Farmers and growers wanting to find out more about the important role drainage plays in precision agriculture should make their way to Mastenbroek's stand at the LAMMA Show next month.

The UK's leading designer and manufacturer of drainage trenchers will be showing visitors to stand 9.453 how the Trimble® WM Survey IITM app can be used to develop precision agriculture plans.

Mastenbroek has worked closely with Trimble for many years, and in 2010, the two companies developed a new GPS system for drainage trenchers.

WM-Survey II is a standalone app for conducting basic field surveys for use in developing drainage plans. Compatible with any Android phone or tablet and the GFX-750™ display, users can connect their own GNSS receiver to create topographic maps for use in a variety of applications.

When paired with a GNSS receiver, the app can record elevation points across a field to generate a topographic map, which can be exported to drainage planning software. 

"2021 appears to be the year in which interest in precision agriculture really took off," says Fred Clark, Technical Sales Engineer at Mastenbroek. "In order to develop an effective precision agriculture plan, adopting a low-till approach and minimising soil compaction are key. Both of these benefit from having well-drained land. The land will require less attention, so fewer vehicles will need to travel on it, and the soil will be of better quality compared to poorly drained land.

"The Trimble WM Survey II app allows users to map the topography of their land as well as gain an insight into areas that are less productive in terms of yield and crop quality. All of this information can be used by drainage contractors to create effective drainage plans."

As well as the Trimble WM Survey II, Mastenbroek will also be introducing people to its GCS100. This retrofittable control unit can control the depth and grade of trenching machines that are not fitted with GPS systems.

Grade Control Systems such as the GCS100 deliver excellent performance in long-range applications and operates with a single receiver mounted to a rigid mast. They improve the accuracy and performance of land levelling and drainage equipment that are not fitted with GPS systems.

"The GCS100 is our entry-level solution for vehicles pulling scrapers, add on, or self-propelled drainage equipment requiring a PT valve connection, and we are very much looking forward to showcasing it at LAMMA 2022," adds Fred.


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