WHY CHOOSE AGTRON?
Tests show smashing seed into an angled acoustic impact plate can cause damage to the seed and requires increased fan speed. The change of seed flow direction after hitting an acoustic impact plate can cause blockages.
This is why the Agtron seed blockage monitor uses straight-through dust proof infrared optical sensors that can measure both Rate problems and detect Blockages! This means the Agtron system can pick up problems as the rate changes before the hose or whole head is blocked up.
We send these kits via freight to customers Australia-wide. The Agtron system is easy to setup as most of our customers install these systems themselves on-farm. This system only needs 1 ECU per seeding-bar, even when double-shooting. Depending on the accuracy you require, varying quantities of sensors can be installed per loop. For example you can have more sensors on your seed loop than your fertiliser loop if you prefer that. If you only care about heads blocking up, one sensor per head will do the job.
All this means the initial cost for a new kit can be kept down as much as possible and kits are quoted exactly to suit your seeding rig and requirements.
THE NEW LEGEND APP
The new 2020 Agtron Legend app is for Android tablets only. If you have been using an iPad with your Agtron system, do not upgrade to the new app, and do not upgrade your ECU. Due to the low amount of iPad users, Agtron will no longer update the iPad app. If you wish to use the new app you must have a tablet with Android version 4.4 or up!
2020 NEW APP!
If you have purchased a Legend kit before 2020, please send us your Legend ECU and we can upgrade it for free.
If you have purchased your kit in 2020 or after, the App will upgrade the ECU upon first connection when a new app version is installed on your tablet.
*Important* This app only works with Android tablets that are version 4.4 and up! It does not work with iPads!
LEGEND WIFI RATE & BLOCKAGE MONITOR
Only one 12V Legend ECU is needed per seeding bar for both single and double shoot. The ECU on the bar creates a Wifi signal that is then picked up using a tablet in the cab. That means no outside phone connections are needed. The only cabling needed on the bar is the loop around the heads connecting all sensors & the single ECU.
The signal in the cables can go both ways, which helps to determine where any errors might be. For example if a cable is pinched, the system shows you between which sensors the problem is. You can also turn individual sensors off if the run is not used.
This system comes with a history feature, that records every minute what each sensor is doing (Green, Yellow or Red). This means if you have many red blocks in the history, you can hold the driver accountable.
Instead of a loud annoying audible alarm that drivers tend to turn off, this Agtron Legend system uses a visual alarm for a very good reason. When you do a headland turn at the end of your run, you raise your bar and stop seed flow which in turn triggers the system to show everything is 'blocked'. After your turn is completed, the bar is pushed down and seed flow starts up and all sensors turn green again. This gives you independent confirmation at the end of every run that your system is working.
It is advised that you wire the ECU straight to the battery, with power on the battery, and the earth on your isolator.
LEGEND WIFI SECTION AWARE
Very similar to the Legend WIFI, this ECU connects to the air seeder control system which enables it to see what sections on your bar are active. This stops the system from alarming when a section is inactive.
Keep in mind that the standard Legend system has a Predictive Section Aware feature that can be enabled by the user at any time. It works by grouping sensors on heads together. When a group does not detect any seed or fert at the same time, these sensors will go purple. This could still indicate a blockage, but the driver can verify this by checking the section to ensure the system is correct.
Each dust proof blockage sensor has 4 infrared eyes that count seed and fertiliser particles as they go through the sensor. The blockage sensor itself is a straight-through sensor in order to prevent causing blockages, and is suitable for both seed and fertiliser. After adding the blockage sensors and wiring to your bar, follow the manual to run the basic setup. Once your system is on your bar and set up correctly, you do the final calibration while seeding. This is because the system needs a benchmark of particles per second to keep track of. Once the system has this benchmark set, it keeps track of the up and down movements of your seed / fert. If your rates vary too much from your benchmark (for example when half your head is blocked), a rate alarm will go off. If a sensor does not detect any particles moving past it will trigger a blockage alarm.
RATE & BLOCKAGE MONITORS
To prevent strips in your paddock, the Agtron system uses in-line seed blockage sensors that have 4 infrared eyes each to detect movement of seed and fertiliser. You calibrate the system while seeding, as this provides the baseline rate that the seed blockage sensors keeps track of. Once the rate changes outside of the set parameters, a rate alarm or blockage alarm will go off, indicating a problem often caused by seed blockages or if the bin is empty. These seed drill blockage monitors come in various models to suit different seeder setups.
These blockage monitors work well with air seeders of virtually all brands, including John Deere, Morris, Seed Hawk, Bourgault and more. The latest Agtron blockage monitors include Section Aware functionality to work with your seeder, and is either WIFI or IsoBus compatible.