STEYR SOILXPLORER SOIL SENSOR: AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO “DEEPEN” FARMERS´KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR SOIL AND INCREASE THEIR TILLAGE EFFICIENCY
With the innovative SoilXplorer soil sensor, STEYR now introduces an effective tool to increase farmers’ knowledge of their soils and thus efficiency of tillage operations. Intensive field trials give clear evidence that reducing the working depth from 18 to 10cm during tillage operations will result in roughly 45 percent less energy consumption. At the same time, slip can be reduced by about 53 percent, and output be increased by about 20 percent. As soils often differ between and even within fields of a farm, using a standard cultivation depth either means working too shallow or too deep. Whilst the one will leave compaction zones untouched, the other reduces efficiency and increases energy consumption, wear and cost.
The STEYR SoilXplorer soil sensor is a contactless sensor for mapping and varying tillage depth, and uses electromagnetic signals to measure the soil conductivity. On this basis, soil type zones, relative water content as well as compaction zones can be determined. By means of four reception coils, four different layers from 0–25cm, 15–60cm, 55–95cm, and 85–115cm are “explored” in one pass. The SoilXplorer is the only system on the market that offers four parallel depths, works without soil contact, and provides instant data for an immediate workflow. It can be integrate very easily into other work processes.
Clear customer benefits are associated with the use of the SoilXplorer soil sensor, which was initially developed by the Austrian technology provider Geoprospectors GmbH. The system is easy to install, just plug-and-scan. The measured data is stored on a Windows10-base tablet in the cab and the operator just needs to import the exported file into the SoilXtend software immediately after scanning to visualize the mapping results, which can be exported as ESRI data * .shp, * .shx, * .dbf and * .qpj compatible with common farm management software.
St. Valentin, 21.11.2018
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