New Holland is continuing to develop the range of mechanical weed control equipment it took on from Kongskilde and has now introduced a new model. The new SRC SmartSteer features a camera self-steering system.
This new introduction complements the existing range of four- to 18-row mechanically guided models.
The range now boasts row distances of 45cm, 50cm, 60cm and 75cm-gauge models to adapt to different crops in rows.
The new SRC SmartSteer range brings in eight models from eight to 18 rows, available in two chassis widths, 6.70m and 9.90m. Folding in by three and five sections, they have a 3m transport width.
Camera guidance system
The SRC SmartSteer cultivator is guided by an optical camera that detects colour differences between the soil and the weeds. Meanwhile, steering is provided by a hydraulic side shift system on the frame.
There is also an option to couple a section cut-off system that works through IsoBus and GPS. This will automatically and individually lift each rotor element at headlands and turns.
A selection of optional tools is available, including back-end harrows, which bring the weed roots to the surface of the soil to speed up the wilting process, or rotor stars that work the space between plants.
The 60cm to 75cm gauge models feature a platform to mount a compact pneumatic seeder to help plant combined crops during the final tilling run, such as clover.
Each section of the SRC SmartSteerTM cultivator is mounted on a parallelogram for good ground tracking. A separate control wheel guides the depth automatically.
Two gauge wheels positioned at each end of the machine help enhance stability of the tool. The cultivator elements can be equipped with five universal vibrating teeth (60cm to 75cm gauge models) or three VCO teeth (45cm to 50cm gauge models), the mechanical action covering the entire inter-row section.
Two rotating plant guards complete the tool, so it can work as close as possible to the row. They adjust in width to adapt to different crops and can be raised to avoid damage.