In-Cab Systems Innovate, Increase Productivity

Matrix Pro 570GS, TeeJet Technologies
Matrix Pro 570GS, TeeJet Technologies

With applicators demanding new options and capabilities from in-cab computing systems, manufacturers are taking notice and trotting out enhanced solutions for everyone from the novice beginner to the seasoned precision ag enthusiast.

According to Leica Geosystem’s Harlan Little, NAFTA agriculture business manager, ease-of-use remains an immense focus going forward. “Easy installation and ease-of-use are the biggest things that retailers and growers both say they need,� he says. “And Leica Geosystems continues to offer exactly that — easy-to-install systems like the mojo3D that can be placed in a steer-ready machine in a matter of minutes. The mojo3D achieves this by offering a setup wizard that walks the user through the needed measurements to configure the vehicle.

“Leica is also making sure that our equipment is able to connect to nearly any machine out there, and we have just announced the release of the Steer Direct ES Electric Steering system that aids in adding automated steering to older units or one that does not have the hydraulic valve needed,� Little adds. “In addition, Leica has also released connection to the John Deere “R’ series tractors via the CAN connection. This allows a grower to simply plug in the mojo3D, put the antennas on the roof and go.�

Meanwhile, Ag Leader is focusing its resources on water management efficiencies at a worthy time: One year after one of the most devastating droughts in U.S. history.

“Ag Leader has entered the water management market with the release of Intellislope, a new functionality available through the Ag Leader Integra display which provides tile plow control for installing field drainage tile,� says Ag Leader Product Manager Aaron Friedlen. “Intellislope makes it simple to properly install drainage tile, leading to increased flexibility and higher yields.�

Offering three main in-cab computing platforms (Cruizer II, Envizio Pro II and Viper Pro), Raven Industries continues to tweak its systems to allow increased connectivity.

“Emphasis on interfacing and integration to all of the various Raven application control, planter, harvest, steering and Slingshot systems to allow the user to have one field computer platform that will meet their current and future farming needs is a big focus for us,� says Ryan Molitor, marketing supervisor. “In addition, we continue to invest on interface enhancements to Raven’s Slingshot system for automatic job file transfer, including remote support to help growers and applicators efficiently move data and provide support options without requiring costly trips to the field.�

Raven has also tweaked its Viper Pro and Envizio Pro II displays for enhanced control. “We’ve witnessed an increased demand for the ability to apply multiple products at the same time – helping to reduce the required number of trips through the field,� says Molitor. “In response, Raven has increased the control options on both the Viper Pro and Envizio Pro II systems, including direct injection options.�

Like Raven, Trimble currently offers three displays: The FmX integrated display, the CFX-750 display and the EZ-Guide 250 system.

“The FmX display is ideal for farmers who require high accuracy levels and enhanced functionality, the CFX-750 is ideal for broad acre and row crop farming applications with almost any crop type, field shape, or soil type, and the EZ-Guide 250 provides basic guidance functionalities,� says Mike Martinez, market manager, Trimble Agriculture Division.

With three displays currently on the market, Trimble is turning its attention to ensuring ease-of-use for its users, according to Martinez. “Trimble understands that ease-of-use is critical – especially as our precision farming functionality continues to grow.

“However,� Martinez cautions. “Operators can only keep up with so many changes, so Trimble focuses on developing both intelligent and intuitive user interfaces where set-up and use of the in-cab display is so simple and understandable that operators need very little training to get up to speed on new and existing functionality. For example, we use setup ‘wizards’ on Trimble’s CFX-750 display that guide a user step-by-step through a first-time configuration of a new feature.�

Another capability that Trimble’s customers demand is high-accuracy GNSS correction services, according to Martinez. “At the end of the day, we need to ensure we are delivering what the customer wants. An example of this is our offering of GNSS corrections services: CenterPoint RTX and the new RangePoint RTX. Customers asked for affordable high-performing correction services that could be made available anywhere in the world without the requirement to be near transmitter towers – an option that is extremely flexible to their needs.

“Trimble responded by offering two satellite-delivered options that are exclusive to Trimble users,” adds Martinez. “The CenterPoint RTX service offers 1.5 inch repeatable accuracy that is broadcast over a satellite network and is available on almost every farm in the world. And for the grower that doesn’t need a high level of accuracy, the new RangePoint RTX service offers the same high quality and reliability of the CenterPoint RTX service, but has an accuracy of 6 inches pass-to-pass – perfect for most broad acre applications.â€�

TeeJet Technologies is offering a couple of brand-new in-cab computing systems for 2013, starting with the Matrix Pro GS, an upgrade of the Matrix and Matrix Pro.

“The Matrix Pro GS introduces several new features operating on a more powerful, next-generation processor. Advanced swath control capabilities allow for automatic boom section control on sprayers equipped with offset (staggered) booms, as well as supporting automatic swath control for dry spreaders,� says Tim Stuenkel, global marketing communications manager. “With the addition of an optional pressure transducer, Matrix Pro GS provides real-time droplet size monitoring for sprayer applications, and the Matrix Pro GS continues to support all the features/upgrades offered on previous generation consoles including: FieldPilot or UniPilot assisted steering, RealView guidance over video, video camera monitoring, application mapping/ record keeping and BoomPilot automatic boom section control.�

Also new for 2013 from TeeJet is the Aeros 9040 Field Computer.

“Featuring a new, streamlined console with 8.4 inch touchscreen display, the Aeros 9040 interfaces with reliable, proven control modules to provide precision GPS guidance, auto-steering, application rate control, mapping, variable rate application, Automatic Boom Section Control (ABSC), droplet size monitoring, video camera monitoring and even wireless data transfer,â€� says Stuenkel. “Like Matrix, Aeros features an integral WAAS accuracy receiver as standard equipment with optional GPS receiver upgrades to support OmniSTAR and Network RTK signals, and is a full-featured, expandable control platform ideal for a wide range of application equipment including self-propelled sprayers and dry spreaders.”

Leave a Reply

Precision Ag Stories

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
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
Trending Articles
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
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
Latest News
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
Southern States Cooperative
Corn Field
Industry NewsTiger-Sul Names Veteran Account Manager To Lead Central…
May 23, 2016
With the continuing growth of the sulphur bentonite and precision crop nutrient industry, global agriculture firm H.J. Baker has announced that Read More
Bayer sign
Industry NewsReuters: Bayer Defies Critics With $62 Billion Monsanto…
May 23, 2016
German drugs and crop chemicals group Bayer has offered to buy U.S. seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion in cash, 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
Industry NewsCompass Minerals Hires Industry Veteran To Lead Plant N…
May 19, 2016
Compass Minerals has hired plant nutrition industry veteran Vatren Jurin to steer the company’s portfolio expansion into specialty liquid micronutrient Read More
ASMARK Retailers LIVE! Tour 2016 Group shot The Andersons
CropLife 100The Andersons Rejects Unsolicited Proposal From HC2
May 19, 2016
The Andersons, Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has rejected two non-binding, highly conditional, unsolicited proposals from HC2 Read More
glyphosate
Crop InputsWHO: Glyphosate ‘Unlikely’ To Cause Cancer
May 16, 2016
Via Reuters.com reporter Kate Kelland: The weed-killing pesticide glyphosate, made by Monsanto and widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, Read More