Archive for January, 2011
More and more farmers, growers, and producers will pickup a smartphone as they trade in their old phones. How would a grower use a smartphone application, or ‘app’ as they are called? Immediate uses include general information tools, like weather, news, or finance. Many of the smartphones ship with these types of applications pre-installed. Other uses include specialized seed and soil calculators, ag news, and subscription ag management tools.
Here are a set of links to specific agriculture applications:
* Agriculture Crowdsourcing: These sample apps use the smartphone and crowdsourcing to bring data from the field into a lab database.
* Agriculture Management Information Apps: These types of applications are mostly mobile extensions of a farm or operation management system.
* Agriculture Calculator Apps: These are a sample of some of smartphone tools to help make in field calculations without having to head back to the home office.
* Agriculture Information Resource Apps: These types of apps are primarily used as a lookup tool, either to help identify species, review a piece of regulation, or get the specifics on an issue.
* Agriculture News Apps: These are a sample of agri-media focused news aggregators.
* Weather Apps: These are a sample of smartphone weather applications.”
How many of you use smart phones? What do you use them for? Come vote in our poll to tell us what kind of mobile phone you use.
Picture compliments of Steve Tucker, who blogs at http://thetractorcab.wordpress.com, many times from his smartphone.
Farm Life Lesson 1: Good Equipment is worth the extra mile It was how I found the AGCO blog in the first place. My husband had been searching for a Sunflower soil finisher (a product of AGCO) for months. Maybe even a couple of years. It appeared finding a used one which someone was willing to sale was quite a challenge.
That is, until last week. Farmer Husband finally found the Sunflower soil finisher for which he had been searching. The only problem was it was 5 states away. And when you live in Texas, 5 states in any direction is a long ways. So the boys talked it over. I can tell you two things.
#1. We are the proud owners of a Sunflower soil finisher.
#2. 1500 miles, 750 of them pulling a wide, heavy load, and only driving 40 mph, covering the back roads of 5 states and 500 gas stations (or something close to that!)… makes for a VERY long trip.
Apparently good equipment is worth the extra mile.
Who out there thinks they have traveled the furthest to pick up their beloved AGCO equipment?
Ed Swenson served two years as TSC Chairman. During his chairmanship the TSC has provided an increased focus of safety with specific seminars on key topics relative to member products and standards. In addition, Swenson has provided leadership in driving the adoption of global ISO standards and the funding of standards development work through AEM.
Todd Howatt, who is responsible for AGCO’s safety and homologation compliance at AGCO’s Jackson facility, will continue the mission of the TSC to ensure early recognition of merging issues and seek their satisfactory resolution; to provide an industry forum for the exchange of technical information, provide encouragement and assistance to product groups and other AEM groups that conduct technical activities and programs; to encourage the establishment of programs aimed at minimizing accidents involving members’ products; and to advise the AEM Board of Directors on technical matters.
AEM, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Beijing and a European presence in Brussels, represents more than 800 companies in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors.
AGCO is committed to agriculture equipment safety and is an active member in AEM. Congratulations, Todd on your appointment!
Do you have ideas how to use technology to help keep yourself and your family safe on your farm?
In addition to the milk from his own herd, Jean Claude collects the milk from neighboring farms and brings it in plastic containers to the local dairy at Bon Repos. This is one of 13 dairies that belong to Haiti’s Lèt Agogo co-operative of small producers. Farmers receive 75 gourdes (around $2.00) per gallon.
“This is a great way for small producers like me to do business,” says Jean Claude who gets paid extra for being a collector. “It’s been a very hard year but at least dairy farmers around here have a secure market for their milk.”
Milk is an important staple of the Haitian diet but many Haitians have no choice but to buy expensive imported varieties – or go without. With an estimated half a million cows in Haiti, there is huge scope for increased domestic production and it is farmers like Jean Claude Belizaire who are showing the way.” Source: Pilot Project Puts Fresh Milk On School Meals Menu | World Food Program USA
*Photo courtesy World Food Program
+ Over 12,000 attendees from over 60 countries visited AG CONNECT Expo and the co-located American Farm Bureau Federation
+ 382 exhibitors spanning 174,500 net square feet of exhibit space, including the AFBF Tradeshow Pavilion
+ Quality education presented by industry experts in over 39 sessions
The AGCO booth was an interactive experience where you could learn about the latest in Advanced Technology Solutions, AGCO SISU POWER Engines and e3 technology. If you missed the show, there is no need to worry! You can view photos from AG CONNECT on our Facebook page and see videos on our YouTube channel. Check out the video below from the AGCO Advanced Technology Solutions booth at AG CONNECT. The next AG CONNECT Expo is scheduled for January 2013 in Orlando.
Were you at the show? What did you think about AG CONNECT Expo 2011?