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AGCO GTA 100 & GTA 200


March 7, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable

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agco_gtaFarm operators will find it easier
to track field operations, gather data and analyze their farming
operations with two new software packages from AGCO Global
Technologies.

agco_gtaFarm operators will find it easier to track field operations, gather data and analyze their farming operations with two new software packages from AGCO Global Technologies. GTA100 Communicator software, included on GTA Console I-equipped AGCO, Challenger and Massey Ferguson tractors and Console II equipped Challenger, Gleaner and Massey Ferguson combines, allows operators to gather and later download data by farm, field, equipment, supply or activity. The optional GTA200 Record Keeping software puts that data to use like never before. Users can plan field operations on their computer and transfer plans to the console for implementation. Once completed, field and operating data can be reviewed, downloaded and used to create a variety of reports to improve their bottom line. An operator can build lists of farms, fields and inputs such as operators, machines and supplies on the console. As a unit enters a field, list items to be used in the field are selected using a scroll dial and function keys. Tractor operating data such as date/time, hours, distance, in/out of work, area, fuel consumption, wheel slip, oil pressure, engine temperature and more are recorded by the GTA Console throughout the job. As an upgrade, GTA200 uses GTA100-generated lists and data, including data stored from completed activities. It also allows the operator to create planned jobs prior to entering the field, as well as collect and analyze data after leaving the field without the use of third party software. Once the job is finished and data downloaded to the farm office computer, GTA 200 Record Keeping software can easily generate up to 11 different reports including a job summary, four different types of equipment reports and six different types of field reports. This information can then be used to compare returns by enterprise such as corn production over all acres for a given year, fertilizer use by element, all inputs used to produce a particular crop, or all inputs used in a particular field or in a particular year.

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