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Tractor Auto Steer Used in Precision Agriculture

Apr 06/2022

Tractor auto steer systems are now widely used in precision agricultural decision-making because of its high precision and field information management and sharing features, to make farming easier and more efficient.


So what is precision agriculture? How is the tractor autosteer used in precision agriculture? Through this blog, we will have a general understanding of these issues.

Tractor Auto Steer Guidance System Used in Precision Agriculture

What is Precision Agriculture?

Precision agriculture is an agricultural management strategy and a science that assists farmers in making agricultural management decisions. Precision agriculture assists farmers in making decisions to improve profitability by observing and measuring crop and field information, and analyzing the obtained information through analysis tools.

Precision agriculture can centrally manage fields by processing and analyzing the information collected over time, space and individuals. Through the overall control of all field conditions, diversified management decisions are made for the sub-area fields, including adjusting the amount of fertilizer, farming time, optimizing technology, etc., and ultimately improve production efficiency, production quality, farmers' profit and the sustainability of agricultural production.

At the technical level, precision agriculture is also known as GPS agriculture or variable speed agriculture. GPS technology plays an extremely important role in precision agriculture. With the development of GPS technology-related products, precision agriculture has also made great progress.

What is Precision Agriculture for?

The ultimate goal of precision agriculture: Producing more with fewer resources, while maintaining superior quality standards. It can divide into two parts.

  • For agriculturalists.
    It can optimize workflows and resources. Thus reducing consumption and waste and increasing land productivity. Management makes processes faster and more efficient, reducing production costs. This results in higher earnings and socio-economic status for agricultural workers.

  • For the environment.
    More rational use of resource, less waste and emission of fertilizers and herbicides. Reduces soil compaction, prevents soil degradation. Precision agriculture keeps the land in a sustainable state.

Benefits of Auto Steer in Precision Agriculture

Tractor autosteer is a programmed tractor guidance system that does the job precisely as expected, avoiding human errors. This tractor guidance system makes agricultural work easy, and the driver hardly has to do anything to get the tractor to do the job with great precision.  In summary it has the following benefits:

1. Reduce driver fatigue

Driving seeders, harvesters, sprayers, etc. all day long is a very tiring task for the driver. The driver needs to stay awake at all times, to ensure that the tractor does not go off course. In a large piece of farmland, doing repetitive operations can easily make the driver feel tired. Auto steer for tractor helps the driver to do the energy-intensive work of monitoring and controlling the direction, and the driver can simply stare at the screen to have a clear view of the current operation.

2. Reduce operating cost

Auto steer for tractor avoids row overlap and keeps the tractor working accurately. This avoids the waste of seeds and fertilizers and reduces the cost of seeds, fertilizers and other materials. Also the cost on labor is greatly reduced as rework is avoided and the operation is accelerated.

3. Improve production quality and quantity

By avoiding excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides in overlapping areas, each plant can get fertilizers and pesticides in the planned amount, so that the plants are in good health to the maximum extent and the quality and quantity of production are improved.

How Auto Steer Used in Precision Agriculture? 

1. GNSS+RTK high accuracy guidance

FJD Auto steer tractor guidance use GNSS and rtk to achieve 2.5cm accuracy

Satellite positioning and steering systems for tractors. These are among the best-known technologies in precision agriculture. These systems can increase efficiency and productivity.

With GPS or GNSS technology, it is possible to position the operating agricultural machinery. This prevents overlapping or bypassing in fertilization. Bypassed areas may experience decreased yield or pathogen attack. And overlapping areas Increases the consumption and costs.

FJD auto steer for tractor is a high accuracy guidance and auto steering system, equipped with GNSS+RTK. By using this auto steer, the tractor can move from point A to point B with high straight accuracy, thus saving time and fuel. This tractor guidance system allows farmers to plant crops in a more efficient way.

2. Electric steering wheel + wheel angle sensor for precise steering

Tractor auto steer system, equipped with electric wheel and wheel angle sensor, to achieving precise steering. This reduces the workload of driving the tractor, so the operator is free to focus on other aspects of the job

3. ISOBUS protocol - A common language for precision agricultural services

FJD auto steer tractor guidance system applies ISOBUS protocol

Various agriculture machines can communicate with each other, this is important in take full advantage of precision farming. ISOBUS is a protocol to solve this problem. ISOBUS is a communication protocol for the agriculture industry. It achieves communication between tractors, software and devices, even from different manufacturers.

FJD auto steer for tractor uses the ISOBUS protocol, making it compatible with a wide range of agricultural equipments. This tractor guidance system can control all ISOBUS certified equipments, achieving control all equipments through a terminal control display in the tractor cab.

Features in Development

With the update of autonomous driving technology, it is believed that in the near future, we can realize remote control or full automation of tractors. When working in agriculture, farmers do not need to go to the fields, only click on the computer or mobile phone to complete the agricultural work. At the same time, precision agriculture will also be more commonly used in large and small farms. People can quickly and efficiently manage farming works through sufficient information and various automated procedures.

References

1. "Precision Agriculture", wikipedia.org. Wiki.
2. "Precision Agriculture Journal", springer.com. Springer.
3. "Precision Agriculture Topic", sciencedirect.com. ScinceDirect

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