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Learning the Lightbar

Indiana farmer moves to lightbar to start the trip toward precision steering

Earlier this year we introduced, in print, the Glingles. Randy and his son, Shaun, farm together near Bourbon, Ind., and they're taking part in the Precision First program where we've partnered with Deere to provide them with the new GreenStar Lightbar and the Starfire 200 GPS receiver. While the Glingles have some experience with this type of guidance, Shaun sees the potential for the operation.


This week I stopped by the operation to see the setup and watch Shaun make the first runs with the unit in the field. When you're farming with a lightbar you're getting precision steering (with WAAS-corrected GPS) but you're doing the work. Shaun says it takes some getting used to watching the lightbar, but in fact he likes the precision.


For those of you who may have already made the move to auto-guidance, there are different issues. But there are a lot of farmers out there just making the move. Deere reports a lot of interest (and sales) of the new Lightbar. And industry wide, lightbar sales were strong in 2008.


Whether you're just adding precision guidance (not auto-steering) to a machine, or you're a first-timer who wants to try the idea of guided manual steering - the lightbar is an economical investment.


For the Glingle's that system will be mounted to their tractor for use for anhydrous application - which started this week - and for tillage for corn ground. Shaun will be reporting his experience with the lightbar in later installments of FarmerIron - The Blog.


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