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Welcome to the June 2017 OptiSurface Newsletter.

The News Of The Month features farmers fields with a wet start of the season in regions of North America.

The Design Of The Month shows a Case Study for a 'melon hole' field with less than one year payback.

The Feature Of The Month explains the how to use Background Image.

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).

 
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Graeme Cox & The OptiSurface Team
DAVCO OptiSurface
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"Celebrating 750,000 Acres of Optimized Agricultural Earthworks"

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News Of The Month
From our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Billy Beaudry‏ @ Beaudrybilly 28 May 2017
That's why I @OptiSurface my fields! Will be nice to get the scraper out after harvest

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OptiSurface‏ @OptiSurface 2 Jun 2017
OptiSurface Retweeted RL (Bob) Nielsen
Consider getting excess water off your fields with optimum surface landforming.


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OptiSurface‏ @OptiSurface 6 Jun 2017
1200 acres of OptiSurfaced fields allows Nev Boland to plant into perfect conditions


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OptiSurface‏ @ OptiSurface 10 Jun 2017
OptiSurface Retweeted RL (Bob) Nielsen
Don't drown your corn. Fix this with OptiSurface.

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Graeme J Cox‏ @GraemeJCox 28 Jun 2017
Replying to @PurdueCornGuy
Long term plan should be to eliminated standing water with @OptiSurface landforming. Growing through Midwest.

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Graeme J Cox‏ @GraemeJCox 28 Jun 2017
Replying to @PurdueCornGuy
What does keep giving year after year is eliminating standing water with @OptiSurface landforming.


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OptiSurface‏ @OptiSurface 29 Jun 2017
Missed our Newsletter? Visit our blog to see the archive: http://www.optisurface.com/blog/ 

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Design Of The Month
Queensland Melonholes - Less Than 1 Year Payback
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Nev Boland was sick and tired of farming through 'Melonholes' or 'Gilgais' on the family farm at Moonie Queensland, Australia.

“Melonholes are irregular depressions ranging in depth from 30cm to 150 cm deep and 1 to 15m across , which can really spoil your day if you are farming them in rainy seasons.” said Nev.

This creates water logging problems for crops in these areas but also delays timely machine operations for the rest of the field waiting for the ponded areas to dry out.

Existing Topography

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Proposed Topography

An OptiSurface 4Way design was generated for the field with a minimum grade of 0.05% to promote drainage. A smoothing of 100 m/% was also applied to promote more uniform infiltration of rainfall.
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Proposed Cut/Fill Map

Earthworks ended up at 363 m3/ha for the field including the waterway.
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Proposed Waterway

A shallow waterway or drain was also integrated into the design. This waterway was designed with a slope along it's length of 0.04% resulting in a 0.234m cut at the exit. The waterway was designed using breaklines with a 5m wide flat base battering up to the surface at 1:10.
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Aerial View After Earthworks & Significant Rain
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Feature Of The Month
Background Image
Overview:  Import a background image from a file or from Google Maps.  This is especially useful in estimating important locations across the map.

Displayed by:  Tools > Background
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Options:
  • Import Image File... - imports an image file (.png or .bmp) using the center of the current map window as center of imported image
  • Import Google Map... - imports Google Map image using the center of the current map window as center of imported image. Also, multiple background images can be added to cover large fields.  Just pan to another location and choose Import Google Map...  again.
  • Properties - adjust the transparency of the background image.

Appearance:

No Background
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Background from Google Map (Topography OFF)

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Background overlayed with Topography
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Options:

  • Adjust Image Extents - adjust and drag the corners of the selected image as required.
  • Delete Image - delete selected background image
  • Properties - adjust the transparency of the background image.

Note:

Choose to display or hide the background by ticking ON and OFF 'Background' under Miscellaneous in Project Explorer.

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