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Latest Topcon X-series Console to Debut at Cereals

LH Agro will be debuting Topcon Agriculture’s next generation X35 touchscreen console at this year’s Cereals event as well as offering free appraisals to calculate the cost-saving potential of using an RTK-based autosteer system.

X35 Console

Previously only seen at this year’s SIMA show, the 12.1 inch X35 console uses Topcon’s latest Horizon software to provide icon-based and user-definable views for a variety of farming operations. Topcon’s Horizon XTEND™ option, readily available through iOS and Android app stores, allows users to extend any X35 application window and operate on their phone or tablet, increasing operational visibility and control.

Topcon X35 console

Topcon X35 console

“The X35 console adds to Topcon’s premium range of precision farming systems by offering additional benefits above and beyond those which made the previous X30 such a user-friendly and reliable unit,” explains Richard Reed of LH Agro.

“Topcon support takes a leap forward with the X35: utilizing the new Horizon Software Remote Support Tool, technicians can take full-control and fix issues remotely,” Richard Reed continues. “Now native within Topcon’s Horizon Software, the tool operates as fluidly as having a support technician in-cab”.

Support for up to six cameras allows the operator to monitor multiple views through the X35 or via XTEND on a phone or tablet device ensuring machines are functioning correctly.

“As with previous Topcon consoles, the X35 is an all-in-one system with full ISOBUS Universal Terminal (UT), TC-BAS, TC-GEO and TC-SC compatibility,” Richard adds. “It provides variable rate control for up to eight products and is designed to allow full data management capability through its cloud-based technology. The user can seamlessly transfer data such as guidance lines, yield maps and crop sensing from the X35 to the cloud, where it is accessible from the farm or agronomist’s office or other machines where it can be interrogated to maximise returns on inputs.”

Free autosteer cost-saving appraisal

Attendees to this year’s Cereals event are also invited to visit the LH Agro stand (stand 108) for a free appraisal of how a Topcon RTK-enabled autosteer system could benefit their farm business by reducing over and under-lapping and guaranteeing optimal use of every input.

“Inaccurate input applications are costing arable businesses thousands of pounds each year,” explains Richard Reed of LH Agro. “Based on current farm input prices, labour costs, application rates and market prices, over-lapping when cultivating, drilling, spreading or spraying could be costing a typical 200-hectare farm (using a 4m drill) as much as £5,700 per year. For a 600-hectare operation using a 6m drill, that figure could rise to as much as £11,500 per year. Worse still, misses or under-lapping when drilling, spraying or fertiliser spreading will have a direct and detrimental impact on the outright yield potential of established crops.

“LH Agro has therefore developed a precision farming accuracy calculator to illustrate how much money individual farmers could save by using a Topcon RTK-enabled autosteer system: with the ability to guide implements to an accuracy tolerance of +/- 10mm, the latest systems can eradicate the inefficiencies associated with non-autosteer cropping, thereby improving cropping margins as well as maximising yields and easing workloads.”

LH Agro

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