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October 24, 2015 02:14 AM

High Accuracy Implement Guidance


SonicTrakk is a guidance control option geared toward higher in-field accuracy. Developed by ProTrakker, SonicTrakk uses four exterior sensors for consistent implement repeatability. Sensors detect tire tracks, strip-till ridges, plants and more. The wear-resistant method uses non-contact ultrasonic technology for various field activities. SonicTrakk guides implements over slopes and contour rows and offers the repeatability needed for accur-acy-dependent no-till and strip-till. The development team worked closely with Reichhardt, an expert in developing ag technology. 

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Alert and History Updates for Grain Drying System


The M-C Trax grain drying system adds text alerts, email alerts, trending screens with a 24-hour history of performance and an in-depth three-hour history on an updated display. Made by Mathews Company, the cloud-based M-C Trax requires a wired Internet connection at the dryer location, but no software. With a yearly fee, users receive a stream of data, including discharge mode and speed, grain moisture and temperature, plenum temperatures and setpoints, and a list of all active alarms. 

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UAS App Focuses on Corn Yield Potential


Researchers at Kansas State University (KSU) and PrecisionHawk are collaborating to build apps to transform unmanned aerial systems’ (UAS) imagery into site-specific agronomic data, such as yield-limiting factors, yield potential and plant growth, in corn. Ignacio Ciampitti, project lead and KSU assistant professor of agronomy, is developing algorithms to use in apps or programs in PrecisionHawk’s Algorithm Marketplace. The plan is to tweak the app for other crops in the future. 

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Yield Monitoring System Puts Data to Use


Topcon Precision Agriculture has expanded its precision agriculture line to include YieldTrakk—a new yield monitoring system. YieldTrakk offers a package of data collection, mapping and analysis that reduces input costs and boosts efficiency. 

Monitoring, moisture and cut rate, yield mapping in bushels or tons, and total weight of crop are all part of YieldTrakk’s features. The technology uses non-contact optical sensors to gauge live yield data, with an electronic control unit (ECU) changing the data into a weight for the crop harvested. As the crop moves to the bubble-up auger, sensors measure the moisture level. Additionally, the ECU checks slope variations and corrects for fluctuations in the machine angle.

YieldTrakk is brand agnostic and includes retrofit solutions, a plug-and-play application for Claas combines and a connection using ISO in AGCO Fieldstar II-ready combines. The system uses Topcon’s Horizon software on the X30 touchscreen console, showing yield and moisture levels in separate sets of data. YieldTrakk uses industry standard ISOXML and shape file formats for data export.

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