28 February 2012

Cerea. Free Manual Guidance System

After a few tests and different configurations of our GPS receptor, we decided to work with our new manual guidance system.  We think it can be evaluated with 8 over 10 but we know this system will improve with our training.

Firstly, we would like to comment about hardware is used: Itronix Duo-Touch ix325 TabletPC, Black Vacuum Pump Suction Cup Base and Rojone GPS receptor.

Secondly, the software which controls all hardware components is Cerea. Cerea is a free software application you can download from owner's blog and from forum which works really fine. It has several features: different measurements, some screen configurations,... It runs on Windows and on Android too.

Finally, using this type of technology our feelings are you can see easily your job done, where you will have to perform the next passes then you can reduce overlap where you cann't use markets. Rojone receptor GPS works with Egnos signal and we have accuracy about 20cm. It is accuracy enough for jobs which are different from sowing, like: fertilizing, spraying, compactation, harrowing,.... Cerea offers a important help. At the end of your task, you can download a file with your works and you can see them in your computer using Google Earth.

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22 February 2012

Fima 2012. International Fair of Agricultural Machinery

Another edition more and a further extraordinary farm fair: it could be the summary. As every year, the farm fair improves every aspects of farm technology. In my opinion, Fima (it is a biannual show) is the second best farm fair in Europe, after Agritechnica. This year is 37th edition and the farm fair got a new visitors record: more than 210,000 people walked along ten halls of Zaragoza Fair whose surface is about 133,000m2. Approximately 1,200 companies showed their technical innovations and all their products. I would like to highlight lots of companies had whole models of all their different products.

We could see unusual technical innovations, as leveling axle of Fendt combine or the great Deutz-Fahr TTV 7250 (with 260HP). This tractor has a new Italian fashion design and it has a new cab which is like a gorgeous car cabin...it is a real luxury. The 6R, 7R and 8R series of John Deere are tractors which impacted positively on us. Spectacular design: extremely aggressive.

In order to make reference to the biggest machinery, we can highlight CASE IH 550 and CASE IH 350 tractors. Huge size and really great design. I think CASE IH 550 is not made for Spanish market because its dimensions are stratospheric. About combines, CASE IH 7230 and John Deere S650i are the largest in the farm fair. Their cabs are really great with all sort of amenities to work with them. The biggest machinery we have never seen was the Gregoire G10 olive harvester, we would like to work with on the field.

Finally, we would like to talk about high quality which is notable at first sight in brands like Amazone, Lemken, MX, Stoll, Kverneland, Väderstad, Horsch, Razol, Ovlac, Hardi, Solá, Lamusa, Solano-Horizonte,... The power of these brands are super contrasted, however we like mentioning local and regional brands which day by day work very hard to offer first-class products, as Juansa or Aperos Quílez who, from my village, manufactures their products and they have its own stand in this farm fair.