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Confidence the field was completely seeded the first time.

Exapta has been offering the Intelligent Ag (IAG) blockage systems for several years now and so this month’s newsletter will touch on why this system works well and the advantages over a traditional blockage system. It’s not uncommon to have a partial blockage in which the seed rate is reduced but you’re not aware of it until you are done with the field. We’ve all seen the blank spots in fields due to a blockage that will cost yield and present weed control issues throughout the growing season.  

The biggest difference with the Intelligent Ag system vs other systems on the market is that it uses acoustic sensors to measure sound. As the seed moves into the secondary lines, it flows through the sensor, hitting the tiny stainless-steel membrane embedded with a microphone, that sends the pulses through hollow tubes to the ECU. The data is then sent with an updated wired connection to the cab, where the iPad app lets you see percentages of flow for each run—in real time. You can also see a percentage for each tower, which helps with monitoring product flowing through the primary lines. A mass flow sensor alerts you to bridging or problems in the tank. It gives two readings so it can read 2 different products e.g. (fertilizer and seed). The entire system is based around variations in the percentages displayed. You can set tolerances for how much variance is allowed before alerting you to potential blockages. Because it gives percentages, you will be able to see partial blockages or reduced rates, which most other systems cannot provide.  

Having only one wired connection going to the drill gives much less electrical headaches compared to wires going to every run. Long term, electronic sensors and wiring on traditional blockage systems just don’t hold up, which makes resale value with an Intelligent Ag system a positive on the used air seeder market. The IAG system is easy to install, and they have excellent install videos as well as good phone support to work through any issues. If you have considered getting a blockage system but just can’t decide, I encourage you to look further into the Intelligent Ag Recon plus system for all the above benefits. 

Chris Horton

Chris Horton brings 25 years of management with him. He grew up on his grandparents farm in Reno County Kansas where they mainly grew wheat and cattle feed. He worked on feed lots as a pen rider and cow-calf operations before moving to Southern California where Chris started a new career in the transportation and transport logistics, eventually managing the western region for a large commercial vehicle leasing company. Chris moved home to Kansas, to manage a local Farmers Coop and then eventually the service dept for a tractor dealership. The opportunity to join the Exapta team came up, and he knew he wanted to be a part of this team.

Bob Pagel

Sales & Service Representative

Prior to joining Exapta, Bob Pagel was an Agricultural Territory Sales Manager for Ritchie Brothers, serving parts of MN, WI and IA. He continues to support his family farm in SE Minnesota

Jon Zeller

Current Product Engineer

Jonathan Zeller joined Exapta excited to return to working with no-till planting equipment. He supported research of no-till planting and other ag related projects for 7 years with Kansas State University’s Agricultural Engineering Department after getting his engineering degree. He later worked 3 years for Landoll Company, LLC. where he gained experience in a design engineering role. Jonathan grew up on a small family farm in NE Kansas working with row crops, hay and cattle. Jonathan enjoys solving engineering problems and improving or creating products to be robust and easy to install and service.