|Everything was big: tractors, trams, even the show’s sound system – see the speakers hanging from the crane.|
- How is your product being adopted?
- Are sales okay, good, or great?
- Do you see future sales rising more quickly (and if so, why)?
All the sales people said that they estimate more than 50% of tractors are fitted with some form of Autotrak or EZ-drive unmanned nav/driver system. Yet there is no collision avoidance, nor has the liability for improper spraying or collision been resolved, nor are there night operation sensors, hence, these devices must still have an onboard “driver.”
Trimble had a bull-pen with demo four-wheelers and one of the ag colleges was using a John Deere tractor simulator/training device – but generally there was little interest and no crowds for the tech stuff.
Yet Trimble’s Connected Farm – a new system of software and communication services to wirelessly sync precision farming data – was one of the winners of the show’s Top 10 Tech Innovations. Trimble was also a winner for their Yuma farm- and ranch-rugged tablet computer.
I ate sensibly at mealtimes. I’ve been on a diet and doing well until I encountered… the ultimate diet-buster! Using an unusual method of outdoor cooking, this booth shot my will power with one of their briquets.