David Hest

Articles by David Hest
IAS enhances iPad-based seed monitoring system

Intelligent Agricultural Solutions (IAS) has updated software driving its Wireless Blockage Monitor to enable it to simultaneously monitor seed and fertilizer delivery by air seeders.

Precision Planting launches iPad monitor application 4

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.

Future of farming: smaller power units, narrow implements 15

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.

New driverless tractor, grain cart systems coming this year 6

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.

Case IH introduces AFS Connect telematics suite

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.

Corn Belt farmland prices hit record levels
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.
A look at new telematics offerings for 2012 4
Telematics tools are becoming standard equipment on new tractors, combines and other ag machines.
Ag Leader adds Versa display
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.
Same Deutz-Fahr enlists Topcon for precision ag products
Topcon will develop a line of precision ag products for SDF tractors and combines under an agreement announced in September.
RTK correction signal options doubled in last two years
The network of RTK systems now offers growers in a sweet spot over the central Corn Belt a half-dozen more options for acquiring correction signals for their navigation systems.
Leica introduces mojoXact RTK upgrade option
Leica has a new real-time kinematic option for use with the mojo3D guidance display.
Future of precision agricultural sprayers
A new spraying system can vary rates and manage particle size.
New variable-rate sprayer nozzles speed up sidedressing nitrogen 10
Sprayer nozzles designed for variable rates allow growers to sidedress nitrogen at faster speeds. Greenleaf Technologies offers the TurboDrop nozzle, and SprayTarget offers the Hi-VeriFlow 1 nozzle.
GPS industry vs. LightSquared continues 2
The war of words between LightSquared and the GPS industry continues, with each side putting its own spin on the meaning of a technical report submitted to the FCC.
CrescoAg offers precision farming data management tools
CrescoAg is offering new crop decision and risk management tools to held farmers handlt the large amount of data created from precision farming technologies.
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