12 March 1999

GPS export-led

RDS was one of a sprinkling of UK companies at SIMA. It says that 70% of its sales are accounted for by exports.

With its new Pro-Series 8000 data transfer system for precision farming now on sale, it plans to boost sales to farmers with GPS mapping systems who want to use the data in fertiliser spreaders or sprayers.

Rather than having one black box in the combine cab measuring yield data and another on the spreader or sprayer using soil and yield data to control output, one Pro-Series can be used for both. Combine data is loaded on to the unit via a 2mb data module capable of holding all the yield and settings data from 100ha (250 acres).

The Pro-Series 8000 is compatible with a growing list of mainstream sprayers and fertiliser spreaders. These currently include Berthoud, Sulky, KRM/Bredal, Amazone, Kuhn, Knight, Case, Frasier and Sands and are due to be joined by Roger, Vaderstad and Kongskilde. It is also compatible with a wide range of mapping software from around the world. Cost when fitted to a combine is £2950 plus fitting. Fitment cost on spreaders and sprayers depends on the host machine, but starts at about £1050.