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Mar 3 2020

Variable Rate Planting with AgFiniti

March 3rd, 2020|173|0 Comments

Variable rate planting: how can I use it? What benefits will it have to my operation? How do I write a seed prescription? We all have those “tough” spots and the “good” spots on each farm so why not treat those areas a little differently? We understand that we don’t want to plant as many [...]

Jan 9 2020

New Tech for 2020

January 9th, 2020|180|0 Comments

It's been a busy week around the HTS Ag office learning about several new product announcements from several of the vendors we have partnered with. First up, Ag Leader announced their SureSpeed system, which was co-designed with Kinze giving us a solid product that will perform very well right away. You can see the full [...]

Jan 2 2020

Precision Calendar and Checklist – A step by step guide for 2020

January 2nd, 2020|190|0 Comments

Many people think they only need to utilize precision agriculture a few weeks a year, while they are in the field running their monitors on the machinery, so I thought it would be a good time to break down things to be doing or thinking about each month of the year as we kick off [...]

Nov 7 2019

National Drone Safety Awareness week

November 7th, 2019|188|0 Comments

This year, the FAA has declared the first National Drone Safety week November 4-10. Drones have been around many industries for several years now, and just continue to increase in numbers and uses. With drones outnumbering manned aircraft in the United States, safety has to be everyone's responsibility. We thought it was worth covering the [...]

Jul 15 2019

July Crop Scouting with Drones

July 15th, 2019|176|0 Comments

Several from our team headed to Minneapolis on July 8th, and we decided what better way to understand how the crops look along the route than with a drone. We utilized a DJI Mavic Enterprise Dual and DroneDeploy software to capture some incredible panoramic views of the fields, at the approximate locations of the pins [...]

May 22 2019

10 money saving technology upgrades for less than $5000

May 22nd, 2019|210|0 Comments

In a down farm economy, upgrades are often overlooked, as the mentality is to cut costs and keep doing what you have been doing - after all, it works, right? Sometimes it is easy to overlook some very affordable upgrades that can save you money in the long run. Here is a run-down of 10 [...]

Oct 10 2018

New Planter Tech Comparison & Considerations

October 10th, 2018|172|0 Comments

There has been no shortage of planter technology to hit the market over the last several months, and although much of the technology is very beneficial, it is NOT all created equal.   High speed planters are all the buzz right now, and here is the most important piece of information I can offer - [...]

Apr 5 2018

Adam Gittins Joins CompTIA Drone Advisory Council

April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adam Gittins Joins CompTIA Drone Advisory Council Harlan, Iowa, April 5, 2018 – CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association, announced today that Adam Gittins, General Manager for HTS Ag has joined its Drone Advisory Council. Gittins brings 17 years of experience in precision agriculture, as well as several years in the drone world, including practical [...]

Sep 29 2017

Flow Sensor Inspection

September 29th, 2017|1|0 Comments

I was recently out at a combine that had some issues with a flow sensor, and made this quick video explaining some of the problems with the system. Check it out!

Jan 4 2017

HTS Ag Partners with AgriSync

January 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

  HTS Ag Partners with AgriSync   HARLAN, IA – HTS Ag will strengthen their customer connection with their recent partnership with AgriSync, a remote support mobile app. With the new partnership, AgriSync will be added to HTS Ag’s current service plans to enhance customer service by allowing real time communication between farmers and technicians. [...]

Jul 15 2016

HTS Ag partners with DJI and DroneDeploy

July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HTS Ag partners with DJI and DroneDeploy Harlan, IA - HTS Ag, a leading agriculture technology company serving Iowa and surrounding is pleased to announce they are providing sales and service for DJI drones and DroneDeploy cloud-based software.   DJI drone platforms empower you to capture images that were once out of reach. Their flying [...]

Feb 23 2016

2016 Spring Customer Training

February 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HTS Ag invites you to our 2016 Spring Customer Training! Our training in Harlan will be March 15th and our Ames training will be March 16th. Please click here to register for one of our training session. After you register you will be provided a confirmation email with more details.

Dec 14 2015

Check out the November 2015 Issue of Wallaces Farmer!

December 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our own Adam Gittins is on the cover of the November 2015 issue of Wallaces Farmer! Click here to read Grain bins with brains & Grain monitoring pays off

Sep 3 2015

Join us for HTS Ag’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Click Here to Register HTS Ag based in Harlan, Iowa is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and to commemorate this milestone we are hosting a Technology Showcase for growers and the agricultural media.   The showcase will feature leading industry experts sharing insights into what’s new in agricultural technology, plus you will be able to view [...]

Aug 11 2015

Do Cover Crops really pay?

August 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There is no shortage of articles out there right now about the benefits of cover crops, ranging from increased soil health, keeping nutrients in the soil, reduced compaction, weed control, erosion control, and the list goes on.  Here are just a few of the recent articles I have came across - feel free to read [...]

Apr 22 2015

The importance of managing your data and keeping it secure – tips to avoid data loss

April 22nd, 2015|Ag Leader, data management, HTS Ag, Precision Agriculture, SMS, software|0 Comments

With planting season now upon us, it is the time of year to be thinking about the data that you are collecting as you go across the field, as it becomes increasingly important each year to make management decisions from.  I was asked a while back what I thought was the most important data to [...]

Mar 25 2015

Auto Steer – Luxury or Valuable Tool?

March 25th, 2015|Ag Leader, auto steer, GPS, HTS Ag, Integra, Precision Agriculture, RTN|0 Comments

On this foggy overcast morning late in March, I'm sure that some of the same thoughts are racing through my mind as what many other farmers are experiencing  - mostly a mile long list of things to get done before planting, and in a flash spring fieldwork will be done and over like every other year.  [...]

Mar 2 2015

Register for 2015 Spring Customer Training

March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We would like to invite you to our Spring Customer Training Event being held in Ames and Harlan on March 18 & 19th. This is a great opportunity to get latest information on the products and services we offer as well as get you prepared for spring in order to reduce your frustration and down-time [...]

Jul 30 2014

Come see Farm Progress Show in a whole new way!

July 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HTS Ag is constantly seeking out new and innovative ways to bring value to our customers.  One of the things we are doing this year is providing rides at Farm Progress Show in Boone around the show.  We have rented 3 golf carts and will shuttle you around the show grounds free of charge!  All [...]

Feb 3 2014

Top Five Reasons to Upgrade Technology Instead of Equipment

February 3rd, 2014|Ag Leader, auto steer, automatic shutoffs, autoswath, data management, GPS, HTS Ag, Precision Agriculture, yield monitors|0 Comments

5.  Ease of use Often times we can make a piece of machinery easier to run by implementing technology.  Auto-steer is a great example of this. 4.  Compatibility Some of the older systems in sprayers, combines, and tractors are no longer compatible with today’s computer systems, making it hard or impossible to capture the data [...]

Oct 24 2013

Tablets for Agriculture

October 24th, 2013|Ayrstone, data management, Facebook, Integris Advanced Grain Management, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

With a slew of new tablets hitting the market this week from Microsoft and Apple, I thought it would be a good time to talk about how this technology can be useful for farmers. I also have to admit that I fell into the hype and got the latest from Microsoft, the Surface Pro 2. [...]

Oct 8 2013

Where did you combine this morning?

October 8th, 2013|Ag Leader, Ayrstone, combine, data management, GPS, HTS Ag, Integra, Precision Agriculture, SMS, software, yield monitors|0 Comments

I haven't had a chance to leave the office yet today, but I already have a map of where the combine ran this morning to get a sample and see how dry the beans are.  No, the combine doesn't run itself (yet).  My uncle is there and ran a couple short passes to get a sample [...]

Sep 25 2013

How does your Wifi stack up?

September 25th, 2013|Ayrstone, Uncategorized|0 Comments

As I talked about in my last post, I have been playing around with an Ayrstone Ayrmesh Hub, providing long range wireless connectivity on my farm.  This has proven to be a very cool product, giving me Wifi connectivity large distances from my house, but things weren't quite so great when I first hooked it [...]

Sep 11 2013

Wifi in Agriculture

September 11th, 2013|Ag Leader, Ayrstone, Uncategorized|0 Comments

With the recent introduction of Agfiniti (see product info here) from Ag Leader Technology, there have been some doors open into the tech world, allowing for some great technology to cross over into agriculture that we previously have not thought of using on the farm.  One of these technologies is wifi, and being able to [...]

May 13 2013

Tired of down time from not having enough satellites?

May 13th, 2013|Ag Leader, Glonass, GPS, Iowa RTN|0 Comments

I spent some time today working with my new Geosteer on my tractor, and just happened to be looking at the GPS diagnostics screen when it dropped down to 4 available satellites and the PDOP shot to 50! For those of you that aren't familiar with these numbers, we try to have no less than [...]

Apr 16 2013

Can we really have autonomous tractors?

April 16th, 2013|auto steer, Autopilot, GPS, Precision Agriculture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kinze’s autonomous project definitely got people talking and thinking, which also created a proof of concept so we know it can be done. I believe there are several stepping stones that need to happen between where we are today and widely used autonomous vehicles though. First, we need to have stable wireless communications between vehicles [...]

Apr 9 2013

Technology Tune-Up

April 9th, 2013|Ag Leader, auto steer, automatic shutoffs, autoswath, data management, GPS, HTS Ag, Integra, planter, Precision Agriculture, seedcommand, Training|0 Comments

As you get ready to head back to the field, there are some important things to consider regarding your technology used in the operation for fieldwork, so you can get the most value possible from it.  Often times you could be looking at several months since you have last used your display, so it is [...]

Jan 2 2013

Heartland Technology Solutions Spins Off Precision Ag Business

January 2nd, 2013|HTS, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Divisional growth and industry prominence prompts move to create independent organization HARLAN, Iowa – Jan. 2, 2013 – Heartland Technology Solutions (HTS), a leading managed services provider for Midwestern small to mid-sized businesses and K-12 school districts, today announced the restructuring of its precision agriculture business, HTS Precision Ag Solutions, [...]

Dec 31 2012

2012 in review

December 31st, 2012|Ag Leader, HTS, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

As we close out 2012, I wanted to take a minute to thank each and every one of our customers.  It is because of you that we are here, and we are very excited to continue to serve your precision ag needs in 2013.   We have many exciting new things ahead of us in 2013 [...]

Jul 17 2012

The Truth lies within…the data!

July 17th, 2012|crop inputs, data management, GPS, HTS|0 Comments

In case you haven't caught it in  previous posts, my goal is to use data from my farm to produce a consistant 1-2% increase to my bottom line from the data each year.  Sometimes we turn over big rocks, and find things that make a big difference all at once, but that is not my [...]

Jun 4 2012

I’m done planting, now what can the data do for me?

June 4th, 2012|crop inputs, data management, GPS, HTS|0 Comments

It never ceases to amaze me when I talk to farmers at how many get done planting, turn off their monitor, and never even bother to download the data out of it.  I think at this point I have heard every excuse in the book - "I don't need the data", "it doesn't tell me [...]

Apr 23 2012

Current GPS Issues from Space Weather

April 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The message below is from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.  We are currently experiencing a G3 Geomagnetic Storm, which is rated as Strong.   Expect wide-spread GPS outages and poor convergence of everything from WAAS to RTK, and it will affect GPS from all manufacturers.  Systems that do appear to show good signal may [...]

Apr 16 2012

So, just how accurate is that auto steer?

April 16th, 2012|Ag Leader, auto steer, GPS, HTS, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

So many times I have been asked questions about auto steer - does it really work?  just how accurate is it?  can I get rid of my planter markers?  will it work in the hills?  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I have included one below.  Let me give you a [...]

Mar 22 2012

Blow to LightSquared’s Hope

March 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sprint Nextel Corp. has canceled a network-sharing agreement with LightSquared Inc., handing billionaire Philip Falcone his biggest setback since regulators grounded the wireless venture last month. Sprint said it will return $65 million in payments it had received from LightSquared. In a separate statement, Reston, Va.-based LightSquared said the return of cash gives it "more [...]

Mar 8 2012

Will Space weather affect my GPS?

March 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I am sure most everyone has heard something today about the "largest solar flare in 5 years" to hit earth and the mass chaos that will follow.  Turns out,  a solar storm struck Earth's magnetic field early Thursday morning, delivering "a pretty good shock" but not causing any of the geomagnetic disruptions that scientists feared. We are currently [...]

Feb 24 2012

“I can’t justify that, it just won’t pay”

February 24th, 2012|auto steer, GPS, Precision Agriculture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The title of this post is a comment that I heard from a customer of mine this week, when we were discussing an auto steer system for his new tractor.  My response was, "Let's look at the numbers, and make sure that it is a good investment for your operation." So he shared some numbers from his [...]

Jan 26 2012

What about LightSquared?

January 26th, 2012|GPS, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

I am sure almost all of you have heard something about LightSquared over the past year, and I have purposefully avoided the subject on this blog until now, because I didn't feel that it was even a remote possibility.   I still have the same opinion of it, but get asked about it quite often because it has [...]

Jan 24 2012

Can variable rate planting pay?

January 24th, 2012|crop inputs, data management, GPS, planter, Precision Agriculture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This question has come up a lot to me lately - many farmers are trading planters, and the new one has hydraulic drives on it.  More accurately, the question is "can I do variable rate planting?"  The short answer is yes, but I then follow-up with a return question of what do you want to [...]

Jan 16 2012

Technology for tires?

January 16th, 2012|GPS, Precision Agriculture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I ran across an interesting article on discussing proper care for tires, with a fair bit of information about how technology is starting to be a factor with tires.  Several perspectives here, one of tire pressure monitoring and control, another from GPS control and the patterns that the tractors are driven.  A third angle [...]

Jan 12 2012

Why Hydraulic down pressure instead of air?

January 12th, 2012|Ag Leader, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

If you follow this blog, you probably remember reading a while back that Ag Leader announced the ability to tie into the Dawn Equipment Rfx hydraulic downforce control system.  The big question is, why does that matter? There are several reasons why this system reigns superior to air bags for down force, and I will cover [...]

Dec 27 2011

How do you make data pay?

December 27th, 2011|data management, software, yield monitors|0 Comments

How do you make data pay?  The data will lead you to management decisions that make a difference to your bottom line. What hybrid should I plant?  That decision is made each year on my farm by looking over the performance of the ones I have planted on each farm.  I run a number of [...]

Dec 17 2011

The Value of Data

December 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Precision Ag hardware has made tremendous strides in helping to increase efficiency, reduce costs and operator fatigue, and these things are all very valuable to any sustianable farm operation, but how are you using the data that is captured by all of this hardware?  The data being captured could easily be argued as the most [...]

Dec 12 2011

Ag Leader announces Planter Down Force Monitor and Control

December 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here is the official press release from Ag Leader, I will add my thoughts at the end - Ag Leader AnnouncesPlanter Down Force Monitor and Control AMES, IOWA,December 9, 2011 - Ag Leader Technology is excited toannounce the INTEGRA™ display will soon feature planter down force monitor andcontrol capability, allowing the display to monitor and adjust down [...]

Aug 3 2010

Harvest is almost here again!

August 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It may seem like quite a while from now, but the summer is flying by, and for me, it goes really fast from here until harvest.  First of all, we will have our annual, Pre Harvest Training sessions next week - One in Harlan, and one in Ames.  These are free to attend, but we [...]

Jul 19 2010

New Software Platform Announced from Ag Leader

July 19th, 2010|Ag Leader, SMS Mobile PC, software|0 Comments

Ag Leader announced today that their SMS Mobile software will now run on a PC.  Many have asked me if they could get SMS Mobile with a bigger screen, and this is how that is now possible.  This new software release, called SMS Mobile PC, will run on laptops, tablets, and netbooks running Windows XP, [...]

Jul 8 2010

Ag Leader announces New Features

July 8th, 2010|Ag Leader, Edge, Integra, SmartPath|0 Comments

Today Ag Leader released new firmware updates to both the Edge and Integra displays, offering some nice enhancements as well as a few new features.  I will highlight a few of them for you.First up, is the much anticipated SmartPath guidance pattern.  This is a new "drive and guide" pattern, that finally allows us a good [...]

Apr 28 2010

ASABE names Jacob Bolson as Newcomer Engineer of the Year

April 28th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

News Release The Iowa Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named its 2010 award winners. The awards were presented April 1 during the Section’s 2010 Spring Meeting, held at the Kinze Product Center in Williamsburg, Iowa. Each year ASABE’s Iowa Section recognizes members that have made significant contributions to society and [...]

Apr 22 2010

WAAS Satellite to drift off orbit

April 22nd, 2010|WAAS|0 Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says one of the two Wide Area Augmentation System geosynchronous satellites will drift out of usable orbit within the next few weeks. Intelsat told the FAA earlier that it had lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite (PRN 135), which hosts the WAAS SBAS transponder. FAA officials say they are watching [...]

Feb 11 2010

HTS honored Silver Circle Award from Trimble

February 11th, 2010|auto steer, Autopilot, Trimble|0 Comments

At the recent Trimble Annual Reseller's meeting, HTS received the Silver Circle Award for "Outstanding Sales and Invaluable Customer Service" in 2009.We are seeing a tremendous growth in the Autopilot steering systems, and I wanted to take a minute to break down the technology and its value.Autosteer in the midwest has been somewhat slow to [...]

Feb 3 2010

Greetings from the Iowa Power Farming Show

February 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A great crowd this year and a lot of interest in SureVacs and grain bin management. Stop by booth number 502 and say hi!

Feb 1 2010

Ag Leader announces new planter shutoffs

February 1st, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

For those of you that have been waiting for a solution on your pro shaft drive planters, Ag Leader now has you covered.  Their innovative new style shutoff makes installation very simple, and provides reliable and repeatable results in the field.  My experience with these in the field has been very good.  They have been [...]

Jan 29 2010

What’s New???

January 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is new in the precision ag world?  Well, it has been quite a while since my last post, as it seems like the distraction list from posting some useful information continues to grow.  I will say that my lack of recent posts does not mean that there hasn't been anything happening in the precision [...]

Nov 19 2009

New products explained – INTEGRA

November 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

With all the new products released from Ag Leader at the beginning of the month it has been quite a whirlwind of excitement and many questions have surfaced. I have decided to take one product at a time and try to explain what they can do. This also allows you to get questions asked and [...]

Nov 3 2009

Agriculture Evolved

November 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ag Leader has made a whole bunch of new product annoucements today!Intregra - This is the new display packed full of new features - bigger HD screen, camera input, on screen guidance, and autosteeringParaDyme - This is the roof array that allows for autosteering, built in cell modem for CORS network support, and this also [...]

Nov 2 2009

Big annoucement tomorrow?

November 2nd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I was just on Ag Leader's website this morning and it just pulls up a single page saying, "The Evolution is underway...Visit AGLEADER.COM tomorrow to be the first to see." I don't know what this means, and I'm not going to speculate. I am sure there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow though. [...]

Sep 24 2009

14th annual Precision Agriculture Survey is in

September 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

52% are going to invest more than $10,000 in precision technology in 2009. Even in uncertain economic times, people are spending money on technology, because they can see the effect on the bottom line. As I have said many times before, the money spent on technology will pay for itself. The other real striking thing [...]

Sep 16 2009

HTS at Husker Harvest Days

September 16th, 2009|HTS, Husker Harvest Days|0 Comments

HTS once again has a booth at Husker Harvest Days, and so far the show has been a very good one. I have talked with several farmers wanting to learn about technology, and many have needed help implementing the technology in their operation.We were also approached about the technology in our booth here (in the [...]

Aug 31 2009

Farm Progress Show

August 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It's that time of year again, and Farm Progress is kicking off this week. I always enjoy this show, because often times vendors will debut new equipment or features at this show. As always, I will post anything I hear about that is new right here on my blog. This year the weather promising, so [...]

Aug 25 2009

Data Management

August 25th, 2009|data management, SMS, software|0 Comments

So often we forget about one of the most important things in Precision Ag. Everyone talks about hardware; how much money they can save, how much easier it has made field operations. One of the most powerful tools we have available to us is actually the software. The data that is captured from each pass [...]

Aug 17 2009

Gearing up for Fall

August 17th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

All across the farming community, it is starting to happen. Machinery is getting serviced and prepared for harvest, some are trading up to a newer piece of machinery. In the process of getting everything ready, don't forget about your precision ag equipment. Spending a bit of time getting the technology ready now can ensure that [...]

Aug 10 2009

Where do I start?

August 10th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

So many times, I have been asked the question - "Where do I start with this technology, Adam?" My response is nearly always the same - simply put, it doesn't matter where you start, but the time is NOW! Precision Ag really is year round, with advances to planting, spraying, harvesting, and automated steering. The [...]

Aug 4 2009

Great week at Trimble meeting

August 4th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Last week I traveled to Alexandria, MN for the Trimble Mid Year Reseller's Meeting. Trimble has made some great strides in the precision ag arena, and I am excited to have been part of it.Trimble trained us on their new Ag 3000 cellular modem, which is used to connect to a VRS or CORS network [...]

Jul 27 2009

Customer Appreciation & Training Days

July 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are once again getting to that time of year - time to start thinking about the next busy season in the fields! To help prepare for this, HTS is once again hosting training sessions built around getting you ready for the field. This is a great chance to meet technical staff from Ag Leader, [...]

Jul 20 2009

IaRTN update

July 20th, 2009|Iowa RTN|0 Comments

Below is the lastest e-mail I received from the Iowa DOT about the RTN. Sounds like the problem is rooted pretty deeply. I disagree with the statement about "networks world-wide that are experiencing somewhat similar problems." I spoke in depth with a collegue last week running on the Ohio DOT network with none of these [...]

Jul 17 2009

A great week at the InfoAg Conference

July 17th, 2009|InfoAg|0 Comments

I have just concluded a great week at the InfoAg Conference in Springfield, Illinois. There were over 550 people in attendance this week from all over the world, and some very good information presented. I was very honored to be invited as a speaker this week, and gave a presentation about the Iowa RTN. This [...]

Jul 9 2009

Ag Leader Academy

July 9th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ground was recently broke in Ames, IA to start the building of Ag Leader Academy, a 25,000 square-foot facility dedicated to providing the ag industry with specialized, hands-on training of precision farming systems.There are never too many ways or places to learn more about the industry and the products you are using. I am personally [...]

Jul 7 2009

Iowa RTN Problems?

July 7th, 2009|Iowa RTN|0 Comments

Below is straight off the Iowa RTN website looks to me like there are some issues yet to be worked out, which relates exactly to what I have been seeing all spring running this network.(see previous post - )IaRTN users have reported having problems with initialization, frequent base changes and shot repeatability the [...]

Jun 30 2009

More Technology and Training Sessions Planned

June 30th, 2009|Facebook, Training|0 Comments

We have set the schedule for some training sessions coming up on August 5th in Harlan, and August 12th in Ames. We will have Ag Leader Technology personnel on hand presenting information and HTS will be providing lunch. We will also have tractors available for ride and drive.I have also been catching up with technology [...]

Jun 24 2009

InfoAg Conference

June 24th, 2009|InfoAg|1 Comment

This year's conference will be held July 14th to the 16th in Springfield, IL. This conference has in the past been very valuable, with some of the sharpest in the Precision Ag industry in attendance. There will be a vendor area to show products, as well as a full schedule of very good presentations on [...]

Jun 12 2009

Come see the Iowa RTN work for yourself

June 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I have had my GPS testing expanded since I finished in the field, as I pulled the system from my tractor and have sent it to central and southeastern Iowa to test in some different areas. The results have been pretty impressive, as we have seen better than expected cell signal with the system, and [...]

Jun 1 2009

Finally finished!

June 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This weekend marked the end of planting for 2009 for me, so I thought I would take a minute to recap thoughts and experiences of the testing I have been doing this spring on the Iowa DOT network as a RTK differential source for my GPS. Here is a quick recap of my equipment and [...]

May 26 2009

Rain and Technology

May 26th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Depending on the area of the country you are in, you may be somewhere between finished with planting and still trying to put on NH3. It has been an interesting spring, with weather holding up things in some places, and others having near perfect conditions. For those of you that have been following my blog [...]

May 14 2009

Mild Solar Storm Season Predicted

May 14th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I thought this was a pretty interesting article... Brings up some concerning possibilities.Mild Solar Storm Season PredictedAlthough its peak is still four years away, a new active period of Earth-threatening solar storms will be the weakest since 1928, predicts an international panel of experts led by NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center and funded by NASA. [...]

May 8 2009

What do you do?

May 8th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I came across a field today that has no cell coverage. This of course means no RTK for my testing. So what do you do?Sent from my Windows Mobile® phone.

May 5 2009

It’s so new, we’re still playing with the bubble wrap!

May 5th, 2009|auto steer, GPS, RTN|0 Comments

I thought I would take a moment to share some of my experiences about using the Iowa DOT Real Time Network on the autopilot in my tractor this spring. For those of you that don't know, the Iowa DOT put up a network of RTK base stations so that it covers the entire state with [...]

May 1 2009

Automatic shutoffs on sprayers

May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I went out this morning to work on a sprayer. Patriot sprayer and had a Raven 460 in it. After visiting with the customer a bit, he had a different idea on what he wanted the sprayer to do. We had originally discussed a Raven adapter kit - this would allow him to swap between [...]

Apr 30 2009

Air Clutch Systems Maintenance

April 30th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There has been quite a few calls lately about air clutch systems, so I thought I would try and give some tips about the systems to clear things up a bit.Below are the maintenance recommendations from the Manufacturer.Maintenance of Tru Count Air Clutch SystemAir Compressor Water resistant, Not waterproof. Keep in dry location during winter [...]

Apr 28 2009

Catching up on my blog

April 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

So, I realized something today - it has been quite a while since I have posted anything to my blog. Spring has been very good so far, but extremely busy and I haven't taken the time to write or update anything on my blog. With the recent rain, I have had a brief chance to [...]

Feb 21 2009

Customer Appreciation & Precision Ag Training Day

February 21st, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tuesday, February 24 in Harlan,and Thursday, February 26 in Ames Hands on demonstrations of the new Edge, EZ-Guide 250, Autopilot, DirectCommand and SeedCommand Get the latest updates for your equipment. Ag Leader personnel on hand Topics Include: ? SeedCommand ? DirectCommand ? GPS and Guidance ? Nh3 ? SMS Desktop and Mobile Software RSVP by [...]

Feb 4 2009

Greetings from the Iowa Power Farmng Show

February 4th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There has been a whirlwind of activity here in Des Moines with the annoucement of Ag Leader's new electric clutch, SureStop. Ag Leader has this on display in their booth here at the show.

Feb 2 2009

Ag Leader Enhances SeedCommand™ System with Introduction of Planter Clutch

February 2nd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ag Leader Enhances SeedCommand™ System with Introduction of Planter Clutch Ames, Iowa, February 2, 2009 – Today, Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the developmentof precision farming solutions, introduced the patent-pending SureStop™ electricrow clutch for row crop planters. SureStop clutches, the latest component of Ag Leader’sSeedCommand system, provide growers with a low-maintenance, user-friendly solution [...]

Jan 29 2009

2009 NEATA Conference

January 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here is one of the new technologies on display at this year's conference.

Jan 21 2009

The Game Changer

January 21st, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The FMX12. 1" Touchscreen (35% larger than old FMD) 2 GNSS Receiversoptional built in radio4 video inputs for camerasUSB portPower & Brightness keys in the backCustomizable "support" tab – dealer can put in logo and contact infoBrighter displaySolid metal housingLatest Trimble GNSS engineRTK Fix for up to 40 seconds after last correctionsBattery in Radio door-Runs [...]

Jan 20 2009

New Display from Trimble

January 20th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here it is! The game changer! I will post more on the features later as we learn more.

Jan 19 2009

Something New?

January 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I am writing this from the hotel in Denver, CO where we are preparing to attend the Trimble Annual Reseller's meeting. This has typically been the place where Trimble rolls out new products, so we are very excited for the meeting to start this evening. The weather in Denver right now is a bit confusing, [...]

Jan 2 2009

NeATA Conference Schedule Announced

January 2nd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

For those of you that don't know, NeATA stands for Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association. This is a group tied with University of Nebraska, and they do a very good job of helping to keep the industry current with their annual conference. You can read more about it in their brochure at I have found [...]

Dec 23 2008

Precision Ag pays back faster than expected

December 23rd, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here is an interesting article put together by the precision ag institute...Adopters Get Rapid Return on Precision InvestmentA recent study conducted by independent research firm dmrkynetec demonstrates that precision agriculture adopters gaining a speedy return on their technology investment.Higher crop input costs are accelerating the payback for precision agriculture technology and per acre savings on [...]

Dec 18 2008

Leap Seconds

December 18th, 2008|GPS, leap second|0 Comments

Everyone has heard of Leap Year, where we have an extra day in the calendar to keep time in sync. Did you know there are also leap seconds that are introduced at half year intervals? Leap seconds are introduced to correct time according to the earth's rotation, which is not exact from year to year, [...]

Dec 10 2008

Trimble aquires Tru Count and Rawson Control systems

December 10th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Over the past month, Trimble Navigation has aquired both Tru Count of Ames, IA, and Rawson Control Systems of Olewein, IA. Both of these companies will fall in the Ag Division of Trimble. This appears to be good for everyone involved from my standpoint, as both Tru Count and Rawson make very good products, but [...]

Nov 18 2008

Interesting article

November 18th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I stumbled across this article and thought it was interesting...Shuttle launch Will be Center Stage at UND open house FridayThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is scheduled to launch Space Shuttle Endeavour---STS-126---Friday at 6:55 p.m. Central Standard Time. The Shuttle will be carrying the UND-designed and -built Agricultural Camera (AgCam) for delivery to the [...]

Nov 12 2008

Ag Leader Announces new Display

November 12th, 2008|Edge, GPS, Precision Agriculture, yield monitors|0 Comments

In case you haven't already heard, Ag Leader announced the Edge display, replacing the long running PF series monitors. This new monitor uses the same CAN BUS technology as the Insight, and even uses the same wiring harnesses to allow for these two to be interchangeable. The Edge is a smaller version of the Insight, [...]

Nov 6 2008

IaRTN Network Update

November 6th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Below is an update from the Iowa DOT...As of the end of October, 79 of the 80 continually operating reference stations have been installed. The last station will be located on the Iowa DOT's new maintenance facility in Fairfield. This facility is under construction and the reference station installation will occur once the building is [...]

Nov 4 2008

Where did I plant that hybrid?

November 4th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

One of the pain areas that has come up during this harvest season is the moisture of the corn crop. A few of the hybrids out there have dried down pretty well, but the vast majority of the corn in the field is still pretty wet. If you have an Insight that you planted with [...]

Oct 22 2008

Harvest, Markets, and Rain

October 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I heard a report yesterday from the USDA that soybean harvest was 67% complete, but corn harvest was well behind normal. To me, that means soybean harvest is also behind as there is still 1/3 of the crop to be harvested. Anyone that has looked out their window knows today that not many soybeans are [...]

Oct 11 2008

New way to cut beans

October 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here are some skipped passes using the EZ Steer on the combine.

Oct 7 2008

Auto-Steer on a Combine?

October 7th, 2008|auto steer, combine, EZ Steer, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

Yes, I did it. I know this may sound a bit extreme, but I took the plunge and put an EZ Steer on my combine for cutting soybeans. I wasn't extremely happy with the results at first, but I also think my expectations are quite high after running an autopilot on my tractor for planting. [...]

Sep 30 2008

Combines are rolling!

September 30th, 2008|combine, GPS, Precision Agriculture, yield monitors|0 Comments

Well, here we are at the end of September and the combines are just getting rolling. What a strange year for weather! Since we are finally getting to the field, I thought I would take a moment to remind everyone of some tips and calibration hints to get the best data possible out of your [...]

Aug 21 2008

SeedCommand payback increasing???

August 21st, 2008|automatic shutoffs, autoswath, GPS, planter, Precision Agriculture, seedcommand|0 Comments

I just got back from a seed technology day, and heard rumblings of seed corn costing $300+ per bag for 2009. They had a good explaination for this, as the technology is becoming better and better, keeping us from needing to spray for certain insects, etc., but it made me think right away about how [...]

Aug 4 2008

Iowa RTN Network

August 4th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

From the Iowa DOT website..."The Iowa Department of Transportation is in the process of implementing a statewide, high-precision gobal positioning system (GPS) referencing network. The goal is to provide a system that will improve the efficiency and accuracy for all GPS users and meet or exceed the Iowa DOT’s requirements relating to accuracy, precision, reliability, [...]

Jun 11 2008

What did I plant there?

June 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

With our recent non stop supply of rain, I have spent quite a bit of time working with people on their data in SMS, as well as my own data.For those of you that don't know, SMS stands for Spatial Management System and is the mapping software that is written by Ag Leader Technology. The [...]

Jun 2 2008

Technology Buzz

June 2nd, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I just finished thumbing through the lastest issue of Successful Farming, and I was somewhat shocked at the number of articles this month about technology. Two different stories featured farmers talking about how technology has made an impact in their operations, (both of which are customers of HTS) as well as an article about the [...]

May 20 2008

Bonus for blog readers

May 20th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I thought I would lay out a bonus for anyone that reads this blog and purchased equipment from HTS. Call or e-mail us and we will send out a technician to ride along with you while you are in the field to help you better understand your system. This will be first come first served, [...]

May 16 2008

Questions Please!!!

May 16th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thank you Steve, you led me right into the next post to this blog that I had in mind.Steve posted comments about an eariler post I had made, and asked a question to me.Please, use this as a way to ask questions or send me ideas of topics you would like discussed. Odds are if [...]

May 12 2008

Is this thing planting?

May 12th, 2008|autoswath, planter, Precision Agriculture|0 Comments

Over the past few weeks as the planters started rolling, I have had several questions about when the planter starts and stops using the autoswath control from Ag Leader, so I thought I would explain how to adjust this.The Ag Leader Insight uses look ahead settings. This is simply a time measurement so that we [...]

Apr 28 2008

Strange Spring weather

April 28th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Well, on this damp evening, I am wondering if it will ever dry up enough this spring to be able to put in a crop here in southwest Iowa. As it does nearly every year, the weather will eventually cooperate, we just have to have some patience.Many people have been talking this spring about buying [...]

Apr 19 2008

How do I hook up my GPS???

April 19th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I have heard this question quite a bit recently, so I thought I would make a post about it. To completely answer this question would be a very long post, so I will target specifically to those with Ag Leader equipment as that is the largest percentage of my readers according to my poll.Ag Leader [...]

Apr 4 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

April 4th, 2008|automatic shutoffs, crop inputs, Fertilizer, GPS, Precision Agriculture|2 Comments

In the middle of this rainy evening, I was reading the latest issue of Progressive Farmer and found an article to be quite interesting. It was titled "No Quick Fix to Fertilizer Prices".I'm not going to get very deep into the article, as the title basically sums up the point I want to make.As almost [...]

Mar 29 2008

Lets Get Started!

March 29th, 2008|GPS, Precision Agriculture|1 Comment

Let me start by telling you a bit about myself. I have worked in the precision ag industry for nearly 8 years now as a combination of a technical support technician for Ag Leader Technology, and also as a precision ag consultant for Heartland Technology Solutions, or HTS for short. That is where I currently [...]