Precision Planting has harnessed Apple’s iPad 2 tablet computer to provide real-time in-cab mapping of planter performance data captured by its 20/20 SeedSense monitor. The free FieldView App (application) uses the iPad as a secondary monitor and processor, as well as a mobile scouting and office computing tool, a first for agriculture, the company claims.
If you think the future of crop production means ever-wider equipment pulled by ever-bigger tractors, think again.
Self-driving so-called autonomous vehicles could change the face of crop production and resurrect machinery sizes common on farms 75 years ago. Instead of 500-hp tractors and 48-row planters, think of fleets of small power units pulling narrow implements with the combined capacity of today’s behemoths. Payoffs will include higher yields, reduced labor costs and greater overall productivity.
This is the year when autonomous vehicles will emerge from research and development tests to farmers’ fields. By harvest, Case IH, John Deere and Kinze plan to have commercialized guidance systems that allow a tractor-and-grain-cart unit to be driven without operator input while unloading combines.
In time for spring planting, Case IH will offer two new telematics products to track field machinery in real time, monitor machine operations data and transfer field application records between the field and farm office.
Continued record-breaking sales — including two in Iowa this fall that topped $16,000/acre — have heads shaking, tongues wagging and Federal Reserve officials warning of a price bubble ahead. That warning has ag economists, farm lenders and land brokers on the defensive as they explain the economics supporting today’s hot market and the risks that lie ahead.
The new entry-level Versa display from Ag Leader Technology features a full-color, 8.4-inch touchscreen, integrated guidance and steering, plus full-screen mapping, planter and application control, yield monitoring and real-time data logging.