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Agriculture has been on the frontier for new, innovative developments to increase sustainable food production to help feed the growing population. With this in mind, we have been on the forefront of incorporating smart technology to improve productivity, profitability, and traceability. As the global Learning and Development director for AGCO’s Grain and Protein brands, I am lucky to travel and learn from our internal teams and dealers about the challenges farmers face globally. Recently, discussions have focused on how to use technology to transfer knowledge faster and provide a more dynamic learning experience. Specifically, I have been asked about technology use in three main areas.

  1. Sales
    • How can we do a better job of helping our customers visualize their new grain, livestock or fertilizer facility so their design is the correct solution for their specific operation?
  2. Training
    • How can we train more effectively when it is impossible to bring large equipment into a classroom and traveling to an existing site is challenging because of safety and biosecurity concerns?
  3. Installation and Repair
    • Can we reduce install and repair time on our equipment by using existing 3D CAD assets to deliver animated installation and repair instructions? Can this be done on site, as they are standing next to the physical piece of equipment?

In February of 2018, the AGCO Acceleration Center launched at the University of Illinois Research Park giving AGCO access to thought leaders in emerging technologies such as computer science and agriculture production. With strategic partnerships like the University of Illinois, we are able to provide high tech solutions to not only our dealers and producers, but also provide solutions to food production and storage globally.

I have utilized the AGCO Acceleration Center to explore the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology (which layers digital assets and data on top the real, physical world) to help find these solutions. What I have found is that the creation and use of this “Digital 3D Twin”or the combined physical grain or livestock system and AR technology – has enormous potential to provide customized solutions, dramatically enhance knowledge transfer, and potentially increase system efficiency for our grain, seed and livestock producers.

Using AR to see grain bins on your operation.

Let me explain how.

Sales

Currently, blueprints or 3D computer aided design (CAD) drawings are used to help our customers make system design and equipment selection decisions. While better drawn by hand, this technology limits the ease of which sizing, placement and selection of the equipment is accomplished. And, unlike a tractor or combine, you can’t demo a grain silo or livestock barn “in the field.” However, through the use of AR, we are now able to “demo” a “Digital 3D Twin” of the physical system on a specific site. A customer can walk that facility on their own farm, with the “Twin” placed next to their existing grain bins or livestock barns, allowing a walk-through of the proposed investment. Through AR, customers can decide whether it is exactly what they want and allows them to make better buying decisions for their operation.

Training, Service and Installation

Once finalized, the “Digital 3D Twin” of their system becomes a digital asset that can be used for training to insure the new system is installed and repaired correctly. We are actively creating a library of AR training tools that can be linked to the specific equipment in each digital twin. While manuals and in-class training will not go away soon, we are using AR to enhance classroom training experiences and to provide training tools that can be taken to sites and utilized to reinforce skills. We are confident that using AR to provide step-by-step 3D animated installation or repair instructions will help systems get installed quicker and breakdowns repaired faster.

The Future

As we imagine the future, we see the “Digital 3D Twin” connected to a specific system’s data, and AR allowing the visualization of that data next to or on top of physical equipment. As you walk past a bin of a large grain system, imagine being able to see the moisture levels of grain inside the bin, in 3D. Adjusting the fan speed or identifying the specific location of wet spots to help prevent grain spoilage would be simple. Imagine having a beacon direct you to the specific conveyor bearing that is sending an alarm, then having the ability to visualize maintenance data, identify likely causes of the alarm, search for part numbers and availability, and access 3D-animated repair instructions.

In a livestock facility, imagine walking a barn and seeing floating gauges that provide real-time temperature, humidity, air-quality and air speed data for that specific location. Imagine being able to visualize individual equipment performance and even individual animal data that can then be used to make adjustments to maximize equipment performance and assist in animal care.

Digital Transformation

Beyond Grain and Protein, AGCO is leveraging smart visualization tools for customers, dealers and employees all around the globe, empowering users to make more informed decisions. To give a few examples:

AGCO utilizing AR to read work instructions.

  • Google Glass, and augmented and assisted reality solution, is being utilized to assist with quality control and other key assembly processes and to access manuals and assembly instructions in our Jackson, Minnesota facility, which helps with increasing productivity and improve product quality.
  • Other smart offerings like AGCO Smart Connect, a machine visualization offering, provides users the ability to enable machine performance adjustments, receive data to help make decisions in real-time, and adjust settings through a smart device.
  • Users can also utilize another smart solution, AGCO Connect, to receive alerts on machine performance, service scheduling, and connect all AGCO machines under one platform giving maximum machine visualization capabilities and real-time data at users’ fingertips.

In conclusion

Innovations lead to growth and opportunities. Data visualization and AR are powerful, emerging technologies that have the potential to provide high tech solutions to farmers feeding our world. AGCO’s presence at the University of Illinois Research Park provides us with a unique opportunity to leverage world class thought leaders in computer science and production agriculture to identify additional emerging technologies that will add value for the businesses of our dealers and customers. We can help customers make better buying decisions and support our dealers by providing better training to assist them with installing and repairing our equipment. Ultimately, combining the Digital 3D Twin with data to create smart systems and smart buildings will allow farmers to visualize and make better operating decisions for their operations, increasing farm income and efficiency.

To learn more about AGCO’s presence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, visit https://www.agcoaccelerationcenter.com/.

To learn more about AGCO’s Fuse® smart farming portfolio, visit https://www.fusesmartfarming.com/ or contact your local dealer.

Written by: Lance Brown

Lance Brown is global Learning and Development director for AGCO’s Grain and Protein brands. Connect with Lance on LinkedIn.

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Almost beyond notice, it’s completely changed how farmers and others plan. More improvements, however, are on the horizon. Learn how far weather prediction may go in the near future.

Read the full article by visiting MyFarmLife; https://myfarmlife.com/life-on-the-land/reading-the-sky/

It’s here—the Spring 2019 issue of FarmLife magazine

The article above is part of the SPRING 2019 ISSUE OF FARMLIFE MAGAZINE.

The post Reading The Skies – MYFARMLIFE.COM appeared first on AGCO Blog.

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For the first time Fendt introduces its’ products on the Brazilian market with big machines like the Fendt 1050 Vario, the Fendt IDEAL combine and as a world premiere the folding planter Fendt MOMENTUM.
In-depth interview about the power behind the AGCO Fendt brand in South America by Brazil journalist Icaro Bedani featuring Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Eric Hansotia; South America President Luis Felli; and South America Fendt Director Jose Galli, all of the AGCO Corporation.

AGCO Fendt and Smart Business in South America - YouTube

Find out where the AGCO “Fendt” got its name.
 
Top five insights about bringing AGCO Fendt to South America (SA):
  1. Quality controls and other features that make Fendt in SA a stand-out brand.
  2. The power behind the AGCO Fendt IDEAL combine in SA.
  3. How other AGCO products and services are impacted.
  4. Easy explanation about Smart Farming and why everyone should stay informed
  5. Financing plans for Fendt and other AGCO products in SA.
For more information about Fendt in South America and the brand, use the links below:
To download an audio version of the interview above, please use this link: Fendt SA Interview – 16 Minute Audio

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Learn how they kick-started a resurgence in the town by catering to the needs of horseback riders, while continuing to raise beef cows and Bermuda hay.

Read the full article by visiting MyFarmLife; https://myfarmlife.com/life-on-the-land/good-times-in-big-flat/

It’s here—the Spring 2019 issue of FarmLife magazine

The article above is part of the Spring 2019 issue of FarmLife magazine.

The post Good Times In Big Flat – MyFarmLife.com appeared first on AGCO Blog.

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Adopting best practices and new technology can lead to corn yield gains. That’s the overall conclusion reached from data gathered following the third year of the AGCO U.S. Crop Tour program. From South Dakota to Ohio, on-farm trials in 2018 underscored how proper down force, seed singulation, planting depth, and seed-to-soil contact can impact yields. Check out the complete results from Crop Tour and how lessons learned can be applied on your farm.

Read the full article by visiting MyFarmLife; https://myfarmlife.com/crop-care/2018-agco-crop-tour-results/

Performance Agronomy

The article above is part of the latest issue of PERFORMANCE AGRONOMY that offers expert advice to help you achieve success this planting season and beyond. Check out the story above and others covering topics such as combatting early-season pests and diseases in corn; managing herbicide resistance with weed-control strategies; and analyzing final results from the 2018 AGCO® Crop Tour in North America.

The post 2018 AGCO Crop Tour Results – MyFarmLife.com appeared first on AGCO Blog.

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Connectivity and smart machines have been hot topics of discussion in the agriculture industry, as the profession still seeks to understand the full potential of advanced farming technologies. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at the International VDI Conference of Smart Farming 2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The conference’s overall focus and presented topics reinforced the importance of connectivity and automation in agriculture and emphasized the fact that data has become indispensable, providing significant value to customers. The modern producer wears a lot of hats, from being an agronomist, an entrepreneur and a business owner that knows how to manage people, how and when to invest, how to deal with climate changes, and how to minimize costs and increase productivity. In order to be successful by addressing those topics, growers must have the ability to easily access their farm data to reap the benefits of making real-time decisions.

Productivity saw significant increases during the last 50 years. But is that enough? When we think about the farming community presently and for the future, we know that farms are consolidating, margins are getting tighter, and we need to farm more with less. What if we can use data to get to the next level of productivity and farm profitability, creating the next agriculture revolution?

Dr. Corina Ardelean Speaking at VDI Conference

Data: The Enabler for Smart Farming

In a recent statement, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) concluded that the use of soil, weather, crop condition and other data layers is as critical as the land itself.

There are multiple reasons farmers collect data, but they all gravitate towards these 3 main ones:

  • Nurture the land
  • Feed the world
  • Increase profits

Of course data collection and analysis is not a new concept. From a grower using a note book to today’s cloud based data storing, the farmer has always been keeping records to try and better manage their operation. Yet data by itself, on a shelf or in the cloud, has no value until insights are gleaned from the data. Contextual and situational data provide intimate knowledge about a grower’s fields, which is critical for increasing productivity.

For each location in a field, at a certain point in time, we have multiple layers of data that can be used to create actionable results. By aggregating those data layers and adding contextual information (metadata) we create valuable information. Our goal is to enable the analysis of those combined data layers and help growers answer questions, find solutions to problems and manage risks at the field and farm level.

Data Ownership

Now that we covered the importance of data, the next natural question is who owns all this data? Because of the sensitivity of this topic, organizations and government entities created standards and regulations around data privacy. An example of such initiatives was spearheaded by AgGateway and resulted in a Data Privacy and Use white paper.

It is undoubtedly clear to us that the farmer is the owner of the data generated on his field. But what if each farmer only works in a silo and does not exchange data? Will that data be as valuable as if used collectively? What if we will start working together to make sense of this huge amount of data that is collected every day? I truly believe that the next major revolution in smart farming will be a data revolution, from using data analytics platforms, cloud connectivity and multiple data layering models.

AGCO’s Smart Farming Strategy

AGCO is the only OEM that is solely an agricultural company. Our solutions cover the entire crop cycle and value chain, from planting and spraying, to harvest, drying and protein. From the cab to the cloud, AGCO’s Fuse® is finding ways to collect and analyze data to improve customers’ operations—turning agronomic and machine data into relevant, timely actions throughout the crop cycle. By receiving agronomic and machine data, our customers will have the answers to questions such as: cost of operation, per acre ROI, and fleet logistics. Other smart solutions include the ability to move data across all platforms and enable our customers’ choices.

With smart farming in mind, the topic of mixed fleet efficiency is highly relevant in today’s farming landscape. What if we can help customers use real-time data to help their mixed fleet farms become more productive and efficient, while also gaining an understanding of their cost of operation, and maximizing the ROI at the field level? The result will only get us closer to smart and sustainable farming operations.

AGCO stands behind our open approach strategy. We developed and partnered with other industry leaders such as DKE with agrirouter and AgIntegrated with their Onsite infrastructure, to create global solutions that will allow data to move easily from one platform to another of the customer’s choice, to and from our machines, as well as direct application programming interfaces (APIs) with other strategic partners and industry leaders like Climate Corp and Solinftec. Our goal as an industry is to use data as an opportunity to move from the mixed fleet of the past to a modern, autonomous mixed fleet agriculture.

From the invention of the plow to the mechanization of tractors, agriculture has always been adopting new ways to cultivate land in a more efficient and sustainable way. Providing smart solutions through connectivity and data analytics become the next step in the smart farming revolution to address customer pain points and increase profitability.

If you are interested in learning more about how to connect your AGCO equipment with our data transfer solutions, please visit https://www.fusesmartfarming.com/ or contact your local dealer.

Written by: Corina Ardelean

Corina is the product manager of Data Integration & Field Logistic Management for global Fuse®. Connect with Corina on LinkedIn and Twitter @Corina_Ardelean 

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Properly prepared seedbeds contribute to ideal seed-to-soil contact and uniform germination, requirements for optimum yield. Yet, adjusting tillage equipment has been a guessing game of sorts—until now. Read how Sunflower Till Control makes on-the-go tillage adjustments from the tractor cab easy, saving producers time, energy and, ultimately, money.

Read the full article by visiting MyFarmLife; https://myfarmlife.com/crop-care/perfect-seedbeds-made-easy/

Performance Agronomy

The article above is part of the latest issue of PERFORMANCE AGRONOMY that offers expert advice to help you achieve success this planting season and beyond. Check out the story above and others covering topics such as combatting early-season pests and diseases in corn; managing herbicide resistance with weed-control strategies; and analyzing final results from the 2018 AGCO® Crop Tour in North America.

The post Perfect Seedbeds Made Easy – MyFarmLife.com appeared first on AGCO Blog.

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Today’s weed-control chemistries require unprecedented application precision to prevent and battle against herbicide-resistant weeds. Learn how the all-new RoGator C Series by Challenger® self-propelled sprayer is taking on-time, on-target application to a new level, ensuring that crop-protection products are used to their maximum efficacy.

Read the full article by visiting MyFarmLife; https://myfarmlife.com/crop-care/a-new-weapon-in-the-weed-war/

Performance Agronomy

The article above is part of the latest issue of Performance Agronomy that offers expert advice to help you achieve success this planting season and beyond. Check out the story above and others covering topics such as combatting early-season pests and diseases in corn; perfecting seedbeds with the new Sunflower® Till Control; and analyzing final results from the 2018 AGCO® Crop Tour in North America.

The post A New Weapon In The Weed War – MyFarmLife.com appeared first on AGCO Blog.

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It’s a dubious distinction: The United States ranks first worldwide in herbicide-resistant weed species; Canada ranks third. More weeds resistant to multiple herbicides seem to show up every year, but there are strategies growers can adopt to battle them. Check out these 10 expert tips to keep resistant weeds from robbing your yields.

Read the full article by visiting MyFarmLife; https://myfarmlife.com/crop-care/weed-control-resisting-resistance/

Performance Agronomy

The article above is part of the latest issue of Performance Agronomy that offers expert advice to help you achieve success this planting season and beyond. Check out the story above and others covering topics such as combatting early-season pests and diseases in corn; perfecting seedbeds with the new Sunflower® Till Control; and analyzing final results from the 2018 AGCO® Crop Tour in North America.

The post Weed Control: Resisting Resistance – MyFarmLife.com appeared first on AGCO Blog.

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