SIMA 2019: digital tech in agriculture
SIMA 2019: we start from the evolution of digital technology. Digital technology is first of all a question of collecting data on all aspects of farm production. Here, innovations apply to areas previously untouched by progress in measurement and sensors.
In particular, at SIMA 2019, it will be possible to see all kinds of different solutions for this sector. For example, the Limacapt system by De Sangosse and Cap 2020 helps to count and monitor the activity of slugs throughout the night. This tool enables highly detailed analysis of the risks caused by this pest. It therefore provides information to take the right decisions for action. In the area of extensive farming, Beiser Environnement offers a connected fodder rack. It can alert the breeder in the event of lacking fodder and monitor the daily fodder consumption of the herd.
The need is to monitor machine activity
Monitoring machine activity is an issue which manufacturers have been trying to address since the beginning of the 1980s. This year, several manufacturers offer solutions dealing with the need for the automatic and reliable recording of machine activity.
The connected meter by Karnott (picture below) is an entirely autonomous device. It can be used to monitor the activity of any item of farm equipment. From carried implements to containers for trucks. The Rfid A-100 Asset Tag by Trimble monitors, aswell, the activity of farm equipment. It uses Bluetooth tags to identify any non-Isobus implement coupled to a tractor and the driver in attendance. In addition, this tag automatically sets the display’s auto guidance function according to the width of the implement that is recognised.
The Climate FieldView platform by Climate Corporation also incorporates an automated machine data collection system with the Field View Drive terminal. This device collects data from whatever tractor and Isobus machines are being used.
The analysis of agronomic data
In this category we find Bosch proposal for SIMA 2019. The name is Field Sensor, developed in association with the start-up Hiphen. The system combines field sensors (weather station, soil probe and multispectral camera) with remote sensing data sources. The aim of this system is to match very high spatial resolution data (remote sensing images from drones and/or satellites) with very high-repetition data (one image per day of the same zone of the field).
It is the same type of approach that Airbus Defence and Space and John Deere have adopted with Live Nbalance. The idea is to regularly monitoring nitrogen uptake by the crop in order to detect the early signs of any anomalies and achieve a balance between nitrogen input and crop uptake.
Digital technology is also about Precision Farming applications and the possibility of modulating actions during work. This is what Case IH offers with its connected electrical weed killer. In particular, this implement is an alternative to the use of chemical herbicides and works by electrocuting weeds. Depending on the designated zones, the tractor’s forward speed will vary in order to guarantee the maximum efficiency of this “digital weeder”. The tractor speed variation activates using an Isobus class 3 connection (control of the tractor by the implement). This type of control is also a major trend in this 2019 edition.
Trimble, with its AutoSync system, offers a solution for the transmission of modulation maps from the farm management computer to the tractor display. In real time, data can be exchanged, shared, corrected, etc., between the central computer and the displays of several tractors.
And there is more: SIMA 2019 start-up villages
Designed as a special show feature, the Start-Up Villages will be located in Hall 4 at the heart of the Precision Farming sector. These Start-Up Villages will be a springboard to help 34 young businesses emerge alongside the big names.