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CNH to Distribute Topsoil Mapper Internationally

CNH International has added Geoprospectors’ Topsoil Mapper to its product portfolio. Until now, soil maps were created in a separate step. With Topsoil Mapper, updated soil information can be recorded during operation, and subsequently for further application planning. Topsoil Mapper can be used in all vegetation, weather, and soil conditions. Data is exchanged via standardized exchange formats for integration into common farm management systems.

“The Topsoil Mapper is the first soil sensor that can be directly integrated into agricultural implements. It is also capable of controlling tilling machines in real time. This way, it can adjust tillage according to the actual soil and weather conditions,” says Michael Pregesbauer, CEO of Geoprospectors GmbH.

The heterogeneity of agricultural soils requires different working depths during tillage to make up for subplot-specific differences in type of soil, compaction, and water content. Ultimately, it is only possible to measure these parameters with the required accuracy and reliability in real time, as they vary greatly according to the season.

Based in Austria, Geoprospectors’s sensor system captures relevant soil parameters in real time and sends the data to the tillage machine’s computer in order to control the depth guidance. To achieve this, the sensor is installed in front of the tractor. The collected measured values are directly converted into control commands for tillage by the sensor’s computer and then transmitted to the machine’s job computer via ISOBUS.

The Topsoil Mapper and the implement computer are controlled through the tractor’s ISOBUS terminal. Depth values are documented by the terminal’s task controller. The tractor’s GPS is used for mapping sensor readings. No complicated calibration is required.

The system can either be ordered as sensor components or as a special front weight solution.

“To achieve maximum customer acceptance, it is crucial that the new system can be integrated into the operators’ existing work processes. This is why Case IH relies on the Topsoil Mapper’s ISOBUS compatibility to ensure the best possible integration into existing operations for its customers,” says Maximilian Birle, precision farming manager for Germany.

CNH International will take over sales and service for the Topsoil Mapper in Austria, the Benelux countries, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the Republic of Moldova.

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