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Looking forwardWelcome to the Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) North American customer website. This site contains answers to many frequently asked questions about Case IH AFS systems, along with downloads and other reference information. Don't see an answer to your question? Contact your local Case IH dealer or the AFS Customer Support Center!

If you're new to AFS, we invite you to start with the Overview.

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The list below displays questions and answers across all categories, with the most recent questions listed first. To view questions and answers by category, please select a category from the navigation menu on the left.

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Dec 18, 2013
 

Case IH is pleased to announce the release of AFS Mapping & Records v2014 software version 2014.  Download here!

AFS Mapping & Records software is now compatible with the new XCN-2050 display. Use the Mapping software to read and write data to/from the display.

The software can now read Large Square Baler data collected with the AFS Pro 300 or AFS Pro 700 display. The program now provides:

     - A summary that includes the total yield and area covered.
     - Maps of individual bale drops with details on each bale.
     - A separate map that shows instantaneous bale data collected at regular intervals.

Additional support is now available for Ag Leader *.agdata files where jobs are completed over multiple days.

Updated support is now available for reading Trimble Yield Data. When reading data that was previously imported into the program, the software will now ignore the new data and maintain the previously read-in data.  Prior versions of the software would read the data and then create duplicate jobs.

Existing AFS Mapping & Records customers with an active Maintenance Service Plan can obtain the version 2014 update.  New unlock keys will be required.

If you are not currently using the AFS Mapping & Records software, contact your local Case IH dealer for more information on pricing and features.

Nov 2, 2012
 

Case IH is pleased to announce the release of AFS Harvest and Application Control Systems software version 12.5.

Desktop software version 12.5 is fully compatible with Case IH AFS Pro 600 / Pro 700 software version 27 for data import/export, and with all prior versions of AFS display software for data import.

Enhancements in AFS v12.5 include support for the latest AFS Pro 600/700 display software, and the ability to read additional performance data recorded by the displays in supported vehicle models.  v12.5 also includes support for Windows 8, as well as gesture support for Windows 7 and 8 computers with touchscreens.  See the v12.5 Release Notes for a complete list of feature enhancements and improvements.

Customers currently enrolled in the software maintenance program will be notified of this update via email (if version 12.0 was unlocked online), or will receive a CD in the mail (if version 12.0 was unlocked over the phone).  The update is also available through the automatic "Check for Updates" feature found in the software Help menu.

If you are not currently using the AFS desktop software, contact your local Case IH dealer for more information on pricing and features.

Sep 27, 2012
 

Case IH is pleased to announce the release of a new quick-reference card to assist operators with the setup and operation of Case IH variety tracking.

The new reference card walks through the steps needed to export data from AFS Mapping & Records desktop software, and to set up the display with the recommended Run Screen windows for variety tracking control and monitoring.

Click here to download the new card, or go to the Downloads page to view all downloadable materials!

The previous quick-reference card, covering the AFS Harvest and Application Control Systems desktop software, is available by clicking here.

Nov 17, 2011
 

Case IH is excited to announce a slate of new products to be rolled out throughout 2012.  These releases extend the capabilities of today's industry-leading AFS product lineup, providing a springboard into the future of precision farming!

AFS Connect
AFS Connect brings the power of telematics to Case IH and competitive vehicles.  This intelligent solution provides wireless connectivity to machine data through standard cellular communication.  AFS Connect provides fleet management capabilities, performance analysis, and two-way messaging, along with remote access to vehicle parameters via a "virtual display".

AFS Desktop Software
The AFS software is the next generation of farm management software solutions from Case IH. From the field to the office, AFS desktop software provides a reliable and intuitive approach to monitoring and managing all aspects of your business, from mapping and accounting to water management and data viewing, in both desktop and mobile applications.

372 GNSS Receiver
The all-new integrated AFS 372 Receiver features access to the latest in satellite signals and correction options available. The system is compatible with the GLONASS satellite system and when used in conjunction with US-based GPS satellites increases receiver signal reliability and uptime.  The AFS 372 receiver is compatible with multiple differential correction sources as well, including WAAS, OmniSTAR XP/HP, CenterPoint RTX, CORS, VRS, and RTK.

AFS AccuControl
The new AFS AccuControl system offers the ability to utilize variable rate and section control applications on non-Case IH implements, through the Case IH AFS Pro 700 display.  AFS AccuControl reduces the need for multiple displays in the cab, and provides the same user-friendly interface that has become a trademark of the Case IH displays.

For more information on all of these product releases, see the full press release or contact your local Case IH dealer.

Apr 20, 2011
 

Overlap Control

Overlap Control refers to the ability of the AFS Pro 600 / Pro 700 to automatically shut off seed drive motors based on the position of a planter section relative to an already-applied area of the field. Overlap Control is based on the as-applied map created by the Pro 600 / Pro 700. (This feature also applies to Patriot Sprayers and Titan Floaters equipped with the AFS Pro 600 / Pro 700 rate/boom control system!)

To enable Overlap Control, set the Overlap Control window to "On" in the Toolbox > Overlap Setup screen. Then set the desired Percent Overlap. The default value is 99%. This means that 99% of a section (hydraulically controlled or air-clutch controlled) must be overlapping a previously applied area before the section will turn off. A high percentage results in more overlap and very little skip; a lower percentage results in more skip and less overlap. The allowable range is 1% - 99%.

Overlap Control also requires that the Section Control Method, Start Early Distance, Stop Late Distance, Bar Distance, and Product Delay be set correctly. (see below)

Boundary Control

Boundary Control refers to the ability of the AFS Pro 600 / Pro 700 to automatically shut off seed drive motors based on the position of a planter section relative to an inner or outer boundary in a field. Boundary Control is based on boundaries, and is not related to the as-applied map. To use Boundary Control, you must have existing inner and/or outer boundaries for the current Field. Boundaries can be recorded in the Pro 600 / Pro 700, or can be exported from a compatible desktop software application.

To enable Boundary Control, set the Boundary Control window to "Yes" in the Toolbox > Overlap Setup screen. Then set the desired Percent Out Of Bounds. The default value is 1%. This means that when 1% of a section is outside an outer boundary (or inside an inner boundary) the section will shut off. A low value will result in very little application outside the boundary. A higher value will result in more application outside the boundary, but will also make the system less susceptible to the effects of GPS drift. The allowable range is 1% to 99%.

Boundary Control operates independently of Overlap Control, and is not affected by Start Early Distance or Stop Late Distance.

Section Control Method

Section Control Method is not needed or available in v26 AFS Pro 600 / Pro 700 software.

In v25.* software, Section Control Method allows the operator to select between Basic and Advanced algorithms for automatic section control. Use the "Advanced" Section Control Method for all overlap control, unless directed otherwise by a Case IH service representative.

Bar Distance

Bar Distance (Toolbox > Config) is the distance FROM the GPS reference point on the vehicle TO the seed drop point on the planter. It should be measured horizontally, on the ground, at the tractor centerline, with the planter in planting position.

The GPS reference point will vary depending on the vehicle model and the GPS receiver offsets entered in the Toolbox > GPS Setup screen. Refer to your AFS Pro 600 / Pro 700 Operator's Manual for Precision Farming and Framework Software for more information.

Product Delay

Product Delay (Work Condition > Controller Setup) is the amount of time that elapses between the operator starting the product drives and the product actually hitting the ground. Refer to the Quick Reference Cards available on the downloads page for information on how to determine Product Delay.

Start Early Distance and Stop Late Distance

Start Early Distance (previously called Lead Distance) is the distance used to start the planter when exiting an overlap area. This distance can be adjusted to ensure that the planter turns on at the appropriate time to prevent overlaps or skips when leaving a previously-planted area (such as a headland). If your planter is starting BEFORE leaving overlap, decrease the Start Early Distance by the distance between the start and the overlap. If your planter is starting AFTER leaving the overlap area, increase the Start Early Distance by the distance between the start and the overlap.

Stop Late Distance (previously called Lag Distance) is the distance used to stop the planter when entering an overlap area. This distance can be adjusted to ensure that the planter turns off at the appropriate time to prevent overlaps or skips when entering a previously-planted area (such as a headland). If your planter is stopping BEFORE entering the overlap area, increase the Stop Late Distance by the distance between the stop and the overlap. If your planter is stopping AFTER entering the overlap area, decrease the Stop Late Distance by the distance between the overlap and the stopping point.

The allowable range for Start Early and Stop Late Distance is 0ft to 25ft.

Start Early Distance and Stop Late Distance work in conjunction with Bar Distance (the distance from the GPS receiver reference point to the seed tube) and Product Delay (the elapsed time between the "plant" command from the display, and when seed actually hits the ground). Both Bar Distance and Product Delay must be set correctly to ensure that the Start Early and Stop Late Distance values work properly. Start Early and Stop Late distances should only be adjusted to fine-tune performance after configuring Bar Distance and Product Delay.

Your local Case IH dealer or the AFS Customer Support Center can assist you with configuring your planter.

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