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Farmers and growers wanting to find out more about the important role drainage plays in precision agriculture should make their way to Mastenbroek's stand at the LAMMA Show next month.

The UK's leading designer and manufacturer of drainage trenchers will be showing visitors to stand 18.370 how the Trimble WM Survey IITM app can be used to develop precision farming plans. Mastenbroek had worked closely with Trimble for many years and in 2010 they developed a new GPS system for drainage trenchers.

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WM-Survey II is a standalone app for conducting basic field surveys for use in developing drainage plans. Compatible with any Android phone, or tablet and the GFX-750 display, users can connect their own GNSS receiver to create topographic maps for use in a variety of applications.

When paired with a receiver, the app can record elevation points across a field to generate a topographic map, which can be exported to drainage planning software.

"This past year appears to be the year in which interest in precision agriculture really took off," said Fred Clark, technical sales engineer at Mastenbroek. "In order to develop an effective precision agriculture plan, adopting a low-till approach and minimising soil compaction are key.

"Both of these benefit from having well-drained land. The land will require less attention, so fewer vehicles will need to travel on it, and the soil will be of better quality compared to poorly drained land.

"The Trimble WM Survey II app allows users to map the topography of their land as well as gain an insight into areas that are less productive in terms of yield and crop quality. All of this information can be used by drainage contractors to create effective drainage plans," he added.

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As well as the Trimble WM Survey II, Mastenbroek will also be introducing people to its GCS100, a retrofittable control unit which can control the depth and grade of trenching machines that are not fitted with GPS systems.

This can deliver excellent performance in long-range applications and operates with a single receiver mounted to a rigid mast. It improves the accuracy and performance of land levelling and drainage equipment not fitted with GPS.

"The GCS100 is our entry-level solution for vehicles pulling scrapers, add on, or self-propelled drainage equipment requiring a PT valve connection, and we are very much looking forward to showcasing it at LAMMA 2022," added Mr Clark.