Is Your GPS System Ready for Spring

Every year we get ready for seeding and spraying which means we make sure the oil is changed in the equipment, the seed is cleaned and treated and the crop plan is finalized. But the one thing that most growers forget to do until they make the first pass with the sprayer is to check to see if there are any updates for their GPS system.

Why is this important, well there are updates that come through no different than your computer at home. These updates are designed to help fix problems or make the system run more efficiently which in a short spring we want everything to go as smooth as possible. As most growers tell me, the phone calls from employee’s used to be the radio isn’t working or the seat won’t move up or down. But know as soon as they lose GPS signal there is a 5 alarm fire going off and we need to fix this now. One operator actually told me that he just stopped seeding because he lost signal. I asked him why and he told me that he didn’t want to have to correct his curvy lines in the field so he waited five minutes and went back at it. Now with all of this being said it just takes a quick call to your GPS provider to see if there are any updates. Most spring start up problems with our GPS systems are caused by missing new software updates and the system can’t read the new data it is receiving. So lets make our lives a little bit easier and straighter and make that call.

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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Jolie Jenner

Good article on GPS. We have been using Trimble for about 4 yrs. now. Great System! However, it does have a few problems on curved rows that still need to be worked out. Our tractor drivers will also stop if they loose satellite signal temporarily…LOL. You would think they had forgotten how to drive w/o the GPS..

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