Good for the land’s fertility
One crucial difference compared to Cerfontaine’s previous way of working is that the slurry injector no longer needs to do one lap around a particular parcel of land before work starts. This was done to estimate how much fertilizer, slurry and chemicals would be required, but with the foresight given by TAP, this process is now obsolete.
Now, it’s possible to know the required amount of product before starting any work, because of the field boundaries and prescription maps available. This enables work to be carried out more accurately and reduces fatigue for the operators.
“On your console, you can see the lines you should follow,” says Bruce, who operates the slurry injector. “Once you’ve navigated onto a line, the steering system follows it automatically. At the end, you turn around and find the next line. It does make the job easier.”
Due to this more efficient approach, soil compaction is reduced, which in turn benefits the parcel’s fertility.