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"Manual tank readings are costly, and require significant resources to complete,” Barcum said. “Our solution provides an efficient, accurate alternative to sending staff to a location to perform a manual read, and eliminates the need to make emergency or unplanned stops to service a remote tank."
With i-tank, Barcum said bulk delivery firms can use remote tank level information to optimize their deliveries, reduce staff effort and reduce costs without compromising customer service.
John Deere Mobile Weather
John Deere Mobile Weather provides precise weather information to private and commercial applicators to help them make proper product application and other weather-related decisions.
Mobile Weather uses a third-party weather sensor connected to the Application Controller 1120 to display real-time weather information, including wind speed and direction, Delta T and temperature and relative humidity on the John Deere GreenStar 2 or GreenStar 3 displays. However, only the GreeenStar 3 2630 Display is capable of documenting (recording) weather data, which can be transferred to Apex or other third-party farm management software for analysis and record keeping.
According to Janae Althouse, product manager with the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, John Deere Mobile Weather enables operators to make in-cab product application decisions based on location-specific weather data. In addition, operators don’t have to rely on hand-held devices or make multiple stops to manually check and record weather conditions when applying product.
"Mobile Weather is perfect for producers or commercial applicators who need to capture weather information as part of their record keeping, documentation and data analysis, or for maintaining government compliance," Althouse said. "It integrates easily into existing sprayer and GreenStar displays without the need for additional hand-held devices or displays to provide on-the-go weather monitoring."
John Deere Mobile Weather can be mounted on any John Deere 4940, 4930, 4830 and 4730 Self-Propelled Sprayers, with GreenStar displays. It can be programmed to warn the operator when weather conditions are outside of preset parameters for optimal spraying.
Miller St. Nazianz
Miller St. Nazianz, Inc. introduced its Miller NITRO 5000 sprayer earlier this summer. The NITRO 5000 features a brand new operator environment and offers a wide range of new productivity enhancing features.
The new Miller SprayView and optional Premium SprayView cab is the crowning touch on this new sprayer. The cab is designed with the operator’s comfort in mind with a larger, roomier interior and greater visibility and ergonomic features. Highlights include a clean, uncluttered environment with CAN bus wiring, convenient 12-volt power points throughout, easy to reach armrest and joystick controls, and a new Miller Systems Monitor to manage the chassis operations. In the Premium SprayView cab, the air ride seat is suede leather and features active suspension and heating/cooling. The automatic climate control can be set to the operator’s optimum temperature.