This is the first year for us with our red machines. Just got a copy of the afs software - wondering if anyone knows of any training cd's or manuals?
Is this not the same as the ag leader software?
How does it compare to farmworks?
5.52.0004, but he thinks there is an update for it.
Ran farmworks before, and I couldn't navigate my way around. I am good with computers, but that program just blew me away. If I had the time to invest in learning Farmworks, I am sure it has some great attributes, but I prefer simplicity.
I would really love to see any combine's computers to be fully capable of not only interfacing with desk top as well as lap top systems, but have internet access [via satellite] from the field as well. Would this be asking too much of a $270,000 combine? Think about it.
Quote:I would really love to see any combine's computers to be fully capable of not only interfacing with desk top as well as lap top systems, but have internet access [via satellite] from the field as well. Would this be asking too much of a $270,000 combine? Think about it.
Now THAT would be nice!!!
Then you could keep an eye on rain and storms developing near you via weather radars. That way you would know if you should keep harvesting or head home.
Would be useful as well when spraying...
"If you put internet access in combines, you open up a whole new can of worms. You'll have a combine computer that gets infected with a virus, and then the hired help will be surfing porn and such."
It doesn't sound like you think too much of the hired help, eyh?
If you put internet access in combines, you open up a whole new can of worms. You'll have a combine computer that gets infected with a virus, and then the hired help will be surfing porn and such.
I really don't think porn or entertainment would be as big a problem in the field, but, just in case, there are all kinds of blockers for such and virus protections, too. I think viruses are more an issue with e-mails, so maybe this would not be needed on a combine's computer, but it would be nice to look up online weather services and maybe some ag reports while in the field. I don't encourage too much keyboard/mouse use while actually cutting, but once the combine quits for the night or is cancelled due to weather, internet access can really be an asset and a great way of keeping the help interested in hanging around the combines, rather than going to town and getting all messed up.
Chat rooms, sports sites, games and even educational sites offer a world of clean entertainment. Just think how cool it would be to have members actually come into our chat room--directly from the field, relaying their feedback and imparting their own experiences and knowledge right here!
A good analogy would be Internet access in a car as you are driving down the road. I can tell you from personal experience, doing just that, that it is very diffficult to type in the URL of a website while driving. The distraction isn't an issue. Unlike a cell phone, the issue is having your eyes away from what you should be looking at.
Now since technology is increasing in all areas, consider the autosteer option some new combines have. Once you get the combine going, the operator is just there for the ride. Currently, they might take a magazine and read it cover to cover. In the future, that operator might just be in a chat room for most of the day. They only have to watch over the combine when turning around on the ends.
Good points, Lance. Tis why I state waiting to play on the internet while NOT running the combine, or maybe ONLY using it on combines with the auto steer.
I do agree about the incessant use of cell phones on the road. Heaven forbid internet or using laptops for anything while driving on any public roadway!
At least in the field, an accident with a combine is only going to cause some damage to the head and maybe a truck or tractor, but certainly not life-threateig as wrecks at street or highway speeds would be. Darn drivers and their cell phones!
Still, I like the idea of a combine-mounted computer with internet, if nothing else, as a backup in case lightning or an extreme power surge crashes the in-house one.