We've been following Shaun Glingle and his father, Randy, near Bourbon, Ind., as they try out precision steering for the first time. A successful farming pair, they're just now looking at GPS-guided steering using a the new GreenStar Lightbar from John Deere.
Shaun has been sending periodic e-mail updates on his use of the tool when applying anhydrous or for primary tillage. Of course, being in northern Indiana, most of the updates have been about rain. Shaun is getting out there and using the setup when he can.
In his most recent report, Shaun notes that he had some challenges setting the rig up for tillage and keeping it on track. He notes using the lightbar for steering during anyhydrous application was a great tool.
Recently, Darryl Roeder, the Glingle's AMS Tech, made good on a promise to bring out an autosteering setup for the John Deere 8400 tractor they're using. The steering-wheel setup tied to a Starfire position system (not the Starfire 300 that works with the lightbar) opened Shaun's eyes to something a lot of our readers have found out - autosteering is a great tool.
Shaun says he likes autosteering "a lot" and it only took about a half-hour to install on the Glingle tractor. While the lightbar has been a help, Shaun admits he probably would prefer autosteering to the lightbar in the end. Not a surprise really.
Meanwhile, Craig Wienbar from near Palermo, N.D., is also just getting started with the lightbar on his rig. He'll be using the system to reduce overlap he knows he has for his operation. We'll let you know more as Wienbar gets going planting spring wheat and a host of other crops on his operation. Of course, even in North Dakota, we're dealing with a delayed spring due to rains.
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