Category: TechTour

TechTour: Weeding Row Crops with Robots

Imagine if robots could both identify and destroy weeds. Well, Bosch Deepfield Robotics is well on its way to making that dream a reality. The company, only one year old, has developed a four wheel multi-purpose robotic platform called BoniRob. It navigates along plant rows, running on batteries or connected to a generator, logging data, or… Read more »

TechTour: The Future is Now With the Greenbot Driverless Tractor

It might take a few years or decades to become common on North American farms, but the day tractors drive themselves in the field has arrived. In this TechTour episode, we meet the Greenbot, a driverless 100hp tractor made and sold in the Netherlands by Precision Makers. It debuted at Agritechnica ’15 in Germany earlier this… Read more »

TechTour: Fendt Powers New 1000 Series Tractors with 500HP at Agritechnica

Machine of the Year. Tractor of the Year. Fendt knows how to make an entrance into the 500-plus horsepower category. The German tractor-maker won multiple awards for its new 1000 Vario series at Agritechnica 2015. Perhaps most impressive about the Fendt 1000 Vario is how it transfers 500 horsepower to the ground with a standard… Read more »

TechTour: Vehicle Tracking & Monitoring on-the-Fly with AGCOMMAND Telematics

Have a fleet on the field and need to know which one will need fuel first? That’s just one of the many metrics you can see, track and act on through AGCO’s AGCOMMAND. In this episode of TechTour, Shaun Haney is joined by Eric Lescourett, of AGCO, to talk about AGCOMMAND’s updated interface, the streamlined… Read more »

TechTour: Determining the ROI of Grain Storage with GSI’s New Online Calculator

Farmers know that grain prices don’t usually peak during harvest, which is why an investment in on-farm storage can often be justified. However, determining the value of that space in giving a farm the ability to capture the spread between prices at harvest and prices in the future can be complicated. In this latest stop on the TechTour,… Read more »

TechTour: On Track(s) to Mitigating Compaction Concerns

Tractors seemed to keep getting bigger and wider, and when farmers started looking at triples, Case IH opened the gate to a four-track prototype tractor. And, says Case IH’s Mitch Kaiser, producers loved it. Related: Case IH Maxxum Tractors Sport “Aggressive New Look” Every system has its pros and cons, and although the cost of tracks… Read more »

TechTour: Introducing a Smaller, Nimble Machine — the R4023 John Deere Sprayer

John Deere’s new R4023 is set to hit the stage, replacing the 4630 in the 4 Series lineup.  The machine weighs in at a little over 18, 000 lbs, with a 600 gallon (2300L) tank and a 60 or 80′ boom. And though it may be smaller than most of its counterparts, it’s no weakling,… Read more »

TechTour: Trimble’s Software Works to Create a Connected Farm

With all the excitement about data and new tools for recording farm production and operational activities, collecting the data is often the easy part. The challenge comes in turning the data and observations into simple, actionable information. Whether it’s vehicle or equipment activity, irrigation tracking, soil test results, basic field records or the markets, the Connected… Read more »

TechTour: Agrimatics Libra Sends Grain Cart Weights Straight to Your Phone or Tablet

In March of 2014, Agrimatics announced the availability of a new product — the Agrimatics Libra. It’s a cloud-based system that sends weigh scale data from grain carts to a smartphone or tablet. All the operator needs is a small battery-operated device from Agrimatics and the free mobile app. With those two ingredients, any iPhone 4S (or… Read more »

TechTour: Raven’s Hawkeye Precision Nozzle Control

How far off are we from having individual nozzle shut-off and control? We’re not there yet, says Doug Prairie, with Raven, but new nozzle controls systems are improving spray precision dramatically. In this episode of  TechTour, brought to you by Dow AgroSciences, Prairie sits down with Real Agriculture founder Shaun Haney to talk Raven’s new… Read more »

TechTour: New Holland’s New Air Cart Includes a Nod to Its Flexi-Coil Heritage

New Holland unveiled its Flexi Coil P Series air carts this January, with a nod to a history of innovation. “The P Series air carts are a fresh example of Flexi-Coil’s long-standing heritage of innovation,” said Jason Hardy, New Holland crop production marketing manager. “Our product design team conducted extensive research with customers to make sure… Read more »

TechTour: Flexxifinger’s Rotary Rock Picker Allows Operators to Hit the Field in a Skid Steer

If there’s one job on the farm that everyone fights to have, it’s certainly not picking rocks. It’s a dirty, time-consuming task that never seems to end, and no matter how attentive the operator of the pull-type (or walk-type) picker, there will always be rocks left in the field. Though the Flexxifinger ‘Quicker Picker’ doesn’t… Read more »

TechTour: AgSky Lets You Get Bird’s-Eye-View Data of your Fields, Without Buying the Bird

If you’re aerial-image curious but not exactly ready to commit to a UAV purchase, this latest stop on the TechTour may be of interest to you. In this episode of the TechTour, Shaun Haney catches up with Warren Genik, with AgSky Technologies, to talk about what AgSky does, and how the service means you can… Read more »

TechTour: Gearing Down on High-Speed Spraying

On-farm efficiency is certainly a hot topic in today’s agricultural climate. But are we getting a little too keen for speed in the sprayer? We’ve heard often the importance of patience while seeding (check out the Canola School on seeding speed/depth from 2013), but sprayers are often exceeding 15mph in the field. This can have detrimental impacts… Read more »

TechTour: Getting Good Flotation from Skinny Sprayer Tires

How do you make a skinny tire that damages as little crop as possible but doesn’t just cut through soft soil like a knife through butter? The key is having a flexible sidewall that allows the tire’s footprint to expand. “Basically the ability to make the tire as flexible as possible means you can carry a much higher… Read more »