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Trimble Announces New Capabilities for its Field-IQ Crop Input Control System

New Variable Rate Capabilities Enhance Planting, Pest Control and Fertilizer Functions 


LOVELAND, Colo., Jan. 18, 2011 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today new Field-IQ™ system capabilities to monitor seed delivery, fertilizer blockage and manage application of up to six variable rate products. The new capabilities include support for row crop planters, air seeder, strip till and spreader platforms.

The announcement was made today at the Trimble Agriculture Reseller Conference.

The Field-IQ system pairs seamlessly with the guidance capabilities of the Trimble FmX™ integrated display or CFX 750™ touch screen display, which both run Trimble?s unique overlap detection technology. Farmers using the Field-IQ crop input control system for seed placement have reported average savings of 5-10 percent from reduced seed input costs and less waste.

Trimble's Field-IQ system is compatible with a wide variety of crop and application equipment, providing monitoring for planters, air seeders for small grains, or granular strip till systems. Seed monitoring on row crop planting systems allows operators to obtain information related to how their seeding system is performing. This includes factors such as singulation, skips and multiples, and quality of spacing for an entire planter average or detail by individual row. For fertilizer, variable rate application capabilities can be driven by a prescription map or real-time with Trimble GreenSeeker® sensors.

The Field-IQ system is easy to install on application equipment from a broad range of manufacturers, allowing farmers and custom applicators to use and enhance the performance capabilities of their existing equipment without having to start from scratch.

"The new Field-IQ enhancements optimize planter operation by delivering more accurate seed placement, giving the operators more confidence in their planting applications," said Erik Arvesen, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Agriculture Division. "With the addition of rate and application control for up to six different materials, the system now manages functions that span the entire growing season."

The new seeding and multi-rate capabilities for the Field-IQ system are expected to be available in March 2011. Contact a local Trimble dealer at www.trimble.com/locator for more information.

About Trimble's Agriculture Division

Trimble's Agriculture Division is a leader in precision agriculture and guidance, operating with resellers throughout the world. Trimble's Connected Farm solutions help customers operate farm vehicles and implements more efficiently, saving on input costs and increasing yield and productivity. Solutions include vehicle and implement guidance and steering; application control for seed, liquid, and granular products; laser- and GPS-based water management technology; record keeping; and seamless field-to-office information management.

For more information, visit: www.trimble.com/agriculture.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location--including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. 


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LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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