The Trimble and DICKEY-john hybrid systems will set new standards for the precision agriculture industry. Some of the initiatives will include the following:
– One-stop shopping for complete, seamless precision farming systems through Trimble and DICKEY-john’s dealer networks.
– Buy-when-needed modules that will allow growers to add new functionality — such as GPS automated steering, application monitoring and control, or field data management — when operations require it.
– Less cab clutter and simple access to GPS guidance and application controls through a single cab display. Display options will include the DICKEY-john IntelliAg virtual terminal display or Trimble AgGPS FieldManager display. Each option will provide full integration of both companies’ precision farming systems.
– The ability to install both companies’ new “hybrid” precision farming systems on equipment in multi-branded fleets.
DICKEY-john customers will, for example, be able to integrate an automated steering system into the DICKEY-john IntelliAg system. The IntelliAg system includes a virtual terminal and the farmer’s choice of individual IntelliAg “plug and play” application control modules. IntelliAg modules control and monitor row planters, grain drills, sprayers, air seeders, spreaders and anhydrous applicators.
Trimble customers with AgGPS Autopilot automated steering systems will be able to add application control modules for controlling and monitoring planters, sprayers, air seeders, spreaders and anhydrous applicators to their systems. This offers new precision farming options to growers now using Trimble systems to control AgGPS Autopilot, AgGPS TrueTracker implement steering systems or AgGPS FieldLevel land leveling systems.
New “hybrid” precision farming products from DICKEY-john and Trimble are expected to be available from both companies’ dealers in the late fall of 2007.