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3 Main Types of Speed Sensors Used in Farming: Radar, GPS, and Mechanical Speed Sensors

Precision farming requires accurate and real-time data, and speed sensors are a critical component in providing this data. In the agricultural industry, there are several types of speed sensors available, but the three most commonly used in farming are radar, GPS, and mechanical speed sensors. In this article, we'll explore these three types of speed sensors and their uses in the agricultural industry.

Radar Speed Sensors

Radar speed sensors use radar technology to measure the speed of a moving object. These sensors emit a radar signal that reflects off the moving object and returns to the sensor. By measuring the time it takes for the radar signal to travel to the object and back, the sensor can calculate the speed of the object. Radar speed sensors are widely used in precision farming applications such as yield mapping and variable rate application, where they provide accurate and real-time speed data that can be used to optimize crop yield and quality.

GPS Speed Sensors

GPS speed sensors use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to measure the speed of a vehicle or piece of equipment. These sensors use a network of GPS satellites to determine the location of the equipment and calculate its speed based on changes in its position over time. GPS speed sensors are widely used in precision farming applications, where they provide accurate speed data that can be used to create detailed maps of crop yield and quality, and to optimize the application of inputs such as seed, fertilizer, and pesticides.

Mechanical Speed Sensors

Mechanical speed sensors use mechanical means, such as gears, to measure the speed of a moving part, such as a wheel or drive shaft. The rotation of the moving part is measured by the sensor, which then calculates the speed of the equipment. Mechanical speed sensors are commonly used in conjunction with flow sensors to monitor the application rate of seed or fertilizer, and they can also be used to control the speed of a planter or sprayer.

In conclusion, the use of speed sensors in precision farming is essential for accurate and efficient operations. The three main types of speed sensors used in farming, radar, GPS, and mechanical speed sensors, each have their unique benefits and applications. Whether you are a farmer looking to improve the efficiency and accuracy of your operations, or a manufacturer seeking to develop the next generation of agricultural equipment, understanding the benefits and limitations of each type of speed sensor is essential for success in the modern farming industry.

Speed Sensors

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1050-2501 ATC GPS Speed Sensor [1hz]
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1000-7198 DICKEY-john RVSIII Radar Gun
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1000-6525 ATC Gear Tooth Speed Sensor Kit
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1000-6996 60 Tooth Sprocket for Gear Tooth Sensor
  • $45

1000-6515 ATC Gear Tooth Sensor
  • $115

1400-7108-12 Gear tooth cable, 4-pin amp to 3-pin weatherpack
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1000-2588 Radar Splitter Unit
  • $168