In-Cab Technology: Smarter Rides

Leica Mojo3D

Joe Robertson, communications manager for AutoFarm, explains that “both retailers and customers want control of all aspects of precision farming with a single in-cab display to eliminate cab clutter.” For instance, AutoFarm’s new ParaDyme System not only offers GPS steering from WAAS to RTK, it also provides multiple product application control, liquid/granular variable-rate application, boom height and section control, and even planter control and yield monitoring. Compatibility with other systems helps reduce the need for multiple displays inside the cab.

“In-cab computing is all about allowing the operator in the cab to be the most efficient and productive as possible,” says Cyndee Smiley, John Deere AMS senior product manager. John Deere’s GreenStar displays allow users to control flow rate, automatically turn boom sections on and off, and use automatic guidance applications.

Rich In Features

As technology and operators needs continue to evolve, so have their requirements. Driver requests have led manufacturers to continue developing and improving a number of features, including:

Input cost control. Asset and resource management is more important than ever as farm operation size and input costs continue to rise, says Smiley. John Deere’s AgLogic System provides fleet management logistic features tailored to the commercial application industry, helping increase completed acres per day while decreasing input costs. Swath Control Pro goes one step further, automating boom section on/off controls.

Reduce driver fatigue. Automated features also help the driver through long days. For example, the touch functionality of Ag Leader Technology’s Integra and Edge displays “automate routine and tiresome tasks like adjusting the boom height and controlling the boom section on/off state, reducing the physical strain on the driver through the course of a day,” says John Howard, Ag Leader product manager.

Both Ag Leader displays include a full-featured, integrated on-screen guidance lightbar with perspective view and a real-time coverage map. The new Integra features a 12.1-inch touchscreen with high-definition mapping.

Steering and guidance. For those seeking advanced guidance features, Leica Geosystems recently introduced its mojo3D, a rugged 7-inch touch screen display that incorporates Leica’s Glide technology for improved guidance when using the WAAS correction signal. It can be used as a manual steering guidance screen or attached to a mojo Glide or mojo RTK console for automated hands-free steering, says Harlan Little, Leica ag business manager, NAFTA.

Leica’s other new monitor, the mojoMINI, has a simple 4-inch screen that provides manual field guidance; the driver chooses the type of navigation.

Topcon offers AES-25 electric steering kits. These “maximize steering performance in a variety of farm vehicles,” says Rod Haarberg, North American sales manager.

Reports and documentation. Pro­grams are evolving that allow drivers to automatically generate application reports for recordkeeping and customers, saving time in the office at the end of the day. Included in that group are John Deere’s GreenStar displays and Ag Leader’s Integra display.

Wireless. There’s a general push towards moving data wirelessly, in both machine-to-machine communication as well as transmitting data from the field back to the office and vice versa.

Kristin Tilus, marketing coordinator for Raven‘s Applied Technology Division, says: “Ag retailers have asked for a streamlined approach to the way data is managed, and we’re able to achieve that goal by backing our field computers with the AgX platform” from SST Software via a strategic alliance between the two companies. Raven’s new Slingshot allows retailers — whether the driver is in the middle of a job or sitting idly — to browse the Internet, transfer prescription maps and job data between the field and the office instantly, remotely access the field computer, and observe where all their different vehicles are.

The company’s Field Hub will give aerial applicators the same Internet access and file transfer capability.

Trimble Navigation offers EZ-Sync software — a component of the company’s Connected Farm system — that adds wireless connectivity between the field and home office throughout the entire growing cycle. “Information flows seamlessly between your mobile handheld device, your precision ag display on your vehicle, and to your office for easy-to-use recordkeeping and reporting solutions,” says Ian Harley, business unit director for Trimble Agri­cultural Information Management.

John Deere’s AgLogic system, using an in-cab PDA, connects the field to the office using telematics technology, says Smiley. The logistics system automates the cycle by dispatching work orders and associated files directly to the field and sending completed work order information back in real-time.

Machine Capability Ramped Up

Application sprayer and spreader manufacturers also offer features to make in-cab computing more compatible with their machines. For example, the Case IH Patriot sprayers may now be equipped with the Case IH Viper Pro field computer, says Ken Lehmann, marketing manager, Case IH Application Division. The Viper Pro offers wireless Inter­net capability, allowing in-cab transfer of data between the office and the sprayer, and as-applied maps can be immediately sent to the office for report generation and billing. Users can also access crop sensing technology, weather reports, driving directions, and service support wirelessly.

AGCO is releasing its AGCOM­MAND system this month. “AGCOM­MAND is actually a telemetry product that doesn’t have a computer in the cab,” says Marlin Melander, technical marketing specialist, AGCO Corp.

With AGCOMMAND, the dealership manager can track the location and information transmissions of his application machines and tenders/trucks in real-time; staff can even receive a notice when a truck is returning. The initial release — Standard Plus — will be available for RoGator and TerraGator applicators, which are already AGCOMMAND-ready. Standard Plus will be used for vehicle location as well as vehicle usage. AGCOMMAND Advanced, which will be available later this year, will tap into the vehicle so managers can monitor and record engine and tranmission functions, water temperature, oil pressure, and more.

Leave a Reply

Precision Ag Stories

EquipmentWhat Does FBN’s Latest Attempt At Disintermediation Really Mean For Ag Retailers?
February 6, 2017
When Farmer’s Business Network (FBN), the Silicon Valley-based ag data startup that promises to leverage all kinds of on-farm data Read More
Farmobile Dashboard Heat Map
Precision AgFarmobile’s EFR Dashboard Brings Real-Time Metrics To The Coffee Table
January 1, 2017
Farmobile is one of many data start-ups that we’ve been closely observing with a sense of keen curiosity since they Read More
Mike Stern
Precision AgClimate Corp. CEO Talks Retailer Support For Digital Ag
December 1, 2016
CropLife Magazine’s sister publication, AgriBusiness Global, recently sat down with Mike Stern, CEO of The Climate Corp., following the Monsanto subsidiary’s Read More
Precision AgTrimble Debuts End-to-End FMIS Platform
November 28, 2016
October’s inaugural PrecisionAg Vision Conference left this author with many thoughts and things to ponder in the coming months. Probably Read More
Trending Articles
Farmer and aptop
Matt Hopkins10 Warning Signs Your Website Is Grossly Outdated
February 8, 2017
Your Website is often a visitor’s first impression of your ag retail business. A positive first impression can set the Read More
AgriSync
Matt Hopkins17 Agriculture Apps That Will Help You Farm Smarter In 2017
December 9, 2016
Ag professionals are working smarter, not harder, than ever before. Smart farming technologies have enabled them to reduce costs, maximize Read More
R4023 Sprayer, John Deere
CropLife 100Ag Retail Equipment Report: The Green Party Continues
December 7, 2016
In the annual race for sales in the ag retail equipment marketplace, the color schemes for participants are a little Read More
Mike Stern
Precision AgClimate Corp. CEO Talks Retailer Support For Digital Ag
December 1, 2016
CropLife Magazine’s sister publication, AgriBusiness Global, recently sat down with Mike Stern, CEO of The Climate Corp., following the Monsanto subsidiary’s Read More
Precision AgTrimble Debuts End-to-End FMIS Platform
November 28, 2016
October’s inaugural PrecisionAg Vision Conference left this author with many thoughts and things to ponder in the coming months. Probably Read More
CHS Primeland
CropLife 100The 2016 CropLife 100 Report: Reviewing The Many Bulls And Bears Impacting This Year’s Marketplace
November 28, 2016
For virtually all of 2016, the nation was wholly focused on the big Presidential election. Some folks aligned themselves with Read More
Latest News
Soybean Plant closeup
HerbicidesRegional Listening Sessions Give Farmers A Voice In The…
February 27, 2017
Both scientists and regulators have had a lot to say about the growing problem of herbicide resistance and how weed Read More
Greystone Construction built the tension membrane fertilizer storage building (left) and steel seed treater building (right)
CropLife 100Pinnacle Announces Successful Exchange Offer Results An…
February 27, 2017
Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC has announced today the early tender results of its previously announced offer to exchange (the “Exchange Read More
IEI Barge Fertilizer Potash Port Terminal
EquipmentLegacy Building Solutions Receives Design-Build Merit A…
February 27, 2017
When IEI Barge Services needed a building capable of storing and loading fertilizer, they turned to Legacy Building Solutions to Read More
ManagementSouth Africa Update and the New New Leader G5
February 24, 2017
Editors Eric Sfiligoj and Dan Jacobs discuss the recent visit to South Africa by sister magazine AgriBusiness Global and the Read More
Fall Creek Watershed
StewardshipUpdate: Nutrient Stewardship In Indiana Requires Cool, …
February 24, 2017
Update: The application deadline for NCRS funding has been extended to March 17, 2017. Green leaves sparkle in the sunlight. Trees Read More
Greenleaf Technologies TADF03-D Dual Fan Nozzle
NozzlesSix Greenleaf Nozzles Approved For XtendiMax With Vapor…
February 22, 2017
Greenleaf Technologies has announced that six of its TurboDrop D Series nozzles have been approved for use with Monsanto’s XtendiMax Read More
Winter Wheat
Industry NewsTiger-Sul Hires Manitoba And Eastern Canada Account Man…
February 22, 2017
Tiger-Sul, a global leader in sulphur fertilizers and crop performance products, has announced that sales veteran Trevor Loewen has joined Read More
NFMS 17 Hagie Sprayer
Eric SfiligojThe Read From Louisville: Uncertain
February 22, 2017
By the time this column appears across the country, the annual Commodity Classic will be in full swing. This means Read More
SprayersApache 1000 Series Sprayer Earns 2017 EquipmentWatch Hi…
February 21, 2017
ET Works has been named a winner in the 2017 EquipmentWatch Highest Retained Value Awards program, the industry’s only award Read More
Measuring Bulk Tanks
StewardshipMeister Media Among 2017 Award Winners Presented By The…
February 21, 2017
The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) held its annual conference in San Diego, CA, earlier this month where three awards were Read More
John Reifsteck
CropLife 100GROWMARK’s Reifsteck Earns NCFC Director Of The Y…
February 21, 2017
GROWMARK Chairman of the Board and President John Reifsteck has earned the prestigious Director of the Year Award from the Read More
Roy Blunt
LegislationARA Recognizes Blunt, Heitkamp For Legislative Efforts …
February 17, 2017
Agricultural industry continues to face federal regulatory challenges. Thankfully, agriculture’s allies in the U.S. Senate stepped forward. The Agricultural Retailers Read More
LegislationThe Fertilizer Institute Commends Senate On Confirmatio…
February 17, 2017
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President Chris Jahn issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Read More
Trump, Senate, Cabinet
LegislationBREAKING: Trump EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Confirmed by S…
February 17, 2017
Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various Read More
ManagementFebruary Road Trip Edition
February 17, 2017
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discuss their recent visits to Indiana and Kentucky. Read More
Heritage Cooperative Finished Building Aerial
ManagementHeritage Cooperative, Agland Co-op Approve Merger
February 17, 2017
Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative stockholders have both approved the merger agreement between Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative. Now begins Read More
LegislationARA Fly-In: Ag Retail Descends on Capitol Hill, Lawmake…
February 15, 2017
More than 100 agricultural retailers, distributors and suppliers headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning for the Agribusiness Congressional Fly-in, according to a Read More
Untreated soybean seed Heartland Coop
Seed/BiotechMarrone Bio Innovations, Groundwork BioAg Bio-stacked M…
February 13, 2017
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. and Groundwork BioAg, Ltd have announced successful seed treatment field trials of the world’s first all-biological Read More