In-Cab Compatibility Takes Center Stage

Topcon X14 and SGR-1 GNSS receiver
Topcon’s newest precision ag display, the X14, is compatible with the SGR-1 GNSS receiver.

With ag equipment manufacturers continuing the ever ongoing battle for the Holy Grail that is market share, in-cab computing companies are going the opposite route: making sure displays both fit across a wide variety of equipment and feature a growing array of sophisticated capabilities. The more capable and universal the machine, the current thinking goes, the better chance of getting it into an applicator’s rig and into a customer’s field.

Take Ag Leader, for example. Although the Iowa-based company isn’t launching any new display systems for this season, it continues to see widespread adoption of its flagship display, the Ag Leader Integra. According to Luke James, software sales manager, there are a couple of capabilities that allow it to shine.

“Two of the big things we continue to stress with Integra are the ability to integrate the display with our OptRx crop health sensors for variable rate nitrogen and on-the-go fertilizer recommendations, as well as the ability to generate what we call a ‘smart report’ after each job,” he says.

The smart reports — which are automatically generated .PDF files summarizing all measurable aspects of an application job (temperature, wind speed, amount and type of product and number of acres applied, etc.) — are automatically transferred onto a USB drive at the conclusion of a job and can be given to the grower-customer or any other interested party for record keeping.

Integra also boasts the ability to link into NORAC boom height control systems, as well as assisted and integrated steering options, and has an integrated lightbar.

Additionally, if the applicator using the display is a subscriber to Ag Leader’s recently released wireless data transfer service, AgFiniti, all data logged can be wirelessly transferred directly from the cab to the end recipient.

“AgFiniti has a bring-your-own-hotspot mentality where we let the customer choose whatever wireless internet source best fits them,” adds James. “You can utilize an existing data plan, or add a hotspot device or use the wireless WiFi network back at the office.”

Another key feature with AgFiniti is the remote support subscribers enjoy. “Our technical support guys, most of which come from farming backgrounds, are, in my opinion, second-to-none in the industry,” says James. “They can log right into that display anywhere in the world and troubleshoot any issues the user may be going through.”

Over at Case IH’s precision ag brand, Advanced Farming Systems (AFS), the Wisconsin-based manufacturer is integrating its latest display, the Pro 700, throughout the Case IH product line.

Within its award-winning Patriot sprayer line, the 700 boasts AccuGuide guidance capabilities coupled with AccuBoom section control, AutoBoom boom height control, as well as both variable rate and manual rate control, says Emily Treu, AFS marketing specialist. Yield mapping and monitoring are also reportedly part of the Pro 700 package.

“One of the top things we are hearing is that users like the flexibility of the display,” she says. “An operator can take the Pro 700 from their Magnum tractor in the spring, move it into the sprayer in the summer and then transfer it to the combine in the fall.”

AFS is also emphasizing the display’s data capturing capabilities and its open architecture. “At Case IH we take a producer-first approach to data: producers own the data so they should be able to use it as they see fit,” says Treu. “With Pro 700 you insert a USB drive and take all of your as-applied data and soil maps and move it into the AFS software suite, where the data can be tied to an intrinsic dollar value for the producer.

“Additionally, the fact that the Pro 700 meets the current ISOBUS standard in the market is important for users that want to continue working with other technology platforms that have served them well,” she adds.

Over at Raven Industries, the Applied Technology department is beaming after nabbing three 2014 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) AE50 Outstanding Innovations Awards, one of which singled out the Viper 4 field computer.

According to Ryan Molitor, marketing manager, the Viper 4’s high level of user interface customization is an important feature. Another is its ability to capture data in an efficient manner.

“The Viper 4 comes pre-loaded with SST’s agX database, and for custom applicators or ag retailers applying a large volume of acres that helps them tremendously to standardize their record keeping,” he says. “Another thing that we are hearing is that, yes it’s all about data management, but it’s also about capturing cleaner data and being efficient in that process, and Viper 4 does just that.”

Integration of Slingshot, Raven’s data management solution, as well as the Slingshot Application Pro­gram­ming Interface (API), is another selling point with ag retailers.

“Retailers typically already have a custom software solution that they’ve invested a lot of capital in, so Slingshot API is great because it lets one software system communicate with another,” says Molitor. “For example, one of our partners with API is SST Software, so Slingshot API can integrate seamlessly for that retailer that’s been running SST’s Summit program. We don’t want to hinder the data collection process by having to go between two different systems: everything’s integrated.”

Going forward, Molitor advises that more API integrations are in the works.

Leave a Reply

Equipment Stories

Craig Houin Sunrise Cooperative iPad
Precision AgState Of Precision Ag 2016: Gut Check Time For Value
May 31, 2016
There’s no denying that precision technologies and practices are more vibrant than ever. Equipment manufacturers have fine-tuned the hardware for Read More
fertilizer blending and storage, Top 100
BlendersCHS Dakota Expansion Features AGCO’s GSI InterSystems Handling Equipment
May 25, 2016
The continued growth of precision agriculture has increased farmer use of customized fertilizer blends best-suited for their soil conditions. Several Read More
Topcon’s X30 display with CropSpec sensors
EquipmentGPS Autosteer Systems: Product Updates From Precision Ag Companies
May 24, 2016
Throughout 2015 GPS Steering solutions continued to evolve from what was once an after-market add on, to today’s cab where Read More
Trimble TMX-2050 In-Cab Display
Eric SfiligojThe Precision Ag Revolution Continues
May 24, 2016
It’s funny how much “the first time” tends to mean to someone as they get older. I sometimes can’t recall Read More
Trending Articles
Soybean Plant closeup
Industry NewsMonsanto Rejects Bayer Bid; Open To More Talks
May 25, 2016
Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, turned down Bayer AG’s $62 billion acquisition bid as “incomplete and financially inadequate” Read More
Eric SfiligojPity The Monsanto Haters
May 23, 2016
An old saying goes thus: “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.” Given current events, there Read More
Monsanto Luling Plant
Crop InputsReport: Bayer Eyeing Monsanto For Possible Mega-Merger
May 16, 2016
Bayer AG is exploring a potential bid for U.S. competitor Monsanto Co. in a deal that would create the world’s Read More
Aerial Drone
Precision AgA Deeper Dive Into The Future Of Precision Ag
May 9, 2016
For about two decades now, through the good and the bad times, the ups and the downs inherent in agriculture, Read More
Palmer amaranth in soybean stubble
HerbicidesWSSA: Billions In Potential Economic Losses From Uncontrolled Weeds
May 4, 2016
What losses would corn and soybean growers experience if they were forced to eliminate herbicides and other control techniques from Read More
Eric SfiligojReasons For Hope In Commodity Prices
May 2, 2016
For many months now, the doomsayers have ruled the day in agriculture. Too much supply with too little demand would Read More
Latest News
Crop InputsRepar Registers New Biopesticide With U.S. EPA
May 31, 2016
Repar Corp., with headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, has developed Homobrassinolide 0.1%, a new generation plant growth promoter containing homobrassinolide, Read More
Industry NewsAligned Ag Distributors Names New VP Market Development
May 31, 2016
Aligned Ag Distributors LLC announced this morning the appointment of Tim Krueger to the position of VP Market Development. Krueger Read More
FertilizerCreating The Proper Environment For Yield Increases Wit…
May 31, 2016
Finely tuned nutrient management plans are helping farmers throughout the U.S. improve nutrient use efficiency, increase return on investment (ROI) Read More
Industry NewsJ.R. Simplot Names New Wholesale Agriculture Sales Vice…
May 31, 2016
Doug Stone will be joining the J. R. Simplot Co. as vice president, Wholesale Agricultural Sales within the Simplot AgriBusiness Read More
Adjuvants loading
AdjuvantsISAA 2016 Highlights Adjuvant Trends
May 31, 2016
Adjuvants can significantly improve the performance of crop protection products. Farmers and formulators enhance the efficacy of sprays by using Read More
Monsanto Luling Plant
Eric SfiligojWhat’s Next For Monsanto?
May 31, 2016
For the folks at Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO, it has been an eventful few weeks. Back on May Read More
Craig Houin Sunrise Cooperative iPad
Precision AgState Of Precision Ag 2016: Gut Check Time For Value
May 31, 2016
There’s no denying that precision technologies and practices are more vibrant than ever. Equipment manufacturers have fine-tuned the hardware for Read More
ManagementWashington Visit and Bayer/Monsanto Deal Update
May 26, 2016
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discusses a recent trip to DC and the latest news on the proposed pairing Read More
Fertilizer closeup in hand
Industry NewsVerdesian: Striking A Balance Between Yield & ROI
May 26, 2016
Finely tuned nutrient management plans are helping farmers throughout the U.S. improve nutrient use efficiency, increase return on investment (ROI) Read More
Crop InputsLand O’Lakes Announces Minnesota Water Quality Pa…
May 25, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski today announced a new public-private partnership to protect Read More
Soybean Plant closeup
Industry NewsMonsanto Rejects Bayer Bid; Open To More Talks
May 25, 2016
Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, turned down Bayer AG’s $62 billion acquisition bid as “incomplete and financially inadequate” Read More
Corn close up
Crop InputsArysta LifeScience Establishes Global Headquarters In R…
May 25, 2016
Arysta LifeScience has announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from West Palm Beach, FL, to Cary, NC, over the Read More
fertilizer blending and storage, Top 100
BlendersCHS Dakota Expansion Features AGCO’s GSI InterSys…
May 25, 2016
The continued growth of precision agriculture has increased farmer use of customized fertilizer blends best-suited for their soil conditions. Several Read More
ManagementAgriculture 3.5: A Bumpy Road Ahead
May 24, 2016
You may have read my article a few years ago on Agriculture 3.0, which is a term I coined to Read More
Topcon’s X30 display with CropSpec sensors
EquipmentGPS Autosteer Systems: Product Updates From Precision A…
May 24, 2016
Throughout 2015 GPS Steering solutions continued to evolve from what was once an after-market add on, to today’s cab where Read More
Trimble TMX-2050 In-Cab Display
Eric SfiligojThe Precision Ag Revolution Continues
May 24, 2016
It’s funny how much “the first time” tends to mean to someone as they get older. I sometimes can’t recall Read More
Eric Wintemute, AMVAC
Precision AgAMVAC Ups The Ante With New Precision Ag Technology
May 24, 2016
A potentially industry-changing at-plant soil treatment system from American Vanguard Corp., or AMVAC, is coming soon to large growers in Read More
Dry and Liquid Plant
CropLife 100CropLife 100 Map
May 24, 2016
The new CropLife 100 map shows the locations of each of the headquarters of the 2015 CropLife 100 retailers. The interactive Read More