Precision farming info links directly to variable rate terminal

The Outback Max system, which was introduced Aug. 28, gives producers the opportunity to place all their precision farming activities into one package.

The variable rate terminal is able to handle many types of data and layer them in ways that were previously done only at the farm office, said Darren Pritchard of Outback.

Pritchard said Max has four camera inputs, which can be displayed one at a time on the screen or all four at the same time. This allows producers to check on their air cart, sprayer nozzles, combine hopper and auger.

“We can push and pull maps. Yield maps, as-applied maps, variable rate maps or any kind of data like that,” said Pritchard.

“We can also layer three imagery maps at the same time. For instance, the terminal can show you a variable rate map, field imagery and as-applied at the same time. Running three layers on the same terminal at the same time is a big step.”

Pritchard said Max can move data to and from the terminal into the wireless side, commonly known as the cloud or data storage.

“We can go from the cloud directly to the terminal,” he said.

“It’s direct. It doesn’t go into another box, so you have to go in and move it again. You shoot it and push it directly into this new Max terminal.”

Data that is kept on the cloud can be accessed by any authorized computer.

“A producer can instantly link his data to his agronomist, fertilizer dealer, aerial applicator or equipment dealer. They can all be tied together with this system,” he said.

“Where we’re going with this is a system letting you push soil test data, for instance, directly to your custom applicator. Or a field scout shoots information from the field directly to the cloud where it’s accessed by your agronomist and custom applicator.

“That’s all new for us. But I think the big thing is the user interface is now very simple and easy. It’s not a difficult system to operate.”

Pritchard said Max will tie into any auto steer system. It works with all existing Agco, CaseIH/New Holland, Deere or other aftermarket systems, including systems from Europe.

“For example, you can tie into any John Deere autosteer system,” he said.

“If the customer doesn’t already have JD guidance, we can plug into plug-and-play in the hydraulic kit from Deere. That lets the customer run the Outback autosteer and terminal.”

The Max terminal is as sturdy as its name. It got an IP67 rating in the durability drop, dust and water tests. It scored six out of six in protection from damage by solid objects and seven out of eight in penetration by liquids.

RTK is built in, but requires optional unlocking.

“If you want the Outback RTK, the base is $7,495 for a 900 megahertz unit, the rover on the tractor is $2,700 and it’s $3,000 to unlock the RTK.”

For more information, contact Darren Pritchard at 866-888-4472 #1411 or visit

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