Precision agriculture: reduce fertilizer use by 20% by increasing field productivity

Precision agriculture has transformed the agri-food sector by bringing increased efficiency and resource savings, this technology has become essential for those who want their farm operations optimized from planting planning to harvest. One way to ensure these changes in farming is through the use of fertilizer controls, which intelligently regulate and automate the application of inputs. This type of product makes it possible to apply very finely to each area the ideal amount of fertilizers and correctives, taking into account the characteristics of this point of agricultural production, and not an average dose. This is important because the ground is uneven and growing areas can vary greatly in fertility and chemical requirements. With a controller, the distribution is done judiciously from geo-referenced maps, which are generated from historical productivity and soil analyses. The results of using these technologies are visible.

The new applications developed by the various manufacturers reduce the inputs applied by around 20% and allow a productivity gain of up to 30% in the harvest, since the soil can capture all the nutrients necessary for the development of its crops with quality. . These solutions monitor and control the entire fertilizer application, reducing fertilization failures and deviations, avoiding wasted inputs, and properly equalizing dispersed nutrients in the soil. Application maps previously defined by managers can be imported into these solutions and the operator can control the fertilizer dosage and check the level of the machine’s inlet tank. Calibration is simple and during operation it is possible to view the traces of the application and monitor their coverage in real time.

Integration of centimetric precision GPS for guidance

All of these solutions offered by the various manufacturers or integrators embed a precision GPS and receive corrections to refine their position with greater precision. With the advancement of technologies like this, it is possible to use resources more and more intelligently on the ground, ensuring that benefits such as profit and sustainability are possible and contributing to the advancement of a new, even more efficient agro-industry.

Accurate GPS and mobile internet connection

Many applications exist today precisely to locate these objects but do not have the precision necessary to take a real advantage. With ± 5m of precision, a classic GPS gives an idea of ​​a position or a route, but when you want to guide a movement to avoid obstacles or you need to know in detail a trajectory, an exact position at an instant t, centimetric precision then becomes indispensable and vital. A precision GPS associated with corrections from the Orpheon network provide the desired centimetric precision. null

Corrections to gain precision

For its accuracy to be increased and usable in agricultural work, surveying, machine guidance or many other application areas (see) It requires corrections.

Precision GPS

We distinguish between two types of GNSS receivers:
        • Consumer receivers (Watches, phones, tablets, cars etc…) which will only work in natural mode without the possibility of improving their accuracy through corrections
        • Precision receivers (RTK), which will be able to integrate external correction data from the Orpheon network allowing them to increase their precision.

In order to offer offers perfectly adapted to the needs of users, we have designed several subscription formulas. Our commercial offer is very clear and very flexible. So, in complete transparency, you only pay for what you really need.

The advantages of the network

In your professional practice, you can count on the knowledge, the know-how and the centimetric precision of the Orphéon network to meet your missions and your obligations. The network has been thought out and designed according to the rules of the art, it is constantly monitored and checked regularly. (Le réseau-Orphéon).

Everything has been thought out to allow you to benefit from increased productivityand move from one site to another without wasting time

With the Orphéon network, you work with identical precision throughout the territory thanks to a uniform distribution of stations in metropolitan France and the West Indies. Whatever your position, the distance from the nearest reference station is never more than 30 km.

100% Galileo and BeiDou correction services in addition to GPS and GLONASS:

  • more satellites (+22 Galileo)
  • faster fixing,
  • more measurement stability,
  • more availability,
  • better positioning
  • fewer multipaths
RTK precision positioning allows you to geo-reference your measurements simply and confidently in the national reference system in real time to save production time. Or even as a control tool thanks to the post-processing available online.
The availability of the service gives the possibility to work from day to night, in foggy weather etc. by focusing their attention on the GPS guidance tool and no longer on driving for an always impeccable result
Repeatability over the seasons makes it possible to always return to the same place, to keep one’s bearings or to preserve one’s crops. The working area is thus preserved.
A regular mesh and a reinforced infrastructure for you to secure data transfer, for greater reliability and repeatability on a daily basis.
Repeatability over the seasons, the network allows you to always go back to the same place to control soil compaction and allow plants to take root better and the soil to better absorb inputs by limiting runoff phenomena. but also preserve your cultivation methods and techniques.
The automatic modulation of seeds, fertilizers and phytosanitary products becomes possible by using recommendation maps (yield maps, soil analysis maps, FARMSTAR) or on-board sensors (YARA type for example), but also thanks to the recommendations of experts cooperatives.
Concretely, it is a question of taking advantage of GPS autoguiding in order to optimize tillage, sowing, spreading and harvesting operations by minimizing the overlaps between passages thereby making it possible to optimize machine time, fuel consumption, tool wear and payroll.