AGCO launched a online tool called Geo-Bird that is to help farmers independently plan and optimise their global navigation satellite system (GNSS) machine guidance lines.
According to AGCO, many farmers have expressed a desire to generate more efficient GNSS machine guidance lines out of the cab and in the off-season from the comfort of their office.
“The ability to plan in advance and outside the rush of narrow windows to complete fieldwork is very important to our customers,” said Mark Theuerkauf, Fuse Go-To-Market Lead. “This is especially true when working on rented land, working as a contractor on many different fields, or growing specialty crops in combination with challenging local conditions, like irregular or sloping fields. It is often guesswork to know what the most efficient working direction should be.”
The Geo-Bird app only needs minimal inputs to analyse the field shape and by considering matching working widths of implements, calculate the optimal wayline routing, AGCO claims.
Three potential routing suggestions are calculated, and also a manual direction can be entered for comparison. Of each calculated routing, the time savings, wheel traffic area and the number of turns are shown, arranged to easily see the differences and potential savings.
The desired routing can be downloaded in the right format for direct use on the farmer’s terminal in the cab, simply by choosing the current guidance system from a list of third-party brands.
The Geo-Bird application is free of charge and is accessible online. As topography is an important factor in this calculation for many regions, a soon to be released, free upgrade is currently being developed and will be launched in Q1 2023.
AGCO says Geo-Bird will continue to introduce more advanced features in the future with more functionalities that may require a fee.
Geo-Bird was shown during the SIMA show in Paris, where more new precision farming technologies could be seen.