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2012 Wednesday 7th March 9.00am - 4.00pm

East of England Showground Peterborough

Dont forget to collect your CPD points


Event director's welcome


What is happening at the event?

Buyers' Guide Controllers for one and all

Tech Focus

Whats new in Precision Farming


The GAI Tool



Event Directors welcome and event calendar

for Winter Cereals.



What is on offer at this years Precision Farming Event.



Hosted by Bill Basford, quality case studies and fundamentals.



Site plan of the event and exhibitor listing

Buyers Guide

Canopy Assessment Tool. Available online or as an iPhone® App.


Controllers for one and all'. Compare and contrast to help make sensible decisions.

• Aids improved nitrogen precision in winter cereals through accurate estimation of crop nitrogen

Canopy Assessment 18-19 Assessing a crops canopy Green Area Index (GAI) precisely can be difficult.

• Provides a quick and easy assessment of crop lodging risk

Tech Update


The very latest in Precision farming technology and application.

Come and see the CAT in action – Visit us at Stand 28 at the Precision Farming Event Wednesday 7th March East of England Showground, Peterborough PE2 6XE

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2012 Events

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As the UK’s leading technology exhibition, the Precision Farming Event is the nation’s primary source of information on improving accuracy of operations from simple guidance and autosteering through to planning jobs, field work operations, variable applications and essential record keeping. The show also provides you with free, high-level advice in the comprehensive seminars and new Technology Focus area. This year’s seminars include how smart phones and ‘Apps’ can help operators and a detailed look at trials into automated nitrogen applications as well as how farmers are putting precision into practice on their land. The seminar’s practical focus continues with leading farm managers explaining how they put the technology into practice in their operations. These seminars provide hands-on experience of how equipment can be employed to improve accuracy, cut costs and boost margins. Even ome welc

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The use of APPs and E-tools for crop management Practical and hands-on advice from the HGCA’s ‘Be Precise’ training programme Implement and terminal compatibility including how ISObus works in practice How to get involved with the work of the new National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams University College

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The focus of this year’s seminar continues the practical approach. The presentations provide high level advice and information, based on real-life situations, which visitors can not only relate to their own situations, but also apply relatively quickly and easily. I hope you have a great day!

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he Precision Farming Event offers visitors the opportunity to find out about the latest techniques and compare equipment from all the main suppliers in the UK’s leading technology exhibition. Alongside the exhibition of the latest equipment and services, the comprehensive seminar programme offers valuable information on a range of topics from industry-leading experts and farmers. Planned presentations include how smart phones and ‘Apps’ can help operators, a detailed look at trials into automated nitrogen applications as well as putting agronomy into precision farming. With a focus on putting

precision farming in practice leading farm managers will be explaining how they put the technology into work in their operations. These seminars provide hands-on experience of how equipment can be employed to improve accuracy, cut costs and boost margins. All the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers attend the Precision Farming Event. This year, for the first time, they will also be holding a ‘plug fest’ - checking the compatibility among different makes of controllers. This will include ISObus compliant and standard equipment and is likely to provide some useful information for owners and operators looking to invest in new systems.

BASF is the world’s leading Chemical Company. In collaboration with ADAS, BASF have developed a Canopy Assessment Tool (CAT) for Winter Cereals geared to improved nitrogen precision through accurate estimation of crop nitrogen, and effective lodging control by providing a quick and easy assessment of crop lodging risk.

Advanced Technology Area - Apps, e-tools and Plug Fest For further details and to purchase tickets for any of the above events: Andy Newbold

Precision Farming 2012 4 0845 4900 142

A new Technology Focus Area provides access to free, one-toone, consultations with leading specialists. This unique service allows visitors to talk, in private and at great depth, to a range of experts on topics including:

The use of APPs and E-tools for crop management – ADAS and BASF Practical and hands-on advice from the HGCA’s ‘Be Precise’ training programme Implement and terminal


compatibility including how ISObus works in practice – Plug Fest How to get involved with the work of the new National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams University College

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Seminar Programme

Seminar Notes

Chairman/host: Bill Basford, Independent mechanisation specialist You gain FREE entry to all the seminars when you have bought a ticket to the event. You can collect CPD points by attending a seminar - please do not forget to sign for them before leaving the event. 10.45am
 - Case Study A whole farm approach to precision farming
Jake Freestone, Manager Overbury Farms Jake Freestone takes us on a precision farming tour of the Overbury Farms’ arable land. Here he employs a wide range of techniques from precise job recording and costings thorugh to using GPS steering and guidance, variable rate fertiliser and careful planning to help improve efficiency and accuracy of all the operations. 11:30am - Fundamentals New e-tool aids to improve nitrogen and PGR precision in winter cereals Sarah Clarke, ADAS A look at the practical benefits of using a CAnopy Assessment Tool (CAT), developed by BASF in collaboration with ADAS. Using the CAT farmers can quickly and easily assess a crop canopy›s Green Area Index (GAI) to provide consistent assessment of crop nitrogen and crop lodging risk from a digital photograph. 12:15pm 
- Case Study Setting up a controlled traffic system
Robert Ramsey, SoilEssentials and farmer A detailed and practical look at why and how one farmer has established a controlled traffic farming (CTF) system on his farm. Also as a supplier of precision farming equipment he explains eactly is required, how it works and some costs to set-up and operate the system. 14:00pm
- Case Study Automating nitrogen applications
ADAS Auto-N project - Daniel Kindred, ADAS and farmer, Nick August A detailed look at the Auto-N project, which combines research expertise in nitrogen management, crop sensing and variability with proven commercial expertise in precision agriculture. The aim is to develop commercially-viable systems for automated, fine-scale adjustment of N applications to autumn-sown cereals. Nick August, provides experience from a farmer’s perspective.

What is NRoSO?

A central register of sprayer operators using Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a means of ensuring ongoing training.

Who Can Join?

The scheme is open to anybody who holds an appropriate NPTC PA certificate of competence, or was born before 31st December 1964 and is applying pesticides under “Grandfather Rights”.

What is involved?

As a member you are required to collect 30 or more CPD points in each threeyear period to qualify for membership renewal.

What is BASIS?

BASIS® is an independent organisation set up at the suggestion of the UK Government in 1978 to establish and assess standards in the pesticide industry relating to storage, transport and competence of staff.

CPD POINTS AVAILABLE You must attend the seminars to gain ...

Who Can Join?

4 BASIS points

The scheme is open to anybody who works in the pesticide, fertiliser and allied industries.

2 NRoSO points

What is involved?

A range of examinations and recognised qualifications can be gained.

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Site Plan

Exhibitors Addington Fund

The Addington fund provides homes for farming families having to leave or retire from the industry and emergency grants in times of hardship.

Stand 16

Agricultural Supply Services

CropCool ‘TM’ Grainstore Management System. Cabled or Wireless. Differential Temperature +/- Humidity Fan Control. Datastore, Remote Access from Farm computer/mobile. Add to system according to need.

Stand 3

Amazone Ltd

Amazone will be exhibiting their range of GPS compatible controllers for sprayers, spreaders and drills, including guidance and VRA systems.

Stand 35

AS Communications (UK) Ltd

AS Communications act as authorised UK distributors for Trimble, Dickey- John and Agcam providing precision agriculture solutions for GPS manual guidance, automated steering systems, RTK networks, VRA, and farm software.

Stand 11

BASF plc

BASF is the world’s leading Chemical Company.

9 Barford Exchange, Wellesbourne Road, Barford, Warwickshire CV35 8AQ T: 01926 620135 Crawley Barns, Uley Gloucestershire GL11 5BH T:01453 860860 / F:01453 860974 Blyth Road, Harworth, Doncaster DN11 8NE T: 01302 751200 / F:01302 751202

Agdengreen Farm, The Green, Great Staughton, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 5DQ T: 01480 861824 / F: 01480 869453

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Hardi Ltd RTK Solutions Agricultural Supply Services Farmex Ltd Househam Sprayers Ltd

Dempsey Precision Ltd 7 New Holland

8 David King Electronics Ltd 9 RABI 10 Muddy Boots Software 11 AS Communications (UK)Ltd 12 Farmade Management Systems Ltd 14 John Deere 15 RDS Technology Ltd 16 Addington Fund

17 Case IH 18 EnviroMonitors 19 Sadaret Ltd 20 Martin Lishman Ltd 21 Soilessentials Ltd 22 Agrii 23 Kvernland Group UK Ltd 24 FarmPlan Computer Systems 25 Project URSULA 26 SOYL 28 BASF plc 29 Yara UK Ltd 30 Farm Works 31 Safety Revolution Ltd 32 Garford Farm Machinery Ltd 33 Farm Image Ltd

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34 Precision Decisions Ltd 35 Amazone Ltd 36 Claas UK 37 Patchwork Technology Ltd 1 Outside Precise Solutions GPS Ltd Guidance Arena John Deere Advanced Technology Area 1 BASF plc 2 HGCA 3 National Centre for Precision farming 4 Plug-Fest

PO Box 4, Earl Road Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle Cheshire, SK8 6QG T:0161 4856222

In collaboration with ADAS, BASF have developed

Case IH

Advanced Farming Systems

Cranes Farm Road Basildon Essex, SS14 3AD T: 07715 211392

a Canopy Assessment Tool (CAT) for Winter Cereals geared to improved nitrogen precision through accurate estimation of crop nitrogen, and effective lodging control by providing a quick and easy assessment of crop lodging risk.

Stand 17

Claas UK Claas offers efficent agriculture Saxham Bury St Edmunds IP28 6QZ T:01284 763100

Stand 28

systems for today’s modern farmer. Telematics, GPS, and camera steering systems, isobus terminals, yield mapping all continue the tradition of innovation with the focus on efficiency.


Stand 36

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David King Electronics Ltd/ Muller-Elektronik GmbH

David King Electronics Ltd UK Distributor for Precision Farming Products manufactured by Muller- Elektronik GmbH. MullerElektronik GmbH Electronic Monitors and Controls for Precision Farming compliant with ISOBus: the Standard for electronics in agricultural machinery based on CANBus.

Stand 8

FarmPlan Computer Systems

Farmplan provide software to help producers and rural businesses manage their crop records more effectively and provide the information to improve crop planning and management. Training and support is available.

Stand 24

Dempsey Precision Ltd

Distributors of AutoFarm and Raven precision farming tools. Providers of Auto-steer, RTK Signal and Machine control systems,   Auto-section for sprayers and drills.  Yield monitor kits and Laser Level Control.

Stand 6

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd

Garford will exhibit their range of Robocrop precision guided weeding equipment which uses video camera’s and computer imaging systems to locate crop position and guide the weeding tools.

Stand 32

Stand 18

Hardi Ltd

Unit B, Watling Suite High Cross Business Park, Sharnford, Leics LE17 4YR T:01455 222230 / F:01455 222240

offer a range of precision application products for the agricultural spraying market. Including field mapping, autosection control, boom management, autosteer and upload/ download of records and prescriptions.

Stand 33

Househam Sprayers Ltd

Househam Sprayers offer a range of crop sprayers from 2000 to 6000 litres with latest electronic precision GPS mapping and management.

Stand 30

John Deere

Harby Road Langar, Nottingham NG13 9HT T:01949 860491 / F:01949 860490

FarmSight initiative integrates wireless technology and advanced precision farming solutions to connect equipment, owners, operators and dealers in order to enhance productivity and increase efficiency.

Kverneland Group UK Ltd

Kverneland Group. iM Farming range of ISOBUS

Meadow View Farm, Heath End Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 0PL T: 01789 731365 / F: 01789 730513 15 High Street, Rillington North Yorkshire YO17 8LA T:01944 759090 / F:01944 759079

EnviroMonitors Affordable quality technology Weather Front Ltd

Unit 14&15 Westham Business Park Eastbourne Road, Westham, BN24 5NP

T:0845 6806803 / F:0845 6801833

Farm Image Ltd

Howletts Farm, Knockwood Lane Molash, Canterbury CT4 8HW T:01233 740247

Farm Works

designed specifically to measure and record climate and the growing environment. Technology that will form the basis of prediction and aid decision making.

Variable rate P, K, Mg and lime, nitrogen, soil electro- conductivity and variable seed rates, full compatibility, all processing and nutrient recommendations in-house providing flexible powerful service.

Office and field software- variable rate

Enterprise House Springkerse Business Park Stirling, FK7 7UF T:01786 465700

application, mapping, sampling, wireless data exchange and record keeping. Fully traceable enterprise management, profit mapping, yield normalisation and drainage management, Trimble handheld computers.

Farmade Management Systems Ltd

Farmade gatekeeper is a fully integrated field management and precision farming software package. Precision farming only makes sense when integrated with normal farm management practice and record keeping.

Stand 12

Remote data capture for real-time monitoring in pig production. Wireless grain store control and monitor. SMS text alarm systems using wireless sensors for pheasant rearing.

Stand 4

Clearwater House, Bell Lane Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QL T: 01825 712502 / F: 01825 760932

Farmex Ltd

Unit 4, Wyvols Court Farm Basingstoke Road, Swallowfield Reading, RG7 1WY T: 01189 889093 / F: 01189 889658

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Farmplan House, Mitcheldean Gloucestershire GL17 0SN T:01594 545000 / F:01594 545012

Hards Lane, Frognall Deeping St James Peterborough, PE6 8RP T:01778 342642 / F:01778 348949

World leaders in spray technology,

The New Forge, Leadenham Lincoln, LN5 0PE T:01400 276000 / F:01400 273388

The newly launched John Deere

Walkers Lane, Lea Green, St Helens Mersyside, WA9 4AF T:01744 853200 / F:01744 853400

intelligent technology on their range of spreaders,

Martin Lishman Ltd

Wireless and remote crop monitoring and automatic fan control with data storage and management; pile-dry pedestals, the fastest cooling and drying vertical storage system; professional soil testing and sampling equipement

Unit 2B, Roman Bank, Bourne Lincolnshire, PE10 9LQ T:01778 426600 / F:01778 426555

sprayers, precision seed drills, ploughs, seed

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drills & balers. New products include the GEOcontrol application module for the IM Tellus along with SPREADERScontrol, SPRAYERcontrol and DRILLcontrol machine modules. 11

Stand 20

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Muddy Boots Software

Muddy Boots software specialise in field based crop recording, auditing and traceability solutions for the global food industry; addressing product safety, integrity and product sustainability.

Stand 10

RDS Technology Ltd

New Holland

Precision Land Management Equipment

Stand 7

RTK Solutions

Phocle Green, Ross-on-wye Herefordshire, HR9 7XU T:01989 780540 / F:01989 780436

Cranes Farm Road Basildon Essex, SS14 3AD T: 07715 211392

Cirencester Road Minchinhampton Stroud, GL6 9BH T:01453 733300 / F:01453 733311 Hessleskew Sancton, York YO43 4RJ

T: 01430 872363 / M: 079 444 26086

RDS Technology manufactures instrumentation for agricultural machinery including the new Weighloga10 on-board weighing system for agricultural loaders, Ceres combine yield monitor, Artemis drill control and monitor and Delta sprayer regulation system.

Stand 15

RTK Solutions supply and support the SBG range of Tractor and Implement steering systems. A european product tested and proven in the most demanding vegetable and combinable crop growing systems.

Stand 2

Patchwork Technology Ltd

Patchwork technology offer in-cab guidance connection to farm management software, variable rate application assisted steering and automatic boom switching data management software solutions including webtrack.

Stand 37

Saderet Ltd

The Old Parsonage St Judes, Isle of Man IM7 2EW T:01624 880366 / F:01624 880855

is the European distributor for Hemisphere GPS. On display is the new S320 GNSS receiver and a range of single and dual frequency OEM receiver products.

Precise Solutions GPS Ltd

Can one display do it all? Yes the Agleader Integra from Precise Solutions - VRA, Norac UC5 Boom Height Control, Auto Section Shut-off, Yield Mapping, Auto Steer and more.

Stand 1 Outside

Safety Revolution Ltd

Safety Revolution- Specialist Agricultural Risk Management advisors providing help and advice to Farms, Estates and Contractors in maintaining compliance and developing practical systems for Health, Safety and Personnel Management.

Precision Decisions Ltd

Precision Decisions Ltd uniquely cover the full spectrum of precision farming, from soil sampling and conductivity scanning, RTK surveying, guidance systems to follow-up consultancy and farm specific tailored applications.

Stand 34

Soilessentials Ltd Soilessentials tailors complete Hilton of Fern Farm Brechin, Angus DD9 6SB T:01356 650459

prescision farming solutions we provide soil sampling, auotsteer, variable rate, guidance, smart sampling, VRT nitrogen, yield mapping and softwear among our package of products and services.

Stand 21

Project URSULA

URSULA (UAS Remote Sensing for Use in Land Applications) is a 2-year R&D programme to explore the opportunities for advanced remote sensing in agricultural applications.

Stand 25


Precision farming services and products including nutrient management, variable rate seed, nitrogen and application systems.

Stand 26


RABI is the national charity in England and Wales dedicated to helping members of the farming community suffering hardship.

Stand 9

Yara UK Ltd

Oaklands, Llancayo Court Usk, Monmouthshire NP15 1HY T:01291 673366

Cote House, Wetheral Carlisle, CA4 8HZ T:01228 562234 / F:01228 501912

Church Farm, Shipton by Beningbrough York, YO30 1AA T:01347 844132 / F:01904 471474 11 Cefn Llan, Science Park Aberystwyth, SY23 3AH T:01970 626688

Shaw House, 27 West Way Oxford, OX2 0QH T:01865 724931 / F:01865 202025

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Established in 1998, Saderet

Suite L24, South Fens Business Centre, Fenton Way, Chatteris PE16 6TT T:01354 694222

Kennetside, Newbury Berkshire, RG14 5PX T:01635 204190 / F:01522 866272

Yara UK is a major supplier of high

Harvest House, Europarc Grimsby, N.E Lincolnshire DN37 9TZ T:01472 889250

Stand 31

Stand 29

quality granular and liquid plant nutrient products including macro and micro nutrients. Yara research has developed application tools such as the N Sensor. 13

Stand 19

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Buyers' Guide

Buyers' Guide

Controllers for one and all The ISObus standard, which allows on terminal to control a wide range of implements from various manufacturers, is possibly the most important advance in precision farming technology. Add ISObus to the myriad of tasks multi-function controllers are already capable of running and you get a very powerful console.

AgLeader Integra

Claas CEBIS Mobile Cross-platform ability

Muller Comfort-Terminal

The AgLeader Integra, which is sold in the UK by Precise Solutions, has a 12.1in HD colour, touch-screen display. The terminal is ISObus compatible, includes an integral lightbar for guidance and will operate and control a wide range of functions. It provides assisted steering via the OnTrac2+ system that fits to the steering column, as well as fully ‘plug-and-play’ integrated auto-steer with the ParaDyme system, which also includes the Logic 7D system that measures and compensates for vehicle pitch, roll and yaw. It is one of the few consoles that also includes yield monitoring, providing the ability to measure and map yields and moisture levels in real time. The auto-section control function operates with both liquid and dry products and the automatic shut-off also works with crop sensing technology. In common with other systems it will also provide variable rate control for drills, fertiliser spreaders and sprayers. Maps can be imported and exported to the terminal in a range of common file-types and can be set up to include customer, farm/field names, boundaries and guidance lines as well as information on the job and applications. The screen displays a wide range of information, which can be superimposed on the background coverage map. The video camera input will handle up to four different views.

CEBIS Mobile is a portable multifunctional control terminal from Claas based on the established CEBIS system used across the firm’s larger tractors and combines. Designed primarily as a stand-alone ISOBUS controller for in precision farming systems, it can be used to control both tractor and sprayer/implement functions and displays information on a 16cm/6.4 inch colour screen with standard ISOBUS backlit keyboard, 15 keys and one rotary switch for navigation The unit incorporates two SD card readers, and comes complete with the Claas Agromap software, allowing users to create variable application maps without the need to rely on external suppliers. For variable application management, CEBIS Mobile can be used in combination with most variable rate-capable sprayers, as well as fertiliser spreaders and drills. It uses the ISO-XML format, which means that although mainly designed for use with CLAAS Agro-Net and Agro-Map software, it offers some compatibility with other popular software mapping packages, providing an element of cross-platform ability. Having loaded the application maps, in addition to managing the implement via either a serial or ISOBUS interface, CEBIS Mobile also has the capability to record and store an application map, showing what has been applied and where. This can then be transferred to the farm computer and stored as proof of application for crop compliance or other schemes. The system can also be used for auto steering control.

The Müller Elektronik Comfort-Terminal, sold in the UK by David King Electronics, offers a 10.4in VGA screen and is also found on a wide range of self-propelled sprayers and other equipment. The terminal, which complies with the ISObus standard, can provide a wide range of functions including automatic boom section control, autosteering and VarioSelect, which operates multiple nozzles. It is operated using 17 softtouch buttons, which operate five main and 12 additional functions, and are arranged around the screen. A ‘selection’ knob is used to scroll through menu ‘pages’ and for entering and changing data, pressing in the button to confirm. The screen can be divided into two parts – with the upper section showing information about the machine and the lower part displaying precision farming data. If spraying, for example, the top part will display the current spraying status, nozzles on/off, etc, while the GPS position and other data at the bottom. The screen also shows guidance lines and coverage maps. It can be used with a wide range of dGPS correction signals including RTK and has two GSM modules as well as two connections for displaying images from on-board video cameras. Software options allow the terminal to run assisted-steering as well as full integral auto-steer, variable rate applications as well as headland management systems.

All in one Integra

12.1in, HD colour touch-screen ISObus compatible Yield and moisture monitoring Variable rate control Create reports for fields and farms

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16cm/6.4 inch colour screen Rotary switch feature selection Supplied with mapping software Compatibility with some other mapping packages Can control auto-steering

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Control with comfort

10.4in colour, VGA screen ISObus compatible Screen splits to two displays Video camera inputs Wide range of functions

Buyers' Guide

Buyers' Guide

John Deere Greenstar 2630

Kverneland IsoMatch Tellus

Topcon X30 terminal

Trimble FmX

John Deere’s GreenStar 3 2630 touchscreen display is an evolution of the firm’s 2600 unit. It adds full tractor guidance and Application Pro implement management systems, plus documentation recording, to the established standard features of the monitor it succeeds. The new model has a smaller profile, although screen size is unchanged, and is said to be more robust. The 2630 also has a faster processor with more memory, and features USB and ethernet ports plus video capability. Screen brightness has been improved, and there’s a standby mode to save rebooting when moving on the road between fields. Different user access levels allow farmers and managers to prevent less experienced operators from, for example, changing settings without permission. A Field Locator records the machine’s departure from the field, and helps the operator select the name of the field and others nearby using GPS. Touching the map screen allows operators to search for a new field. The GreenStar 3 2630 terminal is ISOBUScompatible, allowing ISOBUS-equipped implements to be touchscreen-controlled through the display. Cab clutter is limited by the ability to specify the terminal pre-loaded with AutoTrac and Sprayer Pro automatic steering and control applications, eliminating the need for additional displays. The standard screen is AutoTrac (auto steer) ready, while also included in the optional touch screen version is video monitoring capability.

Kverneland’s latest control terminal incorporates a dual-screen display that enables two ISOBuscompatible implements to be monitored/controlled without toggling between screen views. The 32cm touchcreen display on the IsoMatch Tellus can be used to control a wide range of Vicon and Kverneland sprayers, fertiliser spreaders, drills, forage wagons and balers, as well as ISOBUS compatible machines from other makers. The terminal can be set up such that, for example, one screen view shows tractor operating data while the other is used to control the sprayer. Alternatively, one screen can be used with a rear-view camera, or the operator can use both screens to manage two different control functions on one implement. For example, an ISO-compatible sprayer can be displayed on the top part of the screen while auto-boom height control could be shown on the lower half. Customers without an ISOBUS-ready tractor can specify the Tellus terminal with a dedicated wiring loom. In addition to being used for data input and export – for application maps, for example – multiple terminals can be connected where necessary, and external ISO controllers such as joysticks or third-party GPS steering systems can be plugged in. An RS232 input allows GPS receivers to be connected A Bluetooth-enabled, built-in internet browser allows web and e-mail access from the field, while electronic handbooks and manuals can be uploaded onto the terminal’s 16GB flash memory.

The Topcon X30 terminal, sold in the UK by LH Agro, as well by AGCO dealers, can operate as a stand-alone console and is fully ISObus compliant. It is also the interface for the System 350 Autosteering with the AGI-3 multi-constellation GPS receiver and controller. Alternatively it has an integral lightbar for guidance, but will also run assisted-steering using, for example, the Topcon AES-25 electric system, which fits over the steering wheel. For guidance and steering it offers a range of steering modes – straight lines and curves – and shows lines and coverage maps on the display. The colour, 12.1in touch-screen can show up to three ‘mini-view’ window, which operators can ‘drag and drop’ into their preferred position on the display. It also has a user-defined dashboard read-out that allows operators to select common basic data that is displayed constantly. The X30 can provide variable rate control on sprayers, fertiliser spreaders and drills for up to eight different products/channels, as well as auto-section control of up to 32 individual nozzles. Auto-field recognition helps load jobs and identifies tasks, while coverage maps display current progress as well as calculating covered and remaining areas. Jobs can be imported and exported using a wide range of file types and client, farm and job menus are used to save and assign multiple fields and tasks for different farms.

At the launch of Trimble›s AgGPS FmX integrated display unit, the manufacturer claimed that the new system was one of the first of its type to offer the possibilities of working either as a stand-alone manual guidance system or as part of an automated guidance, implement control or steering package. Incorporating dual GPS and GLONASS receivers with integral 450MHz receivers (900MHz units are an option) for greater accuracy, the 12.1in touchscreen terminal can be integrated with Trimble’s Autopilot automated steering system, and used for sprayer control, variable rate application, field mapping and to view video of the machine at work from up to four different cameras. Trimble can supply its own AgCam video camera units. Users can toggle between plan and 3D views or zoom in/out on maps by touching a finger to the screen, while a virtual lightbar is included to give the operator fast feedback on position accuracy. Screen brightness can be adjusted for night work. Accuracy options range from EGNOS (15-30cm) to RTK/ GLONASS (2.5cm), with further additions including the aforementioned Trimble Autopilot automated steering or the EZ-Steer assisted steering system, which can is portable and transferable, and can be fitted to more than 1,000 machines – both older vehicles and those currently on the market.

Capable of full tractor guidance Can use with Application Pro implement management system Documentation recording Full touchscreen control Can be pre-loaded with AutoTrac and Sprayer Pro

Twin screen display ISOBus capability 32cm touchscreen Controls wide range of implements ISOBus benefits even for non-ISObus tractors

Deere development

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Two screens in one

X30 heart of System 350

12.1in, colour touch-screen ISObus compatible Three ‘mini-view’ windows Variable rate control Create reports for fields and farms


Specced up or simple

12.1in, HD colour touch-screen ISObus compatible Yield and moisture monitoring Variable rate control Create reports for fields and farms

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Canopy Assessment

Canopy Assessment

Assessing a crops canopy Green Area Index (GAI) The Canopy Assessment Tool (CAT) has been considerably enhanced in a number of ways, making it even more valuable to growers and agronomists. The CAT is available as an iPhone App or as a webbased online tool at A Blackberry version will be available very soon.


ssessing a crop’s canopy Green Area Index (GAI) precisely can be tricky, but it is an important indicator for accurate fertiliser and agrochemical application timings. In collaboration with ADAS, BASF developed a Canopy Assessment Tool (CAT) for winter cereals, allowing an accurate and consistent assessment of crop nitrogen content (in kgN/ha) and crop lodging risk from a digital photograph. “The BASF Canopy Assessment Tool is a revolutionary tool to help farmers and advisors protect their yield by accurately assessing nitrogen requirements and crop lodging risk. It is an easy to use practical aid, calculating crop nitrogen requirements accurately and allowing appropriate fertiliser and PGR programmes to be devised. It helps to justify inputs and is very much a part of an on-going ICM approach. Having the CAT on the mobile interface makes the tool faster and more flexible,” says BASF’s Sarah Mountford-Smith. In its first year there were more than 4000 uses of the CAT online by growers and advisors,

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and more than 400 downloaded the CAT App. “Hopefully more growers and advisors will have a go with the CAT this spring. The new improved CAT App is being demonstrated at the Precision Farming event on the BASF stand at Stand Number 28, where you can download it free of charge on the day of the event,” says Sarah. She reports that since its launch last year the Canopy Assessment Tool (CAT) has been considerably enhanced in a number of ways, making it even more valuable to growers and agronomists. “The CAT is available as an iPhone App or as a web-based online tool at A Blackberry version will be available very soon.” Sarah explains that the CAT was originally developed for use in winter wheat and this has been expanded to include winter barley. “We have also improved its user-friendliness through more appropriate default settings. The key area of enhancement is its use not only for assessing lodging risk and hence PGR timings, but also for accurately assessing crop nitrogen content. This means that it has two key timings and


two key functions – the first is when the CAT is calibrated to be used from Growth Stage 12 onwards to calculate crop nitrogen content and the second is when it is used from GS 30 onwards to calculate lodging risk and PGR needs.” Sarah explains that the CAT is very simple to use. “Either on iPhone App or using a digital camera, photographs should be taken directly above the crop at the appropriate timings. A 1 metre x 1 metre area is perfectly adequate, but choose an area representative of the

Dr Sarah Clarke for ADAS says 'Growers are being advised that their crops should be managed carefully to optimise Nitrogen inputs and reduce the potentially high lodging risk.'

whole field. If you are using the online version, upload your photos to www.agricentre.basf. web site. If using the App, field photos are processed immediately or can be saved and processed at a more convenient time.” “The iPhone App automatically generates an assessment of GAI, Crop N and subsequent report there and then in the field. The App has a save function for crop photos and associated crop reports and automatically records the location by GPS. Another feature is the ability to export the risk assessment by email to customers or colleagues at the touch of a button.” The CAT has been developed in conjunction with ADAS and ADAS researcher Dr. Sarah Clarke is of the view that it will provide an important role in managing and justifying inputs this spring. “This season, earlier sowing, higher seed rates and more residual Nitrogen than normal have all contributed to give the large wheat crops that can currently be seen throughout the country. Growers are being advised that these crops should be managed carefully in order to optimise Nitrogen inputs and reduce the potentially high lodging risk,” she says. Nitrogen (N) is a key input to any crop, and is often the most costly, so getting the amount right is important to optimise both yields and gross margins. The Soil Nitrogen Status (SNS) of a crop, which includes an estimate of the amount of N already in the crop, is needed to produce a Nitrogen recommendation. The amount of N already in the crop can be determined by measuring it’s Green Area Index (GAI), as 1 unit of GAI contains 30 kg N/ha. “In a season like this where we’ve experienced a mild

autumn, crops may well have taken up more N than usual, so it is particularly important to measure GAI to check crop N status,” says Sarah. The fertiliser manufacturers, GrowHow now have a connection with the BASF CAT tool to enable growers to calculate the amount of N in the crop by assessing crop canopy size, reports GrowHow company agronomist, Allison Grundy. She explains that barley and wheat can be assessed from growth stage 12 to 32. “It’s very simple to do. The grower uploads a digital image to the BASF Website or App where the GAI and crop N is calculated from calibrated images. Ready for spring 2013, BASF are developing the tool so it estimates the number of tillers from crop images as well as crop N content. Making an estimate of crop N is an important component of assessing SNS but counting tillers and calculating GAI’s can be a laborious job, this is where the CAT comes into its own as it provides a timely and accurate alternative,” adds Allison. Dr. Sarah Clarke explains how the CAT can also be used for assessing lodging risk and the necessary PGR programme. “Lodging risk can also be estimated from crop GAI, with larger crops being more lodging prone due to more tillers and weaker stems. Lodging can reduce yield by up to 75%, and Hagberg Falling Number by 20 seconds a day, as well as increasing combining time and drying costs. There is also a variety effect, with around 70% of current Recommended List varieties at risk from lodging (lodging resistance score <7).” “To assess lodging risk, the GAI of a crop should be measured at growth stages 30 and 31. GAI should be 1-1.25


at the first timing and 1.5-1.75 at the second. Each 0.5 unit increase above this reduces a variety’s lodging resistance score by 1, a significant effect,” says Sarah Clarke. You can estimate GAI by eye from the area of the ground covered by the crop, but it is not easy and can lead to large errors - the GAI would be 1 if the area of the crop was estimated as 50%, but would double to a GAI of 2 if the estimate was 65%. This difference would lead to different conclusions on how best to manage the crop, she warns. A more accurate way of estimating GAI is to upload a digital photograph onto the Canopy Assessment Tool. This gives a measurement of GAI, an estimate of the lodging risk, and an appropriate BASF PGR programme for the crop. So the advice to growers is clear. ‘In terms of optimising both Nitrogen and PGR inputs, knowing the GAI of your crop is very important’ says Sarah Clarke. ‘With the lush crops we are seeing this season, assessing GAI will be especially worthwhile, and using the CAT is a quick, easy and more precise way of doing this.’

The CAT is available as an App for iPhone available from the App Store on iTunes.

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Tech Update

TRACK-GUIDE II – Upgradable GPS Guidance System David King Electronics will be exhibiting a range of controls and monitors for Precision Farm Management, including TRACK-Guide II, the latest GPS guidance system produced by Mueller-Elektronik and launched at Agritechnica last year. Starting with basic guidance, the TRACK-Guide II system is upgradable using the concept of software licensing giving the user options to add automatic steering functions; either electric friction wheel or hydraulic valve. TRACK-Guide II can also be upgraded to a full scale ISOBUS Terminal

enabling task management for planning, documentation and communication with Farm Management Information

Systems independent of the machine manufacturer. Other options include SECTIONControl to switch on and switch

off machine sections using GPS, HEADLAND-Control enabling treatment of the field headland after treating the inside of the field and VRC for variable rate application using shape files. For large scale farmers and contractors, the FIELDNav software option enables navigation to field information to be shown on the terminal. TRACK-Guide II utilises different correction signals: EGNOS for example and RTK systems. Stand 8 T: 01789 731365

Field and office solutions Trimble agriculture offer a full range of precision agriculture solutions ranging from the Trimble® EZ-Guide® 250 system for basic GPS guidance up to the Trimble® Autopilot™ system for fully automated steering on RTK (2.5cm) accuracy. As part of their precision agriculture product portfolio Trimble agriculture offer solutions for assisted steering, automated sprayer section control, implement guidance, camera monitoring, variable rate

TELEMATICS for Implements Claas UK ‘s new TELEMATICS on IMPLEMENT (TONI) system, is set to revolutionise field and output data collecting and management. The system is available on CLAAS tractors, combine harvesters and forage harvesters. This data can then be analysed to make informed management decisions. Until now it has only been able to provide working information on the individual tractor, but this has moved on with the development of TELEMATICS on IMPLEMENT (TONI) which can also gather implement data. Although in pre-series trials, TONI will be available later this year. It has already been awarded a Silver Medal at last year’s Agritechnica show. Farming businesses now have to record and store an increasing amount of agronomic and field data for regulatory purposes, TONI

will be invaluable in gathering all necessary field data. And simplifying invoicing and provide greater real time information. TONI enables work process analysis, comparison and data storage. One of the most useful features is the ease with which information such as spray, fertiliser or slurry application data can be gathered, stored and retrieved in order to meet regulatory requirements. Historically this has required accurate manual daily records which is both time consuming and open to error. TONI, eliminates all manual record keeping. As the tractor enters the field, if the field is already recorded on the TELEMATICs system, for instance from yield mapping, then the system automatically recognises the field from its location and will start to upload the latest application data

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to that field file. If there is no previous field record, the field boundary and application data will still be gathered, which can be subsequently allocated a field reference. Using an Open System to communicate and gather data from the implement via ISOBUS. This data is then uploaded every 15 minutes via the GPRS mobile phone network to the server along with the tractor output data. This can then be accessed from the office PC or hand held web enabled device.

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applications, yield monitoring and RTK networks. Through their Farm Works Software® division Trimble agriculture also offer a range of farm software solutions for both the field and office. The event will particularly give AS Communications the opportunity to showcase the new Trimble EZ-Pilot™ assisted steering system that is available from Trimble, a new assisted steering system that integrates directly into the vehicle steering column allowing for clear access to cab control and increased leg room. Trimble EZ-Pilot™ uses T3™ Enhanced Terrain compensation technology which compensates for the roll, pitch and yaw on rough terrain, slopes and hillsides.

Are you JDLink-ed in? The John Deere FarmSight strategy integrates wireless technology into the arable farmer’s and contractor’s business, as well as the John Deere dealership, to a much deeper level than ever before. A range of integrated solutions will include userfriendly monitors, sensors and wireless networks for machinery, and agronomic data to facilitate operational decision making. One of the first John Deere FarmSight elements is the newly developed JDLink Inside telematics machine monitoring system. Besides remote monitoring of a machine’s location, fuel consumption and status, JDLink Ultimate also enables remote monitoring and diagnostics via John Deere’s exclusive Service ADVISOR technology. Using this system, the machine automatically generates message alerts via e-mail or mobile phone (SMS) when service or maintenance is required. Based on the machine owner’s preference, message alerts can be sent directly to the owner or fleet manager, the John Deere dealer or both. This entirely new level of

service increases the efficiency of machine diagnostics, maintenance and repair, and so reduces machine downtime. With the customer’s agreement, the dealer is able to remotely access machines from his office base. This enables him to access service or fault codes, as well as details about the machine. He can also make software updates and diagnoses from the dealership. And with full JDLink access, he’ll also know the machine’s exact location, so that the service technician can arrive precisely when and where he’s needed. Another new element of the FarmSight strategy is Machine Sync, which was one of five innovations awarded a DLG Silver Medal at Agritechnica 2011. Designed for use with combines and tractors, Machine Sync enables these machines to exchange data on-the-move to improve the efficiency of the harvesting and unloading operation, and allows the combine operator to ‘guide’ a tractor and trailer alongside the harvester. Stand 14 T: 01949 860491

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Accuracy and efficiency with automated implement control The Kverneland Group has developed a series of advanced application controls for its Kverneland and Vicon machinery ranges, to boost accuracy and efficiency within precision farming systems. Called GEOcontrol and developed for use with the sophisticated IsoMatch Tellus dual screen terminal, this new suite of intelligent machine control systems allows a greater level of task control including automatic on/off and section control for headland management with sprayers, spreaders and seed drills. With sprayers, GEOcontrol affords greater management of individual boom sections. In addition, it offers future potential to use a crop sprayer as a mobile weather station, adding further versatility to record keeping. GEOcontrol has enabled the development of additional machine-specific controllers – GEOspread and GEOseed - to simultaneously manage working widths and variable rate applications with fertiliser

Debut for new on-board weighing system

spreading and seeding operations. It means section control is no longer the exclusive domain of the sprayer. GEOspread, for example, allows the Vicon and Kverneland TL weigh cell fertiliser spreaders to automatically adjust their spread patterns, working widths and application rates on the move, to prevent under and over-dosing when spreading into wedge-shaped or curved boundaries. Cleverly, the system allows the spreader’s working width to be reduced in 2m sections and can individually manage each disc’s output. Andrew Bowley, product manager for the Vicon brand. says “Using this level of machine control, over-lapping with expensive fertilisers is a thing of the past.” GEOseed offers an equally impressive level of seeder control with the Group’s maize and sugar beet drills, when equipped with electric seed metering drive. GEOseed also allows down-the-row seed spacings to be managed on an individual basis, eliminating overlaps and losses at headlands, as defined by GPS location. The greater efficiency from using GEOspread allows the Vicon RO - EDW and Kverneland TL Exacta spreaders to deliver a saving from 2-10% from reducing overlaps. And with precision drills, GEOseed offers a 5-10% saving on seed.

Incorporating the latest colour touchscreen technology the new WEIGHLOG a10 has been specifically designed for agricultural loaders. It provides a user-friendly on-board weighing system that can be used for trailer & hopper loading, batch blending or check weighing. WEIGHLOG a10 uses a 4.3” colour, hi brightness resistive touchscreen display and additional physical keys providing a modern and ergonomic operator interface. Suitable for use with up to 10 different attachments e.g. buckets or forks, the system can be retrofitted onto compact wheeled loaders, telescopic handlers, forklifts, skidsteer type loaders and tractor loaders. The system measures hydraulic pressure using up to 4 sensors at a certain position on the lifting cycle compensating for pressure changes in the system. Enhanced stores capability comprising 30 products, 30 customers and up to 5 different recipes designed around animal feed mixing, dispensing and grain handling enable accurate record keeping and traceability. Stand 15 T: 01453 733300

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Project URSULA Presents Spectacular Results URSULA is a 2 year research and development programme that is exploring the potential for advanced remote sensing, using small unmanned aircraft for use in land applications, primarily high input arable farming. URSULA is developing market-focused data products based on imagery captured by a range of sensors. Combining the innovative remote sensing platform and its launch anywhere, anytime capability with novel processing techniques, will open up new avenues for flexible, cost-effective, high resolution data provision. It is anticipated that this will accelerate the adoption of precision farming principles at a critical time for the industry. Officially launched in March 2011 Project URSULA has completed

its first flying season with spectacular results that have already fed through into plans for year two. Flying took place over a number of arable farms with specific crop types, including wheat, potatoes, peas and legumes, at different

times in the growing season. The imagery and quantitive data can be processed in a number of different ways and at the scale and resolution required by the farm. The project and capability has

emerged from a unique collaboration between two leading edge SMEs working in complementary areas of technology; Environment Systems, environmental experts in earth observation and geographic intelligence and Callen-Lenz Associates Ltd, aviation and remote sensing specialists. Year two will see an extensive flying program with further sensor assessment and evolution of the UAS platform and further advanced data processing. Working directly with producers, we will develop the first market-focused data products, likely to be available during 2013. Stand 25 T: 01970 626688

Advanced farming systems updates Case IH has announced the following updates to their Advanced Farming Systems. Lighter weight with faster processing speeds, the AFS Pro 700 touchscreen display is being built into all new Steiger, Magnum, Maxxum and Puma tractors and Axial-Flow combines. No matter what the task – steering, performance monitoring, ISO BUS implement control, yield and data recording and mapping or video camera display – the AFS Pro 700 interfaces seamlessly with Case IH systems The AFS 372 Satellite Receiver, The integrated receiver/antenna features access to the latest in satellite signals and correction options available, resulting in increased uptime in critical areas

around trees, on headlands or in other obstructed locations. RTK Correction sources are supported by the AFS 372. It is also compatible with DGPS corrections such as EGNOS as well as OmniSTAR® corrections VBS, XP, HP. It can be easily upgraded to a higher accuracy level. The AFS 372 is a direct replacement for the existing AFS receivers, so integrating it into current equipment is quick and easy. The receiver size and mounting is unchanged and it can utilize the same RTK radio modules used by the AFS 252 or AFS 262 receivers. The AFS AccuControl variable rate application for AFS displays will give customers the possibility to do variable rate and section


control with their AFS 600 or 700 touch displays in conjunction with external rate controller hardware, compatible with a large variety of implements on the market. AFS AccuControl provides significant cost savings on chemicals, fertilizer and seeds and improves yields.

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Variable Rate P, K, Mg and pH Precision Nutrient Management shows a typical benefit of £20 - £30 per hectare over flat rate application.

Variable Rate Nitrogen SOYL’s variable rate nitrogen service delivers increased yields of up to 8%.

Variable Rate Seed SOYLseed reduces in field variation at harvest by up to 50%.

Variable Rate Application The SOYL-OPTI offers variable rate application for under £1000.

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