Ag Leader`s Connectivity Simplifies Unloading On-the-go for Grain Cart Operators
Ag Leader will release CartACE for Harvest 2020
AMES, Iowa --
Today, Ag Leader, the leader in year-round precision farming technology widely known for the first commercially successful yield monitor, announced after a year of beta testing, it will move forward with a full release of its new grain cart connectivity feature, CartACE. Powered by Ag Leader’s InCommand display, CartACE gives the grain cart operator assistance while unloading on-the-go.
“We know that the grain cart seat cannot be filled by just anyone, and it is getting harder to find experienced operators to fill critical roles in farming operations. It takes a certain level of expertise to fill this role, which we’re approaching in a practical and economical way that we believe many of our customers could easily adopt and benefit from,” explained Joe Holoubek, Ag Leader Product Manager. “We aim to turn what might be an average vehicle driver into a skilled grain cart operator through providing the right tools and assistance during high stress and high error prone harvest tasks.”
CartACE simplifies the grain cart operator’s job by sharing a live map of the combine’s progress and location through InCommand displays, helping the operator know when and where the combine needs to unload and which part of the field to drive on. The InCommand display in the grain cart automatically generates a guidance line alongside the combine and the operator simply presses a button to engage autosteer. While the operator is still responsible for safe operation of the vehicle, they can now focus their attention on unloading on-the-go. In addition, CartACE now includes a grain tank counter that shares how full the tank is so the tractor driver can anticipate when and where the combine will need to empty. This not only lessens frustration, but also assists in efficiency of the entire harvest operation.
“Connecting the operation and automating some critical tasks, enables operators and machines to work better together and provides a huge productivity and confidence boost. We can do it using current technology already in the cab,” added Holoubek. “We believe this is a needed step toward the future of farming that most operations can take advantage of today without a huge investment or stepping too far outside their comfort zone.”
CartACE will be available for InCommand displays with the August firmware release.