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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OptiSurface On The Moon!

Did you see Optisurface.com written on the moon last night? In a light hearted way, Google has personally thanked OptiSurface for our contribution to supporting them upon their 10th anniversary. I wish they thanked me with some of their shares at the price 10years ago but this will have to do I guess. They wrote…

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Smart Drainage Designs

Example of a property in Victoria with a 10cm ponding analysis wrapped over a 3 dimensional topographic model (Vertical Scale exeragerated.) We have recently begun working with OptiSurface Designer software to develop efficient surface landforming designs for irrigation and dryland agriculture.   We see huge potential for this software in areas prone to water-logging and…

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Tripod Farmers take up Trimble FieldLevel2 3D machine control system and Optisurface Designer

Prominent Victorian lettuce growers Tripod Farmers have enlisted the services of BMS LaserSat to implement the installation of a Trimble RTK GPS/GNSS FieldLevel2 3D machine control levelling system to be fitted to their recently purchased NH T8040 tractor and 3200 JNR scraper to be used in conjunction with Optisurface Designer for their row/bay raised sprinklers…

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OptiSurface and Auto-steer GPS key to cost-effective erosion control

News release, 27 July, 2010, Queensland DPI Farmers who have invested in 2 cm accuracy RTK Global Positioning System (GPS) auto-steer tractor guidance technology have the added bonus of being able to collect highly accurate elevation data to map cost-effective drainage lines and erosion control structures. When this topography data is combined with satellite imagery,…

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Optisurface Designer V1.1 Release

Version 1.1 of OptiSurface Designer will be released within the next week.                   This version includes new features and significant improvements including: New Runoff Analysis feature that allows simulation of water depth and velocity – for examining erosion hotspots New Edit Proposed Topography with points and breaklines…

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