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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.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 agriculture.com 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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]