Product News: Agricultural and Farming Products

Crop Input Control System offers variable rate capabilities.

Press Release Summary:

Jan 20, 2011 - Compatible with row crop planters, air seeders, strip tills, and spreader platforms, Field-IQ(TM) monitors seed delivery and fertilizer blockages while managing application of up to 6 variable rate products. Seed monitoring ability enables operators to obtain seeding system performance information, such as skips, multiples, and quality of spacing. System pairs with guidance capabilities of Trimble FmX(TM) integrated display or CFX 750(TM) touchscreen display, which both run overlap detection technology.

Trimble Navigation Ltd. - Sunnyvale, CA

Original Press Release

Trimble Announces New Capabilities for Its Field-IQ Crop Input Control System

Press release date: Jan 18, 2011

New Variable Rate Capabilities Enhance Planting, Pest Control and Fertilizer Functions

LOVELAND, Colo., -- Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) announced today new Field-IQ(TM) system capabilities to monitor seed delivery, fertilizer blockage and manage application of up to six variable rate products. The new capabilities include support for row crop planters, air seeder, strip till and spreader platforms.

The announcement was made today at the Trimble Agriculture Reseller Conference.

The Field-IQ system pairs seamlessly with the guidance capabilities of the Trimble FmX(TM) integrated display or CFX 750(TM) touch screen display, which both run Trimble's unique overlap detection technology. Farmers using the Field-IQ crop input control system for seed placement have reported average savings of 5-10 percent from reduced seed input costs and less waste.

Trimble's Field-IQ system is compatible with a wide variety of crop and application equipment, providing monitoring for planters, air seeders for small grains, or granular strip till systems. Seed monitoring on row crop planting systems allows operators to obtain information related to how their seeding system is performing. This includes factors such as singulation, skips and multiples, and quality of spacing for an entire planter average or detail by individual row. For fertilizer, variable rate application capabilities can be driven by a prescription map or real-time with Trimble GreenSeeker® sensors.

The Field-IQ system is easy to install on application equipment from a broad range of manufacturers, allowing farmers and custom applicators to use and enhance the performance capabilities of their existing equipment without having to start from scratch.

"The new Field-IQ enhancements optimize planter operation by delivering more accurate seed placement, giving the operators more confidence in their planting applications," said Erik Arvesen, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Agriculture Division. "With the addition of rate and application control for up to six different materials, the system now manages functions that span the entire growing season."

The new seeding and multi-rate capabilities for the Field-IQ system are expected to be available in March 2011. Contact a local Trimble dealer at for more information.

About Trimble's Agriculture Division
Trimble's Agriculture Division is a leader in precision agriculture and guidance, operating with resellers throughout the world. Trimble's Connected Farm solutions help customers operate farm vehicles and implements more efficiently, saving on input costs and increasing yield and productivity. Solutions include vehicle and implement guidance and steering; application control for seed, liquid, and granular products; laser- and GPS-based water management technology; record keeping; and seamless field-to-office information management.

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About Trimble
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location--including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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