Precision guidance http://farmindustrynews.com/taxonomy/term/6411/more en Hype or hope? When cars and tractors operate themselves http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/hype-or-hope-when-cars-and-tractors-operate-themselves <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Whenever I read about autonomous cars and how they are projected to disrupt the auto market by 2025, I&rsquo;m left to wonder about the benefits of autonomous vehicles. In farm vehicles like tractors, combines, and self-propelled sprayers, I get it. Making them autonomous can reduce labor costs, make farm work easier, make crop input application more accurate, and reduce fuel costs by finding the shortest path and the tractor settings&rsquo; sweet spot.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-industry-news-blog">Farm Industry News Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/hype-or-hope-when-cars-and-tractors-operate-themselves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/hype-or-hope-when-cars-and-tractors-operate-themselves#comments Precision guidance Precision farming Precision Guidance Farm Industry News Blog Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:11:00 +0000 79081 at http://farmindustrynews.com The race to self-driving vehicles http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/race-self-driving-vehicles <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Lux Research, a company we interviewed at the <a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/technology-decision-time/future-farming">2014 Ag Innovation Showcase</a>,&nbsp;released a forecast last week for automation in cars.&nbsp; In the report,<a href="https://portal.luxresearchinc.com/research/report_excerpt/19113"> &ldquo;The $102 Billion Opportunity for Partial Automation for Cars,</a>&rdquo; Lux research analyst Maryanna Saenko evaluated the pace of automation in cars, and the opportunities it brings to automakers.</p> <p>Among her findings:</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-industry-news-blog">Farm Industry News Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/race-self-driving-vehicles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/race-self-driving-vehicles#comments Precision guidance Precision farming Precision Guidance Sensors Farm Industry News Blog Tue, 05 May 2015 18:20:00 +0000 78351 at http://farmindustrynews.com <p>Google&#39;s self-driving car / Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</p> Robotic lettuce weeder headed to Midwest crops http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/robotic-lettuce-weeder-headed-midwest-crops <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Silicon Valley startup company <a href="http://www.bluerivert.com">Blue River Technology</a>, Mountain View, CA, got a lot of press in 2013 when it unveiled a prototype robot that would go through fields of lettuce and ferret out the weakling heads, a process called &ldquo;thinning.&rdquo; Well, now it is in the news again.</p> <p>The company recently received $10 million in funding, led by Data Collective Venture Capital, to bring these robots here to the Midwest to weed row crops like corn and soybeans.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-industry-news-blog">Farm Industry News Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/robotic-lettuce-weeder-headed-midwest-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/blog/robotic-lettuce-weeder-headed-midwest-crops#comments Precision guidance Precision farming Variable rate application Farm Industry News Blog Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:06:00 +0000 70511 at http://farmindustrynews.com Leica’s SteerDirect ES offers retro-fit electric assisted steering http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/leica-s-steerdirect-es-offers-retro-fit-electric-assisted-steering <div class="node-body article-body">Leica Geosystems introduces a new retro-fit electric steering system called SteerDirect ES. The easy-to-install assisted steering system works with the majority of tractor, sprayer and harvester models without removing the steering wheel. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/leica-s-steerdirect-es-offers-retro-fit-electric-assisted-steering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/leica-s-steerdirect-es-offers-retro-fit-electric-assisted-steering#comments Precision guidance Leica Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:14:00 +0000 63221 at http://farmindustrynews.com Leica Geosystems offers Virtual Vista to monitor farm equipment http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/leica-geosystems-offers-virtual-vista-monitor-farm-equipment <div class="node-body article-body">Leica Geosystems is offering Virtual Vista, a telematics program that allows farmers to monitor equipment and field work. The telematics program connects directly to Leica mojo3D. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/leica-geosystems-offers-virtual-vista-monitor-farm-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/leica-geosystems-offers-virtual-vista-monitor-farm-equipment#comments Precision guidance Leica Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:26:00 +0000 61991 at http://farmindustrynews.com "Ride" inside the tractor cab to see Kinze's Autonomous Harvest System in action http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/ride-inside-tractor-cab-see-kinzes-autonomous-harvest-system-action <div class="node-body video-body"><p> <em>Video source: Kinze</em></p> <p> This fall, Kinze released its new Autonomous Harvest System, and farmers in the Monmouth, Ill. area tested the system out on their cornfields. The system requires no operator for the tractor that follows the combine with a grain cart.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/ride-inside-tractor-cab-see-kinzes-autonomous-harvest-system-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/ride-inside-tractor-cab-see-kinzes-autonomous-harvest-system-action#comments Precision guidance Precision farming Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:28:00 +0000 61731 at http://farmindustrynews.com Kinze’s autonomous tractor system tested in field by farmers http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/kinze-s-autonomous-tractor-system-tested-field-farmers <div class="node-body article-body"><p> The robotic system that operated on Rick Elliott&rsquo;s farm near Monmouth, Ill., didn&rsquo;t resemble a robot. Instead, it looked like a typical combine-tractor-and-grain-cart setup&mdash;except the tractor moving through the field was empty.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/kinze-s-autonomous-tractor-system-tested-field-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/kinze-s-autonomous-tractor-system-tested-field-farmers#comments Precision guidance Precision farming Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:36:00 +0000 60541 at http://farmindustrynews.com Robotic technology makes Kinze’s autonomous system work http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/robotic-technology-makes-kinze-s-autonomous-system-work <div class="node-body video-body"><p> <font face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12pt">Rhett Schildroth, product manager for Kinze, explains the equipment that is needed to make the autonomous tractor/grain-cart combo work successfully in the field. When the system comes to the market, he anticipates kits will be available for purchase to retrofit different tractors. </span></font></p> <p> <em><strong>View more videos of this revolutionary technology here:</strong></em></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/robotic-technology-makes-kinze-s-autonomous-system-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/robotic-technology-makes-kinze-s-autonomous-system-work#comments Precision guidance GPS Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:45:00 +0000 59541 at http://farmindustrynews.com Kinze unveils latest autonomous grain cart system http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/kinze-unveils-latest-autonomous-grain-cart-system <div class="node-body video-body"><p> <font face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12pt">Kinze Manufacturing introduced its latest version of its Autonomous Harvest System in an Illinois field this week. With media on hand, Kinze&rsquo;s product manager Rhett Schildroth explained the system that works without a driver for the tractor/grain-cart system. The high-tech system involves a ruggedized laptop computer that the combine driver monitors. The tractor is outfitted with sensors, radar and other equipment to make it robotic, yet safe. </span></font></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/kinze-unveils-latest-autonomous-grain-cart-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/kinze-unveils-latest-autonomous-grain-cart-system#comments Precision guidance GPS Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:17:00 +0000 59531 at http://farmindustrynews.com Driverless Kinze system reduces labor needs at harvest http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/driverless-kinze-system-reduces-labor-needs-harvest <div class="node-body video-body"><p> <font face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12pt">Kinze Manufacturing surprised the agricultural equipment industry with its new autonomous technology. Why has Kinze gone after this? Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer, says robotics help farmers fill a deepening labor need. She adds that her father John Kinzenbaw envisioned many years ago that robotics would someday come to the farm.</span></font></p> <p> <strong><em>View more videos of this revolutionary technology here:</em></strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/driverless-kinze-system-reduces-labor-needs-harvest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-guidance/driverless-kinze-system-reduces-labor-needs-harvest#comments Precision guidance GPS Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:00:00 +0000 59511 at http://farmindustrynews.com