The number of turns a farmer has to make in the tractor and the amount of fuel used to work a field is determined greatly by the wayline approach. While various methods can be used to generate efficient waylines in the cab, many farmers have expressed a desire to generate more efficient waylines out of the cab and in the off-season from the comfort of their office.
“The ability to plan in advance and outside the rush of narrow windows to complete fieldwork is very important to our customers,” explained Mark Theuerkauf, Fuse Go-To-Market Lead. “This is especially true when working on rented land, working as a contractor on many different fields, or growing specialty crops in combination with local challenging conditions, like irregular or sloping field conditions. It is often guesswork to know what the most efficient working direction should be.”
Geo-Bird is an easy-to-use application that can help farmers overcome this challenge. With minimal inputs, advanced algorithms inside Geo-Bird analyse the field shape and by considering matching working widths of implements calculates the optimal wayline routing. Three potential routing suggestions are calculated, as also a manual direction can be entered for comparison.
Of each calculated routing the time savings, wheel traffic area and number of turns are shown, conveniently arranged to easily see the differences and potential savings.
Following the Fuse open platform philosophy, the desired routing can be downloaded in the right format for direct use on the farmer’s terminal in the cab, simply by choosing your current guidance system from a comprehensive list of 3rd party brands.
The Geo-Bird application is free of charge and is accessible via this link: www.geo-bird.com. As topography is an important factor in this calculation for many regions, a soon to be released, free of charge upgrade is already being developed and will be launched in Q1 2023. Geo-Bird will continue to introduce more advanced features in the future with more helpful and practical functionalities that may require a fee.
Geo-Bird is fully GDPR-compliant and protects user data and privacy. All data is exchanged via secure encrypted connections.
Fendt customers can check their track lines in Geo-Bird and, if necessary, adjust their alignment so that as few turning maneuvers as possible are required at the headland. This saves time and operating resources. The track lines can be easily imported from the tractor terminal into Geo-Bird via USB stick, and the optimized data is returned to the tractor terminal via the same route.