Future of grain

HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION

AGCO announces updates to AgCommand®
AGCO has announced several feature updates to its AgCommand® telemetry system, including key reports, mobile app enhancements, and a new look and feel. AgCommand is a key product included in Fuse™ Technologies, AGCO’s next generation approach to precision agriculture and precision machine management, enabling insights into the efficiency, performance, and logistics of the entire farm operation and enabling key service offerings to ensure machine uptime.

AgCommand enhancements allow users to make timely and more informed fleet management decisions using the new automatic weekly machine status report, consisting of a brief vehicle summary, graphical efficiency chart, and service report.

The system also identifies optimal engine performance, helps to enhance overall productivity with increased insights from the vehicle history report, and monitors overall fuel consumption, fuel per hour, fuel per area, and area per hour allowing customers to compare operator performance and adjust driving habits as needed for greater efficiency (as a new feature of AgCommand Standard Plus).

Enhancements made to the AgCommand mobile app for iPad and iPhone include iOS 8 updates and a new look and feel that makes app navigation easier and more intuitive.

Customers also have the option of an additional level of support provided by their dealer. With the machine owner’s permission, AgCommand allows dealers to monitor their customers’ fleets, and provide a significantly enhanced level of support and service.

For more information about AgCommand, visit www.AGCOtechnologies.com.  •

Who are you following?
Farmers are using Twitter to stay connected and up to date with industry news. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight Twitter accounts we think you should consider following or hashtags (#) that will help you join specific conversations.

@Kevin Folta
Kevin Folta is a professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. On Twitter, Folta is a great source for information pertaining to plant breeding and genetically modified organisms and helps explain hot-button scientific issues for non-scientists using an evidence-based approach. (see this story for more)

@CleanFARMS
CleanFARMS is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization dedicated to environmental responsibility through the management of agricultural waste and recycling. Their empty seed and pesticide bag pilot program will expand to 200 locations in 2015. Follow them on Twitter for information on their programs and news about agricultural environmental stewardship. •

The Digital Toolbox
The smartphone, tablet and computer are important tools on today’s farms. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight an app, online tool, or website that may help you in the field or in the farm office.

Southwest Agricultural Conference
The Southwest Agricultural Conference (SWAC) is a two-day conference held in January in Ridgetown. During the conference, attendees can hear industry speakers and researchers from across North America and around the world discuss a wide range of topics from field crop management to farm profitability. Farmers who were unable to attend the conference or one of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s satellite locations can view recordings of many of the sessions on line. Go to www.southwestagconference.cawww.southwestagconference.ca and click on the ‘Proceedings’ link from the left hand column. Sessions from previous years are also available.  •

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