Aug. 22, 2017
American Vanguard Corp., has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AMVAC Chemical Corp., signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with Trimble Inc. The two companies are working toward an agreement that will grant Trimble Inc. global distribution rights for the patented SIMPAS prescriptive application equipment from AMVAC. The SIMPAS distribution agreement is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The Smart Integrated Multi-Product Prescription Application System (SIMPAS) 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. SIMPAS application equipment makes it easy to prescriptively apply multiple in-furrow dry and/or liquid products (insecticides, nematicides, fungicides, nutritionals and/or biologicals) while planting. SIMPAS enables farmers to apply the right product, at the right time, at the right place, at the right rate.
Under the future distribution agreement, the Trimble Vantage distribution network will facilitate easy installation and servicing of the SIMPAS technology throughout North America and across other global markets. Through the use of Trimble application control and software integration, farmers will experience SIMPAS compatibility with a wide range of precision ag equipment.
According to Bob Trogele, Chief Operating Officer AMVAC, “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. 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,” said 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.”