Grass-Guide GPS system offers guidance on a budget

Belfast company Sixty-5 Technologies has launched a new simple-to-use app-based GPS guidance system to help farmers improve their spreading accuracy.

Grass-Guide is designed to guide farmers while spreading fertiliser or applying pesticides to help eliminate overlaps and missed areas. The company claims that savings of up to 15% on fertiliser costs are possible by making use of the system.

There are already several entry-level products on the market aimed towards the arable and tillage sectors. However, the company says its machine is designed for grass-based farmers that were previously expected to adopt arable-biased technology.

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Sixty-5’s app-based system works via a single-band receiver on the roof. Once the tractor operator enters the implement width, there is only one button to press and the software takes care of everything else.

Grass-Guide displays the coverage map, guidelines and predicted direction for the operator to follow, eliminating the need for either A-B lines or a light-bar.

The system is built on an Android platform and is supplied with a seven-inch Samsung tablet.

The tablet connection to the receiver is via bluetooth and a GPS output is also available to connect to modern implements.

Once the field operation has been completed the finished map is sent to a dedicated online area, where it can be later viewed for management and traceability purposes.

The Grass-Guide package comes with the NovaTel GPS receiver, the Samsung Galaxy tablet, Grass-Guide software app and a mounting bracket, and costs £1,399 (plus VAT).