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Topcon Unveils YieldTrakk

Topcon is expanding its precision agriculture portfolio with the addition of YieldTrakk, an optical sensing, volumetric solution designed to provide operators with the real-time data collection. The system includes monitoring and mapping of yield (in bushels or tons), moisture and cut rate, as well as the total weight of crop during harvest.

“YieldTrakk provides an excellent solution for data collection, mapping, and analysis that ultimately allows operators to reduce input costs and operate more efficiently,” says Brian Sorbe, Topcon Precision Agriculture director of sales, Americas. “The addition of yield monitoring expands the scope of Topcon precision agriculture solutions to meet the full-season productivity demands of modern farming.”

YieldTrakk works by using noncontact optical sensors installed in the clean grain elevator to calculate accurate live yield data. The electronic control unit (ECU) converts the measurement into a weight for the crop harvested.  When the crop travels up to the bubble-up auger, a second set of sensors measures crop moisture level and incorporates that into the data along with the yield output. To help optimize accuracy, the ECU also measures slope variations and corrects the signal for any fluctuation in machine angle.

The system includes retrofit solutions for most combines, a plug-and-play application for CLAAS combines, and a connection using ISO in AGCO Fieldstar II-ready combines.

YieldTrakk is integrated with Horizon software on Topcon’s X30 touchscreen console — displaying the yield and moisture levels in separate sets of data to provide the operator a more complete understanding of field and crop conditions.

In addition, it is compatible with most software packages for further analysis by utilizing industry standard ISOXML and shape file format for data export instead of the proprietary data formats used by most competitors. This information can be used to trace inputs and outputs by precise location and ultimately allows the user to vary seed, fertilizer, chemical or other inputs as-applied.

“This is a great example of how we’re able to leverage synergies with our recent acquisition of Wachnendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technologies, and NORAC to further provide combine owners and our OEMs with the high-accuracy precision tools they need,” notes Michael Gomes, Topcon Precision Agriculture vice president of business development.

(Source – http://www.agriculture.com/technology/crop-management/harvest/topcon-unveils-yieldtrakk_591-ar50147)

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