Illinois Farmer Says Auto Steering Really Pays

Kurt LawtonGeneral

I came across a new blog called ‘The Latest Dirt’ by Illinois farmer Jamie Walter who posted a video and his response to the question… “Does guidance/autosteering really pay?” His answer? A resounding YES! By using GPS, we can dramatically improve efficiency.  It allows us to reduce overlap, increase speed and decrease operator fatigue.  This saves a bunch on inputs … Read More

Precision Technology and Resistant Weed Control

Kurt LawtonData Collection, Education, Spraying, Weed control

Growers who battle herbicide-resistant weeds can effectively use precision farming technology to make better decisions and save money, according to John Fulton, Auburn University extension biosystems engineer in a recent story by Southeast Farm Press. Scouting remains an important factor to help insure that a grower is making the most informed decisions possible, says Fulton. “Whether it’s you the grower … Read More

New Variable-rate Field-IQ Control System

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Fertilizer, Guidance, Planting, Software, Spraying, Trimble

Trimble offers a new Field-IQ system that controls and monitors seed and fertilizer delivery capabilities to enhance variable-rate functionality. The Field-IQ system pairs seamlessly with the guidance capabilities of the Trimble FmX integrated display or CFX 750 touch screen display, which both run Trimble’s unique overlap detection technology. Farmers using the Field-IQ crop input control system for seed placement have … Read More

Can’t Beat Personal Precision Farming Software Training

Kurt LawtonAg Leader, Data Collection, Insights Weekly, Planting, Software, Variable rate

Had the pleasure this week of talking to a great guy, George Ropp of RCMS Consulting, who is 74 years young and still helping farmers—use computer software, no less. Ropp, of Van Wert, Ohio, decided to get into GPS work after retiring from the county extension service in the early 1990s. “I started grid soil sampling fields for the local … Read More

Connected Farm Gets New Functionality

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Equipment, GPS, Guidance, Trimble

Farmers and retailers can track the location of their vehicles with Trimble’s Connected Farm solution, thanks to new Farm Works Dispatch software and its new DCM-300 modem. The additional functionality provided by a Dispatch service plan offers farm managers a visual tool for organizing fleet movement to save fuel costs and increase equipment efficiency. Through email alerts and on-screen maps, … Read More

NCGA Social Media Webinars Start January 20

Kurt LawtonEducation, Farmers, sustainability

Precision communications pays, too. Learn how to help promote your farm, your agriculture, using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. These tools can truly help communicate the importance of what we’re doing, and it’s vitally important that we know how to use them, properly and regularly. Throughout 2011, the National Corn Growers Association will hold a series of hourly webinars … Read More

Raven Slingshot Expands Connectivity and Software Integration

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Data Collection, Software, Standards

Bridging the connectivity between in-field data collection and existing office software has just become more simple with Raven’s Slingshot API. Building upon the Slingshot suite of wireless products and services, including RTK correction, data transfer, remote support, high speed internet access and more, the Slingshot API is designed to bridge the information gap between activity in the field and existing … Read More

Topcon and DICKEY-john Form Alliance

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Displays, Guidance

Topcon, which recently launched its new System 350 that features the new all-in-one X30 control console and its AGI-3 receiver for autosteering, has formed a strategic relationship with DICKEY-john. DICKEY-john, based in Auburn, Illinois, serves the agriculture, off-road equipment, public works and analytical instrumentation industries worldwide. They will be adding Topcon’s revolutionary X30 machine control display as a next-generation console … Read More

Iowa Power Farming Show Ready for 56th Year

Kurt LawtonAg Leader, Education, Events, Fertilizer, Guidance, Insights Weekly, Retailers, Software

The fourth largest indoor farm show in the country is prepping for it’s 56th annual show in Des Moines, Ia., on February 1-3. It continues to break attendance records now for seven years in a row, with around 19,000 attendees spread out among six floors in the three buildings that comprise the Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Exhibit Hall, Wells Fargo … Read More