Now you can plan sec­tion-spe­cif­ic sow­ing with your farm­ing software!

Spring is com­ing! This means that there will soon be a lot of tasks that need doing out in the field, such as till­ing, sow­ing and fer­til­is­ing. Farm­ing soft­ware is the ide­al solu­tion when it comes to ensur­ing the effi­cient plan­ning and exe­cu­tion of these tasks. It allows you to doc­u­ment all work direct­ly from the field and the rel­e­vant data is auto­mat­i­cal­ly added to the field catalogue.

With the sec­tion-spe­cif­ic cul­ti­va­tion, you can take the veg­e­ta­tion dis­tri­b­u­tion dif­fer­ences and dif­fer­ent yield poten­tials into con­sid­er­a­tion. Zone maps, which can be cre­at­ed with (sev­er­al years of) satel­lite data, form the basis for this. The data col­lect­ed can then be used to gen­er­ate appli­ca­tion maps for the sow­ing, for exam­ple and the seed­ing rate can be var­ied with­in a field accord­ing to the (long-term) veg­e­ta­tion distribution.

Advan­tages of sec­tion-spe­cif­ic sowing

  • With a seed­ing rate that has been adapt­ed to the veg­e­ta­tion or yield poten­tial sec­tions, the seed can be spread opti­mal­ly in the field and used as effi­cient­ly as possible.
  • When cre­at­ing appli­ca­tion maps, the seed quan­ti­ties to be spread are pre­cise­ly cal­cu­lat­ed. This makes it eas­i­er for you to plan the required seed quan­ti­ty and can help you save product.
  • The pre­cise cal­cu­la­tion of the seed­ing rate pre­vents addi­tion­al jour­neys for over­seed­ing for example.
  • It also helps to reduce fuel costs thanks to the reduced num­ber of routes.
  • Improv­ing the sup­ply of seeds can have a pos­i­tive impact on your yield.
  • By bal­anc­ing out the dis­tri­b­u­tion of the seed, you can also option­al­ly homogenise any dif­fer­ences in the yield distribution.
Tractor during the sowing

Tech­ni­cal require­ments of the sec­tion-spe­cif­ic sowing

Sow­ing with appli­ca­tion cards requires a cer­tain lev­el of tech­nol­o­gy. The trac­tor and drilling machine or seed­er must be tech­ni­cal­ly capa­ble of pro­cess­ing the data. A steer­ing sys­tem is required to use appli­ca­tion maps. We rec­om­mend using RTK sig­nals for the sow­ing in order to achieve the high­est degree of pre­ci­sion pos­si­ble. Sec­tion Con­trol reg­u­lates the switch­ing on and off of sec­tion widths and sow­ing rows. In addi­tion, the trac­tor ter­mi­nal and the drilling machine must sup­port the TaskCon­troller GEO ISOBUS func­tion­al­i­ty. The sep­a­rat­ing units on the drilling machine must be pow­ered elec­tri­cal­ly. If pos­si­ble, the seed­ing rate can be var­ied with­in a few metres. The seed­er must have a vari­able rate con­trol func­tion, as this con­trols the seed­ing rate accord­ing to the appli­ca­tion maps. This means that when dri­ving in the field, the appli­ca­tion rate is auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust­ed to the tar­get val­ues stored in the map. The seed­ing rates are then deter­mined and the maps cre­at­ed. After­wards the data can be export­ed as an ISO XML or Shape file and can be trans­ferred to the trac­tor ter­mi­nal either with a USB stick or via a cloud ser­vice. Final­ly, the tasks that have been per­formed are export­ed to the field catalogue.

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