Amazone has come out tops within the software program class of the SIMA Farm Machine 2023 awards held in Paris final month.

The corporate’s GPS-ScenarioControl software program, for automating headland border spreading operation is designed to determine a spreading regime for every explicit subject which may then be replicated in subsequent purposes.

Spreader automation

Amazone means that there are two major causes to extra tightly management the applying of fertiliser.

The primary is the price incurred in inserting it the place it’s of no worth, or might even be detrimental to the setting, whereas the second is to adjust to laws that calls for a file is saved of the place precisely it’s utilized.

Its reply to those points is the GPS ScenarioControl system, which is used to automate sure features on an Amazone fertiliser spreader primarily based on a earlier recorded utility, which then acts as a reference for all additional purposes.

Setting a reference map

From the small print launched, it seems that a spreading regime, or state of affairs, is established by an skilled operator who is aware of the sphere.

GPS Switchpoint spreader
The software program works inside Amazone’s personal Amaton 4 display or its Amatron Twin app

All of the factors at which an motion is taken to regulate the spreader, similar to switching it on or off, are set down within the reminiscence as swap factors.

The motion taken at these swap factors is then utilized to the spreader subsequent time it’s utilized in that subject and passes that time.

Amazone eases the workload

Amazone claims that operator workload and the potential for operator error are diminished, alongside optimising fertiliser utilization.

This does in fact rely completely on the primary cross being 100% appropriate; if not, any errors will solely be repeated in subsequent purposes which may result in irregularities in subject fertility or the repeated air pollution of water programs.

The accuracy at which the tractor passes over the swap factors may also affect the usefulness of the system.

In a tramline state of affairs, there needs to be little variation. Nonetheless, on grassland, such precision is trickier to realize with out using an auto-steer system that likewise information a base reference route throughout the sphere.

Regardless of these drawbacks the flexibility to realize a relentless utility sample for fertilisers over a season or longer, will seemingly pay dividends in saving fertiliser prices in conditions amenable to the software program.