Producers work too hard to grow quality crops to afford to leave any of that yield potential in the field. However, while spraying and harvesting standing corn, yield limiting damage or losses can occur. When spraying, some operators may choose to cross crop rows to simplify spraying and reduce stress. However, this method of spraying can damage more the 2 percent of the plants in the field.
To improve yields, the operator will follow crop rows to reduce this damage. In this instance, keeping the sprayer’s wheels in between the corn rows is important to ensure that plants are not damaged and can reach their full yield potential. Unfortunately, with so much going on in the sprayer cab during long days, a small lapse in attention can result in significant crop damage. For example, an operator spraying at 24.1 km/h (15 mph) who is misaligned with the row for 1 second could damage more than 90 corn plants. During the course of a day, a few minor misalignments could lead to major damage. With AutoTrac RowSense the operator can be confident that the sprayer is staying in the row, even if he cannot physically see the sprayer wheels.
When harvesting corn for grain, misalignment with the row can cause corn ears to be thrown away or bounce out of the corn header resulting in header loss. AutoTrac RowSense can keep the combine or SPFH aligned through varying field conditions to make sure your grain gets from the field to the grain tank and truck.
Ag service providers and contractors see benefit in AutoTrac RowSense by ensuring that they complete jobs to the highest quality level possible, regardless of operator experience level. With this technology, their operators can feel confident in knowing that the job will be completed with minimal damage or losses.