Trimble Navigation shrinks size and cost of GreenSeeker technology
Trimble recently introduced the GreenSeeker handheld crop sensor, an easy-to-use measurement device designed to assess the health of a crop. Readings taken with the GreenSeeker handheld can be used to make objective decisions regarding the amount of fertilizer to be applied to a crop, resulting in a more efficient use of inputs.
The most attractive aspects of this new device may be size and price. The technology is now extremely portable and easy to use. And the fact that the device now retails for only $495--this handheld is likely to get into a lot more hands.
Using the device is simple. Operators position the handheld sensor over a plant, pull the trigger, and the GreenSeeker handheld instantly calculates the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, which represents the health of the plant. By gathering several readings from plants throughout a field, users can better determine the overall health and needs of a crop. This can result in a more efficient use of fertilizer, which benefits both the farmer's bottom line and the environment.
The GreenSeeker handheld provides farmers and crop consultants with an affordable way to begin utilizing NDVI algorithms to help them better understand the health of a crop. Readings from the GreenSeeker handheld can be used to indicate basic nutrient response, crop condition, yield potential, stress, biomass, leaf area, herbicide efficiency and pest impact. It can be used to monitor changing field conditions (crop and plant) during the growing season as well as the effects of different levels of an input compared to a local standard.
"As part of our continuing goal to provide solutions that help farmers improve efficiency and reduce costs, Trimble has introduced an affordable crop sensor for farming operations of all sizes," said Erik Arvesen, vice president for Trimble's Agriculture Division. "The GreenSeeker handheld removes the guesswork so farmers can more efficiently run their operations, making informed decisions about their crop based on compiled data to ultimately increase profitability through input savings."
With extremely variable weather conditions and rising input costs issues like nitrogen management are becoming major production issues for corn and wheat farmers.
"We've had two summer droughts in a row in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri," says Steve Cubbage, owner of Record Harvest a precision agricultural consulting firm with offices in Kansas and Missouri. "Growers really need to monitor N levels in wheat because of these conditions. If you don't you run the risk of applying too much N because of carryover from the previous crop. The handheld GreenSeeker simply helps you manage your inputs better."
The GreenSeeker handheld is available directly from Record Harvest, an official GreenSeeker distributor for Trimble Navigation. Contact Record Harvest at 866-326-8401 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out the GreenSeeker handheld unit at the Record Harvest booth the Enid, OK 2013 KNID Agrifest Farm Show to be held Jan. 11 and 12, 2013.
Record Harvest is an independent precision agriculture firm based in Nevada, Missouri and is on the web at www.recordharvest.com. Precision agriculture product lines such as Trimble, Ag Leader, Norac, GreenSeeker, Tru-Count, Rawson and SST are represented by the company.