OptiSurface, revolutionary field drainage software

Water logged soils have cost producers millions in Western Canada over the last five years.  Even temporary water logging can cause up to 100% yield loss depending on the crop and length of time under water. There has been a trend towards more site-specific tile drainage and even land leveling to fix drainage problems. While in…

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Using RTK GPS and OptiSurface software to manage deep and rutted wheeltracks in CTF and raised bed systems

By Tim Neale (Director) PrecisionAgriculture.com.au Email: info@precisionagriculture.com.au , Phone: +61428157208 Presented at the   First International CTF Conference 25 – 27 February 2013 Toowoomba Queensland, Australia ABSTRACT Deep and rutted wheeltracks often occur in CTF (Controlled Traffic Farming) systems, as a result of the vertical soil compaction under the track, as well as the improvement of soil…

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GPS Coordinate System Check

GPS Coordinate Systems Check Table   Figure 1:  Use this table to easily check your data points and it’s margin of error.  Just click the image to download the formulated-ready to use table for your calculation. Click here to download spreadsheet.     Transcript A common question being asked is “Can I survey with any…

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High Productivity Pulldozer OptiSurfacing Melonhole Country

Updated 2 Oct 2013 Nev Boland has been busy OptiSurface landforming a 350ha (875 acre) field on the family farm at Moonie Queensland, Australia.  “Melonholes are irregular depressions ranging in depth from 30cm to 150 cm deep and 1 to 15m across , which can really spoil your day if you are farming them in rainy…

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Co-Founder David Cox receives Precision Farmer Of The Year Award

#OptiSurface Co-Founder David Cox receives Precision Farmer Of The Year Award at #ICPA12 pic.twitter.com/DbxAnNUN

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OptiSurface Co-Founder Receives PrecisionAg Award of Excellence

David Cox, the majority owner of Davco Farming, an integrated sugarcane farming operation adjacent to the Burdekin River 24 kilometers west of Ayr, North Queensland, Australia, has been named 2012 Farmer of the Year. According to nominator Graeme Cox, Davco Farming is an internationally recognized leader in state of the art mechanized sugarcane production. Statistics…

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Why you don’t want ditches in your field…

A major benefit of OptiSurface is the ability to solve infield surface drainage without infield ditches and still keep earthworks low. In my mind, infield ditches (even shallow ones) are far from ideal. Their negatives include: require maintenance, reduce crop area, increase weeds, reduce machinery efficiency, increase machinery damage (see photo), etc. None of DAVCO’s fields have infield ditches. I wouldn’t recommend them…

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Multiple Valleys and Ridges in OptiSurface 2D

The most significant of new feature in OptiSurface Designer Version 1.3 is the ability to incorporate multiple valleys and ridges into an OptiSurface 2D design. This means that for complex topography where you are farming with furrows but you dont want the furrows to drain out each end of the field, you can add ‘valley’…

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OptiSurface Designer Version 1.3 Released

The latest version of OptiSurface Designer Software has been released. It is Version 1.3 and has a number of new features and fixes. To see the full list of new features and fixes see: http://optisurface.com/index.php?/release-notes To upgrade to the latest version, contact info@optisurface.com for a download link.

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Keytah Dryland Drainage Application (Part 2)

The following example has been added to the OptiSurface Website at http://optisurface.com/~davcofar/optisurface/index.php?/keytahexample. It is repeated below. Keytah Success Story –  Dryland Cotton And Wheat Introduction Keytah is a 53,000 acre dryland and irrigated cropping and cattle operation owned by Sundown Pastoral Co and situated west of Moree, NSW, Australia. Manager Andrew Parkes is recognised as an industry…

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