What is Swath Control?

Repeat of a former posting: Some farm technology information

Carnahan & Sons, Inc.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunny morning.  It’s refreshing to see the sunshine and blue skies, even if it’s a little chilly.

What is Swath Control?  Sometimes it’s also called “section control”.  It is a GPS-based control system for application machines or planters or even combines that reduces the effects of overlapping as operations occur in a field.

Not every field is a perfect square shape.  In fact, here in southern Indiana that is almost an impossibility.  Every field has “point rows”.

This is a yield map of the triangle field at the Waldo farm.  In this particular case, almost every row is a 'point row'.  In the upper part of this picture, you notice that the rows get shorter and shorter along the left or SW edge of the field.  On the other end of the rows, they meet the headland of the field in a more perpendicular fashion. This is a yield map of the triangle field at the Waldo farm. In this particular case, almost every row is a ‘point row’. In the upper part of this picture, you notice that the rows get shorter and shorter along the left or SW edge of the field. On the other end of the rows, they meet the headland of the field in a more perpendicular fashion.

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