New Online Tool Helps Growers Manage Insects

Talia Goes

Growers can now easily identify and manage insects while in the field using smart phones and tablets with a new online tool developed by Oregon State University and partners. Last year, if a grower found a glob of frothy, white foam smeared on a patch of young alfalfa hay, one option was to comb through 600-plus pages in a three-ring …

Fourth New GPS Satellite in Orbit

Cindy Zimmerman

The fourth new GPS IIF satellite was deployed earlier this month, providing even greater navigational accuracy for all users, including farmers using the latest precision technology. The U.S. Air Force GPS satellite built by Boeing was successfully launched May 15, carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Launch Vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. According to the …

A New Guide of Fungicides

Talia Goes

A new publication designed to help farmers make fungicide-related decisions is now available through Purdue Extension. The guide, Fungicides for Field Crops, was edited by specialists from five universities and printed by the American Phytopathological Society. The full-color publication includes photos and covers all aspects of fungicide use, including different modes of action, how to use them in various crops …

Field Staff for Ag Leader Machine Guidance Support

Chuck Zimmerman

Ag Leader’s Machine Guidance Support Supervisor, Jordan Dittmer, wants you to meet their field support techs. The Machine Guidance Support Group is now up to three field support technicians. They are located in key areas of the US to best support Ag Leader’s growing needs in the field. Seth Schrader is the seasoned veteran of the group located in Northeast …

AutoFarm Introduces GeoSteer Auto-Steering Solution

Melissa Sandfort

AutoFarm introduced the latest addition to its industry leading auto-steering portfolio called GeoSteer at the AgQuip show in Gunnedah, Australia. AutoFarm is proud to offer a single antenna product, GeoSteer, to complement its widely acclaimed dual antenna system, ParaDyme. With the addition of GeoSteer to its steering family, AutoFarm provides solutions that not only demand premier performance but also offer …

Raven Releases 50+ New Steering Kits in a Year

Cindy Zimmerman

Raven Industries has released over 50 new steering kits in the last 12 months with the latest evolution of the company’s SmarTrax platform, something we learned quite a bit about at the recent Raven Innovation Summit. Tim Heins, product manager for steering and guidance, says they have coverage for over 300 different models of machines. “One of the challenges when …

Now Available: Leica mojoXact and product features for the mojo3D and SteerDirect

Melissa Sandfort

Leica Geosystems released the Leica mojoXact, the new high accuracy upgrade option for the Leica mojo3D guidance display, as well as further features for the Leica mojo3D and Leica SteerDirect. The new features include an improved look and feel, better product usability, more accuracy options and an increased coverage of Leica SteerDirect vehicle support. Leica mojoXact The latest RTK upgrade …

AGCO Introduces Precision Steering for Windrowers

Melissa Sandfort

AGCO is pleased to bring the AES-25 Accurate Electric Steering Wheel and the System 150 automated steering system to the market for use on select self-propelled windrowers from Hesston by Massey Ferguson and Challenger. These auto-steering products provide hay and small-grains producers with the most accurate and simple-to-operate assisted steering available in the industry for self-propelled windrowers. Field demonstrations show …

Precision Potato Farming Aims at Sustainability

Kurt Lawton

Precision agriculture is playing a much larger role in helping potato growers become more sustainable, according to a recent story in Spudman. Bruce Crapo, a grower of 6,000 acres of commercial potatoes and 2,000 acres of seed potatoes in Idaho, is a good example of how the average potato farmer looks at precision agriculture – he uses technology to reduce …

ParaDyme Auto Steer System Adds GLONASS Signal

Kurt Lawton

If tree lines or other obstacles sometimes cause dropped signals, you may benefit from the Russian global navigation satellite system (GLONASS) that Ag Leader’s ParaDyme automated steering system will now support. “The main advantage GLONASS capability will offer ParaDyme users is longer run-time without losing signal due to coverage interruptions or low GPS satellite availability,” says GPS and Guidance Product …