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Isaac Bowers

Isaac Bowers is Ag Leader’s Software Support and Training Supervisor. In this role, he supervises the department that supports and trains users on SMS Desktop and SMS Mobile software programs. Isaac is originally from Iowa and received a degree in Ag Systems Technology from Iowa State University. He enjoys helping out on the family farm, running and fishing.

Ag Leader

Mar, 18 2013 - by Isaac Bowers

SMS Pre-Planting Checklist (Part 2)

Welcome back!  Here are the final two steps in preparing for this spring. If you missed the first three steps, go here first! 4. Analyze your data and make your management decisions All of the data that you have recorded these past years has a story to tell and it’s all there at your fingertips. 

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Mar, 15 2013 - by Isaac Bowers

Convert your AFS/PFS to SMS Software!

 

Converting from AFS/PFS to SMS Software

1. Ag Leader will convert your copy of AFS/PFS to SMS at no charge, as long as you are current in CNH’s Yearly Desktop Software Maintenance Program. If you are not current, you can email SMSunlocks@agleader.com or call support at 515-232-5363, ext 1 for details on how to get current in Ag Leaders Yearly Desktop Software Maintenance Program.

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Ag Leader

Mar, 15 2013 - by Isaac Bowers

SMS™ Pre-Planting Checklist (Part 1)

For those tired of snow and cold weather and avoiding some tasks outside until it warms up; now is a good time to get your desktop mapping software and displays ready for the upcoming planting season.  Below are 3 easy steps, with links to our new YouTube channel, to help get your ready for this spring.

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Ag Leader

Feb, 27 2013 - by Isaac Bowers

SMS Basic/Advanced Version 12.6 and SMS Mobile v6.6 Released

Ag Leader is proud to announce the release of SMS Basic/Advanced v12.6 and SMS Mobile v6.6. With this patch release, we have added enhanced support for Ag Leader® Integra and Versa displays running v4.0 firmware, as well as Gradient and Precision Planting displays.
Customers that are current in our yearly maintenance program, or are already on SMS Basic/Advanced v12.5 and SMS Mobile PC v6.5, will have the ability to update online.

 

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Feb, 11 2013 - by Isaac Bowers

New Additions to the Software Support Team!

As usual, things at Ag Leader are growing and changing. The software support team is no exception with two new employees added to the line-up.

Sherry joined Ag Leader in June of 2012 as a full-time Software Support Specialist responding to customer requests for assistance, as well as participating in customer training classes.  She grew  up in rural central Iowa not far from Ames and has remained in the area most of her life while raising her two sons.  Sherry attended the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University graduating with a degree in Business Administration. She has spent her career in the IT field and holds 2 certifications in Software Quality Assurance.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities and using her certifications as a fitness instructor and health coach to help others.

Kris has been with Ag Leader Technology since July 2012 and currently serves as the Software Administrative Assistant for the SMS Software Support Team. Kris enjoys rural living and enjoys training her dogs in agility. Kris’s main duties involve processing software maintenance statements, helping customers get their software registered or updated to the latest version of software, registering customers for training events, and CD production.

Ag Leader

Oct, 31 2012 - by Isaac Bowers

SMS Basic/Advanced v12.5 and SMS Mobile v6.5 are released!

Ag Leader is pleased to announce the release of SMS Basic/Advanced v12.5 and SMS Mobile v6.5. With this new release, SMS Basic, SMS Advanced, and SMS Mobile PC now support Windows 8 and gesture control for touchscreens running Windows 7 and 8. We have also added enhanced support for the following precision ag companies: Ag Leader Technology, CNH, Gradient, John Deere, Mid-Tech, Precision Planting, and Trimble. Changes have also been made for Legends and the Legends Utility for SMS Basic/Advanced.

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Jun, 20 2012 - by Isaac Bowers

Sharing Guidance Lines Between Displays

Guidance products have come a long ways since I first started working at Ag Leader.  Stand-alone lightbars were a big topic for discussion at that time.  Fast forward to today and many companies now offer assisted steering solutions up to fully integrated hydraulic solutions.  Guidance products have become an increasingly important part of the farming operation and can be used in almost every pass through the field.

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Ag Leader

May, 03 2012 - by Isaac Bowers

SMS Basic/Advanced v12.0 and SMS Mobile v6.0 is released

If you missed my previous post about the new features coming out in this release, you can read my previous blog by clicking here Before updating to the latest version of the SMS Software, here are a few things you should do first:

  • Check In Projects - If you are an SMS Advanced user, all projects that have been “Checked Out” need to be checked back in.  This can be done by going to the File menu and clicking Projects.
  • Create a backup of your data - Creating backups ensures that you have a good starting point in the event in that you have issues during migration or if you have other computer issues, such as a bad hard drive, down the road.  Backups can be created by going to the Services menu and clicking Backup.
  • Plug devices into the wall - If you’re using a laptop, Ag Leader MESA, Ag Leader Field PC, or other pda device, make sure that you have it plugged into the wall.  This will ensure that your device does not loose power while installing the update or migrating data.
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Ag Leader

Apr, 26 2012 - by Isaac Bowers

Choose the Summer SMS Training that is right for you!

As all of us are getting geared up for the spring planting season there are many things that we have to check off the to-do list. We need to make sure the equipment is all ready, we’ve got the right hybrids/varieties to plant, our displays are setup for the new crop season, and the list goes on. Once the planting season is behind us, what do we do with all of the information that we recorded with our precision ag displays? How do we take the data that was recorded and make it work for us?

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