Back in February Case IH ramped up its precision farming offerings with the addition of an unmanned aerial vehicle kit that will be available for purchase later this spring. The brand is partnering with UAV firm DroneDeploy to offer this kit.
The DJI Phantom 4 UAV will come with an RGB camera, hard carrying case, extra battery and a one-year subscription to DroneDeploy software.
Case IH claims the drone includes an easy-to-use software package and can be set off on an autonomous flight path with just “two taps of an IOS or Android device.” That, it adds, should make this UAV useable for people of all skill levels.
The software package allows users to apply different filters to collected data to help understand field conditions in detail.
But that wasn’t the only new precision farming equipment announcement Case IH had to talk about early this year. It also introduced the new AccuStar GPS receiver to its AFS product line. The company says AccuStar is ideal for use with ElectriSteer-assisted auto guidance (which can be clamped onto a steering wheel for auto guidance on machines from any brand), GPS positioning for combine yield mapping and GPS for third-party displays or applications.
“The common theme that has always guided our innovative approach is to provide customers with ever- improving technologies that enable them to farm more efficiently and profitably. Mr. Case began this tradition, having worked extensively with farm equipment before he started his own business.”
“I am certain that if Mr. Case could see the company today he would instantly recognize that the core values that he championed all those years ago are still at the heart of everything we do… but what he would think of the Autonomous Concept Vehicle we can only guess!”
— Case IH President Andreas Klauser, in a press release celebrating the brand’s 175 anniversary.