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Precision farming can make a difficult job far quicker and less stressful – and the latest addition to the Vantage support team can certainly testify to that.
Paul Knights – who has a long and varied career in electrical and mechanical communications – has been appointed the new area sales manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, acting as the first point of contact for farmers using Trimble precision farming technology.
“After I got the job I had a test drive using Trimble GPS on my friend’s farm in Kent,” says Mr Knights. “I hadn’t sat in a tractor for some time, but within minutes I was able to use a 9.3m roller with pinpoint precision. I rolled a 50ha field, and it looked like perfectly corrugated cardboard – and I still felt as fresh as a daisy afterwards. If I hadn’t had the precision kit I would have been a gibbering mess trying to achieve that level of accuracy by myself. It’s just phenomenal.”
Mr Knights started his career in the Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers corps, before later moving into telecommunications engineering. “I also worked on sheep stations in Australia and cattle farms in New Zealand – I love their ‘can-do’ attitude.”
As a project field engineer with Nokia, he was piloted in to manage the most complex and remote mobile installations in Europe. “About 70% of the sites were very rural, so I was dealing with farmers and landowners and helping to solve their problems. The countryside is my passion and I think it’s vital to communicate effectively and treat the land with respect – and I bring that professionalism with me to my new role.”
A father of three boys, living in rural Norfolk, Mr Knights knows how important it is to fit in around farmers’ busy lifestyles. “I passionately believe in building a good rapport and maintaining a high level of support for the customer. Good communication is just common courtesy.”
Having trialled the Trimble technology himself, Mr Knights is more convinced than ever about the benefits it can bring to farmers. “Farmers are wanting to save time and effort, and become more profit orientated. I’m looking forward to making a positive impact, marketing and assisting with something which I know works and is the Rolls Royce of guidance systems. That makes the job so much easier and allows your conscience to say: ‘I’ve done something good today’.”
Richard Larke, the current sales manager for East Anglia, is becoming Vantage’s Trimble Agricultural Business Software sales manager with a focus on connecting farm information to help deliver more informed decisions. He will remain the sales manager for Cambridgeshire.
Mark Griffiths, national sales manager at Vantage England and Wales, says the addition of Mr Knight to the team will help the firm to become the best in the country for providing joined-up solutions for British agriculture. “Paul comes from a strong background in telecommunications; with all equipment becoming more connected it is important for us to have expertise in this area. Paul’s roots in the rural community and his experience of coordinating projects across challenging terrain will strengthen Vantage, where delivering solutions for our customers is our number one priority.”
Data-driven decisions can improve farm efficiencies significantly, and a new team member at Vantage England and Wales is set to show farmers the full benefits of precision technology.
Lily Nuttall, the firm’s new area sales manager for the South East, has considerable experience in helping farmers to benefit from data rather than simply recording it – and is looking forward to linking up her knowledge of software with evolving precision farming techniques.
“Precision farming is more cost effective – there’s reduced waste – and with the uncertainty of Brexit it is a logical move,” she says. “I’m really excited about getting to grips with different Trimble devices and how they can help individual farmers.”
Miss Nuttall grew up on a farm and studied agriculture at Plumpton College, Sussex, spending her middle year working with pedigree beef cattle, followed by a summer precision soil sampling with ACS Farm Image. Upon graduating, she secured a job at Farmplan, training and supporting farmers and agronomists using the data recording software.
“I saw the Vantage job advertised, and wanted to bring my practical knowledge and enthusiasm to the role. Trimble equipment and software is so flexible – even if you’ve got lots of different brands of machinery on your farm you can fit the Trimble system to it. Then if you sell a tractor, you can just take the hardware out and put it into the new one, it’s just so adaptable. And with complete record keeping of what you’ve done and where it makes everything so easy.”
Mark Griffiths, national sales manager at Vantage England and Wales, says Lily’s appointment will bring an important presence in a key region for the firm. “Around 10% of UK farms are found in this area, with strong potential for most crop types,” he explains.
“Lily will bring experience of data collection and analysis from a variety of equipment. Having the expertise to supply equipment correctly based on farmers’ requirements is important, and understanding how this equipment and data can be used to make informed decisions is of great value in this area of the UK.”
Trimble are updating their RTX™ real-time correction streams to AES Encryption and changing to new satellite beams to provide you with the most advanced technology available, ensuring network coverage expansion for years to come.
These changes will provide you with additional data security, technology enhancements, and greater access to Trimble’s ever-expanding CenterPoint® RTX Fast network, with increased reliability and access to faster convergence times in more areas.
This means it is essential to update your firmware, unless it is the minimum version or above, and configure all Trimble RTX and Trimble xFill® compatible devices to frequency: 1545.4900 MHz / Baud Rate: 2400 bps thus ensuring no loss of Trimble RTX and Trimble xFill positioning services.
Firmware should be as indicated in the chart below or higher. If your firmware is a lower version, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For instructions on how to check your firmware version and selecting the right frequency, please select your product from the following links.
Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on TMX-2050 Precision-IQ Display – https://youtu.be/UmQZO_9dXG0
Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on TMX-2050 FmX+ or FmX Display – https://youtu.be/yXwiw2taAWo
Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on CFX-750 Display – https://youtu.be/QuVYX7w_0C8Contact Us
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it is extending its distribution channel by establishing a new global network of independent distribution partners to serve the needs of the rapidly evolving precision agriculture industry. The new Vantage™ distribution network will provide growers, advisors, retailers, co-ops and local OEM dealers with precision agriculture expertise for the entire farm. Vantage partners will provide the complete Trimble precision agriculture portfolio. As well as advise growers and their advisors on the right combination of technology-based solutions for their operation to improve farm efficiency and productivity.
MapShots, Inc. and Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced a new integration that allows all users of MapShots’ signature AgStudio® software platform to read as-applied maps and production data from Trimble’s Connected Farm™ solution. Previously, AgStudio software users could only read harvest data from the Connected Farm solution.
Now, users with current subscriptions to AgStudio software are able to communicate seamlessly with Trimble field devices and wirelessly transfer field data, as-applied maps and production data from planters, spreaders and sprayers as well as combines for harvest data. The recent integration taps into the new Trimble Connected Farm file transfer API, which provides data sharing access with the Connected Farm solution, and offers AgStudio software users more flexibility in importing data from an even wider variety of company systems.
“This integration with Trimble’s Connected Farm solution allows our customers greater access to information that streamlines production management,” said Ted Macy, vice president of operations at MapShots. “Whether it’s variable rate seeding, variable rate fertility, or managing harvest data, AgStudio software users now can import even more valuable information and make decisions based on activities carried out by Trimble guidance and steering systems.”
Trimble’s Connected Farm solution combines industry-leading hardware and software to increase efficiency and enable better decision making. Together, the two companies allow agricultural providers to better manage production data.
“The integration with MapShots AgStudio software fits into Trimble’s Connected Farm strategy to provide growers a more complete picture of their field activities while allowing them a choice of software tools to analyze data and make production decisions,” said Pierre-Andre Rebeyrat, strategic marketing director of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “We are excited to welcome MapShots to the growing list of companies that have taken advantage of the Connected Farm file transfer API.”