SALINA, KS – For tillage producers who are looking for new ways to maximize efficiency and make data-driven decisions about their fields, Great Plains has released a new technology called Implement Command™. The new technology allows producers to make active decisions and on-the-go, real-time field adjustments to improve yields and soil health. Implement Command will be available in 2020 for 18' to 35' models, as well as 6.0 and 8.0 meter models. For user comfort and convenience, this system allows producers to set, adjust, and monitor the performance of their Turbo-Max® right from the tractor cab. “The biggest benefit to producers with this technology is a newfound convenience and ease-of-use. The Implement Command system gives the control to the producer inside of the tractor cab—no longer do they have to crawl in and out,” says Rye DeGarmo, Vice President of Great Plains Engineering.
With Implement Command, several Turbo-Max functions can be easily controlled with a simple push of a button. Producers can control tillage-depth with three programmable presets to make adjustments quickly, even on-the-go. Additionally, weight transfer can also be adjusted on-screen by dialing in the appropriate amount of down pressure applied to the wings. From a quick glance of the screen, producers can monitor several settings, including the gang angle from 0 to 6 degrees, the hydraulic reel’s down-pressure, and fore-and-aft leveling. These settings can all be changed using hydraulic levers in the cab. “Producers no longer have to worry about accidentally hitting a lever and making unintended changes to the field. With the Implement Command system, these changes will be immediately visible on the screen,” DeGarmo says.
Other benefits touted by Great Plains include the opportunity to precisely return to presets after making on-the-go in-cab changes, reproducing tillage settings across a fleet of machines and, on select terminals, the ability for farm managers to remotely view operator’s settings.
The Implement Command system is ISO-compatible and works on the tractor’s virtual terminal so no extra monitors are needed in the cab. For tractors equipped with multiple displays, dual VT compatibility lets producers easily transfer implement controls to the next available VT on the bus.
With Great Plains’ new Implement Command system, producers can monitor and adjust their implement to help make decisions for their operation—all from the comfort of their cab. Visitors to Great Plains Stand B37 in Hall 5 at Agritechnica have the opportunity to see ICS in action on a fully operable, interactive display.
About Great Plains
Founded in 1976, Great Plains Manufacturing employs over 1,400 people worldwide. It encompasses five divisions: Great Plains Ag, which manufactures seedbed preparation, nutrient application, and seed placement equipment, and other farm implements; Land Pride, which manufactures grounds maintenance tools such as mowers, rototillers, rotary cutters, and dirt-working equipment; Great Plains International, which sells the company’s products worldwide; Great Plains Trucking, which operates a nationwide fleet of flatbed trucks; and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, which finances the company’s products. Now a Kubota company, Great Plains Mfg., Inc., is headquartered in Salina, Kansas, USA.
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