Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Yesterday, we were visited by representatives of Climate Corporation. Navneen came from San Francisco, and Pat came from Chicago to observe our experience with two of their crop documentation systems. We are in a beta testing program with Climate FieldView Cab for both sprayers and for air-drills. Navneen asked many questions about my experience with the air-drill beta product. She rode with me in the JD 9330 tractor for over an hour to get some real-world experience with this documentation system. Her questions were thoughtful, and you could tell she was ‘engaged’ in what she was seeing. She also spent some time with John in the sprayer.
Later, after replacing a faulty speed sensor on the air cart, I spent considerable time with Pat. He connected his iPad to the Climate “Drive”. The Drive hooks into the tractor’s information port, and then communicates information by Bluetooth to an iPad. Once connected, Pat performed a trial run on an updated version of the FieldView Cab-air cart system. It worked pretty well, with only a couple glitches in the app. The system will now record when planting from either air cart seed tank, and it will pause recording when the implement is raised to make a turn. The maps and other recorded information will now be more accurate. He expects this next version of the beta to be released to us in a few days. We are looking forward to that.
Pat also got to spend a couple hours with John in the JD 4730 sprayer, testing the beta version of FieldView Cab-sprayer. This has not been out to the full beta team yet, but John got to see this preview version.
I’ve often said that the folks who design ag machines and systems should spend some time in the real world, getting first hand experience with their creations. That is exactly what happened at Carnahan & Sons yesterday! We are grateful for the day with these two experts. I think it was a learning experience for them as well as for us. We hope that they will find value from their time in SW Indiana. It was a genuine pleasure to have them here, and I hope we can say we made some new friends, too!