Photos by Willie Vogt
ISOBUS PUSH: The Isomax system offers developers the tools they need to implement the data transfer standard on new equipment. Most major manufacturers use the ISOBUS standard for implement management.
ELECTRICITY KILLS WEEDS: The XPower system uses electricity through flexible conductors to zap weeds. Called the Electroherb by its developer, Zasso, the system provides a new way to knock out all types of weeds — even resistant ones.
SUPER SENSOR: The NirXact is a near-infrared sensor system that can be attached to a range of equipment for different jobs. From measuring manure nutrient values for variable-rate application in real time, to on-the-go measurement of forage at harvest, the tool has a range of uses.
MEASURING SOIL: The SoilXplorer is a real-time tool for measuring soil conductivity. That measurement can be used for real-time, variable-depth tillage; or to manage variable-rate seeding based on soil information.
2 CROP TOOLS: The CropXplorer and CropXplorer Basic are real-time sensors that can help manage nitrogen applications. The larger CropXplorer has been available and in use reading crop health and providing real-time application information for some time. The smaller Basic unit (in the center) is the latest innovation, with a more compact design that offers real-time assistance.
HIGH-TECH SOIL SAMPLING: This shovel-like XLab could replace wet chemistry lab soil samples in the future: It can take soil samples, send the information to the cloud and provide near-instant soil sampling results. Users could take multiple soil samples quickly with the device and build a soil quality map of a field with more data points.
DATA CAPTURE: Here are two of three FarmXtend sensors that work together to provide proper application data for disease control in crops. On the left is the WeatherXact, which captures key weather data. On the right is RainXact, which measures rainfall. A third sensor, SoilXact, is a probe in the ground capturing soil conditions.