tractor Show. During the course of the project I’ve visited John Deere dealers and show stops where these new tractors have been displayed. This has included a number of ride and drive opportunities …

Audio, John Deere

Raven Helps Growers Work Smarter

Cindy Zimmerman

Smart is the key word for Raven Industries’ precision agriculture products. SmartBoom, SmartRow and SmartSteer were the newest products on display for growers visiting the recent Commodity Classic trade show. “SmartBoom will shut your sprayer sections off automatically,” said Raven’s Ryan Molitor. “SmartRow is the same box, you just switch out a cable and it works for the planter sections.” …

Audio, Equipment, Events

Trimble and Tru Count Increase ROI

Cindy Zimmerman

At the 2009 Commodity Classic recently, Trimble Navigation was helping growers see how precision provides them with a good return on their investment. Sid Siefken with Trimble says guidance by itself makes a grower more efficient, but Trimble’s acquisition of Tru Count late last year has increased a grower’s ROI. “Tru Count does the automatic row shutoff systems for corn …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Equipment, Events, GPS, Software, Trimble

New Holland Teaches Precision Land Management at Classic

Chuck Zimmerman

You could go to school and learn about precision land management in the New Holland booth at this year’s Commodity Classic. Mike Harvey was teaching when I stopped by. He says the mobile teaching trailer provides a place for growers to see their monitors and even operate a simulator. The trailer can be configured in various ways and is also …

Audio, Commodity Classic, New Holland

Make Plans for Agritechnica

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives from the world’s largest agricultural machinery exhibition were talking with farmers at the Commodity Classic in Grapevine, Texas this week about planning a visit to Hanover, Germany in November. Agritechnica, which is held every odd year, attracts 340,000 attendees from all over the world to visit more than 2000 farm machinery exhibits. This year the event is scheduled for …

Audio, Equipment, Events, Farmers, General, Industry News

Precision Spraying Pays Environmental Benefits

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Industry News will be holding a “Precision Technology for Sprayers” seminar at the National Farm Machinery show Friday afternoon – the last in their series of seminars at the show. Several companies, including John Deere, will be giving presentations on their technology at the seminar. Kim Fletcher with Deere’s Ag Management Solutions gave me a preview of her presentation …

Audio, Conservation, Equipment, Industry News

RowSense Makes Sense

Cindy Zimmerman

A new sensing system on corn heads called AutoTrac™ RowSense™ allows precision guidance to be used on combines that are harvesting corn. “The biggest benefits to the grower include less operator fatigue,” said John Deere combine product specialist Steve Sporrer at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville this week. “We’re also on the row more consistently and it’s an …

Audio, Equipment