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Welcome to the OptiSurface Newsletter for March 2020.

Sorry for the long delay since our previous newsletter. We have been busy visiting clients around the world and working on release for Version 3 of OptiSurface Designer and Version 2 of OptiWorks.

Testing is almost complete on OptiSurface Designer and we will send a message out within the month when you can download it from the Members Center for FREE.

In our News are some of the clients in the we visited on our recent travels.

The Design Of The Month demonstrates how OptiSurface eliminates ponding areas while removing infield ditches at the same time.

The Feature Of The Month shows a new feature in OptiSurface Designer V3 - Contour Bank Design.


If you have any problems or questions please reply to this email or call me on +61 405-686-425 (Australia) or Preston on +1 870-340-2020 (USA).

 
Regards
Graeme Cox & The OptiSurface Team
DAVCO OptiSurface
Mobile: +61 405 686 425   Skype: graemejcox
Web:  www.optisurface.com  
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"Celebrating One Million Acres of Optimized Agricultural Earthworks"


P.S.
If you haven't taken advantage of OptiSurface yet, we're offering a special service where we will take your topographic data for a field and conduct some FREE analysis and design.  Go here to find out more: http://www.optisurface.com/nlt/
News Of The Month
From our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

OptiSurface @OptiSurface Jan 15

Our first soybean crop at Davco Farming. Furrow irrigation running as far as you can see on an OptiSurfaced field.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Jan 22

"Already had a design on this from the client, but not compatible with Field Level II. We redesigned it in Optisurface to the same specs, to export. Quite impressed, there were only 0.5% difference in calculated earthworks." Stephan from AgriDrainage https://buff.ly/2NovcZi
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Jan 27

It was great to catch up with Bill Holmes, an OptiSurface user in New Madrid, Illinois, 6 months ago, who loves to optimize the topography of his corn and soybean fields.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Jan 28

"OptiSurface landforming has probably made me more money on that ground than anything I have ever done." - Stan Holsapple, Illinois. Full 5 min video testimonial here: https://youtu.be/0ulQi8PFg1g via @YouTube

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OptiSurface@OptiSurface Jan 30

Great to be at the Develop With Deere 2020 opening session.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Jan 30

Ready to go with our booth at the Develop with Deere 2020 Conference
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Feb 2

Visiting a client in southern Illinois discussing his next OptiSurface project.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Feb 7

Another OptiSurfaced field In Illinois which will drain nicely when this snow melts.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Feb 14

Enjoying the World Ag Expo in California. Lots to clients and partners to see.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Feb 15

Good to see the latest Rome Scrapers at Tulare Ag Show.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Feb 16

104 years of Scraper evolution from Miskin at California’s #worldagexpo 100x increase in capacity x 4x reduction in earthworks with OptiSurface = 400x increase on acres improved with one man over 100 years.
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OptiSurface @OptiSurface Feb 26

Discussing autonomous tractors with our friends at KingmanAg at #worldagexpo The seeds of a Autonomous earthmover? Who wants to preorder?
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Design Of The Month
Illinois Row Crop
Removing Ditches & Improving Drainage for Increased Farm Efficiency and Yields

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This field was farmed in seven different sections because there were deep ditches running throughout the field. These ditches can be seen in the aerial photograph shown above and the ponding map below.

Having ditches cutting through the field decreases efficiency as farm machinery could not pass through them.

Even with all the ditches installed, the field still did not drain well.

Existing Topography

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Existing Drainage Analysis

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As the field have ditches splitting the field into smaller blocks, everything was designed together to tie up the drainage and remove all infield ditches.

An OptiSurface 4Way Design with a minimum slope of 0.05% and some smoothing was used to eliminate ponding and fill up the ditches. Subzones were added to reduce smoothing on hilly areas to reduce heavy cuts.

Proposed Topogpraphy

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Cut/Fill Map

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Most of the cuts are there to fill in the ditches. The earthworks required was very low at only 64 yd³/ac.
This example shows how OptiSurface can be used to solve drainage problems with minimal earthworks.

Removing ponding issues allow timely farm operations and eliminating the need for ditches increased farm machinery efficiency. When combined with the increased yield, this results in a step improvement in profit.


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Stan was very happy saying:

"The field is now far more efficient to farm and the yield increased tremendously! In 2019, this field went from my worst to my best, with soybean yielding over 70 bushels per acre."

See more details and watch Stan's testimonial here.
Feature Of The Month
Overview: The Contour Bank Design feature allows calculating and drawing of contour banks with a given target slope using breaklines.
Displayed by:
Menu: Tools > Contour Bank Design

Appearance:
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Calculate Using Topography: Select the Surface to carry the calculation on.

Point Spacing (m or ft):  The distance between points along the contour bank line.

Target Slope (%):  The slope of the contour bank. Can be positive (+) or negative (-).

Elv. Tolerance (m or ft): The allowable elevation tolerance of the contour bank and the selected surface.

Example

An example application is for designing contour banks to mitigate erosion. The field below already have two contour banks installed in the field and the client is looking to add contour banks on the rest of the field. These banks will slope so that water falls and exit to the waterways.

Existing Topography
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Existing Contour Banks and Waterways
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Google Earth Satellite Image
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1.  Go to Tools Menu > Contour Bank Design
2.  Set the desired parameters.
3.  Click Pick & Calculate and click on the map where you want the contour bank to start.
4.  Click again in the direction where you want the contour bank line to go.
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5. Review the profile of the calculated breakline.
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6. If you wish to add more contour banks, go to Step 3. Otherwise, click OK to finish.


NOTE: The contour line is also a breakline so it behaves similar to one and do similar operations, i.e. split breakline, etc. Just right click the contour bank for more options.

* This new feature is available in OptiSurface Designer V3 which will be available soon.
Deal Of The Month
Get $1000 off any OptiWorks version until the end of April 2020. Email us at support@optisurface.com to get more information.

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Classifieds
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