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AE475: Application of Auto-steering Technology for Tree Planting

Figure 3. Schematic illustration of the tilt angle on plant positioning. A) Fixed planting implement works fine on flat ground. B) Same unit on the edge of the bed will cause the plants to tilt toward the furrow. C) Using 3-point hitch arms as rotational center will offset the planter, which makes the plant straight up but not at the desired location. D) Best results occur when the planter is a pull behind and can be tilted manually or hydraulically based on ground level.