Beeline: Steer Assist sets world record

All of the equipment used was standard farming equipment and the planting was conducted under commercial farming conditions, they said. Agro-Soyuz is a farming company that grows 18,533 acres of arable crops. The fields used will still be required to produce a commercial quality crop of spring barley and meet the company's high quality standards.

Typical soil types in the Steppe region of Ukraine are predominantly chernozem, a black, peaty clay loam. Enormous fields are the norm in the region, and the record took place in two fields where the runs ranged from 1.7 miles up to 2.48 miles long.

To maintain planting rates over the two fields, Beeline representatives said, drivers had to minimize overlap and skip while using the entire 60.2 feet of the Horsch min-till drill over the 24-hour time period, irrespective of working at night, driver fatigue and the width of the implement.

In general, drivers miss or rework at least 10 percent of their field during daylight hours. Under poor visual conditions overlap and skip can reach up to 25 percent and operation speeds tend to be slower. Removing operator error to maximize efficiency and Beeline's proven reliability would be the key to achieving world record status.

The company says Beeline Technologies was the first commercialize hands free Steering Assist in agricultural machinery. The system assumes the responsibility of holding a straight line with sub-inch accuracy ensuring increased job quality and dependable 24-hour operation.

“This gives the driver more freedom in the cab and enables him to more closely monitor the implement and outside environment,” a spokesman said.

The equipment used in the gaining the world record was completely standard. The Challenger fitted with Auto-Guide powered by Beeline Technologies came straight out of the AGCO factory in the USA and was shipped to Ukraine.

The Challenger MT865 is the latest in the line of yellow tractors and packs a whopping 500 horsepower, allowing an average work rate of 60 acres per hour with fuel consumption of only 0.4 gallon per acre throughout the world record run.

The Horsch drill, built by Agro-Soyuz in the Ukraine was also unmodified. Seed and fertilizer rates were the same as for similar fields at Agro-Soyuz for spring barley. The variety Prairie was put down at 116 pounds per acre with 330 pounds per acre of 16-16-16 prilled fertilizer. Average yield in the Ukraine is 2,052.88 pounds per acre. Average rainfall is 20 inches.

While achieving average work rate of 60 acres per hour in the record run, the drill regularly works at about 39.5 acres per hour. This is in contrast to equipment usually found on Ukrainian farms that only achieve 49.42 acres per day!

Ease of use was another key factor in gaining the world record especially as it was the first time hands free Steering Assist had been used commercially in the Ukraine. During the preparations for the world record attempt, non-English speaking drivers were taught how to operate the Auto-Guide System hands free by a person whose only language is English, Beeline specialists said.

Auto-Guide is a true one-touch hands free Steering Assist and is fully integrated in to the Challenger MT's Tractor Management Center that incorporates a number of tractor and implement functions. At the end of the field, One-Touch prepares the tractor and raises the implement for the turn. The operator simply turns the steering wheel and One-Touch lowers the implement, shifts speed and re-activates Auto-Guide for the next pass.

Adjudicator's reports and evidence has been lodged with Guinness Book of Records for official acknowledgement. The event was monitored by Dmytro Woytjuk, Dean, Professor of the National Agricultural University of Ukraine, and Leonid Pogorily, Director of Ukrainian State Center for Testing of Agricultural Machinery. Staff from both institutes observed the entire event, checking the machine operation, seeding quality and eventual area covered.

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