High tech farming means more yield, less labor
SLEEPY EYE – New, advanced farming systems available in equipment platforms are designed for higher yields, lower costs and less labor, according to manufacturers.
Factory-installed, fully-integrated systems offer open architecture to work across equipment platforms and crop windows with sub-inch (2.4 cm) repeatable accuracy and intuitive innovations, according to Case IH.
The company advertises its AFS (Advanced Farming Systems) precision technology to improve productivity and agronomic performance while minimizing input costs and managing risk with displays, guidance and steering, section and rate control, harvest, receivers, AFS connect and software.
“You can slow down now to just about any speed,” said Miller Sellner Implement salesman Jarod Miller in Sleepy Eye. “Up to three cameras can be installed on tractors, giving you views all around. In case you fall asleep driving down a row, a beeping sound should wake you up.”
The Case IH AFB Support Center offers real-time data on product issues, trends and analysis. Calls to the Support Center are logged and categorized so all AFS Support engineers have access to the inquiry and resolution, the company said.
Single, intuitive displays are used on tractors, combines, sprayers, balers, planters, seeders and tillage to control and monitor key functions and track important information.
The integrated platform, designed for open architecture, enables compatibility with all farming equipment and systems from outside suppliers including co-ops, crop and financial advisors. Summary data is available for all implements.
Factory-installed auto guidance offers repeatable, year-to-year accuracy as close as one inch for different implements, even simultaneously, minimizing skips and overlaps, saving seed, chemicals and maintaining straight, repeatable rows.
Combines feature two mechanical touch sensors on corn-head dividers, sensing row position. Using a GPS signal, they provide guidance input to keep them on course.
Fleet management features coordinate machine logistics to manage maintenance, refueling and other needs including an antitheft system and geo-fencing to keep machines in pre-set coordinates. Curfew management sends alerts if machines are started after working hours.
Systems can be made compatible with Case IH and competitive equipment fleets.
“It all plugs in,” Miller said.
Jason Lorenzen, Service Manager at Kibble Equipment in Sleepy Eye, said GPS receivers on tractors accept signals to create field maps for tractors, planters, combines and sprayers.
“Kibble Equipment has one of the biggest RTK base stations in the state,” Lorenzen said, enabling producers to create seeding prescriptions and harvest data for even the most uneven fields, enabling seeding to increase in low spots and decrease in higher areas with map-based prescriptions.
“Seeding rates automatically change as you pass through fields, using data to create educated prescriptions for better yields, planting and seeding, with less driver fatigue for long hours in the field,” Lorenzen said.