Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Improve Farm Profit With GPS Landforming – OptiSurface in Press

  OptiSurface Software has created over 400,000 acres of GPS landform designs around the world. Here are the top 8 things we have learned. Water is king.  80% of yield variability & profit loss is due to too much or too little water. Yield maps show this. Focus on optimizing water management first. Ponding kills…

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GPS Used To Design Field Drainage

by Ron Lyseng – 23 July 2015 The laser beam and tower-mounted RTK are already becoming obsolete as 3D GPS takes over the task of designing field drainage systems. The topographical accuracy of GPS has evolved to the point that land-forming and surface modification can be performed with less earth movement and lower costs compared…

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Save Money: Move Less Soil, More Water – OptiSurface in Press

Achieving good drainage doesn’t always require massive amounts of soil movement by Ron Lyseng – 23 July 2015 The cost to move soil for a surface drain ranges from $1 to $3.50 per cubic yard, depending on soil type and the distance the soil needs to move. That means a drainage plan that involves moving…

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The Benefits of Reshaping Fields

OptiSurface is a GPS land-forming design software that global sales manager Preston Marthey says involves field topography and three dimensional imagery. “We use high-accuracy GPS to control the blade height of earth moving machines.” OptiSurface was designed by an Australian farmer who was trying to fix ponding issues in his fields.  Marthey says the farmer,…

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