A driving force behind Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) is to provide the information you need to help turn potential into profit. Other features can help ease your workload so you can be more efficient with your time. But neither can happen if you’re not getting the most from your technology.
We asked Ryan Blasiak, AFS Marketing Manager at Case IH, a few questions that might be on your mind heading into the growing season. Here’s what we learned:
Q. AccuTurn is new. How can it pay off on my farm?
A. AFS AccuTurn is a great way to increase efficiency, but AccuTurn offers much more than hands-free headland turning. Path-planning logic can pay off all season long. For example, when you tap into this technology at corn planting, your rows will be consistent, regardless of field shape. With precise, repeatable accuracy, AccuTurn helps ensure proper fertilizer placement during sidedressing for a maximum return on investment and higher yields. At harvest, your combine can better follow those rows, which reduces header loss and puts more grain in the tank.
Q. What does AFS Variety Tracking bring to the table?
A. The AFS Variety Tracking software feature automatically keeps accurate records of seed varieties, inputs and performance from planting through harvest. You can track up to 30 different seed varieties per field. When you harvest that crop, the software automatically gathers yield and moisture data so you can easily and accurately analyze variety performance.
Q. How do I get started with AFS Variety Tracking?
A. First, review the operators manual for the software that came with your combine. If you need additional assistance, work with your Case IH AFS Pinnacle Certified Dealer, who has a trained precision farming specialist on staff. You can also checkout the Case IH Owners Community to access operators manuals and quick reference cards.
Q. What AFS advancements should farmers know about?
A. There are several that coincided with our spring 2017 software update. These are some of the highlights:
- The AFS Pro 700 monitor, in conjunction with AFS Connect 2-way data transfer, features improved file importing and exporting, making it easier for farmers to share data with their trusted partners, such as crop consultants and agronomists.
- We’ve made it easier to view specific parameters with AFS Connect, our telematics offering. Farmers also can export hydraulic down force data, and grower, farm and field changes now update automatically.
- If you’re taking advantage of ISOBUS technology, we’ve improved the interface on our Precision Disk™ air drills for easier usability.
Q. What other tips can you offer farmers before they head to the field?
A. If you haven’t completed all the recommended post-harvest data management best practices, be sure to do that. Ensure all the electronics and connections are working, and have a plan in place for backing up your data. But most important, be safe, and have a great spring!
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