New outfit to focus on precision agriculture

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A new precision agriculture distributorship catering to gps-Ag products promises to significantly boost technical support to farmer customers and enhance the dealer network in WA.

The new business, Total Precision Systems, is headed by former gps-Ag sales and marketing manager Adam Hutton, who recently returned to WA.

Mr Hutton has chalked-up nine years in the precision agriculture industry and is well-known to WA growers and dealers. He was in the sales and marketing role with gps-Ag for three years after serving as WA state manager for three years and previously working as a territory manager for the business in south-eastern Australia.

Mr Hutton said he hoped the distributorship move for gps-Ag products in WA would be welcomed by farmers and industry, ensuring greater technical support to customers and improvements in the dealer network.

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“There is no doubt a lack of support out there from people who are dedicated to providing different precision agriculture solutions for WA farmers, ” he said.

“Farmers have been concerned about the level of service and support with products in WA and this distributorship should please them. Total Precision Systems is committed to the long-term, supporting the development and adoption of precision agriculture systems in WA well into the future.

“Supporting farmer customers is our number one focus, alongside the development of a suitable distribution model and dealer network, including the appointment of new dealers where required.”

Total Precision Systems is introducing AutoFarm’s latest ParaDyme autosteer technology into the WA market for 2011.

ParaDyme offers unique flexibility to the end user, with the option to choose from three different consoles and a full upgrade path from guidance to 2-centimetre RTK.

Incorporating wireless remote technical service, it offers much more than just steering. Farmers can have up to four camera inputs with the system for safer operation of equipment.

Total Precision Systems also is currently demonstrating the new generation weed identification spraying technology, WEEDit, to WA farmers.

WEEDit is a new selective spraying system that helps reduce chemical usage and, hence, increase savings for growers. Trials with the unit already have proven to be highly successful.

The two significant features of the product include its fast reaction solenoid valves that open in one millisecond and highly responsive sensors, which take ground samples at 40,000 times per second.

A ‘rolling roadshow’ featuring a new prototype boom of the selective spraying system is under way throughout the Wheatbelt, while Mr Hutton said separate owner field days highlighting the WEEDit would be staged in 2011.

“Farmers can buy WEEDit with a purpose-built boom or retrofit to an existing boom for summer spraying, ” Mr Hutton said.

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