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Ag Leader

Feb, 01 2010 - by Ag Leader

Ag Leader Expands Planter Section Control Options with SureVac™

February 1, 2010, AMES, Iowa – Today, Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the development of precision farming solutions, added the patent-pending SureVac electric row shutoff to their lineup of planter section shutoff devices. SureVac provides today’s precision farming operation with an easily-installed, zero-maintenance solution to reduce seed costs and increase yield potential.

SureVac is designed for John Deere Pro-Series™ XP row units, but is also compatible with any John Deere vacuum seed meter manufactured in the last 20 years. In addition to John Deere corn and soybean seed disks, SureVac supports the eSet® vacuum disk from Precision Planting.

“We are excited to offer our customers another option for row-by-row planter control. SureVac allows for expanded seed meter compatibility, providing growers more flexibility in their operations,” says Roger Zielke, New Business Development Manager. “About this time in 2009, we introduced the SureStop electric row clutch for chain-drive planters. Due to its popularity and customer requests, we developed the SureVac option for the non-chain drive Pro-Series row units.”

Using GPS, Ag Leader’s SeedCommand or a compatible planter control system communicates with SureVac to turn planter sections on/off based on field maps and already-planted areas. The shutoff stops seed flow by cutting off the vacuum at the top of the seed disk. Planting is stopped and seeds fall back into the seed meter’s seed pool. When the shutoff device is pulled away from the seed disk, vacuum is restored and planting continues as normal.

“SureVac will provide growers with a tangible return on investment with reduced seed costs and increased yield potential in areas that are typically double-planted. However, growers will also appreciate the quick, easy installation,” adds Zielke. “To install, you simply remove the manufacturer vacuum cover and replace it with SureVac. Its quick, clean and takes less than five minutes per row.”

SureVac availability will be limited through select dealers for the 2010 growing season. Full production is expected to begin in the second half of 2010.

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Ag Leader

Feb, 01 2010 - by Ag Leader

Ag Leader Launches Blue Delta, an Elite Precision Farming Dealer Network

February 1, 2010, AMES, Iowa – In an effort to bring more structure to a growing precision agriculture community, Ag Leader Technology, has developed a new elite precision farming distribution network called Blue Delta. The network is designed to help precision farming dealers become well-rounded precision farming experts, as well as help farmers locate and identify elite precision farming dealerships throughout North America.

“There are thousands of precision farming dealerships and specialists out there; our goal with Blue Delta is to create an opportunity for the best of these dealers to separate themselves with in-depth training, and increased product and marketing support so they can become an even better resource for their customers,” says Mike Olson, North American Sales Manager. “We recognize the end user’s most important resource is their precision farming dealer. This is a great way to bring more consistency and expertise to the marketplace.”

Ag Leader unofficially launched the Blue Delta network in December at the grand opening of Ag Leader Academy in Ames. Since that time Ag Leader has been working with dealers on intense product training and marketing efforts.

“Our goal is to provide these dealers with a number of tools to help them better educate and support their precision farming customers,” continues Olson. “We’ve learned that the more educated growers are about precision farming, the more they embrace it. We believe this will have a significant impact on the industry.”

For more information or to locate a Blue Delta Dealer, visit www.bluedeltadealer.com.


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Ag Leader

Dec, 07 2009 - by Ag Leader

New 2010 Products Added to Complete Precision Package

See what’s new in 2010 from the precision farming specialists at Ag Leader. From planting to harvest and from the desktop to the field, see the latest products added to the most complete package of precision farming tools.

 

Ag Leader

Nov, 03 2009 - by Ag Leader

New Ag Leader® Integra Display from Ag Leader Combines Guidance, Steering and Operation Control

AMES, IOWA, November 3, 2009 –Today, Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the development of precision farming solutions, introduced the latest innovation in precision farming – the Ag Leader Integra display. Featuring a large, full-color 12.1-inch high-definition touchscreen, the Ag Leader Integra display offers the most complete year-round operation control, guidance and steering solution in the marketplace today.

“The Ag Leader Integra display combines the operation control options Ag Leader is known for, with a built-in full-featured steering and guidance system including an on-screen lightbar,” says Product Manager, John Howard. “This makes it an ideal investment for operators who want a manual guidance system but anticipate expanding their use of precision farming technologies.”

“Built-in manual guidance, full-screen mapping, planter and application control, yield monitoring, real-time data logging and automated steering make up the core functionality of the new Ag Leader Integra display,” continues Howard. “Operators will appreciate the complete year-round solution the Ag Leader Integra display offers, but also, the industry-first high-definition mapping brings a new, enhanced user experience.”

As part of the full-screen mapping package, the Ag Leader Integra display provides multiple map views allowing the operator to determine the level of detail needed to monitor applications; implement-specific tabs can be minimized to view more mapping information if desired. The display also features four video camera inputs, providing operators a better view of equipment operation and safety.

“Consistent with other Ag Leader products, the Ag Leader Integra display can be moved from vehicle to vehicle. Plug compatibility with Ag Leader’s InSight™ and EDGE™ displays is also an important component of the Ag Leader Integra display, making an upgrade a seamless transition,” adds Howard.

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

Introducing ParaDyme™ - Advanced Automated Steering from Ag Leader

AMES, IOWA, November 3, 2009 – Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the development of precision farming solutions, unveiled ParaDyme, a full-featured steering system 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.

With the dual-antenna roof module, ParaDyme uses Logic 7D™ technology to track pitch, roll and yaw as well as vehicle position and heading at all times, even when the vehicle is not moving. This feature provides operators with very precise vehicle steering performance. The dual-antenna system also makes rapid line acquisition possible in forward or reverse.

“We’re happy to introduce a steering system with unmatched accuracy and repeatability. This is a new direction for Ag Leader, and I’m confident our customers will be pleased with the quality and performance of the ParaDyme system,” says Al Myers, Ag Leader President. “The ParaDyme dual-antenna approach eliminates the need for a vehicle wheel-angle sensor to achieve RTK accuracy. This simplifies system installation immensely for both dealers and customers.”

Once installation has taken place, ParaDyme offers an “Auto Calibration” routine for steering calibration. The automatic routine allows ParaDyme to learn machine-specific steering characteristics.

Ag Leader’s Integra or EDGE display will serve as the user-interface for ParaDyme. All set up, calibration and run-time operation of ParaDyme is done through the display.

“With the combination of ParaDyme and our Ag Leader® Integra or EDGE display, we are pleased to offer our customers a truly all-in-one precision farming solution,” says GPS and Guidance Product Manager, Matt Leinen. “Operators will also have access to in-field technical support with the remote diagnostics capability of ParaDyme. This will save users valuable time during peak field operation periods throughout the growing season.”

Using the integrated cellular communication capability, ParaDyme allows operators to request help through the Ag Leader Integra or EDGE display for in-field technical support. When help is requested, dealer service technicians receive both an email and text message alerting them to a service request. Service technicians can access ParaDyme remotely to diagnose the problem while operators are still in the field.

ParaDyme supports WAAS, OmniSTAR HP/XP and RTK differential signals and over 350 vehicle platforms. RTK correction can also be received through a cellular network allowing operators to take advantage of CORS networks in their area.

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 Releases OptRx™ Crop Sensor

AMES, IOWA, November 3, 2009 – Today, Ag Leader Technology, Inc., a leader in the development of precision farming solutions, released OptRx, a crop sensor used for mapping and data collection as well as real-time variable rate application of agrochemicals, specifically nitrogen. This new crop sensor technology allows operators to put the right amount of nitrogen where the crop needs it. Allowing operators to take full advantage of ideal application conditions, OptRx features a patented advanced light-sensing technology that is not dependent on ambient light, so the system can be used day or night.

“Simply put, OptRx shines light on a growing plant and then reads the light reflected back at the sensor,” says Roger Zielke, New Business Development Manager. “Then, using a compatible Ag Leader display, the OptRx™ crop sensor system can create a prescription that varies the rate of nitrogen application on-the-go by sensing a crop’s health. For example, OptRx sensors will communicate with the applicator to put on less nitrogen on healthy corn plants and more nitrogen on weaker, nitrogen-deficient corn plants.”
“Nitrogen is applied at a rate that maximizes yield and profit potential in all areas of the field while avoiding excessive nitrogen rates common to flat rate application,” continues Zielke. “Flat rate nitrogen application leaves a lot of money on the table. We’ve seen the variable rate technology of OptRx™ provide input cost efficiency and less environmental impact.”

Additionally, OptRx crop sensors can be mounted on many types of vehicles to collect information while driving through the field. Information collected throughout an entire field, including vegetative index, can then be used to measure the impact of nutrients, water, disease and other growing conditions on crops.

OptRx will be available for the 2010 growing season for mapping sensor readings, which consultants can then use to identify trouble spots in the field. Variable-rate nitrogen application for corn is also included for the 2010 growing season. Ongoing testing continues for OptRx to be used for variable rate nitrogen application in other crops as well as to potentially vary the rate of any agrochemical in which the rate changes with crop size or vigor.

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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Ag Leader

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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Ag Leader

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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Ag Leader

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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