Trimble automates implement turns at row-ends

US precision farming giant Trimble has announced that its NextSwath end-of-row turn technology is now on sale.

As you approach the headland, NextSwath automatically calculates the best possible path to turn the tractor, combine or sprayer around and line up with the next crop row or swath with the implement precisely aligned to begin working.

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This saves time and increases productivity, says the company, enabling the tractor driver to approach the next run with a turn that is best suited for the vehicle and implement configuration.

The technology also potentially saves fuel costs and reduces crop damage and compaction at field boundaries, thereby increasing yield. On top of that, since Trimble products work on a variety of different machinery, growers are able to use NextSwath technology on a broad range of vehicle brands and implement types.

By automating the end-of-row process, the technology can also improve the operator’s performance, eliminate towed implement undershooting or overshooting, and minimise skips and overlaps when lining up for the next row.

As a result, it is well suited for field tasks that use a trailed implement or require multiple applications during the crop season such as liquid fertiliser spraying. The ability to make tighter end-of-row turns with towed implements can also reduce the headland space needed at the end of the field for turning machines.

NextSwath can be accessed from the FmX Plus application on the Trimble TMX-2050 display—an Android-based display designed for precision farming applications. No word on cost yet.