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Nov, 03 2009 - by Ag Leader

Ag Leader Adds Guidance, Steering and Boom Height Control to EDGE Display

AMES, IOWA, November 3, 2009 –Today, Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the development of precision farming solutions, announced the additions of guidance, steering and boom height control to the popular EDGE display. These enhancements allow precision ag users to purchase an entry-level system without the redundancy of additional controllers to support these functions.

Manual Guidance
The latest firmware for the EDGE display has a built-in, full-featured guidance system including an on-screen lightbar showing cross-track error and pass number. Full-screen guidance with a perspective view in the EDGE display is ideal for visibility of guidance applications. Supported guidance patterns include: Straight AB, A+, Identical Curve, Adaptive Curve and Pivot. Operators can pause, resume, nudge and shift patterns, as well as import/export saved patterns to software or other precision farming hardware.

Assisted Steering with OnTrac2™
The EDGE display serves as the user-interface for OnTrac2 – Ag Leader’s new economical and easy-to-install assisted-steering system. The unique split-gear design of OnTrac2 does not require removal of the steering wheel for installation, but instead simply latches on and off. Featuring a high-torque, positive gear drive the OnTrac2 delivers the turning power needed for the most demanding of agricultural vehicles and eliminates slippage that is typical of friction motor steering systems. In addition, the OnTrac2 system has a precision electro-mechanical drive unit that provides for quiet operation.

Automated Steering with ParaDyme™
EDGE now supports Ag Leader’s new advanced automated steering solution – ParaDyme™. The full-featured steering solution comes with integrated wireless and cellular communication capabilities for remote diagnostics. The patented dual-antenna roof module provides operators automatic steering control with sub-inch accuracy, improving product placement and fuel efficiency while significantly reducing operator fatigue.

Boom Height Control with NORAC UC5™
With the EDGE display interface to the NORAC UC5™ Spray Height Controller users will be able to monitor and control boom height functions as well as view an on-screen coverage map and logged data. When using the UC5 interface with the EDGE DirectCommand™ feature, operators will be able to use fuctions such as AutoSwath™ and rate control along with spray height control to maximize productivity and reduce operator fatigue.
“We are pleased to add these functions to the EDGE display,” says Product Manager, Matt Leinen. “The EDGE display with its year-round precision farming capabilities offers operators a complete entry-level or additional display solution.”
To add the new features to the EDGE display, users will need to install the free 2.0 firmware version. To download the EDGE display firmware or access additional information on Ag Leader products and dealers, visit http://www.agleader.com

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About Ag Leader
Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed 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 ag professionals achieve and maintain a successful operation.

For more information visit: http://www.agleader.com


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Nov, 03 2009 - by Ag Leader

Ag Leader Offers Economical Assisted Steering Solution with OnTrac2™

AMES, IOWA, November 3, 2009 – Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the development of precision farming solutions, revealed OnTrac2, an economical and easy-to-install solution for growers looking to add assisted steering to their operations. Featuring Ag Leader’s EDGE™ display as the user-interface, OnTrac2 eliminates skips and overlaps, lowers fuel consumption and reduces operator fatigue.

“By offering an affordable and reliable hands-free steering solution with the OnTrac2, growers are able to cover more ground with greater accuracy and higher efficiency,” says GPS and Guidance Product Manager, Matt Leinen. “When using OnTrac2, vehicle operators can better focus on the task at hand while performing field operations.”

This new assisted steering solution features quick and easy installation. The unique split-gear design of OnTrac2 does not require removal of the steering wheel for installation, but instead simply latches on and off. With this easy “Lock-n’-Roll” installation, OnTrac2 offers easy transfer across multiple brands and types of vehicles.

“OnTrac2 was designed for quick and easy installation, saving growers time. With optional switch kits, transferring OnTrac2 takes just minutes,” adds Leinen.

The high-torque, positive gear drive of the OnTrac2 delivers the turning power needed for the most demanding of agricultural vehicles and eliminates slippage that is typical of friction motor steering systems.

In addition, the OnTrac2 system has a precision electro-mechanical drive unit that provides for quiet operation. OnTrac2 also provides many guidance patterns for operators to choose from including: Straight AB, A+, Identical Curve, Adaptive Curve and Pivot.

About Ag Leader
Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed 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 ag professionals achieve and maintain a successful operation.

For more information visit: http://www.agleader.com


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Nov, 03 2009 - by Ag Leader

Ag Leader Adds Companion Lightbar to Guidance Options

AMES, IOWA, November 3, 2009 – Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the development of precision farming solutions, introduced its latest guidance solution, the L160 CAN bus Lightbar. As a companion to either Ag Leader’s Integra or EDGE™ displays, the L160 can be mounted on the windshield or dash, allowing operators to monitor guidance by looking straight ahead while keeping their display within easy reach.

“By mounting the lightbar in front, operators can see information such as cross-track error, pass number and degree heading with a quick glance, and operators do not have to reach over the steering wheel to get to their display,” says GPS and Guidance Product Specialist, Bill Cran.

The L160 features an easy-to-read display with 16 multicolor LEDs, which are easy to see even with peripheral vision. From the display, the operator can choose between chase or pull LED modes as well as configure LED spacing. “Being able to mount the L160 in front of the operator offers convenience, and this convenience comes without adding a lot of cost to an existing system,” adds Cran.

The lightbar features adjustable LED brightness, making it ideal for either daylight or night use. With its compact design, the L160 can be mounted on any flat surface using its suction cup “twist” locking collar.

About Ag Leader Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed 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 ag professionals achieve and maintain a successful operation.

For more information visit: http://www.agleader.com

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Nov, 03 2009 - by Ag Leader

Farming Technology Advances with Ag Leader, AutoFarm Alliance

AMES, IOWA, and FREMONT, Calif., November 3, 2009 –Today, precision farming took a step forward when industry leaders Ag Leader Technology, Inc., Ames, Iowa, and AutoFarm, Fremont, Calif., joined forces. The collaboration between the two companies brings together the highly popular and successful precision ag products of Ag Leader with the latest embedded and integrated steering solutions from AutoFarm.

“This alliance is nothing but a win-win for the precision agriculture industry, and more importantly for our combined customers,” said Ag Leader Founder and President, Al Myers. “Each company brings strengths to the table allowing us to develop better precision farming solutions quicker, ultimately furthering the industry.”

“We are extremely excited about this collaboration with Ag Leader. They have a great reputation for innovative, high quality precision ag hardware and software,” says Herb Satterlee, CEO, Novariant-AutoFarm. “AutoFarm is well known for its high-accuracy steering systems. This alliance allows both companies to leverage our strengths and experience to offer the world’s most advanced and complete precision ag solutions to our dealers and customers.”

In addition to the recently released the Ag Leader Integra display and ParaDyme™ steering system, the two companies plan to collaborate on future projects. “We’re definitely excited about the possibilities of future projects with the strength this cooperation brings,” adds Myers.

Satterlee concurs, “This is the beginning of a new era in precision ag that will bring our end user customers more ways to reduce input costs, increase efficiency, improve their decision making and increase farm profitability.”

About AutoFarm AutoFarm, a division of Novariant Inc., is the premier solutions provider for precision positioning and intelligent control systems. AutoFarm manufactures and markets Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and precision agriculture solutions for automatic steering and leveling based on its experience in advanced aviation landing systems. AutoFarm can be found at http://www.gpsfarm.com or by calling +1-877-947-7327.

About Ag Leader Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed 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 ag professionals achieve and maintain a successful operation.

For more information visit: http://www.agleader.com

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