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The Challenge

Can we adapt tillage settings as conditions change across a single field?

Saving time while doing things better is a recurring dream for most people who are trying to run a successful business. For farmers, saving time while maximizing efficiencies is not just a dream, but a necessity.

Done right, tillage manages weeds and residue, reduces compaction and increases yield potential. Done wrong, it can adversely affect yield potential and waste a lot of time and effort. To make things more complicated, soil conditions change in different parts of a field. Until now, that meant stopping the tractor and getting out to adjust the tillage tool settings for each section. For many farmers, that would just take too much time.

What are the benefits of the implement command system?

  • Set, adjust and monitor the implement on-the-go and in real time from the tractor cab.
  • Operation from the cab increases productivity and convenience.
  • Make data-driven decisions in the field.
  • Use the tractor’s ISOBUS virtual terminal, or choose a solution from Great Plains.

Solution

Set, adjust and monitor from the cab.

Farmers are looking for was a system to manage the tillage implement without getting out of the cab to manually adjust the settings. This is so that they can give every part of the field exactly the treatment it needs, from light to aggressive soil management. Implement Command® by Great Plains works with select models of Turbo-Max®, Terra-Max®, Velocity®, and Disk Harrow tillage implements. All you need is the system and an ISOBUS-compatible monitor in your tractor cab.

Benefits across multiple tillage practices.

The Implement Command System was first introduced on the Turbo-Max® vertical tillage tool. Vertical tillage manages residue, reduces compaction and maintains soil density. It also helps the soil absorb water and nutrients and reduces erosion. Implement Command® is also available on Terra-Max® and Velocity® hybrid tillage tools, and the conventional tillage Disk Harrow.

Convenient and efficient soil management.

The Implement Command® System delivers a simplified and universal ISOBUS-based interface solution that includes plug-and-play setup without the need for expensive aftermarket unlocks and subscriptions. It works on the tractor’s ISOBUS virtual terminal so there is no need for extra monitors in the cab. For tractors equipped with multiple displays, dual VT compatibility lets you easily transfer implement controls to the next available VT on the bus. Implement Command lets you set, adjust, and monitor your tillage implement on-the-go and in real time from the terminal in the tractor cab. Depending on the implement, such settings as tillage depth, down pressure, gang angle, rear finishing or levelling can be monitored or controlled without getting in and out of the cab.

Controls at your fingertips.

Implement Command® allows you to take control of your adjustment and monitoring needs right at your fingertips! Easily control the implement’s depth with a simple push of a button, or program presets before operation begins. Depending on the tillage model, you can also use the easy-to-navigate soft keys to adjust the appropriate amount of down pressure applied to the wings, monitor or control the rear finishing attachment, or monitor the gang angle or fore-and-aft leveling. A lock/unlock button also switches operation between functions, minimizes tractor SCV requirements, and prevents accidental changes.


Benefits

“We can make all these adjustments, see them on the display visually and really refine our tillage settings to have that optimum prepared seedbed ahead of the planter.” Blake Bergkamp, Great Plains Agronomist Iowa corn and soybean farmer Dan Masner explains why he decided to add a Terra-Max® with Implement Command® to his farm:

“I was looking for one implement to go out here in the fall and do one pass on the stock ground and in the spring be able to come back with that same implement and do the same thing: one pass, plant the beans, one pass to plant corn on the bean stubble.

I utilize Implement Command® way more than I thought I would. I mean the ground I farm varies. I have some timber soil that tends to be a little harder as it’s drier and there’s just a lot of changes I’m making that I didn’t think I would if I couldn’t do it from the cab. The Terra-Max® is allowing me to change wing pressure, disc angle, basket pressure and it has been very beneficial on these varied types of soils.

You know we’re always in a little crunch for time, trying to get the seed in the ground. To be able to change it on the fly and physically look back and see the difference I think is a big plus. The time factor, most of all, getting in and out and being able to do that and look on the monitor and see exactly where you’re at, to see the change of what you can do at your fingertips.”

Great Plains agronomist Blake Bergkamp sums up the benefits: “A great thing about the implement Command System is we can make all these adjustments, see them on the display visually and really refine our tillage settings to have that optimum prepared seedbed ahead of the planter.”


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