SUB-INCH • $1200/YEAR • 1ST YEAR FREE
Why go inter-row?
- LOWER SEEDING RATES
- BETTER GERMINATION
- SNOW RETENTION
- TALLER STUBBLE
- REDUCED DISEASE RISK
- TALLER PULSE CROPS
- EASIER HARVESTING
- LESS ASCOCHYTA BLIGHT
Nearly all studies on inter-row seeding in no-till applications agree that there are many benefits to be gained by inter-row seeding. There are however, varying opinions as to whether the benefits of inter-row seeding can justify the cost of a traditional radio RTK GPS setup. The introduction of cellular PLM RTK+ brings seamless network coverage across the prairies and most importantly a new price tag $15,000-$20,000 cheaper than traditional radio RTK. This means that there is now great potential in sub-inch accuracy in broad-acre, dryland applications. The days of sub-inch GPS being only for row-crop are over. Take advantage of the current winter programs and you can get PLM RTK+ for as little as $3900+gst AND get the first year FREE (reg. price $1200/yr).
What is RTK+?
- A brand new technology offered by Vanee and CNH
- RTK+ is the highest accuracy GPS signal available
- Sub-inch accuracy
- Sub-inch repeatability
- FREE first year, $1200/year subscription afterwards
- Delivered via cellular signal like your cell phone
- Cell signal received either by your phone or a modem
- Extremely fast start-up times (<1 minute)
Why is RTK+ better?
- RTK+ (Cellular) vs RTK (Radio):
- PRICE! $15K-$20K less initial investment
- Seamless coverage across most of the Prairies
- No line-of-sight required – unaffected by trees, buildings, etc.
- Can run for up to 20min without cell service
- More accurate AND $600-$1000/year cheaper than CenterPoint RTX
- Enables inter-row seeding
- Enables precise track-on-track for in-crop spraying
See real RTK+ coverage and signal quality below!
RTK+ Progress Updates:
Update as of January 2018: Proposed 340,000 km2 region in the Western Prairies by March
Update as of August 2018: RTK+ is up, running and ready for installs and demos! Works on all Trimble, New Holland and C-IH GPS receivers.
Update as of November 2018: RTK+ is tried and proven. Signal maintained at 0.5″ accuracy travelling through the following towns and cities: Lethbridge, Taber, Bow Island, Cardston, High River, Vulcan, Pincher Creek, Claresholm, Warner. X-Fill also working great when driving through river bottoms where cell signal is temporarily lost. Video demonstration to come.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What hardware or unlocks are required to operate PLM RTK+?
A. You will need a GPS Receiver unlocked to RTK level and a Modem with a Data Plan (1GB recommended). After that, an annual subscription is required to see the network correction. *Note: This is not proprietary, ANY current generation GPS Receiver should be capable of this technology.
Q. Who maintains this system?
A. CNH Industrial maintains both the infrastructure and servers for this system and is under 24 hour constant supervision. The dealer is responsible for the ground level hardware (physical base stations)
Q. Where can this system be used?
A. Wherever network coverage exists. Currently that area is most of the Southern & Central Prairies, as well as large areas of the U.S. There is a growing network of about 15-25 stations that exist in Alberta and Saskatchewan with new stations going up frequently.
Q. What happens if I travel outside the network?
A. You will not have signal after 10-15 miles outside of the RTK+ network. You can reinitialize by re-entering the network without any loss in accuracy or repeatability. (No nudge/boundary shift)
Q. What happens if I have no cell service or lose signal?
A. If for any reasons you do lose signal, X-Fill technology will run as a backup for 20 minutes of operation until cell signal is reacquired. You will not notice this as the operator, as it happens automatically. Another point is that the modem is a much stronger receiver than the a cell phone, so not being able to make phone calls does not mean you are unable to use RTK+.
Q. Am I responsible for my own data plan? Can I use my preferred carrier?
A. Yes, you are responsible for your own SIM card and Data Plan through the carrier of your choice. 1-2GB/month will suffice in most situations.
Any further questions or for pricing please contact our PLM Specialist at Vanee Farm Centre Inc: