Trimble, DICKEY-john Offer Precision Farming Tech

DECATUR, IL /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and DICKEY-john announced at the Farm Progress Show that they have joined forces to offer farmers a complete precision farming solution that uses the most advanced agricultural electronic technology from both companies.

The Trimble and DICKEY-john "hybrid" systems will set new standards for the precision agriculture industry by offering growers:

  • One-stop shopping for complete, seamless precision farming systems through Trimble and DICKEY-john's dealer networks.


  • Buy-when-needed modules that will allow growers to add new functionality-such as GPS automated steering, application monitoring and control, or field data management-when their operations require it.


  • Less cab clutter and fast, easy access to GPS guidance and application controls through a single cab display. Display options will include the DICKEY-john IntelliAg virtual terminal display or Trimble AgGPS FieldManager display. Each option will provide full integration of both companies' precision farming systems.


  • The ability to install both companies' new "hybrid" precision farming systems on equipment in multi-branded fleets.

For example, DICKEY-john customers will be able to integrate an automated steering system into the DICKEY-john IntelliAg system. The IntelliAg system includes a virtual terminal and the farmer's choice of individual IntelliAg "plug and play" application control modules. IntelliAg modules control and monitor row planters, grain drills, sprayers, air seeders, spreaders and anhydrous applicators.

Trimble customers with AgGPS Autopilot automated steering systems will be able to add application control modules for controlling and monitoring planters, sprayers, air seeders, spreaders and anhydrous applicators to their systems. This offers new precision farming options to growers now using Trimble systems to control AgGPS Autopilot, AgGPS TrueTracker implement steering systems or AgGPS FieldLevel land leveling systems.

"The integration of our precision agriculture solutions could change farming in many of the same ways that hybrid seed corn impacted crop farming in the last century. These new 'hybrid' solutions from DICKEY-john and Trimble will offer farmers around the world the complete precision ag package they have been asking for," said Edward M. Herter, president and CEO of DICKEY-john.

"DICKEY-john has played a key role in helping move the industry to the new ISO 11783 standard for agriculture electronics. When you combine DICKEY-john's winning 40-year track record in agriculture electronics with Trimble's leadership in agricultural positioning solutions, you have a dynamic technology team. These new 'hybrid' systems offer farmers a total precision agriculture package that will provide many years of dependable service," said Alan Townsend, vice president of Trimble Field Solutions Group.

New "hybrid" precision farming products from DICKEY-john and Trimble are expected to be available from both companies' dealers in the late fall of 2007.

About DICKEY-john
Founded in 1966, DICKEY-john is the world leader in rugged, advanced-technology electronic assemblies for global agriculture. Some DICKEY-john accomplishments include these "world firsts:" first successful planter monitor, first grain moisture analyzer, first agricultural Doppler radar velocity sensor, first high accuracy seed sensor, and first electronic planter monitor. For more information, visit the DICKEY-john Web site.

About Trimble
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location-including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,400 employees in over 18 countries. For more information, visit Trimble's Web site.