Technology Corner

Technology Corner

Who Will Drive the Autonomous Revolution in Ag?

As our staff prepares for the 2016 Farm Progress Show, I’m always particularly interested in seeing what precision innovations companies unveil. It’s worth following the evolution of new technologies, some of which succeed as mainstream systems, while others are perhaps ahead of their time. One concept which falls in the latter category is autonomous equipment.
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2nd Precision Farming Dealer Summit Announced

This January 9-10 in St. Louis, will present a new opportunity for precision farming retailers to gather at the 2nd Precision Farming Dealer Summit. The intimate event will feature networking and idea sharing through general sessions, panel presentations and dealer-moderated roundtable discussions.
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Deere Tops GPS Use List Among Strip-Tillers

The benefits of precision farming translate to multiple farming practices, but strip-till is often cited as a system in which technology is essential. Banding nutrients beneath the soil surface and accurately planting into a fertile seed bed are cornerstones of strip-till, enhanced by a reliable guidance technology.
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Dealers Target Precision Growth Needs

As farm equipment dealers continue to emphasize areas of opportunity, precision growth remains a priority for many. So what areas are dealers targeting as long-term precision profit centers?
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FAA Finalizes Flight Plan for Small Drones

With the agricultural industry in somewhat of a holding pattern for broad use of unmanned aerial vehicles, the Federal Aviation Administration this week finalized its much-anticipated rule for commercial use of small unmanned drones. The new regulations are set to take effect in late August and provide more detailed, and in some cases, less restrictive requirements for flying UAVs.
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Kubota Dealers Plan Precision Hiring Increase

At the pinnacle of the precision farming boom, technology specialists were in high demand, while supply was relatively low. But as the farm machinery market has slowed, so too have precision hiring plans for most OEM dealers according to Ag Equipment Intelligence’s 2016 Dealer Business Outlook & Trends report.
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Organizations Collaborate to Improve Compatibility

Progress on developing true plug-and-play compatibility through ISOBUS connections has been ongoing, although at times, it’s an arduous process, especially in North America. But the collaboration of two independent organizations aiming to streamline equipment functionality could help accelerate the rate of progress.
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Ag Data Company Includes ROI Guarantee

As the field of data management service providers in agriculture becomes increasingly crowded, more attention is being paid to companies that can provide a tangible return on a farmer’s investment.
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No Tillers' Precision Spending Exceeds 2015 Projections

Moving into the second quarter of 2016, many precision dealers are maintaining a conservative sales outlook for the foreseeable future. But there may be reason for optimism, based on the recent results of No-Till Farmer’s 8th annual Benchmark Study.
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Trimble Establishes New Retailer Channel

Seeking to more fully blend its hardware and agronomic-based solutions, Trimble recently announced a new distribution channel to deliver the company’s diverse line of precision products. Known as Vantage, the new dealer network will be purely a distribution model, while Trimble will remain the primary brand for products and services.
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