Topcon Agriculture has introduced Transplanting Control, a turnkey solution which provides global navigation satellite system (GNSS) based guidance, autosteering and control, targeted to producers of permanent and perennial trees, fruits and vegetable crops.
“Manual measurement is still common practice in areas where specialty and permanent crops are grown,” said Michael Stone, vice president of product development at Topcon Agriculture. “Our precision GNSS-based guidance and control allows for more elaborate planting patterns. This now-affordable transplanting technology can help growers increase crop production by up to 15 percent, if not more.”
The Transplanting Control solution eliminates manual labor required to physically outline fields and provides streamlined setup through an easy-to-use task planning interface. Topcon claims farmers can also expect reductions in fuel and other inputs through the reliability of GNSS, resulting in fewer mistakes and corrections.
“Crops placed in an optimised space maximise available resources like soil nutrients, water, sunlight; this also allows more accessible angles for maintenance, like cleaning and weeding, which will further improve output,” Stone said. “More uniform transplanting executed through GNSS generates a healthier crop for increased production and quality. This technology can even improve efficiencies with tasks like soil sampling and post hole digging.”
Topcon’s entry-level, mid-range, and premium autosteering solutions can be found in our Autosteer Retrofit Kits Catalogue.