Specialty crop operations are characterized by high input cost per acre and/or precision tillage practices. Demanding machine control requirements call for sub-inch (2cm), repeatable accuracy of AutoFarm precision GPS.
Specialty crops: cotton, peanuts, potatoes/tubers, vegetables, sod, seed corn, etc.
Specialty operations: drip tape, bedded crops, controlled traffic, strip/ridge tillage, inter-row sowing, flood irrigation, etc.
When every inch counts, only AutoFarm GPS delivers the operational benefits that drive profitability:
- Repeatability – minimizes compaction, promotes precision placement of inputs, protects infrastructure such as drip tape, side-dress or mechanical cultivate with tight shovel settings, off-set planting
- Slow speed – crawling speeds for transplant, precision peanut digging, etc.
- Reverse line acquisition – dropping implement in head ditch for flood irrigated fields
- In-the-ground accuracy – AutoFarm is the only GPS provider to offer an integrated implement steering system for terrain with hills or variable soils.
The payback of AutoFarm precision GPS is dramatic. The following example shows a California tomato grower that gained an extra row per hundred by using AutoFarm GPS to eliminate the guess row. The grower estimated that indirect benefits such as reduced compaction might add another percentage point to the yield.
|Precision Yield Increase
||Field Size (acres)
||# of Acres picked up
||$ / Acre
($/ton * avg. yield)
|Bottom Line Gain ($)
||$2,000 / acre
||$2,000 / acre