A new Italian company called Samab has designed an electronic control system to handle seeding and the application of fertilizer and insecticides (see photo). The Italian ag equipment manufacturer Sfoggia is equipping its new planters with the Samab controls. This system earned an honorable mention in the Technical Innovation contest.

The control system operates in real time and runs automatically regardless of speed, according to Samab’s Bruni Gianluigi. A mechanical gearbox is not needed. He says every parameter involved in seeding and application is controlled from a panel installed in the tractor. The system controls and reports operations such as how much fertilizer is applied, seeding rates and total area covered.

An electronic element with an optical sensor is installed on the implement to monitor information such as number of seeds falling. It is operated with an electric motor.

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