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Ag Leader CartACE assists grain cart operator

Ag Leader introduces CartACE, which gives grain cart operators assistance while unloading on-the-go.

CartACE connects the grain cart to the combine by synching the combine’s auto-guidance line with the grain cart tractor’s auto-steer.

The system is to simplifiy the grain cart operator’s job by sharing a live map of the combine’s progress and location through InCommand displays, helping the operator know when and where the combine needs to unload and which part of the field to drive on.

Guidance line

The InCommand display in the grain cart automatically generates a guidance line alongside the combine and the operator simply presses a button to engage autosteer. While operators are still responsible for safe operation of the vehicle, they can now focus their attention on unloading on-the-go.

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While operators are still responsible for safe operation of the vehicle, they can now focus their attention on unloading on-the-go.  - Photo: AFP
While operators are still responsible for safe operation of the vehicle, they can now focus their attention on unloading on-the-go. - Photo: AFP

“We know that the grain cart seat cannot be filled by just anyone, and it is getting harder to find experienced operators to fill critical roles in farming operations. It takes a certain level of expertise to fill this role, which we‘re approaching in a practical and economical way that we believe many of our customers could easily adopt and benefit from,” explained Joe Holoubek, Ag Leader Product Manager.

“We aim to turn what might be an average vehicle driver into a skilled grain cart operator through providing the right tools and assistance during high stress and high error prone harvest tasks.”

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The InCommand display in the grain cart automatically generates a guidance line alongside the combine and the operator simply presses a button to engage autosteer. - Photo: Ag Leader
The InCommand display in the grain cart automatically generates a guidance line alongside the combine and the operator simply presses a button to engage autosteer. - Photo: Ag Leader

Step toward future of farming

“Connecting the operation and automating some critical tasks, enables operators and machines to work better together and provides a huge productivity and confidence boost. We can do it using current technology already in the cab,” added Holoubek. “We believe this is a needed step toward the future of farming that most operations can take advantage of today without a huge investment or stepping too far outside their comfort zone.”

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