At about the same time each year, the anxiety builds in my throat. How do I pronounce the city in western Kentucky where the National Farm Machinery Show is held? Do I pronounce it as I feel it should sound, or do I attempt to sound like a local resident and drop the “i” in the middle of the word? As a Canadian, my accent puts me at an early disadvantage of sounding like a local resident, so year after year, I accept the mockery and pronounce it Lew-ee-vil, with a heavy emphasis on the “-ee-”.
At this year’s edition of NFMS, guests to the Slingshot booth were typically interested in obtaining RTK corrections for their existing auto-steering system, or were looking for better ways to move data to and from the field. In either case, the visitors that I spoke with asked some very educated questions that actually had me sweating a little bit. Practically every guest had accepted GPS and machine control as a necessity in today’s farming practices. Although useful in their time, lightbars as an acceptable form of guidance are quickly being replaced by more complex field computers capable of not just visual guidance, but machine control including auto-steering, rate controlling and boom height/sectional control. Slingshot was developed to provide even greater capability to this new generation of field computers, including high accuracy RTK corrections for precise steering and application control, as well as internet connectivity that allows for simplified data movement and remote support capabilities.
What does the future have in store beyond the current generation of field computers? I don’t exactly know, but one thing is for certain – I bet they will be in Louisville next year….