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More efficient hoeing with the ROW-GUARD camera steering system160426 prod rg 01

The most important aspect of mechanical weeding in row crops is to get with the hoe shares as near as possible to the crops without harming it. Tools that are working between the plants in the row like e.g. the finger hoe have to get very close to or already in the row. The more exact you can work to the crops the higher can be the possible working speed. 


Besides the advantage of the higher working accuracy and the full-surface weeding in combination with a finger hoe you can also increase the yield. Because you can reach working speeds of up to 15 km/h more area can be weeded in shorter time and better quality. The driver doesn´t get tired, he only has to take care of staying in the lane.

The ROW-GUARD camera steering system guides the hoeing machine in the rows. The camera can be used in various crops, independent of the row spacing and the number of rows. The big field of view covering several rows at once grants a precise guiding also in tall weeds. Two camera lenses with different exposure levels identify reliably the rows and control the hoeing machine via a hydraulic sliding frame. The system can easily be controlled via an operating terminal in the tractor cabin.

The guidance along the rows makes possible the use of the mentioned finger hoe that works exactly in the rows. The finger hoe consists of ground-driven plastic fingers, which work in between the plants and tear out or cover freshly germinated without harming the crops.

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More info on the ROW-GUARD

The accuracy of the RTK-guidance system (RTK=real time kinematic) is not as good as a camera guided system. More amount of work is necessary for an accurate work result (recording the GPS-signal while seeding, receiving a compensation signal on the field via mobile network). The complex processing of GPS- and mobile signals reduce the possible working speed. Problems can also occur at sloping locations, because the necessary elevated position of the GPS-sensor returns a slightly shifted position caused by inclination of the machine in relation to the ground surface. This difference is enough to harm the crops instead of the weeds between the crops.