Driving in straight parallel lines on a tractor is a real pain for almost every farmer. Can a GPS tractor navigation system help you combat this?
eFarmer has over 10 years of experience in farming technologies. Our app has been downloaded by over 85,000 farmers from all over the world. We decided to ask our community whether or not they need a navigation system to carry out their work. We have received more than 1000 answers. (WOW!)
90% of eFarmers replied to us saying that they do need tractor navigation systems.
And here are the TOP 15 reasons WHY and WHAT FOR farmers are using it:
- Improve efficiency and save costs. 80% of farmers have chosen this as the biggest reason to have the navigation system.
- Work in rows. Don’t miss spots. Don’t do overlaps. Especially it is important for seeding, tilling, spraying, but for other field operations too.
- Night work and ability to work in a law visibility. To assist during and after rain.
- Operator comfort and safety. Reduce stress. “Must confess it helps me in those difficult hours staying awake and focused” – wrote one of our users. “The fertilising would be much easier” – wrote another one.
- Drive like a PRO. So less experienced operators can work in tractors.
- Avoid obstacles such as rocks and ground hog holes.
- Keep data about the fieldwork. Easy calculation of distance and area. Saving job report.
- Section control (visual)
- Save time
- Find unsprayed areas
- Precision. More accurate planting and boom spraying
- Blind weeding in organic farming
- Better for the environment
- And even (!) for laying out traps in perfectly straight lines in a crawfish pond
Many farmers replied to us that they wish to have a navigation system but their fields are too small to justify buying one. We have good news for these farmers. The price of our new GPS antenna that we are about to launch will pay back even on small scale!
Thank you for reading this. Next time we will be talking about the myths and realities about the accuracy of navigation systems. How much accuracy do you really need? Is it 50 cm, 20 cm or 0 cm?
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This is what we have learned from our community of eFarmers. Would be very interesting to hear about your experience too? Please share your comments here under the post.
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Written by Michael Utkin