Operators in the agricultural sector now have a broad range of cutting-edge technology solutions available to produce more and more with less effort, maximising resources and reducing consumption and waste. Work becomes more profitable as hourly costs drop – this is a key factor for farm owners and contractors.
Technological innovation has revolutionised the way we work in the fields, making it possible to manage field operations more quickly and effectively.
Automation has enhanced precision and performance in many areas while lessening the fatigue and stress experienced by the operator, who can keep all machine and equipment movements under control from the in-cab monitor.
Technology offering keeps growing and makes available cutting-edge features to meet the needs of the most demanding farmers.
The tractor cab has now become a full-fledged on-board computer: machine and equipment can be operated from a single touchscreen display which lets you to trace the best path for the operation thanks to the satellite geolocation tools and exchanges information with the equipment and collecting data that can also be managed remotely.
The world of agriculture is evolving rapidly as new technologies are introduced and made available to operators. But what are the most significant innovations and what specific advantages do they offer to operators in the agricultural sector?
A key step to introducing new technologies for tractors was the implementation of Isobus, the protocol that lets the various agricultural machines ‘speak’ with each other.
Isobus is a standardised protocol developed in agreement with leading manufacturers of agricultural machinery to solve compatibility issues. It is a sort of universal language that enables tractors, software and equipment to communicate even when they are of different makes.
This way, data and information can be exchanged via asingle control console installed in the tractor cab. The operator can control machine and equipment from the cab, and they exchange data continuously to create an interconnected system.
Connecting different pieces of equipment to a tractor could pose problems until recently. You would need as many control devices as there were pieces of equipment to be connected. As new technologies were introduced, the sheer number of control units in the tractor cab would become difficult to manage, not to mention the wiring harnesses.
Isobus lets you manage all activities from a single display:
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The introduction of satellite receivers in tractors was a ground-breaking innovation: it finally made possible to map the fields to be worked with a very high degree of accuracy. The implementation of integrated devices and software opened up a broad range of applications, including satellite-assisted guidance.
Satellite-assisted guidance provides the operator with a set of drive assist devices. Satellite receivers enable you to map the field and use special software to visually plot the most effective path to travel to finish the job faster, saving time and fuel.
In addition, satellite guidance can be supplemented with automated steering systems that reduce the effort of driving the tractor so that the operator is free to focus on other aspects of the job such as controlling the equipment.
Satellite guidance enables you to work at your best and maximise results: reduce production costs while increasing operation efficiency.
The benefits are many:
To bring you the best that the market has to offer, we at McCormick chose to rely on Topcon, a standard-setting player in the field of precision farming with cutting-edge technology solutions with an intuitive interface, quick and easy to learn and use.
Find out more about the satellite-assisted guidance and automated steering systems
Managing a fleet of tractors is a challenging task. Monitoring movements, consumption, servicing, the work carried out daily and monthly, making forecasts for the next operations in order to optimise costs and returns are all tasks that require continued focus.
This is why we have developed the new technologies that made it possible to implement McCormick Fleet Management and enable you to monitor your fleet’s operations in real time.
Fleet Management is a telematic system that enables you to remotely control fleet position, operations performed and much more information, all in real time, in order to optimise the performance of machines and equipment.
With the integration of geolocation systems and data collection software, tractors and equipment are capable of transmitting and storing a large amount of data which can be viewed and collected from a monitor, while comfortably sitting in one’s office.
The Fleet Management system enables you manage your fleet more easily and efficiently:
McCormick Fleet Management provides valuable support for fleet management and gives you immediate, full control over your tractors, enabling you to track work progress, evaluate performance, plan tasks, identify and resolve potential machine problems.
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Always at the forefront in tractor technology solutions, McCormick helps you improve your work by responding to your needs.
Contact your dealer and find out how we can help you work better.