In-Cab Compatibility Takes Center Stage

Last August, John Deere launched its newest in-cab solution, the 4600 CommandCenter display, which is being integrated into the equipment giant’s R7 and R8 tractors for 2014 before being moved into sprayers and other application equipment, according to Chris Batdorf, product marketing manager.

“CommandCenter is the next step in operator interface,” he says. “It works more like an iPhone or an iPad than a traditional display – there’s more swiping and intuitive design, rather than text prompts.”

Currently, CommandCenter is AutoTrac capable, but the next step for Deere’s next-gen display is integrating more precision agriculture capabilities (section control, rate control, etc.).

“We want to make a smart machine that’s ready to go straight from the factory,” explains Batdorf. “Probably the biggest thing we are hearing from our customers is ‘Hurry up and get all of the applications (on CommandCenter) because this thing is really cool.’”

In the meantime, applicators using Deere equipment can continue to deploy the GreenStar 2630 display, which Batdorf characterizes as “the current precision agriculture display of choice.”

Wireless data transfer is one task made easier via the 2630, the first display to fully leverage John Deere telematics, according to Batdorf.

“Customers with a subscription to MyJohnDeere can push as-applied data or new prescriptions straight from the machine to the cloud or the customer’s account, and vice versa — and it can be done manually or you can set it up to happen automatically once the job is finished,” says Batdorf.

GreenStar can also pull in Deere’s StarFire RTK signal, allowing for repeatable, sub-inch accuracy over a 16-mile coverage area, he adds.

This past summer Trimble launched its newest display, the TMX 2050, in Decatur, IL, at the annual Farm Progress Show. With an Android-based OS and full integration with Trimble’s new Connected Farm suite of software, the in-cab system that marketing manager Mike Martinez describes as “powerful and responsive” is primarily focused on an improved end-user experience and flexibility.

“This product is a quality, very user-friendly display and that’s really the key for us,” says Martinez. “Another important feature to consider is the system’s expandability and modularity, and that’s important because there are going to be solutions that come along that we haven’t even thought of yet, and this system can expand and grow with the times.”

Although its insides allow for many of the same capabilities of your typical mobile tablet, the display is built to withstand the rigors of daily field use, according to Martinez.

“The display is really modern looking — it’s a nice and smooth, almost tablet-like feel to it — but yet it’s field rugged,” he says. “It will handle extreme temperatures, shock and vibration and moisture, a whole lot better than putting a low-cost tablet in the cab that will maybe last half of a season.”

Meanwhile, Topcon Precision Ag is all-hands-on-deck after launching its newest precision ag display, the X14, this past February.

“The X14’s smaller screen (4.3 inches compared to the 12 inches for the X30) offers low cost manual guidance with modular upgradeability to step up to higher accuracy, all the way to RTK for the operator who wants repeatable precision with accuracy,” says Joe Robertson, product marketing manager – ag.

According to Robertson, the X14 is compatible with two popular Topcon receivers. “Teamed with Topcon’s SGR-1 GNSS receiver, the X14 provides manual guidance, coverage mapping and return to point,” he says. “And teamed with Topcon’s AGI-4 receiver/steering controller, X14 can provide high-accuracy auto steering at a lower price point.”

RTK is also an option for those seeking a higher level of accuracy. “The X14 requires Topcon’s AGI-4 receiver/steering controller to go full RTK steering,” advises Robertson. “This upgradeability is a major benefit to the ag retailer/applicator that needs higher accuracy on their operation in order to improve efficiency and reduce input costs.”

For 2014 and beyond, Topcon looks to ensure its equipment is compatible with different paint colors and brands.

“Interest in and understanding of cross compatibility seems to be a hot topic this year,” says Mike Gomes, vice president of strategic business development. “From info transfer from in-cab machines, understanding connectivity to the cloud or the need for wireless data transfer of files into the cab, Topcon has already started down this road with our MAGNET (Mobile Ag Network) product. This product enables file transfer between mobile devices such as tablet computers and our SGIS software. Connectivity to our X30 is the next step, and that is currently in testing.”

Leave a Reply

Equipment Stories

Patriot 4440 Sprayer close up
ManagementFlashing Back And Moving Forward On Spray Drift
May 3, 2016
The potential for pesticide drift remains an unavoidable feature of modern agriculture. Here, too, history repeats itself. “When Roundup debuted, Read More
Planter in Iowa
EquipmentTop 10 Twitter Pics For #Plant16
April 27, 2016
Despite some wet weather in parts of the Midwest, growers and ag retailers are working feverishly to plant this year’s Read More
Valley Irrigation Valley 8000 series on corn
EquipmentValley Irrigation Receives Environmental Stewardship Honor
April 26, 2016
Valley Irrigation has been recognized as a Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation. The Groundwater Guardian Green Site Read More
ScoutPro iPad
Precision AgWhat’s Trending In Soil Testing And Scouting
April 6, 2016
Keeping up on soil testing and scouting, especially following unusual weather conditions, can play a role in maximizing yields. Soil Read More
Trending Articles
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
Eric SfiligojMissing The Family Ties In Agriculture
April 25, 2016
By its nature, the agriculture market is cyclical. Up and down cycles come and go with a regular pattern. For Read More
HerbicidesHerbicide Resistance In Waterhemp Continues To Grow
April 22, 2016
Twenty-five years ago, waterhemp was virtually unknown to Illinois farmers. Today, the broadleaf weed blankets corn and soybean fields across Read More
Eric SfiligojBiotech Corn Drop More Economics Vs. Consumer Rejection
April 18, 2016
Since their introduction into the agricultural marketplace, biotech crops has steadily grown in acreage in the countries of the world Read More
Crop InputsBayer: 5 Reasons We Disagree With Maryland Neonic Ban
April 12, 2016
We’re disappointed that the Maryland legislature chose not to stand up for sound science and the rights of Maryland’s homeowners Read More
Corn
OpinionChallenging Global Economic Conditions Putting More Heat On U.S. Ag Retailers
April 7, 2016
There it is. That vague, slightly sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach. Things are getting weird out there. Read More
Latest News
Industry NewsHELM AGRO Adds New Marketing & Business Development…
May 4, 2016
HELM AGRO US, Inc. has announced the hiring of Troy Bettner as the company’s new Marketing & Business Development Leader. Bettner Read More
Palmer amaranth in soybean stubble
HerbicidesWSSA: Billions In Potential Economic Losses From Uncont…
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
Spray Drift
HerbicidesRoundup Ready Xtend: Silver Linings In Label Delays For…
May 4, 2016
Since 2014, Monsanto has trained more than 20,000 growers and retailers on all aspects of its new dicamba-tolerant system at Read More
Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland
Crop InputsSyngenta Board Appoints New CEO
May 4, 2016
Syngenta announced today the appointment of J. Erik Fyrwald, currently President and CEO of the U.S. chemistry distribution company Univar Read More
Crop InputsIntrexon Establishes Crop Protection Enterprise
May 4, 2016
Intrexon Corp., a leader in synthetic biology, has announced the formation of Intrexon Crop Protection (ICP), a wholly-owned subsidiary dedicated to Read More
Patriot 4440 Sprayer close up
ManagementFlashing Back And Moving Forward On Spray Drift
May 3, 2016
The potential for pesticide drift remains an unavoidable feature of modern agriculture. Here, too, history repeats itself. “When Roundup debuted, Read More
Giant Ragweed
HerbicidesSurvey Provides Insights On Giant Ragweed In The Corn B…
May 2, 2016
A new survey published in the journal Weed Science offers insights into the distribution and management of giant ragweed, a Read More
Truck dumping dry fertilizer
FertilizerFertilizer Logistics Q&A: Southern States’ Joe Wlod…
May 2, 2016
Joe Wlodkoski, Director of Agronomy Procurement, Fertilizer, Southern States Cooperative, is a 40-plus year fertilizer industry veteran. He is quite 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
West Central Dome structure
FertilizerFertilizer Logistics 2016: All Clear, So Far
May 1, 2016
After a relatively hairy early start to the spring fertilizer movement season with flooding in Louisiana and St. Louis, things Read More
BAICOR
CropLife 100BRANDT Acquires Utah Specialty Fertilizer Company
April 28, 2016
BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty ag products, has acquired a majority interest in BAICOR, L.C. BAICOR, Read More
Soybean field
Industry NewsVerdesian Life Sciences Adds Vice President Of Business…
April 28, 2016
Verdesian Life Sciences has announced the addition of Marc Treurniet to the plant health and nutrition company’s management team. Treurniet Read More
ManagementBiotech Crops Developments and Millennials
April 28, 2016
Editors Eric Sfiligoj and Paul Schrimpf talk about the latest activities in biotech crops and a major shift in the Read More
Industry NewsNachurs-Alpine, Pathway Biologic Extend Marketing Agree…
April 28, 2016
Nachurs-Alpine Solutions (Marion, OH) and Pathway Biologic (Plant City, FL) announce an extension to their exclusive marketing agreement specific to Read More
MicronutrientsCharah Add Three Warehouses For SUL4R-PLUS Fertilizer
April 28, 2016
Charah, Inc., a total solutions company providing unparalleled service and innovation for the coal-fired power generation industry, announced today that Read More
Spenser Forgey, Yahama Fortix
FungicidesIndiana Farmer Wins Arysta LifeScience FORTIX Fungicide…
April 28, 2016
Arysta LifeScience North America recently presented Spenser Forgey, a grower from Young America, IN, with a new 2016 Yamaha Grizzly Read More
Corn Field
HerbicidesNew Wilbur‐Ellis Herbicide Targets Volunteer Corn
April 28, 2016
Wilbur‐Ellis Co., a recognized leader in marketing and distribution of crop protection products, as well as precision agriculture technology, has Read More
StewardshipNRCS To Help Farmers Measure Conservation Impacts On Wa…
April 27, 2016
The USDA has announced the availability of $2 million to help farmers install edge-of-field stations that monitor water quality as Read More