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Trimble Showcases New Ag Solutions at Agritechnica 2019

Precision Ag Solutions on Display at the World's Largest Agricultural Trade Fair

2019.11.18.

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) will be showcasing its new precision agriculture solutions during Agritechnica 2019 in Hanover, Germany through November 16. From the tractor to the implement and from the field to the office, Trimble’s brand-neutral solutions enable farmers and advisors to solve complex technology challenges across the entire farm operation. The new solutions further strengthen Trimble’s Connected Farm® portfolio of leading precision ag solutions.

 

"This is one of the most extensive line-up of new products Trimble has introduced at Agritechnica, and it demonstrates our continued commitment to innovation and leadership in AgTech,” said Abe Hughes, general manager of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “These solutions cover the breadth of our precision ag portfolio—new displays and guidance controllers to advanced flow and application control and implement management.”

GFX-350™ Display and NAV-500™ Guidance Controller

Continuing a tradition of Android-based high-definition touchscreen displays, the GFX-350 display is a cost-effective way to introduce auto-steering and application control to the farm. The 7-inch (18-centimeter) screen is easy to read and can be used to control most field operations with just a few taps. The display is compatible with both the new NAV-500 and the NAV-900 guidance controllers, satisfying different user accuracy needs. The simple and intuitive Precision-IQ™ operating system speeds up field work and makes equipment configuration a breeze. Once vehicles, fields, implements and materials are set up during the first use, they are saved and can be re-used with a couple of clicks.

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The NAV-500 guidance controller comes in a low-profile rugged housing capable of receiving correction signals from five different GNSS satellite constellations. This well-priced precision solution offers sub-meter repeatable accuracy and full-farm coverage perfect for tilling, broad-acre seeding, spraying and harvest operations. Paired with either the new GFX-350 display or larger GFX-750™ display, the NAV-500 can provide roll-corrected manual guidance, or can automatically control steering with the EZ-Steer® assisted steering system and EZ-Pilot® Pro steering system.

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These affordable yet powerful solutions allow more farmers to take advantage of the latest precision ag technology in their daily operations.

Enhanced Functionality for Android Display Family with Upgraded Precision-IQ Field Application

Precision-IQ is a unified field application management platform for all Trimble displays. It already featured downloadable apps, an easy to use graphical interface, and full Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for on-the-go browsing. It can now control serial variable rate implements, the new WeedSeeker® 2 spot spray system, multi-rate point ISO applications, field access paths and NH3 (ammonia) application through the Field-IQ™ crop input control system.

The simple and intuitive operating system speeds up field work and makes equipment configuration easy on Trimble’s Android-based TMX-2050™, GFX-750 and GFX-350 displays. Once vehicles, fields, implements and materials are set up during their first use, they are saved and can be re-used with a couple clicks.

Precision-IQ field application management software will be included with all new Trimble displays.

Müller-Elektronik Displays with Trimble NAV-900 Guidance Controller

In 2017, Trimble Agriculture acquired implement control specialists Müller-Elektronik. Trimble and Müller are announcing technology enhancements that enable farmers to combine advanced Müller displays with Trimble’s industry-leading guidance controllers. The solution will allow the TRACK-Guide III (Touch 800) and Touch 1200 displays to automatically guide the vehicle using Trimble’s lineup of steering systems in the NAV-900 guidance controller.

Trimble’s most advanced GNSS receiver to date, the NAV-900 guidance controller is built for maximum uptime and a wide range of accuracy options from basic to high precision. Owners of Müller-Elektronik’s line of displays can now benefit from Trimble’s auto-steering strength.

WeedSeeker 2 Automatic Spot Spray System

Building on more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry, Trimble recently released its next generation WeedSeeker 2 spot spray system, which provides growers up to 90 percent savings in input costs when targeting and treating herbicide resistant weeds. By sensing individual weeds in the field and targeting them with a localized dose of herbicide, farmers can greatly reduce their usage of herbicide.

WeedSeeker 2’s new intelligent sensors save time in the field by eliminating system recalibration. After a quick calibration upon powering on, the sensors automatically adjust on the run to changing temperature, ambient light and varied backgrounds like soil or stubble, ensuring accurate spraying in all conditions. The intelligent sensors also know the speed and their position on the sprayer boom. That means they now won’t spray sections of the field that have already been covered, and will automatically adjust spray timing when making a turn.

 

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Knowing where weeds concentrate in fields gives farmers the power to better attack them year over year. The WeedSeeker 2 system now logs where weeds are sprayed, so users can see in real time where problem areas are, and review detailed maps from records before the next spray. The solution also solves for the largest sprayer booms due to the lighter weight of the system and the expanded coverage area of the sensors. The new spot spray system sensors improve efficiency by eliminating the need for nozzle reconfigurations while simultaneously reducing the number of sensors needed.

Trimble Auto Asset Selection App with Bluetooth® Beacons

Farmers can now avoid the time lost and inputs wasted due to misconfigured implements with the affordable Trimble Auto Asset Selection App with Bluetooth beacons. With this SIMA (Paris International Agriculture Show) award-winning solution installed on the GFX-750 or GFX-350 display, and ruggedized Bluetooth beacons strategically placed on farm equipment, Trimble’s Precision-IQ field application will automatically select the correct implement configuration.

It works very simply: 1) Set up an implement in Precision-IQ; 2) pair that configuration with the unique broadcast ID of a Bluetooth beacon; and 3) attach the beacon to the configured equipment. Every time a GFX display is within range of the beacon, such as by backing up a tractor to the implement, it will automatically select that equipment configuration for field work.

The Auto Asset Selection App can even be set up to detect implement work-state, and prevent field work from beginning if equipment is not deployed and ready to run, saving more time and further reducing the possibility of operator error.

To learn more about the new solutions and see them in action, visit Trimble’s booth in Hall 15, Stand 08 at Agritechnica through November 16, 2019. Products are also available for order now from the Trimble dealer and Vantage™ distribution networks.


Trimble’s New Display and Guidance Controller Deliver Innovative Technology to Farmers New to Precision Agriculture

Small, Powerful and Affordable Guidance Solutions Offer Excellent Functionality

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the new GFX-350™ display and NAV-500™ guidance controller. These powerful solutions provide a cost-effective option for farmers seeking to adopt the latest precision agriculture technology for their daily operations.

Continuing a tradition of Android-based high-definition touchscreen displays, the GFX-350 display is a cost-effective way to introduce auto-steering and application control to the farm. The 7-inch (18-centimeter) screen is easy to read and can be used to control most field operations with just a few taps. The display is compatible with both the new NAV-500 and the NAV-900 guidance controllers, satisfying different user accuracy needs. The simple and intuitive Precision-IQ™ operating system speeds up field work and makes equipment configuration a breeze. Once vehicles, fields, implements and materials are set up during the first use, they are saved and can be re-used with a couple of clicks.

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In addition, the GFX-350 display is fully ISOBUS compatible, offering plug-and-play capability for ISO-enabled implements with native task controller and universal terminal functionality. The display also features onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connectivity, allowing seamless sharing of data between the office and the field via optional Trimble® Connected Farm® solutions. General record keeping and proof of placement reporting has never been easier.

 

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The NAV-500 guidance controller features a low-profile rugged housing capable of receiving signals from five different GNSS satellite constellations—GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou and QZSS. This precision solution offers sub-meter repeatable accuracy and full-farm coverage ideal for tillage, broad-acre seeding, spraying and harvest operations. By using Trimble’s ViewPoint RTX™ satellite-delivered correction service with the NAV-500, operators can consistently achieve 15 centimeter pass-to-pass accuracy. Paired with either the new GFX-350 display or larger 10-inch (25.4-centimeter) GFX-750™ display, the NAV-500 can provide roll-corrected manual guidance or can automatically control steering with the EZ-Steer® assisted steering system and EZ-Pilot® Pro steering system.

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“Connectivity and interoperability are very important to the future of agriculture and Trimble has made these features a cornerstone of our product portfolio,” said Abe Hughes, general manager of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “Customers can select from a range of hardware and software options to meet their specific needs and budget. And the true beauty of this flexible product integration is that it can grow with the farmer's operation. Upgrades can be as simple as moving to a higher precision correction signal or using existing mounts to install a larger and more capable receiver or display. Ease of installation and operation are key with the GFX-350, which can reduce barriers to entry for farmers new to precision agriculture.”

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The GFX-350 display and NAV-500 guidance controller are designed for clean and simple installation that can typically be completed in half a day, getting farming equipment back in the field faster. The display uses a quick release RAM mount for easy transfer between vehicles, and typically requires only two cables to be attached, reducing clutter in the cab.

Trimble’s GFX-350 display and NAV-500 guidance controller are expected to be available for order in the fourth quarter 2019 from the Trimble dealer and Vantage™ distribution networks.


Trimble Launches Next-Generation WeedSeeker 2 Spot Spray System

Advanced Spraying Technology Targets 90 Percent Cost Savings on Herbicide Resistant Weeds

Trimble announced today its next-generation WeedSeeker® 2 spot spray system. Building on more than 25 years of experience in agriculture, Trimble's new sensor solution and system provides growers up to 90 percent savings in input costs when targeting and treating herbicide resistant weeds.

Spot spray systems bring a variety of improvements over traditional agricultural spraying. By sensing individual weeds in the field and targeting them with a localized dose of herbicide, farmers can greatly reduce their usage of herbicide. Spot spraying is especially useful for fighting herbicide-resistant weeds. There are a variety of weed killing chemicals to choose from, with more expensive chemicals typically used on herbicide-resistant weeds. By targeting resistant weeds individually, spot spray systems allow cost-effective elimination of troublesome weeds by significantly reducing the amount of higher cost herbicides used. With reduced chemicals applied, there is also a major benefit for the environment, further promoting sustainability and stewardship on the farm.

 

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WeedSeeker 2 brings next-generation improvements to the spot spraying market. New intelligent sensors save time in the field by eliminating the need for system resets. After a quick calibration upon powering on, WeedSeeker 2 automatically adjusts on the run to changing temperatures, ambient light, and shifting backgrounds like soil or stubble, assuring sensor accuracy in all conditions. These smart sensors also know the speed and their position on the sprayer boom. That means they won't spray sections of the field that have already been covered, and will automatically adjust spray timing when making a turn to ensure a weed is covered.

Knowing where weeds concentrate in fields gives farmers the power to better attack them year over year. The WeedSeeker 2 system now logs every weed sprayed, so users can see in real time where there are problem areas and review detailed maps from records before the next spray.

WeedSeeker 2 is lighter and more agile on the largest sprayer booms and the sensors now provide expanded coverage areas. The new spot spray system sensors improve efficiency by eliminating the need for nozzle reconfigurations while simultaneously reducing the number of sensors needed. "Selective spraying is a great tool for weed control, especially against those that show tolerance or resistance to the most common herbicides," said Daniel Rodriguez, WeedSeeker product manager for Trimble Agriculture. "By applying herbicide only on targeted weeds, you can save up to 90 percent on chemical costs. This makes it possible to use products with different modes of attack that would otherwise be cost prohibitive. The WeedSeeker 2 detection system allows you to use it not only on fallow fields, but also after planting, which extends the usage window of the equipment and improves field recovery."

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As a Trimble solution, the new system is fully compatible with Trimble displays, positioning services and Autopilot™ vehicle guidance. The GFX-750™ display system can quickly transition between the run screens for guidance and spot spraying while simultaneously controlling both, allowing a cleaner tractor cab and eliminating the need for multiple displays for guidance and sprayer control.

While WeedSeeker 2 is ideal for use with Trimble displays and auto-guidance, these are not required. Any ISOBUS compatible display with universal terminal capability can be used to monitor and control the new spot spray system. With an intuitive interface, the system is simple and easy to use, providing growers optimal flexibility in their farming operation.

The new universal mount allows easy installation on more sprayer boom configurations than ever before, requiring no need for custom mounting brackets. With the easy installation, farmers can get back to work in the field sooner.

 

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The WeedSeeker 2 features a redesigned housing that is easier to clean and maintain. Channels built into the sensor housing allow liquid to drain no matter the boom position. This greatly reduces the need to clean the system due to unexpected rain or other environmental impacts. In addition, the WeedSeeker 2's upgraded processing power allows sprayer operating speeds of up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour. Faster operating speeds allow farmers to cover more acres in a day while achieving optimal accuracy, making this a more cost effective system.

"The new WeedSeeker 2 spot spray system marks an important enhancement to our trusted precision ag portfolio," said Abe Hughes, general manager for Trimble Agriculture. "It is a vital piece in our Trimble Connected Farm suite of precision solutions. By reducing input costs, herbicide use, run time and maintenance requirements, this system also enables producers and farmers to operate more sustainably with fewer inputs applied to the field, allowing for significant savings in costly weed resistant chemical applications. Our latest technology is a winning solution for farmers."

Trimble's WeedSeeker 2 is available now from the Trimble Dealer and Vantage™ distribution networks. For more information, visit: ag.trimble.com/weedseeker2.