Inter-row hoeing has been receiving a good deal of attention over the last few years from manufacturers. It is an operation that is ripe for adaption to digital technology, and Lemken is no exception.

In a bid to further improve the ease of use, the company has turned its attention to the in-cab control and monitoring of the operation.

Lemken has addressed itself to the fact that up until now, operators have needed two terminals if they wished to use a hoeing machine with both a camera, and a section control facility.

The first screen is needed for the ISOBUS terminal, by which, width and section control is managed, and then there would need to have a second terminal for displaying the row alignment image and adjusting the position of the hoeing machine.

With its latest iQblue Weeder software, Lemken has successfully integrated the complete control of a hoeing machine.

This includes the camera image and width sections within the ISOBUS system, so that all controls are displayed on one terminal.

Lemken hardware

The company’s own terminals are the CCI 800 or 1200. It is claimed that by integrating the two functions into the one screen, the new software is providing an inexpensive, convenient and clear solution for users.

The ISOBUS system records the implement position and tractor speed. Operation is also possible via either the tractor’s own joystick or the CCI joystick.

The system is also ready for high-speed ISOBUS and uses a standard ISO 17215 interface, via ethernet, for transmitting the video image enriched with camera information.

Lemken control screen
The new software allows both the control of the hoe and the checking of the row alignment on one screen

Users are also said to benefit from automatic over-the-air machine updates so that their machines are always running on the latest versions of the software.

For maintenance and troubleshooting, service technicians can access the software remotely and optimise settings.

Settings are then immediately displayed in the camera image for review, and can be readjusted autonomously if necessary.

The general menu structure of the system is in line with the Lemken standard and facilitates intuitive operation.