In the modern agrarian world, the principles of precision farming have successfully passed the test of time, have proved their worth and financial feasibility. Moreover, precision farming has become a measure of farm efficiency. An agricultural enterprise, in which all operations are carried out in the old manner, without using automation tools, is considered ineffective, despite the fact that it can bring income to owners and shareholders.
The essence of most precision farming systems is to eliminate problems where they are usually ignored and even considered the norm. These are subtle tools that allow you to manage costs and losses at the unit level or even a fraction of a percent. They are introduced when the economy is already working to increase the efficiency of its activities, eliminated major technical and organizational problems and is looking for ways to develop further.
These tools include seeding control systems. A new, high-quality, well-tuned seeder will give a good quality of sowing. But the control system for sowing on the same seeder can prevent the loss of several percent of the crop due to obvious or hidden breakage, neglect of work or poor quality seed.
Any seeding control system, regardless of manufacturer, consists of a set of sensors for various purposes, a control unit and an interface for human-machine interaction. The last two elements are often combined in one device - a specialized on-board tractor monitor. The system adjusts to certain seeding parameters, the sensors read the current characteristics, the control unit analyzes the data and informs the operator about deviations and problems. Many are convinced that this is enough to control the work of the seeder. If the owner of the farm himself sows and is interested in the quality of his work - yes, enough. In other cases, this is far from always true.
Suppose the coulter was bent or broken by plant debris, or maybe clogged with ground. Or one of the sowing machines was leaking. We also assume that in this case the machine operator neglected the warnings of the seeding control system and continued to drive the hectare plan. This can be found out only when someone looks at the results of the work done. Yes, the employee will be punished. But the field has already been sown with 15 openers instead of 16. Part of the crop is lost.
The same problem can arise if external equipment was used for sowing. The contract was completed in terms of area and time, but not in quality: the permissible speed was exceeded, intervals were not maintained, the rate of seeding and fertilizing. Even if the system records disastrous results, the contractors will take some money and leave after a quarrel, and the farmer will be left with a partially lost crop.
It may happen that the machine operator received incorrect instructions, or maybe he made a mistake when setting up the seeder. Set the wrong seed rate or speed. Work is in full swing, but no one will know about it until its completion.
The most unpleasant situation is when the machine operator simply turns off the seeding control system and works without it. And then refers, for example, to a breakdown or inadequate operation of the device. The real reasons can be different - from reluctance to understand new technologies to outright sabotage. In this case, the farm suffers double losses - the useless costs of buying a control system that was not used, and direct crop losses from uncontrolled sowing.
Each experienced farmer can complement the above with real examples from his life experience.
How can such situations be prevented? It turns out that you need additional control over the seeder? Yes it is. In order not to lose precious percentages of the crop, you need to notify in time about the problems of those people who are really worried about the result of the work.
This is the main task of the Soft.Farm "Seeding control" module - to give you the opportunity to preserve the crop as much as possible. We learned about the problem in time - it means they quickly intervened and prevented the loss.
For this, we suggest using an online monitoring and dispatch system. It will allow you at any time to see from a tablet or office computer what is happening with the seeder, where it is located, how the system is configured and what actual characteristics are sowing. In case of detected deviations, the system will show the problem on the screen, and also send a notification to your mobile phone or e-mail. The number of seed drills tracked is not limited. The only condition is that the seeding control system must be able to transfer data to any remote server. Soft.Farm is designed so that it can collect data from any external source in any format.
The module “Sowing control” has one more task - a simple and transparent accounting of the final results of sowing.
If your seeder is equipped with a modern seeding control system, getting the results is quite simple. It is only necessary to approach with a notebook to each machine that performed the seeding. Turn on the monitor, see the results of work, write in a notebook. Discard unnecessary data obtained when setting up the drill. After that, try not to lose the record. Then sum the cultivated areas, screenings, the number of doubles and passes, calculate the density of plants, give an approximate yield forecast and so on. Yes, simple but tiring. In addition, at any stage you can make a mistake in the records or calculations.
But if seeding control systems have the ability to transfer data to a remote server, then everything can be much simpler. Based on the received data, the “Seeding Control” module will automatically perform the necessary calculations.
During sowing operations, Soft.Farm will help to quickly summarize the intermediate results - how the plan for the housekeeping, machine operators, and equipment is implemented. It will tell you what it is worth paying attention to, who is not coping, and who is already close to completing the work.
After the end of the sowing campaign, the system will generate a protocol of each sowing work and a summary table of results for the entire farm. Calculates the sown area, consumption of fuel, seeds and fertilizers. In addition, high-quality agro-technical characteristics of crops will be obtained, which will be used to assess guaranteed losses and the total expected yield.
As you can see, Soft.Farm designs and develops the “Seeding Control” module, based on the real needs of those farmers who are looking for effective ways to optimize their farm.
Our goal is to create a tool that will bring benefits to farmers, measured in real monetary terms.
Therefore, the answer to the question asked in the heading is unequivocal: using Soft.Farm in combination with your seeding control systems is a profitable and effective solution.