The InfoAg Conference has historically been a place where technology companies make significant announcements, and this year was no exception.
Software manufacturer SST and precision manufacturer Raven Industries announced a new strategic alliance to provide solutions for customers that create more efficient ways to move and manage information for the precision agriculture market.
The first of these solutions will be the integration of SST’s AgX Platform into Raven’s field computers, such as the Viper Pro and Envizio Pro. The AgX Platform is a standardized data structure and reference database that enables efficient in-field record keeping and seamless communication between AgX-compliant software and devices.
“We believe this collaboration will bring many efficiencies to our respective customers both in ease-of-use of record keeping and in communicating recommendations and as-applied data between the desktop and the field,” says David Waits, SST President/CEO.
Matt Burkhart, General Manager of Applied Technology Division at Raven Industries adds: “By coupling the AgX Platform with our field computers, this integration will ease the burden customers have experienced for years as it relates to data management.”
During the final hours of the conference, Trimble announced that it was acquiring CTN Data Service LLC, the parent company of Farm Works Software.
The acquisition is expected to accelerate Trimble’s information management capabilities and offer agricultural customers significant new capabilities in their precision farming operations.
Farm Works provides integrated office and mobile software solutions for both the farmer and agriculture service professional. The software is compatible with a wide range of file formats and hardware typically used in the agriculture equipment industry. Among its capabilities, Farm Works software can automatically capture field event data, downloaded from an in-cab display or handheld computer, for record keeping. The software also tracks most farm operations including vehicle monitoring, crop management, staffing, field mapping, chemical and fertilizer management, and cost accounting.
“Bringing Farm Works and Trimble together allows us to integrate technologies and competencies to further enhance information management solutions for precision agriculture,” says Erik Arvesen, vice president and general manager for Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “As we continue to expand our agricultural solutions, it is important that we help farmers take full advantage of the available data to improve yield and productivity as well as reduce their carbon footprint.”