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Make Informed Precision Farming Decisions With the Latest Tools From Topcon Agriculture
Topcon Agriculture’s new cloud-based farm management platform integrates state-of-the-art connectivity, cloud services, and data analytics. Not only does the Topcon Agriculture Platform, or TAP, interface help farmers gain productivity and profitability, but it does it without the learning curve of traditional farm data management systems. Both TAP subscriptions and Cloudlynk connectivity devices are designed to fit myriad types of machinery, implements, and technology.
“We’ve worked with farmers and institutions while beta testing and are excited to roll the platform out to farmers worldwide,” says Brian Sorbe, vice president of global production solutions. “It is the ideal solution for mixed fleets, so farmers can focus solely on decisions and action.”
In addition, he says the platform provides seamless connectivity so farmers can share information with their trusted advisers, like dealers and agronomists, for real-time support, recommendations, and tasks directly to the cab.
“The path to precision begins with highly accurate data and data organization. These are critical benefit points of TAP for today’s farmer working to navigate various technologies and software,” says Sorbe. “The platform ingests data from virtually any source and data type – such as yield, soil, fertility, imagery, and topography – making the process free of software restraints and capable of unifying farm data regardless of brand. This freedom enables a clearer perspective for better agronomic decisions.”
“It changes everything because I can access that data on whichever device I want,” says Jeff Bathurst, Bathurst and Sons Family Farms in Abilene, Kansas. “It allows me to farm more acres and use that same piece of equipment and get more out of it.”
Other Features Unveiled
Topcon is also unveiling two features centered around yield data and an agronomic recommendation engine that will build on farmers’ relationships with their agronomic partners.
Smart Cart provides farmers with the ability to gather highly accurate, weight-verified, geo-referenced harvest data that automatically uploads to TAP for visualizing, post processing, and yield reporting.
“When farmers have connected the combine to TAP or uploaded their yield maps manually, the capability to retrieve HD Yield map layers from TAP becomes available. This new advancement takes notoriously inaccurate yield maps and improves accuracy and granularity with the Smart Cart,” says Sorbe.
The YM-2 YieldTrakk yield monitoring system now services crops using conveyor-type harvesters, such as those used for potatoes, sugar beets, grapes, onions, and tomatoes.
In order to strengthen and boost connectivity of tailored guidance solutions, Topcon is also introducing new options for auto steer as well as a new GNSS base receiver that will be available this fall. With its release of the HiPer VR mobile base station, users will gain the latest GNSS tracking technology and RTK capability in a compact, rugged design.
“The AGS-2 auto guidance system provides leading autosteering for any agricultural machine type and model. For increased flexibility and connectivity, the system will leverage the new TAP Cloudlynk connectivity devices for RTK corrections via cellular or radio. A major benefit is the introduction of new TopNET Global signal options and SkyBridge, which will reduce downtime by allowing the system to continue steering due to signal coverage interruptions when using RTK,” says Sorbe.
The EHi (electrohydraulic inline) steering valve retrofit offers a complete turn-key setup without additional hydraulic accessories and is an alternative option to Topcon’s electric steering wheel. It provides accurate steering in low- and high-speed conditions and is compatible with most machines.
To learn more, visit topconagriculture.com.