The Kinze Autonomy Project

Melissa Sandfort

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. unveiled an innovative solution to increase productivity on the farm—the Kinze Autonomy Project. The technology, which is the first of its kind in row crop production worldwide, utilizes autonomous agricultural equipment to complete many tasks on the farm with minimal direct human input. As a project more than two years in the making, Kinze performed extensive obstacle …

Equipment, technology

Raven Talks Connectivity and Software Integration at InfoAg

Cindy Zimmerman

It was obvious at the recent InfoAg Conference that developing industry standards, data sharing capability, connectivity and software integration are the hottest topics in precision ag technology right now. In this edition of the Precision.AgWired.com Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we hear from Kelby Kleinsasser, director of Ag Information for Raven Industries and chairman of the Precision Ag Council …

Ag Leader, Audio, InfoAg, Raven, Software, technology

Pioneer Adds FIT Studio

Melissa Sandfort

Pioneer Hi-Bred unveils FIT® Studio, an extension of Pioneer FIT Services. This new comprehensive mapping software provides Pioneer sales professionals another tool to help growers get the right product on the right acre. FIT Studio, an addition to current Pioneer services – FIT Field Planner, FIT As-Planted Maps and FIT Mapping at Harvest – offers powerful new, map-based functionality, including …

Software, technology, Variable rate

Trimble Acquires MyTopo For Outdoor Enthusiasts

Melissa Sandfort

Trimble announced that it has acquired privately-held MyTopo based in Billings, Mont. MyTopo is a leading provider of print and digital maps for outdoor enthusiasts. The acquisition expands Trimble’s ability to offer unique map content and new outdoor-centric products while simultaneously enhancing its popular mobile apps—Trimble Outdoors, AllSport GPS, Geocache Navigator, Cabela’s Recon Hunt, and Backpacker GPS Trails. MyTopo offers …

Apps, technology, Trimble

Alltech Launches Farming Film Festival

Cindy Zimmerman

Alltech is looking for videos that tell the story of how game changing innovations are helping farmers feed the world. The Kentucky-based animal health and nutrition company has announced the first ever “Farming Film Festival,” offering a $2,000 grand prize. Following the theme of the Alltech 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium, The Game Changers, video submissions should …

Farmers, technology, Video

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 …

Equipment, Guidance, technology

Precision Agriculture Applications for California Growers

Melissa Sandfort

Pitney Bowes Business Insight announced that Britz-Simplot LLC, the largest, full-service agricultural retailer and wholesaler of fertilizers, seed and other applications in California, is leveraging Pitney Bowes Business Insight’s mapping and location intelligence technology to strengthen its precision agriculture business. As growers face increasing industry challenges, such as budget constraints, environmental concerns and compliance regulations, Britz-Simplot turned to Pitney Bowes …

Data Collection, Regulation, technology, yields

John Deere Introduces FarmSight

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere introduced a new “integrated suite of solutions” at the 2011 Commodity Classic today, called John Deere FarmSight. The comprehensive program is designed to meet farm and business needs for today and the future, according to FarmSight director Jerry Roell. “The John Deere FarmSight global suite of solutions uses integrated, wireless technology that links the equipment, owners, dealers, and …

Commodity Classic, John Deere, technology

An Extra Harvest Each Year

Melissa Sandfort

A new biocatalyst platform designed for hydroponic systems has been proven in recent tests to speed up crop growth enough to allow an extra harvest each year. Chesapeake Greenhouse, LLC lettuce hydroponic farm in Maryland recently completed a trial testing of BiOWiSH-Hydroponic — a revolutionary water treatment solution that helps increase nutrient availability, improve plant vigor, and stimulate microbial activity …

Research, technology