Whole farm analysis of automatic section control for agricultural machinery

Jordan Shockley, Carl R. Dillon, Tim Stombaugh, Scott Shearer

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Automatic section control was analyzed in a whole farm decision-making framework when implemented on an agricultural sprayer and/or planter. In addition, various field types and navigational scenarios were examined to determine their impact on profitability. It was determined that automatic section control increased net returns under all scenarios; up to $36/ha. This investigation highlighted the importance of considering field size in addition to field shape as well as initial navigational scenarios when determining the profitability of automatic section control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-420
Number of pages10
JournalPrecision Agriculture
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Economics
  • Farm management
  • Precision agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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