Machine Control/Ag

Carlson Mining supports haul trucks

November 17, 2015By
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Carlson Mining 2016 has improvements and added support for AutoCAD 2016 and the new IntelliCAD 8.1. The improvements span the four mining modules: Basic Mining, Geology, Surface Mining, and Underground Mining. An upgrade to the Haul Truck Cycle Analysis command now accounts for mixed fleets, delay points and 3D playback of trucks along the haul route. In the Underground Mining... read more

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Trimble to Acquire AGRI-TREND to Aid Crop Advisors

November 10, 2015By

Trimble will acquire the assets of privately held AGRI-TREND of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, which operates the largest network of independent agricultural consultants in North America. The acquisition will enable Trimble to provide agronomists and other crop advisors with a stronger set of brand-agnostic tools they can use to advise growers on how to better manage their operations, Trimble said... read more

Trimble adds apps to TMX-2050 display for precision ag

November 9, 2015By

Trimble has added several new third-party apps to its Android-based Trimble TMX-2050 display for precision agriculture. The new apps fall into several categories, including: Diagnostic tools to identify and address implement error codes. Fertilizer calibration charts for various brands of spreaders. Identification of nutrient deficiencies. Planter adjustment recommendations for various planter brands. PDF reader. Work order and documentation-based software applications for... read more

University of Georgia Teaches Precision Ag with Corn Maze

October 31, 2015By
Vellidis' precision agriculture class helped develop the maze using GPS technology. (Photo courtesy University of Georgia)

University of Georgia precision agriculture students used GPS to design a corn maze in honor of football coach Mark Richt. George Vellidis, a UGA crop and soil sciences professor, gave his precision ag students the opportunity to experience GPS technology firsthand by having them develop a corn maze at a nearby farm. “I’ve been teaching precision agriculture at the UGA... read more

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Topcon YieldTrakk Monitors Yields

October 15, 2015By
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Topcon Precision Agriculture has expanded its precision agriculture line of solutions to include a new yield monitoring system — YieldTrakk. YieldTrakk is an optical sensing, volumetric solution designed to provide operators with the real-time data collection needed to make intelligent business decisions in the combine cab and afterward. It includes monitoring and mapping of yield (in bushels or tonnes), moisture and cut... read more

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Trimble Placer/Spreader Machine Control Offers Improved Paving Productivity, Less Waste

October 14, 2015By

Trimble’s PCS900 Paving Control System version 2.20 is designed for GOMACO and Guntert & Zimmerman placer/spreader machines. The new version of PCS900 further automates the paving train by enabling contractors to use GNSS-based positioning, in conjunction with a base station, to steer the machine and control the machine’s elevation according to a 3D model. This can significantly improve paving productivity... read more

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Precision Ag’s New Frontier

October 3, 2015By
GPS Landforming enables growers to design field leveling, drainage and irrigation for water management (photo courtesy Trimble).

GPS landforming is the reshaping of a fields topography to predesigned 3D surfaces using high-accuracy GPS to control the blade height of the earth-moving machine. It is typically done to improve surface drainage and water infiltration uniformity. Davco Optisurface, the company that developed the 3D landform design software OptiSurface Designer, has seen strong adoption as the concept catches on. The... read more

Septentrio Launches AsteRx-U and AsteRx-U Marine

September 14, 2015By

Septentrio this week is launching two successors to its APS-U: The AsteRx-U and the AsteRx-U Marine multi-constellation dual-antenna receivers. The AsteRx-U will be presented to the public for the first time at two trade shows this week. ION GNSS+ takes place Sept.14-18 in Tampa, Fla., and INTERGEO 2015 will be held in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 14-18. The AsteRx-U and the AsteRx-U Marine incorporate the latest GNSS tracking and positioning... read more