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By now, you’ve likely heard the buzz about SureForce, our new hydraulic uplift and down force system. We’re pretty excited to bring this system to the market for many reasons, but our main reason for enthusiasm is the enhancements SureForce offers to customers planting into a more diverse range of environments. These include, hydraulic uplift, increased down force capacity, and more row unit compatibility.


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So, why are these features important?

The Case for Uplift

  • When the weight of the row unit is more than enough to achieve target depth, hydraulic uplift will limit over compaction of the seed trench and also act to dampen the row unit ride in low applied downforce portions of the field. In short, your row unit will not bounce, giving you optimum meter performance and consistent depth.
  • Uplift may be needed in very sandy soils, soils with clay content that are being planted into during “marginal conditions”, conventional tillage, shallower planting for crops such as soybeans, cotton, or grain sorghum.
  • Everyone knows that one huge limiting factor of root development is compaction. Farmers planting into wet soils with high clay content often run into sidewall compaction if there is too much force applied. In this situation, uplift brings much-needed relief to those seed trenches and better seed-to-soil contact for the seeds being placed.

Who Needs More Force?

  • An additional 50 pounds of down force is helpful when a farmer is planting into a no-till environment. Crop residue sitting on top of the soil can make it tough for farmers to plant through, even with the help of a hydraulic down force system. The ability to apply up to 650 pounds of force with SureForce allows the seed to be placed at a comfortable depth for germinating and setting down good roots.
  • Cover crops restore nutrients to the soil, help break up compaction, and provide protection against erosion when fields would otherwise sit fallow. However, cover crops can be difficult to plant into. Remember Will Hutchinson, who was recently featured in Insights Magazine? He needed the maximum force available to get his seed placed properly through his cover crops. With SureForce’s increased force capacity, it’s much easier to plant through tough environments and get seeds placed just right.

SureForce, of course, is just one piece of Ag Leader’s SeedCommand line of top-notch planting products. Check out how SureDrive electric drives can help with turn compensation and singulation across your farm. And, learn how InCommand gives you a literal window into your planter. What are you waiting for? You only get one chance to plant the perfect stand. This is technology you don’t want to plant without.

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We all know spraying can be a long and tedious time in the cab. Have you ever caught yourself wondering what else you can be doing while you're out there? Wishing you had more information at your disposal? Maybe you’re checking emergence, getting a feel for plant health, asking “what variety is this?” “What population was this planted at?” “What date was this planted?” Maybe you’ve even wished you could easily grab guidance lines or management items or maps from your planting tractor…

Your summer of boredom in the sprayer just became more interesting, enter DisplayCast®! With DisplayCast, you no longer need to have the same InCommand display in the sprayer that you used in the planter to view the same information. Now you can view it all across both displays with a touch of the screen!

Imagine, as you pull into the field, simply log into your AgFiniti® account to view:

Boundaries
Products
Coverage maps
Guidance lines
Field summary information
Background satellite imagery
And more!
 

And unique to Ag Leader, DisplayCast works across your whole operation. Whether you have two displays working in one field or need information from the machine parked in your shed, DisplayCast allows for increased convenience, productivity and better decision making in the cab. Learn more here

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Our dedicated dealer network is the backbone of our company. Take a second to meet some of the local precision experts across the country, and around the world. 

What is your name, position, dealership & location: Dustin Fessler, Precision Ag Technician, Innovative Ag Services, Manchester, IA

How long have you been selling Ag Leader products? I have been selling Ag Leader for 3 years.

What is your favorite thing about selling precision ag products? My favorite thing about selling precision products is seeing all the things that technology can do for my customers to better their operations while making them more profitable and making their lives easier.

What do you enjoy about working with Ag Leader? The best thing about working with Ag Leader is that the products work! The products are also easy to use, making it easy on dealers along with the customers using the products. When things don’t work, I believe Ag Leader has the best support team and online resources to help us get things up and going again.

In five years the hot new product will be... In the next five years, I believe we will start seeing automation in all aspects of farming.

Follow Innovative Ag Services at the following:

www.innovativeag.com

Facebook: Innovative Ag Services, Co.

 

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If you could only use one word to describe Ag Leader, what would it be?

It seems difficult to do justice to a 26-year-old, industry-leading company using only a single word, but for Ag Leader, one word resonates loud and clear: quality. Ag Leader has the highest quality of products thanks to our quality employees. Together, each department within Ag Leader works to produce products we are proud to stand behind, never compromising on quality. We have a culture of continuous improvement with our product failure rate being less than half of a percent – something we're proud of but drives us to strive for higher satisfaction each day. That same commitment to quality extends to the people that are hired to become a part of the Ag Leader family. These employees value ethics, relationships, trust, and integrity while thriving in our bright and clean Ag Leader facilities that are home to an innovative and welcoming atmosphere that incubates ideas and creativity.


Ag Leader products are assembled and tested in our bright and clean production floor, in Ames, Iowa, to then be shipped to our dealer partners and placed into the hands of hard-working farmers.

The hard work and dedication of our employees is recognized and rewarded at Ag Leader. Employees enjoy a variety of benefits, events, and activities throughout the year as a token of appreciation from the company. If you would like to experience the Ag Leader difference and commitment to quality yourself, explore a variety of compelling careers with Ag Leader. Ag Leader Technology: exceeding customer expectations in technology, quality, and service.

Employees at the Ag Leader 25 Year Anniversary Employee Event in 2017.

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The latest version of SMS™ desktop software is here! Read below to learn about version 18.5's many exciting new features. 

Updated Precision Ag Data Support

SMS v18.5 has been updated to support the latest precision ag displays and firmware available on the market. We've updated support for the following companies and formats:

AGCO
John Deere™
Precision Planting
ISO XML
Trimble

Ever wanted to import KML or KMZ files? We have that now too!

Scaling Yield Data Just Got Easier

Gone are the days where you had to scale yield data one field at a time. With the new Adjust Yield tool, you can now quickly and easily adjust your yield values by adjusting values per field, or across the entire operation. To use this tool, go to Tools - Batch Command Utility.

New Guidance Tools

SMS v18.5 now has the ability to manually create and edit Straight AB lines. You can now also manually edit the heading or latitude and longitude values for an AB line.

Learn more about the great features in SMS, or contact your local Ag Leader dealer!

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AMES, IOWA, June 4, 2018 - Building on its esteemed SeedCommand line of planting products, Ag Leader® introduces SureForce. SureForce is a new, bidirectional hydraulic down force system with hydraulic uplift. Weight on the gauge wheels of every row is sensed 200 times per second, and force is automatically adjusted up or down to maintain consistent depth in changing soil conditions.

SureForce also provides additional force capacity for planting into tough environments like no-till, cover crops, or heavily compacted soils. Additionally, the system provides integrated hydraulic uplift for planting into light soils when the weight of the row unit alone is more force than needed to plant at optimum depth.

“Our customers and dealers have seen the clear agronomic payback of adding down force technology to their planter, which led to the desire to evolve our offering further,” said Bob Heston, Ag Leader Product Manager. “Furthermore, as our SeedCommand line continues to evolve, SureForce sets the stage for other technologies to be integrated down the road.”

SureForce integrates seamlessly with SureDrive®, Ag Leader’s electric drive solution, both of which are controlled by Ag Leader’s best-in-class display, InCommand® 1200. The system will be available to order from a local Ag Leader dealer July 2018.


Media Contact:
Jenna Royer
515-735-7000
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Our dedicated dealer network is the backbone of our company. Take a second to meet some of the local precision experts across the country, and around the world. 

1. What is your name, position, dealership & location: Tim Luster, President, Delta Precision Systems, Inc., Clarksdale, MS.

2. How long have you been selling Ag Leader products? I have been selling Ag Leader Products for 14 years.

3. What's your favorite thing about selling precision ag products? One of my favorite things about selling precision ag products is being able to introduce farmers to products that will increase production and lower their cost.

4. What do you enjoy about working with Ag Leader? The people that work at Ag Leader. Most of them are genuinely interested in helping our company to grow. They go more than the extra mile to help us when one of our customers has a problem that we can’t solve on our own.  

5. In five years, the new, hot precision ag product will be... Planters that vary the depth depending on the moisture of the soil and what parameters the grower keys in.

Follow Delta Precision Systems at the following:


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Meet our new Human Resources Manager, Daren Westercamp!

Daren is originally from Bloomfield, Iowa where he attended Davis County Community School District. Daren received his undergrad degree in Business from Central College in Pella, IA. After graduation, Daren worked for Cargill in operations and spent time at several U.S. locations. As time progressed, he started to gravitate towards the softer skills of business and completed his MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from St. Ambrose University. Daren concluded his 12 years working for Cargill and decided to seek HR opportunities back home in Iowa. Daren went on to work for American Packaging where he was the Human Resources Manager for 9 years. Recently, Daren accepted and started his position as the HR Manager with Ag Leader and the company is thrilled to have him. 

What does your position do?

My position focuses on human capital, organizational development, personnel training and overall administration of payroll and employee benefits.

What drew you to come work for Ag Leader?

The company had always been on my radar. Ag Leader is innovative, has the desire and capacity to grow, and is a leader in the industry, which I found very appealing, as well as the company culture you have here.

What do you enjoy most about working for Ag Leader?

I really enjoy the business environment Ag Leader has created. The company is a "results-oriented" operation yet maintains a relaxed feel to it. I also appreciate the culture of the company and the way people interact here.

What new things are you bringing to Ag Leader?

There are numerous great programs Ag Leader currently has in place. Perhaps I can make subtle refinements to continue to advance these programs. I have a few new ideas for additional programs. I need a little more time to understand the "Ag Leader Way" before making suggestions to implement.

What activities/hobbies do you do in your free time?

I value spending time at my parent's farm as time allows. I've been going to Canada twice a year for the past 10 or so years to go walleye fishing. I was introduced to rugby in college and played for several years. I've hung up my boots since but continue to follow rugby at the local and international levels.

 

Welcome to the Ag Leader team, Daren!

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Earlier this year, we introduced Chad Swindoll and Barry Anderson, our Agronomy team at Ag Leader. They weren’t on the job for very long before they got to work setting up Tech Trial plots across North America to help farmers realize the value of Ag Leader equipment, and precision agriculture in general, from a more agronomic perspective.

For years, we have had a farm in Ames, Iowa dedicated to testing equipment and generating agronomic studies. Now, we’re taking it one step further with the introduction of our Tech Trials. It started with on-farm trials scattered across the continent, but before long, a number of universities also came on board with our research efforts. In addition, many of our dealers, your local precision experts, are participating in this year’s tech trials. We’re excited to see how the combination of the three come together to provide valuable insights for our company, dealers, and growers.

The focus on areas outside the Midwest has been intentional. We have numerous Tech Trials planted this year, including locations outside of the corn belt in Texas, North Carolina, Canada and many more. Reinforcing that precision ag solutions aren’t just valuable for corn and soybean farmers in the heartland!

Stay tuned for updates on our Tech Trials posted here on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This is just the beginning of many more things to come from our agronomists, and another step towards our goal of helping farmers around the world become more efficient and profitable through the use of precision ag technology. Learn along with us as we walk through the growing season and into harvest!

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Our dedicated dealer network is the backbone of our company. Take a second to meet some of the local precision experts across the country, and around the world. 

1. What is your name, position, dealership & location:  Brett Peelen, Precision Ag Technician, Ag Partners, LLC, Calumet, IA.

2. How long have you been selling Ag Leader products? I have been selling Ag Leader products since 2005.

3. What’s your favorite thing about selling precision ag products? There is something different every day. Each day brings new challenges, new/different equipment to work on, and new people to meet.

4. What do you enjoy about working with Ag Leader? I tell my customers I sell Ag Leader because Ag Leader works. When I worked in Ag Leader Support there were days we wondered if anything ever worked. Once I got out in the country selling and working with precision ag products from different companies I quickly learned that Ag Leader is above the rest for quality of product and reliability. When I sell Ag Leader I expect it to work, just like my customers do. I don’t expect to need a bunch of spare parts to keep guys going like we do with equipment from other brands. Also Ag Leader’s support is one of the best in the industry; when customers and dealers need help Ag Leader has great online resources and phone support.

5.  In five years, the new, hot precision ag product on the market will be….
The Do Everything Planter  --  electric drive/hyd DF, Multi Hybrid, variable rate seeding with variable applied fert/insecticide/plant health products (each variable with rates and product specific to each grid/zone and variety planted in the field) with on the go fertility sensors to tweak nutrients and additives. Planter will be smaller to match ability to carry products but able to go faster to make up for smaller size.

Follow Ag Partners at the following:
www.agpartners.com
Twitter    @Ag_PartnersLLC
Facebook    Ag Partners LLC

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