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November 28, 2016
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The Internet Connected Security Camera Conundrum

I’ve been researching IP (internet protocol) security cameras lately, and I’ve arrived at the conclusion that a perfect one does not exist. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise with any piece of technology, but it’s especially prevalent in the fast evolving home security sector. Here’s some ideas of what I have been researching and some common sense tips. Let me know what you think / what experiences you’ve had.

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November 20, 2016
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4K TV’s – A Few Notes of Caution

I’ve had several questions about 4K TV’s as of late. It seems like 4K TV deals are everywhere right now as we lead up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season, so let’s try and make this simple. Depending on what you use a TV for, be careful on what is really a deal and what is really unnecessary.  Very little content like sports, TV programs, and movies are being filmed in 4K. Very few of us have internet capable of streaming 4K video. The standards for broadcast over the air antennas haven’t even been finalized for local TV stations to transmit in. Additionally, most cable and satellite TV boxes can’t even do 4K, or don’t have any 4K content. I wouldn’t throw out or replace an HDTV that’s working just fine for a 4K TV unless you had a very specific reason.

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November 14, 2016
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Tractors For Sale: John Deere 9520 4WD and 8200 MFWD

Both Tractors are SOLD as of 11-19-16

 

I have on consignment a nice pair of tractors from a local farmer who has moved on to another industry. Both these tractors are very clean, especially the 9520. Both were recently inspected by a technician and were found to have nothing mechanically wrong other than couple flashers not working and the 8200 needs the transmission calibrated. These tractors have not been used since June and have been stored inside.

Make: John Deere John Deere
Model: 9520 8200
Year: 2002 1997
Hours: 3,061 7,225
Location: Near Wakarusa, IN (same)
Price $125,000 OBO $59,500
Contact: Aaron Bobeck See pic below (this prevents spam)

 

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October 4, 2016
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For Sale: 2011 TA1600 Top Air Pull Type Sprayer – 120ft Boom, Duals

 

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Sold 11-30-16 

 

 

Make: Top Air   (an Unverferth company)
Model: TA1600
Year: 2011
Usage: Approximately 31,000 total acres
Location: Syracuse, Indiana
Availability: Anytime
Price: $42,500
Contact: See pictures below

 

For sale is my family’s pull-type sprayer, a 2011 Top Air TA1600 pull-type sprayer. I actually sold this sprayer brand new when I worked for the local JD dealer. This TA1600 is a one-owner, farmer operated, always stored inside machine. Reason for selling is we decided to upgrade to a new one with tracks. I (Aaron) will be glad to answer any questions you have, see the pictures below for my contact information.

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October 1, 2016
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New Drone Models – DJI Mavic and GoPro Karma

Some quick thoughts on the newly announced drone models –

DJI’s Mavic versus GoPro’s Karma

These are both relatively new small and compact form-factor drones. Yes, Parrot and some others have made $400 drones this size for years, but they aren’t capable of long, stable flights or images of this caliber. Mavic and Karma are designed for consumers that want an ultraportable drone that’s relatively simple. These may not be main workhorse commercial or quite even pro-level consumer drones, but they can still be useful for agriculture. The Inspire and  Phantom models are almost a bit large to keep in a pickup full time, but these new models would easily fit under the seat, including their controllers and spare batteries. I’m considering a Mavic as a backup to my Inspire, just out of convenience. Don’t expect these smaller drones to handle the wind as well, nor have quite the image quality of a Phantom, Inspire, etc (although quality should be really close); But like photographers say, the best camera (drone) is the one you’ll carry with you and use.

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September 30, 2016
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Logistics – The Biggest Current AgTech Opportunity

I’ve recently discovered some smartphone and tablet apps that have brought me to think more about logistics. Logistics tools used effectively can be a great addition to efficiency via savings of time, fuel, mileage, money, etc.

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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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