Autosteer kit
An autosteer system for both contour and straight-line driving is now available from Outback Guidance for installation on farm equipment. The new eDrive GPS assisted steering system works in conjunction with the Outback S GPS guidance system.

The eDrive system is purchased in a kit that is specific for the tractor or sprayer model. Everything needed for the installation is in the kit, including hoses, fittings, brackets and step-by-step instructions. The company says installation should take about two hours. Learning to drive with eDrive should take only 15 minutes. The company adds that growers who already own an Outback S guidance system will learn to drive with eDrive in even less time. A complete Outback eDrive kit retails for $6,499.

The Outback S base unit with look-ahead capability allows the eDrive assisted steering system excellent pass-to-pass accuracy, even in compound curves, according to the company. Contact Outback Guidance, a division of RHS, at 800/247-3808, visit www.outbackguidance.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Wireless monitoring
Manage your grain bins, irrigation pivots and confinement buildings from your computer with a new wireless monitoring system from AgSense. AgSense is introducing WagNet (Wireless Agricultural Network) to help growers become more efficient at managing grain storage, irrigation and livestock production. WagNet includes a suite of products to remotely monitor many variables such as weather, bin conditions and an irrigation pivot's water flow.

A grower may control different operations from the computer through WagNet. For example, aeration fans may be operated if bin conditions indicate hot spots are occurring. Irrigation pivots may be started and stopped, water flow changed and soil saturation measured through WagNet. Terry Schiltz of AgSense reports the company has been working with South Dakota State University to develop irrigation monitoring products based on weather, soil conditions and water usage.

In confinement buildings, WagNet is capable of monitoring temperature, humidity and even curtain levels.

The cost of WagNet depends on the components required. For example, a base unit (receiver) that accompanies a computer retails for $500. A cable with heat sensors to monitor an 18-ft.-dia. grain bin sells for $300. Larger bins will require more than one cable.

Growers may use their computers to manage the different operations. They also may purchase an Internet subscription service that lets them access the farm's information from any Internet-connected computer. Contact AgSense, Dept. FIN, 601 Lincoln St., Huron, SD 57350, 605/352-8350, visit www.agsense.net or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.