A new universal row crop planting controller has been launched by LH Agro, enabling growers to establish sugar beet and maize more accurately and with reduced seed wastage.
The new Topcon Apollo CM-20 row crop controller is fully ISOBUS compliant with a plug and play design for retrofitting to most precision drills. It can monitor the accuracy of row crop seeding operations in real-time and relay this information back to the operator so that anomalies can be dealt with immediately.
“Accurate planting is the essential first stage of any cropping cycle, with the precise application of large seeds vital to the successful establishment and yield producing ability of row crops such as sugar beet and maize,” explained Richard Reed, managing director of LH Agro, Topcon’s preferred distributor in the UK. “The Apollo CM-20 row crop planting controller enables growers to carry out this vital operation with improved accuracy thanks to its ability to monitor and control the placement of individual seeds as well as controlling the variable rate application of up to three additional granular products such as a starter fertiliser or micro and macro-nutrients.”
The unit can control up to 24 electric seeding units and make on the fly adjustments to avoid seed wastage due to overlaps or misses, or in the corners of awkwardly shaped fields.
“In addition to auto-section and variable rate control, the new controller’s biggest single advantage is its ability to monitor singulation and spacing accuracy and to ensure that each seed is dropped in exactly the correct position,” Mr Reed continued. “This even includes at bends in the field where the CM-20’s turn compensation feature reduces the seeding rate towards the inside of the curve and increases it at the outer radius where the drill’s seeding coulters will effectively be travelling further and faster. This ensures all seeds are planted at equal distances irrespective of irregularities in field shape and helps crops to achieve their full potential by maximising crop uniformity for optimum light inception and to minimise competition between neighbouring plants.”
The Apollo CM-20 is compatible with the Topcon Agriculture Platform (TAP) which allows seeding data and prescription mapping information to be relayed from the implement to the farm office and vice versa.
For more information go to www.lh-agro.co.uk