The world famous company for the production of agricultural equipment has always been famous for the fact that in addition to quality and reliability, it pays a lot of attention to the additional electronic equipment responsible for its work. One of these innovations was a modern sensor for seeders and tillage equipment, called Topsoil Mapper. To better understand the significance of this product, you need to familiarize yourself with the history of the cooperation of the German giant with third-party manufacturers.
For the first time, the novelty was presented at Agritechnica-2015 and at that moment it caused a real sensation because it was the first sensor in the world capable of controlling mechanical equipment based on data on the parameters of cultivated soil. This innovation has even received a silver medal of the exhibition, which indicates its importance and relevance for agriculture. It is this product of Geoprospectors GmbH, with which Case IH has been cooperating for a long time, attracted a lot of attention from the second. The cooperation of the two brands is mutually beneficial, since the technology of the Austrians became available in a number of countries:
- Central Europe – Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland;
- Eastern Europe – Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Ukraine.
In general, the technology of the Topsoil Mapper sensor itself deserves attention because of its innovativeness and variety of applications.
Working depth adjustment
In many cases, the costs of agricultural enterprises may be significantly higher than the “correct” indicators, and the fertility of the soil gradually decreases due to the fact that the soil is incorrectly plowed. Most of the problems associated with the depth of soil treatment, since in some cases it may be less necessary, or, conversely, excessively large, which adversely affects the yield of agricultural crops.
To do the job correctly, there is a need to test the soil for a variety of characteristics, which include the following categories of indicators:
- Level of friability;
- salinity indicators;
- density of the fertile layer;
- humidity limit
Due to rapid changes in temperature, heavy rainfall and other unforeseen factors, the properties of the earth can change very quickly, so the “yesterday’s” data may already be irrelevant. The solution to this problem is to analyze in real time. This is exactly what innovative Austrian technology offers.
The sensor collects all soil data, converts it and transfers it to the computer of the processing equipment through a special ISOBUS control body. After this, the position of the mechanical elements of the plowing system is adjusted and they are constantly adjusted during the work. This will allow processing fields with a heterogeneous structure without any extra costs, and also guarantees a more “gentle” effect on the soil as a whole.
Integrating Topsoil Mapper into the ISOBUS system
Case IH pays special attention to the fact that it was their company that for the first time offered the market the full integration of a modern sensor into the ISOBUS system. In addition to the sensor, it also installs a computer in its equipment, which completely controls all the equipment for tillage. All this allows you to avoid additional financial costs to the end user and create more favorable conditions for cooperation between the manufacturer and farmers.
Convenience of operation
Separately, it is worth highlighting the ease of use of the sensor, since this aspect plays a very important role in improving the efficiency of the equipment under the supervision of the operator. After installing and connecting all the necessary components into a single system, the equipment is fully operational. As for calibration, it does not require special accuracy at all. Moreover, there are already ready programs for the following types of soil cultivation:
- Small plowing;
- deep processing of the fertile layer;
- tiller tillage system.
If we are talking about other, more specific, cultivation technologies, then the operator has the opportunity to manually and more finely adjust all the necessary parameters. At the same time, the depth of soil cultivation is recorded in the computer’s memory, and also tied to the coordinates of the location at the expense of the GPS system.
Other advantages of an integrated system
An important distinction of the updated control system is the fact that the soil map used to be created using a separate operation. Now all the necessary information is available in a more extensive form, since the cartographic data are also supplemented with information regarding certain soil properties at each specific point on the map. Taking into account the fact that the system functions in real time and is able to work in all weather conditions, the Topsoil Mapper sensor in conjunction with other equipment becomes a universal integrated tool for drawing up a detailed map.
Since the implementation process is so complex, but at the same time productive and efficient technology requires considerable effort, Case IH undertakes all distribution obligations. The same applies to the service, which will be for many potential buyers a weighty plus in favor of choosing just such a solution for their own business. Many agrarian companies trust the German manufacturer and appreciate its responsibility and professionalism in terms of service, repair and warranty liability. The attention to customer needs will be the basis for the technology to quickly take root in the market. When taking into account the truly large-scale work between the two manufacturers, the end user will end up with an excellent and fully functioning product that will make tillage more efficient. In this case, the yield will increase, the soil will “wear out” much more slowly, and the economic feasibility of such a technical solution will increase many times. In the dry facts language, the new Topsoil Mapper gives the agricultural sector the following advantages: Saving on fuel and lubricants; better control over the quality of work ; the creation of effective maps of field processing; an increase in the resource of the soil; an increase in crop yields. The prospects for the technology are colossal, in which not only the developers of the innovative network sincerely believe nsora, but also experts in the field of agro-industrial complex. The ability to properly control the depth of soil treatment carries a large number of advantages, many of which will be noticeable only a long time after the start of mass use of the new method of land cultivation.