Deep Sand Technology (DST) has partnered with the GEODNET Foundation to enhance precision agriculture in rural North America. DST, a leader in affordable autosteering and GPS guidance for agricultural equipment, aims to extend the reach of Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) services through this collaboration.
The partnership introduces a new GEODNET-compatible RTK base-station developed by DST. This innovation allows for centimeter-accurate operations without the need for a UHF radio link. The introduction of this base-station is expected to reduce the cost of retrofitting a tractor with RTK technology by up to $2500, making it a highly cost-effective option in the market.
The collaboration leverages the extensive GEODNET RTK network, which currently consists of over 3600 stations globally and covers more than 1800 cities in over 100 countries. This network plays a crucial role in bringing high-accuracy RTK-based GPS access to key agricultural and rural areas in the United States. The partnership is expected to benefit not only precision agriculture but also other sectors such as advanced cruise control systems in passenger cars, automated highway trucking operations, and the operation of eco-friendly electric robotic lawnmowers.
Joey Koebelen, CEO of Deep Sand Technology, highlights the company’s commitment to affordable and simple precision agriculture technology. He states that partnering with the GEODNET Foundation was a natural step for them to provide an affordable RTK solution that enhances farming practices.
Mike Horton, the creator of the GEODNET Foundation, expresses his enthusiasm for the partnership, emphasizing its importance in supporting farm operations amidst limited labor resources and rising input costs.
The joint effort between Deep Sand Technology and the GEODNET Foundation is a significant advancement in making high-precision agricultural technology more accessible and affordable, particularly in rural North America. With the challenges faced by modern agriculture, such as labor shortages and increasing costs, this collaboration aims to provide innovative and practical solutions to ensure the availability of healthy and affordable food for consumers.