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.  [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]