Topcon Positioning Systems recently purchased the SGIS agronomic desktop software business from equipment manufacturer AGCO Corp.
One of the earliest geographic information system software packages to hit the agriculture market, SGIS has been serving the needs of agriculture retailers and customers since 1993, enabling and simplifying variable rate application for agronomists and custom applicators. It continues to be recognized as a leading tool for layering of farm data, equation development and resultant output of variable rate prescriptions. The software came along as part of AGCO’s 2001 acquisition of Ag Chem Equipment, which developed and marketed SGIS.
The acquisition is viewed as a logical and progressive step in the strategic partnership for technology between AGCO and Topcon signed in 2009.
Joe Tevis, former director of SGIS who continues as director of agronomic products and services for Topcon Precision Agriculture, said, “SGIS agronomic software is an excellent complement to Topcon’s rate control, automatic steering systems and CropSpec “On The Go” crop canopy sensors. It will help customers in visualizing data layers and combining data with agronomics to better implement precision agriculture across their farm or agronomic enterprise.”
SGIS software was originally developed to help agronomists gather and bring together various layers of agronomic data to streamline and refine variable rate prescription operations. Tevis said, “It has been a tool valued by crop consultants when employing variable rate application to meet the needs of customers. When paired with the existing Topcon Precision Ag product suite, this adds additional value for customers.”
Albert Zahalka, president of Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA), adds that “agronomic technology is one of the key ingredients to creating solutions that truly optimize our customers’ workflow and productivity. This purchase agreement demonstrates that Topcon is dedicated to developing superior products and solutions for the marketplace.”
Doug Griffin, vice president of global marketing for AGCO said, “We’re confident that Topcon will build upon the current SGIS foundation to create new and exciting products for our applications customers. Clearly, Topcon is beginning to lead the industry for site specific technology and we are pleased that SGIS has become part of the Topcon suite.