Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Sunny today. Will get a little above 50ºF today.
Brad is here from JL Farm Equipment, Poseyville, IN to install updated software in the MX290 tractor. This update was necessary in order for the tractor’s controller to communicate with the new CIH 2150 planter. After that update, we must load in farm-specific data so that the tractor’s control system has the appropriate information to recognize our farms, fields, operators, and hybrids. To prepare that setup info, we also performed an update to our Ag Leader SMS desktop software, and then created a Spring 2019 setup file that was loaded by USB to the Pro 700 monitor in the tractor. It feels good to have the programming completed and ready. We are also experimenting with a planting prescription, written in Fieldview. It took a couple trials to discover the format of the shapefile that the Pro700 prefers. Brad has been very helpful in getting the information that has been created in the office loaded into the tractor’s monitor.
Also, we heard from our seed dealer, Jeff Jackson, and he has begun the seed treatment of our Asgrow soybean seed. That work is accomplished at our nearby Nutrien plant. We should be able to pick up our first batch of soybean seed, coated with that pink treatment, sometime tomorrow. We got the Vision truck out today, and thoroughly cleaned the trailer. It is now ready to receive its first load of seed. This is another important step towards #plant19.
The sunshine sure lifts our spirits today.