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Friday, 15 March 2019 12:08

Depth control made easy

Written by  Mark Daniel

Global positioning specialist Topcon has released details of its Norac tillage depth control system, which uses existing technology proven in the Norac boom height control package.

Using ultrasonic sensors, the system maintains correct and consistent depth control of tillage implements, while automatically compensating for differing soil types and changing terrain.

The company says most tillage implements present an ideal platform for sensor placement and offer the scope for the collection of data for improved agronomy; so the Norac gear is likely to lead to more ‘intelligent’ tillage.

It is designed to operate with all tractor types.

Operation is claimed to be ‘set and forget’: the correct working depth is maintained in all conditions. Using patented technology, the Norac system is not constrained by age, brand or models of tillage equipment. 

It doesn’t even need a Topcon display, meaning the system can be installed on any trailed tillage equipment with hydraulic lift control and a display that supports an ISOBUS virtual terminal.

The system allows the operator to do the job correctly with minimal fuss, and it helps reduce soil compaction and wheel slip in wet conditions.

Added benefits are reduced fuel consumption and time in the paddock.