As one of the leaders in the field of precision farming, Raven is focused on helping producers do a better job of managing their data. At the recent Raven Innovation Summit near Sioux Falls, Raven’s Paul Welbig visited with us about some of the things Raven is doing to address the challenges involved with data management.
The very latest in precision farming technology was on display at the recent Raven Innovation Summit near Sioux Falls.
One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling of Raven’s newest field computer, the Viper 4, which Raven describes as “our most robust field computer to date…Viper 4 will not only improve how customers manage critical machine functions, but more importantly, enhance the way data collected in the field is managed and utilized.”
We discussed Viper 4 and Raven’s other technology offerings with Raven marketing supervisor Ryan Molitor.
Data management and compatibility are big concerns for farmers using precision ag technology. Northwest Missouri row crop and cattle producer Travis Taylor says he’s getting a lot out the AG Connect Expo because it emphasizes technology and addresses those concerns. Taylor tells Brownfield Ag News, “Data management is probably the biggest deal that I think is going to be in the next few years and it sounds like they’re really working on that to try to mesh every – or, not mesh every company but mesh the major companies together where they can share a software or hardware to try to make it easier for the farmers.”
Ryan Molitor of precision ag provider Raven, for example, says they are working to address it, “That’s something we hear a lot about from our customers and our dealers – for their customers is compatibility. Make it simple and compatible and connected. So, that’s what we’re – we’re trying to solve that challenge.”
There’s plenty of machinery at Ag Connect but Taylor says it’s about more than just the iron, “And, I’m really impressed with that because that’s really what is needed because the iron’s always going to be there. It’s these systems that are going to make the iron work more efficiently and productive.”
Total vehicle efficiency, that’s what AGCO says its AGCOMMAND is all about. David Webster, director of high horse power tractors and advanced technology solutions for AGCO Corporation, says there’s now a new smart phone app for AGCOMMAND. He tells Brownfield that’ll give farmers real-time information when they are out in the field. Webster says it’s also easy to use on their website.
According to Raven’s Ryan Molitor, the Envizio Pro XL enhances the user’s experience through its brilliant, extra-large 10.4 inch color touchscreen display. Molitor says growers will benefit from the simple-to-use interface, multi-product control and VRA capabilities. And he says the Envizio Pro XL field computer is the perfect controller for Raven’s advanced product lineup such as Slingshot, SmartYield, SmarTrax, OmniRow or OmniSeed.
We discussed the new field computer and more with Molitor at Husker Harvest Days.
In its big blue tent at this year’s Farm Progress Show, Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) was promoting the company’s wide range of precision farming solutions, including autosteering, auto section control, variable rate control, data management software, and more.
The display included a Challenger cab demonstration with TPA’s System 350 and unique X30 console, as well as an SGIS farm software demo.
Topcon director of marketing and business development Michael Gomes gave us the details.
According to Jeff Bentley, GPS guidance and steering sales manager with Ag Leader, GeoSteer was designed for farmers looking for repeatable, sub-inch accuracy, making it ideal for planting, spraying and other field operations that require precise automated steering.
Bentley says GeoSteer’s single antenna design makes it easy to transfer the system from one vehicle to another. Additionally, an exclusive Flex Mode allows the GeoSteer system to continue operating for a period of time if the system temporarily loses the differential GPS signal.
And, Bentley adds, GeoSteer is economically priced.
Matt Bechdol was one of the individuals responsible for program content at the recent IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference in Altoona, Iowa.
Bechdol is the founder and president of GeoSilos, a consulting firm focused on leveraging place-based solutions for food and agriculture challenges.
As the conference came to a close, we asked Bechdol if he was pleased with the event. He called it “a good start”.
Nicky Burgess is a farmer and precision ag technology consultant from Alamo, Tennessee. His company is called Solstice Crop Management.
In an interview with Brownfield at the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference, Burgess talked about some of the challenges he faces. One of those is getting information back to the decision-makers in a timely manner—and Burgess says he is encouraged to see the interaction taking place between technology providers at this conference.