Posted 8/2/2017 07:35 (#6162765 - in reply to #6162609) Subject: RE: Swath control on Agleader monitor.
Southern Minnesota Between Freeborn & Wells
KMG - 8/2/2017 00:11
What is all needed? I'm new to all this stuff. If I buy an integra or versa with auto swath do I need direct command (I believe that's what is called) or just the planter clutch control module? Obviously I need a receiver...
It seems like there's a lot of "fine print" components that I don't know about. Any insight (not the monitor) would be great!
The fine print components that you are confused about will depend on how you plan on using auto swath.
Auto swath on an Ag Leader display refers to the ability of having the system reduce the working width and possibly perform section control for you. These are things that you could do yourself but desire to have the system do automatically. These "things" depend on the operation.
Auto swath must be unlocked on the display. Certain models such as the Integra and the current InCommand 1200 come with this feature unlocked. The unlock is included in the price and you cannot delete the feature. With other models such as the older Insights, this unlock needs to be purchased for $750. Once a display is unlocked for auto swath, it remains unlocked for any and all uses of Auto swath. Auto swath bases its decisions on the coverage map that it creates.
Here are some examples where auto swath might be used:
If you are using the display with a harvest kit in a combine, auto swath can automatically reduce the head width when taking partial passes. No extra equipment is needed to do this. You allow auto swath to be active and it reduces the head width. The accuracy of this reduction is dependent on the quality of your GPS system.
Auto swath can be used on a sprayer or applicator. The system will turn ON/OFF sections again based on its coverage map. This would require some modules. In the cab you would need either an Auxiliary Input Module and a switchbox or the CAN switchbox which contains the AIM circuitry. You would also need a module that takes input from a flow meter or shaft sensor. The module has outputs to control the rate and section control . There are different modules depending on whether the application is liquid or granular.
In much the same way, auto swath can be used with a planter to do section control. This would also require the AIM and switchbox or CAN switchbox mentioned above. For section control of a planter a Clutch Control Module is needed. As the planter approaches an area that has previously been planted, it shuts off sections to avoid duplication.
It is possible to do both the above at the same time. For example on my own planter (24 row), I have an InCommand 1200 that works with the Clutch Control Module to shut off my planter sections in pairs. It also works with a Liquid Product Control module to control my planter spray system. That is setup in four six row sections. As I come to headlands or point rows, the system shuts off the seed in pairs and the spray in sections to avoid overlap. I also have the InCommand steer the tractor, watch the seed population and starter fertilizer. These last functions do not involve auto swath directly.
In our farming situation We use auto swath with the planter, sprayer and combine.
I get the feeling that you are considering section control on a planter. For this you would need 1) an Ag Leader display with auto swath unlocked. 2) an appropriate GPS receiver 3) an Ag Leader Auxiliary Input Module and dumb switchbox or an Ag Leader smart switchbox. These items are on the tractor. 4) a Clutch Control Module (typically mounted on the planter). 5) Section or row unit clutches. 6) wiring harnesses to tie this altogether.