Precision Farming


RTK - a REAL solution

In the agricultural sector we are always looking for solutions to aid productivity, reduce wastage and maximise profit. Nowadays technology is often the answer so now farmers across the North East of England and South East of Scotland can experience these benefits thanks to Lloyd Ltd’s investment in a Real Time Kinematic (RTK) network. With several local RTK base stations, this is the largest dealer-provided RTK network in the country allowing customers to subscribe to connect their Trimble-based systems to the Lloyd network, enabling them to take unlimited advantage of the information and accuracy this technology can provide.

Connect Telematics

Working in tandem with Precision Land Management tools such as New Holland’s EZ Pilot, the RTK network can be used to automatically steer a machine in the field to an accuracy of 2.5cm, enabling the operator to focus on the equipment behind the machine to ensure it is working smoothly and productively. This in turn reduces driver fatigue, meaning that they can work more accurately for longer, even through the night or in conditions of poor visibility, to capitalise on suitable weather for completing the task at hand.

The greater accuracy of these systems means that the machine needs to make fewer passes across the field, thus reducing fuel consumption and compaction aiding controlled trafficking. The data these technologies provide can enable farmers to map their acreage in detail as well as analyse the effectiveness of each year’s activity, identifying further opportunities for productivity gains and reduced wastage, even so far as to highlight those parts of the field which may require improved drainage or variable-rate fertiliser application.

Steve Baldwin, Lloyd Ltd’s PLM specialist, commented: “At Lloyd Ltd we are in a position to support each customer’s individual requirements, from basic guidance technology to a fully-connected farm. Those who have already invested in these technologies have seen them make a real difference to their operations, regardless of the make or model of their machines.”

Thanks to investment in the RTK network from dealers such as Lloyd Ltd, the use of GPS and RTK solutions is on the up and is only likely to increase. If you consider how the mobile phone has now become an integral part of our day-to-day lives, it won’t be long until these technologies are commonplace throughout the agricultural sector as the benefits can be proven and are substantial. The future is here now.

Join the largest dealer-provided RTK network in the country today:

  • annual subscription for unlimited use
  • accuracy to 2.5cm
  • reduced fuel consumption, compaction and wastage
  • improved productivity and analysis
  • reduced driver fatigue

For more information about how Precision Farming or the Lloyd RTK network then contact your local Lloyd Ltd branch or one of our specialists:

  • Lloyd Ltd. KELSO
  • Hunters Hall,
  • Kelso TD5 8BQ.
  • 01573 227 400
  • Michael Purves: 01573 227 400

  • Lloyd Ltd. NEWCASTLE
  • Ponteland Road, Throckley,
  • Newcastle NE15 9EP
  • 0191 267 7555
  • Paul Robinson: 0191 269 7705

  • 5 St Helens Way,
  • Bishop Auckland DL14 9AD
  • 01388 660 300
  • Steve Baldwin: 07968 746 556