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Tapping Into Data

Topcon’s cloud-based farm management platform integrates advanced connectivity, cloud services, and data analytics.

The path to precision begins with highly accurate data that is organized. For today’s farmer working to navigate various technologies and software, the Topcon Agriculture Platform, or TAP, delivers on those two critical points. Not only does the cloud-based farm management platform deliver advanced connectivity, cloud services, and data analytics, but also its interface helps farmers gain productivity and profitability without the learning curve of traditional systems. TAP subscriptions and Cloudlynk connectivity devices are designed to fit myriad equipment and technologies.

“We’ve worked with farmers and institutions while beta testing, and we are excited to roll out the platform 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.”

TAP also provides seamless connectivity so farmers can share information with trusted advisers for real-time support and recommendations directly to the cab.

“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,” Sorbe says. “This freedom enables a clearer perspective for better agronomic decisions.”

Jeff Bathurst, Bathurst and Sons Family Farms, says because he can access data on whichever device he wants, it changes everything for him. 

“It allows me to farm more acres and use that same piece of equipment and get more out of it,” explains the Abilene, Kansas, farmer.

Other Features Unveiled

Also being unveiled are two features centered around yield data and an agronomic recommendation engine that will build on farmers’ relationships with their agronomic advisers.

Smart Cart equips farmers with the ability to gather highly accurate, weight-verified, geo-referenced harvest data, which 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,” Sorbe says.

The YM-2 YieldTrakk yield monitoring system is now available for crops that use conveyor-type harvesters like potatoes, sugar beets, grapes, and onions.

Topcon is also introducing more options for auto steer as well as a new GNSS base receiver. The HiPer VR mobile base station gives users access to the latest GNSS tracking technology and RTK capability.

For increased flexibility and connectivity, the AGS-2 auto guidance system provides auto steer for any ag machine. In addition, it will leverage the TAP Cloudlynk connectivity devices for RTK corrections via cellular or radio. 

“The introduction of TopNET Global signal options and SkyBridge will reduce downtime by allowing the system to continue steering due to signal coverage interruptions when using RTK,” Sorbe says.

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