Key decisions based on data
During the past four years, Don Somers has adopted several Topcon solutions that have become key for his daily decision making.
Don now runs an autosteer solution with X35/AGI-4 on Ntrip RTK that allows him to define and follow an x-y positioned path with his tractor. To make intelligent business decisions, for instance, on moisture, cut-rate and weight, Don uses YieldTrakk yield monitoring solution.
“One of the main challenges farmers like Don face is to improve soil health in a cost-effective way. Using YieldTrakk allows Don to pinpoint the areas showing major differences. Instead of soil sampling every hectare, he only needs to soil sample the areas showing major differences,” explains Craig England, Product Specialist at Topcon.
Don also relies on another Topcon solution, CropSpec, to control the ISOBUS fertiliser spreader on his tractor. CropSpec generates maps for true variable-rate prescription application which allows Don to know exactly how much fertiliser to use in different parts of the field.
“CropSpec scans the crop as I drive through the field. It allows me to make a variable rate of fertiliser application on the crop. Particularly important this year, due to the high costs of fertiliser. I used it far more efficiently while maintaining a high yield,” Don Somers explains.
“Don is also up and running with the Topcon Agriculture Platform (TAP), in which he can bring together all his data from the fields such as YieldTrakk, as-applied maps and CropSpec data. Based on the insights collected from the cloud-based solution he can then make the right decisions and VRC-maps for the coming tasks in the field,” concludes Craig England, Product Specialist at Topcon who is closely supporting Don in the use of Topcon solutions.
Thanks to the data-driven approach, Don doesn’t need to be physically in the field to monitor what’s happening. In fact, he can see the results of his efforts in the comfort of his own home.