New kid on the block kicks precision goals

14 Feb, 2017 02:00 AM
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Former South Australian farmer and Furrow Management Systems part-owner Keiran Coffey shows how the company equips a seeding module with its furrow injection kit.
Former South Australian farmer and Furrow Management Systems part-owner Keiran Coffey shows how the company equips a seeding module with its furrow injection kit. "We really want to provide farmers with an easier pathway into a new world of precision farming," he said.

BELLEVUE-based company Furrow Management Systems Australia (FMSA) may be the new kid on the block.

But it already is kicking goals with WA farmers.

It started its business in July last year as a solutions-based company for all things associated with liquid and granular product delivery, particularly focusing on furrow management systems.

A team of mainly former farmers, most of whom have completed technical studies involving precision farming systems in broadacre agriculture, now offers a custom-designed service to set up or improve existing systems and infrastructure on farms.

According to part-owners Keiran and Tiffany Coffey the company is "colour blind".

"We can help anybody because we're not tied to a particular coloured implement," he said.

"Being farmers ourselves, we know how confusing it can be dealing with new technology and our aim is to make it easier to understand and in most cases save money as well."

Keiran is a former farmer from Lake View, South Australia and is an accredited technician, having worked with Topcon in the United States.

His wife Tiffany is from a family farm in Illinois, US, and provides the data-input technical support, with the ability to analyse farm maps for variable rate product applications and production.

Managing director Brendan Edwards and technician Jason Young both hail from Beverley farms, while on-road sales and support technician Alan Wrankmore, has worked in technology trouble-shooting and repairs.

"We really want to provide farmers with an easier pathway into what is really a new world of precision farming," Keiran said.

"Everybody knows technology is fast-moving but it's keeping pace with it that's hard.

"We can help with things like custom-designing systems for section control, be it liquid or granular and an example of this is our development of an ISO-compatible spreader controller for belt-driven spreaders.

"We've also improved sensors for granular metering rollers and liquid flow meters, with the latter involving electro-magnetics.

"And we can integrate any make of controller to enable it to 'talk' to other machines."

Other services offered by the company include Norac boom-levelling; data input and map compilations; setting up farms and machinery for precision product applications and delivery; retro-fitting older boomsprayers with new plumbing and electrics and creating liquid section control on seeding bars.

FMS also is the State distributor of Italian-made ARAG parts, which are integrated into FMS products, including furrow injection modules; Friction Flow tubing and back-end systems; ARAG tank-filling systems; liquid carts; liquid filling and transfer systems.

p More information: contact Kieran Coffey on 0458 011 122.

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