Cutting-Edge Technology Eliminates Undershooting or Overshooting the Intended Path to Increase Efficiency, Reduce Fuel Costs and Prevent Crop Damage
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced it is conducting live demonstrations of its cutting-edge NextSwath™ end of row turn technology at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Trimble’s NextSwath with implement compensation technology enables any farm machine—regardless of machine type, implement type or manufacturer—to calculate the best possible path to turn around and approach the next crop row or swath. By optimizing the turn for the implement, NextSwath technology can eliminate towed implement undershooting or overshooting, and minimize skips and overlaps when lining up for the next row. This improved turning efficiency and repeatability can increase yield while also saving time and fuel costs. NextSwath demonstrates Trimble’s continued leadership in next generation machine and implement guidance.
“The implement is actually doing the work in the soil, so we’ve made it the focal point for the turn. With NextSwath technology, we’re turning the tractor in a path that is more precise for the implement to begin working—which is what operators really care most about,” said Erik Ehn, Smart Machines business area director of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “We’re able to avoid unnecessary driving, overshooting and compensating the tractor to get the implement on line for the next row.”
NextSwath Makes Every Operator a Great Operator
When approaching the end of a crop row, the system will determine the NextSwath end of row sequence. Once engaged, NextSwath will automatically enable the vehicle to make the most efficient turn in order to align it and the implement to the beginning of the next row or swath. This saves time in the field, increases machine efficiency and improves productivity since the operator does not need to manually re-align to the next row. The ability to make tighter end of row turns with pull-type implements can also reduce the headland space needed at the end of the field for turning machines. In addition to the onboard automation, farm managers can use the equipment utilization functionality in Connected Farm to observe and measure the efficiencies gained by automating the end of row turns.
Trimble will also be conducting live demonstrations of its recently announced OnSwath advanced line acquisition technology for farm vehicles during the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, August 26-28, 2014, booth #9N.
About Trimble’s Agriculture Division
Trimble Agriculture solutions enable customers to maximize efficiency and reduce chemical and fertilizer inputs while also protecting natural resources and the environment. Trimble’s precision agriculture solutions cover all seasons, crops, terrains, and farm sizes, and its brand-agnostic strategy allows farmers to use Trimble products on most vehicles in their fleet—regardless of manufacturer. To enable better decision making, Trimble offers the Connected Farm solution which allows farmers to collect, share, and manage information across their farm in real time. To optimize water use, Trimble provides water solutions for irrigation, drainage, and land leveling. Trimble’s product suite includes vehicle and implement guidance and steering, as well as a portfolio of correction options that are the most versatile of their kind in the industry. Additional solutions include an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for aerial imaging and mapping; application control for seed, liquid, and granular products; a harvest solution; and farm management software.
For more information on Trimble Agriculture, visit: www.trimble.com/agriculture.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
For more information, visit: www.trimble.com