The latest technological innovations in machinery were the stars of the Tecnódromo, a place where there is daily at 2 p.m. a technology show. Precision agriculture and remote monitoring are on the top of the innovations.

An eager audience waits every day to see at the Tecnódromo the breakthroughs in machinery and precision agriculture. In less than an hour, specialists present the whole productive pocess, step by step, using state of the arts machinery: from the lands preparation to the seeding, harvesting and the final grain bagging stage.

“This is my first time at Expoagro and I found the activity really good. It is possible to see the different phases of the productive cycle and they also show you in details, the latest advances in each part of the processes”, commented Emiliano Petronio, one of the many assistants that attended to the technical presentation given by the experts on the first day. The young agricultural engineer has recently finished his studies and is currently doing an internship at INTA Oliveros , he was really pleased with the possibility of seeing how this last generation machines work.

A drone from Scorpion, with AC/DC soundtrack, took flight suddenly and caught the attention of those sat in the first row. The drone has a tank that can carry up to ten litres of phytosanitarie products and is able to spray selectively. In addition it does not need and operator and by using a weed map, it can spray independently. Before this, Metalfor showed its 7040 self-propelled equipment, which has a faster cleaning circuit and tank’s supply, besides that, the Weed Seeker systems gives great precision to each drop projected.

The people from Spray Guru presented an app useful to control the effective and appropriate spray. The system uses water sensitive cards to measure the impact per cm2 or the volume of the droplet. The app allows the user to adjust at the moment the dose, whether to increase or to lower the pressure. Abelardo Cuffia, presented his Veris rake for mapping and data survey, which measures the soil’s apparent electrical conductivity and its correlation with soil characteristics.

The technical explanation was interrupted by a question from someone in the audience who wanted some information about the latest news in the field of seeding, and in that moment the small grain planter Apache 27000 came in. It has in its system an integrated electronic pack of Precision Planting. This system allows the machine to make a variable dose of the product, whether the fertilizer or the seed and reduces a 30% the accidents level. “In planters, the trend is not to increase the working width but to increase its speed and to go from the current 7km per hour to 10 or 12”, highlighted one of the experts who headed the event at Tecnódromo.

The Apache 54000, pulled by a new New Holland tractor, also took part in the event, equipped with the most modern remote monitoring technology. This new tractor can be controlled and set from any place. The unit works with a PLM (high precision autopilot) system that commits errors of less than 4 cm, key element to reduce the soil compaction. This tractor can set the machine so that it makes the same way each year and stops compacting a 60 or 75% of the land’s surface, something that is currently happening. It also counts with the latest technology in transmission, allowing it to keep a constant speed of forward movement of the seeding system (tractor plus planter) independently of the soils resistivity or the terrain slope.

Meanwhile the harvester C550 from John Deere was coming in and harvesting on its way. This machinery also has remote control which shows in detail the machine’s productivity: how long has it been working, how much time was it working and how much time was it in standby. Adjustments and corrections to the rotors revolutions or the operation parameters can be done from any place in order to protect the grain. The harvester, which has a draper head increases its threshing capacity a 30%, maintaining its forward moving speed and reducing the fuel consumption.

It was then the turn of the self-relieving hopper of 38 000 litres from Cestari, which has a special system that reduces a 30% the pressure on the ground and almost makes the soil compaction disappear. After this, the grain bag loader from Akron came in, this machine has a special design that protects the grain from damage. It also has a system that makes it easier to lift the bag.

Once the productive cycle finished, the final act had Ipesa with its silo bags as protagonist. These silo bags protect the grain from thermal radiation and reduce the effect of the proliferation of microorganisms which lower the grain’s quality. The evolution of the grain can be controlled remotely thanks to the carbon dioxide sensors. Together with a development from INTA that destroys bacteria and fungus that may form inside the silo bag, it is possible to storage for an indefinite period of time with up to more than 30% of humidity.

Finally, the audience got closer to the experts and learned more about the technical conditions of each of the machines. Most of the people were interested in precision agriculture and in drones. “We came to see the apps and drones offered. We want to have more information on the product’s life cycle since we are interested in the cost-benefit analysis” said the farmers Ramiro and Leopoldo Espinosa, two young cousins from Río Cuarto. “We are really surprised, it is not easy to see such technology or to hire somebody who has it. Usually the machinery is a bit behind, they don’t have autopilot and it is almost impossible to see crop dusters.”

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