Outback Tractor GPS Guidance Unit

Outback Tractor GPS Guidance Unit

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Early adopters of GPS technology, Roy Bardole and his sons purchased this tractor guidance device in 2004 for their corn and soybean operation in Rippey, Iowa. The GPS device controlled tractor steering so that they could keep their rows straighter which is important in a no-till operation. Additionally, the amount of seed, fertilizer, and chemicals applied could be controlled by the unit so that over spraying and over seeding was reduced. At harvest time the GPS unit correlated and recorded harvest amounts for specific locations. Creating highly accurate crop-yield maps, Roy Bardole had hard data to better understand how his fields worked, get an edge on nature, and allow him to improve his farming practice.
Object Name
gps guidance unit
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
black (overall color)
metal (overall material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 21.59 cm x 3.81 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Roy Bardole
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I was the original inventor of this product and am very happy to see it recognized in the museum. The benefits were many, but among them the savings in fuel and inputs to Agriculture is nearly incalculable. Automatic steering soon followed this technology and multiplies the advantages even more.

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