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Technology in Agriculture, Simplified

September 19, 2016
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Why “Unlimited Data” Plans are Making a Comeback

Remember when 3G data starting coming out in the mid 2000’s? (Sometimes call EVDO / HSPA depending on your carrier, EDGE was more like 2.5G). Data plans were growing in popularity back then, but they were very limited… For a while at least

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September 10, 2016
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Fall 2016 Software Update Concerns

I realize many of you have already started (or heck down south even completed) harvest, but a word of caution on software updates for 2630 displays and 3000 GPS receivers. According to @macintoshdaddy on Twitter and his thread on New Ag Talk , there are some pretty major bugs in the Fall 2016 update (2630 ver 3.33.1455 / 3000 ver 2.30X). These issues may result in the display freezing up and needing to be unplugged. Since the display likely won’t shut down properly, you may lose data that was recorded since it was last turned on.

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August 18, 2016
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“No Longer Supported”

You know what phrase I’m getting sick of hearing lately?

“We will be ending support for ___” – or – “No longer supported” – or sometimes its just – “Not supported”

These are all such generic phrases that spread mass confusion, and sometimes even panic. I’ve been asked many times if the reason someones GPS or AutoTrac quits working is due to the product no longer being supported.

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July 19, 2016
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The Ideal Ag Equipment ‘For Sale’ Ad

Ever looked at an online listing for a piece of farm equipment and found yourself with more questions than answers? Me too, a lot. I’m a details person, so maybe it bothers me more than others, but in any case, there’s a lot of poor listings out there. Here’s my opinion on what makes a quality Ag Equipment For Sale listing.

edited 8-12-16 to add reason for selling.. thanks @jerrodwestfahl

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May 29, 2016
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For Sale: 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Duramax Diesel

UPDATE 6-3-16

So the local dealer I thought I had a new vehicle ordered from never got a build slot, which means I don’t have anything different on the way right now (unless I want to pay thousands more for a 2017 model that’s virtually the same). That being said, still let me know if you’re interested, just know that I may not end up doing anything right now.

 

I have something different on the way, so time to sell my personal truck. Our farm purchased this new, has been solely my personal truck the last couple years. It has always been the same place, farm shed almost every single night. This truck is in excellent mechanical condition and very good cosmetic condition. Truck is bone stock and has never been modified, chipped, or tuned in any way. 2009 was the last year for the Duramax LMM, which means it does not require usage of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). Available when it’s replacement comes in approximately 45 days. This will be ran through the local Chevy dealer as a trade, so you will have the opportunity to finance with GM if you’d like.

Feel free to call, text, or email with any questions, my contact information is in the pictures. Come take a look at it if interested, you will not be disappointed. Truck is available for sale unless otherwise marked on this post. If you make a commitment to purchase this truck, I expect a non-refundable down payment and signed contract to purchase the truck.

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Make: Chevrolet
Model: Silverado 3500HD
Year: 2009
Mileage: aprox 84,000 miles
Location: Syracuse, IN
Available: Late June / Early July
Price: $31,500
Contact: See pictures below

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April 21, 2016
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#DeereAMS Q&A Mid April 2016

So apparently a lot of good old basics are getting glossed over in the grand complexity of things today. I don’t know if its because these things aren’t being taught at training clinics anymore, or because its more fun to get your iPad hooked up to show maps (or Spotify or Netflix). There still needs to be serious time spent on the basic building blocks of all this stuff. Software updates and their release notes, offsets and measurements, StarFire height, TCM calibrations, digging for Section Control timing; These are all things that need semi-annual or at least annual attention. Enough of the soapbox talk, here’s some more Q&A / tips I’ve been through in the past couple weeks.. Continue Reading →

April 10, 2016
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[Updated for 2016] The Right Computer for Your Farm

Way back in January of 2012 I wrote a post called “The Right Computer for Your Farm”. Outside of the AMS Q&A posts I do it’s probably been the most popular one. A lot has changed since 2012, both in technology and agriculture. While we’re more reliant on the cloud and web apps, there are some things that still require a regular old computer. Here’s my updated guide for what to look for when getting a new laptop or desktop.

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March 25, 2016
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[Updated] Windows 10 Advice – and how to stop the auto update

I’m getting a lot of questions on Windows 10 and whether to update or not, so here’s my stance on the issue in just a few words

No matter what version of Windows you’re on, please stay there until after the spring busy season. Only change if someone tells you it’s absolutely required and will for sure solve whatever problem you currently have.

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