Usually it’s the iron that draws attention at the Farm Progress Show, the mother of all outdoor farm shows here in the U.S. And anyone in attendance this year couldn’t help but look closely at the new half-tracked, half-wheeled tractors by Case IH and New Holland, or John Deere’s first-ever four-track vehicle.
But this year, attendees spent much of their time at kiosks looking at the brains (versus the brawn) of the new equipment on display. Cab monitors. Modems. 3-D maps. Data management software. Even virtual-reality shows that took visitors inside a 3-D cab as they moved through screens to operate machine functions. All these things took center stage.
This year, as always, the farm media were running between press events to get a firsthand look at all of the equipment and electronics. Farm Industry News attended more than a dozen of these new product launches to learn about what’s out there. Now, we’ve boiled it down to the most exciting things that caught our eye, with our focus this time on the electronics.
This selection is by no means all-inclusive, but it will give you an idea of the technologies you’ll see on shelves in 2015. Also, please note, most of the major original equipment manufactureres had their product launches prior to showtime. (See inside for news on the major full-line equipment makers.) This article covers the “aftermarket companies” — the ones that make many of the precision farming products found in OEM equipment to begin with.
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