There were a couple of guys from an area dealership in the shop with boxes and tools working in the tractor cabs of our CaseIH 8930 and 8950 tractors.
They were installing E-Z Pilot Assisted Steering System by Trimble. Click on the link to learn more about this system.
The guys were installing monitors in the tractor that ensure no coverage overlap as the tractor pulls equipment. We don't want any skips or double coverage as the tractors pull equipment over the fields.
I was a bit alarmed to see the tractor's steering wheel thrown on the floor of the shop.
Hands free with no steering wheel does not seem like a good idea to me.
So it was great relief that I found a brand new steering wheel next to some boxes nearby.
Farming is becoming increasingly technology driven. The cost of production has gotten so high that we must conserve passes over the field. By using E-Z Pilot, we save fuel and input costs while ensuring that every inch of the field is covered. To accomplish this feat, the E-Z Pilot communicates with a satellite and sends information back. The operator in the tractor cab can read the information on a monitor, but the E-Z Pilot actually steers the tractor as it makes its way across the field.
And, if the tractor is hooked to a sprayer, the monitor allows the operator to apply a perfect coverage without overlap or skips.
We are waiting for the 2013 farming season in GriggsDakota.