Two machine combinations of Fendt tractors and planters make their rounds precisely on the good soil. They leave perfectly straight dams behind them. A track for the pesticide sprayer is produced in spacings of exactly 36 metres. The data for this was entered in the Fendt terminal beforehand. “We use the VarioGuide automated steering system with RTK accuracy, for example, to plant potatoes accurately and straight. That greatly reduces the tractor operator’s workload. The tractor automatically drives in the right track, so that the operator can direct his full attention to the implement. “For this reason, we can optimise the use of our machine and even work at night during peak times,” says Heiner Müller explaining his use of the automated steering system, with which he no longer needs to turn at the edge of the field. Instead of having to turn at the headlands, the machine combination drives an arc and creates the next bed with the exact pre-calculated spacing. Of his four Fendt tractors, the 718, 720 and 824 are equipped with VarioGuide and two of them are also equipped with SectionControl. “Through the use of SectionControl, I save between six and seven percent on pesticides, fertilisers and seeds,” he comments. The automatic SectionControl saves working time. At the headland it takes over switching the sections on and off as soon as there is any unwanted overlapping. That minimises overlapping at the headlands when sowing sugar beets with the precision seeder or when planting potatoes. In the past, the extra plants had to be removed by hand.