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Nov, 21 2014 - by Ag Leader

Did you know? Highlighting GPS vs GNSS

In the precision ag world a lot of acronyms are thrown around on a day to day basis. Sometimes we can get confused and misuse these terms. We thought we would explain where these acronyms came from and how they are used today. First, we will dive into GPS vs. GNSS. How are they similar but also so different?

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Nov, 20 2014 - by Luke James

Value of Data – Learning from 2014 to better 2015

As you begin wrapping up the year and looking forward to 2015, have you asked yourself, what did I learn from 2014? How can I use what I learned to increase my profitability in 2015? What caught your eye on a yield map? Did you notice a correlation to yield from varied fertilizer rates? When comparing yield maps from year to year, do you notice consistent yield trends? You’ve probably noted many things throughout the year, but the big question is, what are you going to do about it?

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Nov, 18 2014 - by Preston Poots

Training Customers, Dealers, and Insurance Agents?

With fall coming to a close and the harvest season wrapping up, Ag Leader growers are cleaning their equipment and gathering their data. Organizing, analyzing, and making informed management decisions with the data they collected from this last growing season are all priorities when wrapping up the season. Another job that may be on the to-do list is to meet with their insurance agent and export data for this season’s acreage and production reporting.

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Nov, 06 2014 - by Derek White

Don’t forget your prescription with SMS!

Now that harvest season is coming to an end perhaps after getting the combine stuck a few times, it is time to start planning for fall application. With SMS software, you can easily create prescriptions from data already in your software using the prescription editor or equation analysis. (Ex: yield data, soil sample data, soil survey, and zone maps)

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Nov, 04 2014 - by Taylor Jensen

Learn something new at Winter training 2015

Fall is always a beautiful time of the year as the leaves are changing, temperatures cool, and the rural areas come alive with equipment in the fields.  However this fall has not been like the picturesque scene I just described.  Fall has been very wet this year in the Midwestern U.S. which has slowed progress in the fields.  But as always, farmers and Ag Leader dealers alike will get the job done!

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Nov, 03 2014 - by Luke Bunkers

Tiling is upon us – are you ready?

With harvest in full swing, it is time to start thinking about preparing for tile planning and installation.  From checking tiling hardware and controllers to designing and creating tile plans, both can save time and headaches while in the field.  Below are a few items to keep in mind when starting to prepare for tile season.

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Nov, 03 2014 - by Jenna Royer

Ag Leader Introduces New Family of GNSS and Steering Products

Ames, Iowa, November 3, 2014 – Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a premium provider of precision agriculture hardware and software, today announced a new line of GNSS receivers – GPS 6000, GPS 6500, RTK Relay and GPS 6500 base station – as well as the company’s latest automated steering controller, SteerCommand™.

Combining industry-leading precision farming displays with superior GNSS technology, Ag Leader is positioned to offer an end-to-end solution for guidance and steering. 

“In developing our new GNSS products, we turned to NovAtel – the foremost manufacturer and innovator in GNSS technology – as our partner moving forward in this market,” said Matt Leinen, Product Manager. “We’re confident this relationship provides our customers with the best possible product combination available on the market.”

As a fully scalable, rugged Smart Antenna, the new GPS 6500 utilizes GLIDE, SBAS, TerraStar and RTK, and is designed to meet the need of extended RTK base lines in excess of 20 miles (32km).

A full-featured, easy-to-install system, GPS 6500 with RTK Relay provides RTK correction. The GPS 6500 can be combined with one of four Relay offerings: Relay 900, Relay 400, Relay CDMA or Relay GSM. GPS 6500 with Relay 900 or Relay 400 also offers base station functionality, ideal for steering and other operations where sub-inch accuracy is needed.

When uptime is valued over absolute accuracy, StableLoc™ utilizes available correction signals in order to provide a seamless transition between correction sources – without position jumps – and maximize signal uptime.  

“At Ag Leader, we endeavor to put out the best and most complete solution for our customers,” said Bill Cran, Product Specialist. “With our new GNSS products, we have an extremely flexible and powerful lineup capable of fulfilling any role within an operation.”For growers seeking an integrated steering system, Ag Leader’s SteerCommand offers best-in-class integrated steering performance when paired with GPS 6500 for repeatable, precision steering via RTK correction. The new SteerCommand controller features compact and flexible installation, as well as nine-axis terrain compensation for superior accuracy.

“Through our top-tier partners, NovAtel and Novariant, we can provide our customers with a truly all-in-one solution for GNSS and steering,” said Matt Pifkin, Product Specialist. “SteerCommand was designed to function exclusively with our GPS 6500 receiver for a fully modular system providing unmatched performance in a variety of environments and operations.”

GPS 6000 rounds out the new line of products from Ag Leader and is an entry-level option for growers seeking a cost-effective receiver. The GPS 6000 is a single frequency product designed for general mapping and AutoSwath™ functions.

Ag Leader’s family of GNSS and steering products is available worldwide in November through an international network of precision farming dealers. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit



About Ag Leader
Ag Leader Technology, Inc., is the recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa, USA, the company designs, manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology to help growers make smart, profitable business decisions. Founded in 1992, the company has achieved consistent growth and expansion by providing value-based products that help growers and agricultural professionals achieve and maintain a successful, profitable operation.

About NovAtel
NovAtel designs, manufactures and sells high precision OEM positioning technology. Developed for efficient and rapid integration, NovAtel products have set the standard in quality and performance for over 20 years. State-of-the-art, lean manufacturing facilities in our North American headquarters produce the industry’s most extensive line of OEM receivers, antennas and subsystems. All products are backed by a team of highly skilled customer support and design engineers. NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

About Novariant Inc.
For more than two decades, Novariant has focused on the development and application of advanced precision steering solutions for Agriculture that provide differentiated steering performance across multiple platforms. With over 30,000 systems in the field and 750 unique platform install kits...steering is all they do. Today, by combining its unique IP and decades of expertise in precision GPS enabled technologies with a broad range of precision steering possibilities, Novariant offers unrivaled plug and play interoperable capabilities to OEMs and VARs worldwide.

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