American Vanguard Corporation (AMVAC) and Trimble, Inc. are finalizing an agreement granting Trimble global distribution rights for AMVAC’s patented SIMPAS prescriptive application equipment.
The agreement, a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding, is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
SIMPAS – the Smart Integrated Multi-Product Prescription Application System – is a multi-product variable rate system that will be controlled by a Trimble display to automate and variably apply multiple inputs across a field. The SIMPAS equipment allows farmers to prescriptively apply multiple in-furrow dry and/or liquid products (insecticides, nematicides, fungicides, nutritionals and/or biologicals) while planting, delivering the right product, at the right time, at the right place, at the right rate.
Under the agreement, the Trimble Vantage distribution network will facilitate easy installation and servicing of the SIMPAS technology throughout North America and across other global markets, creating SIMPAS compatibility with a wide range of precision ag equipment.
“Combining the low-dose-rate accuracy of the AMVAC-designed SIMPAS application equipment with the strength of Trimble precision guidance controls and farm management solutions is the first step toward optimum stewardship of in-furrow applied crop inputs,” said Bob Trogele, AMVAC chief operating officer. “Delivering SIMPAS equipment and connectivity to farmers through the same network of Trimble Vantage distributors that support the existing fleet of Trimble ag equipment ensures each SIMPAS system will be backed by people whose primary mission every day is to make precision ag work at the local farm level.”
“Farmers will be able to control and manage multiple inputs across each field from the convenience of the cab with the SIMPAS application equipment and a Trimble display,” added Darryl Matthews, Trimble senior vice president. “Making sure SIMPAS as-applied data is easily integrated into the Trimble Ag Software platform closes the loop to ensure farmers and their trusted advisors can easily access, share, and analyze the data that’s created when products are applied using SIMPAS equipment.”
Sources – AMVAC, Trimble