[en] This paper presents a control mechanism aiming to position seed drills relative to the previous lines, while sowing. The position was measured by a machine vision system and used in a feedback control loop. An articulated mechanism was used to ensure the lateral displacement of the drill relative to the tractor. The behaviour of the whole outfit was studied during several field tests. The standard deviation of the error, measured as the difference between the observed inter-row distance and its set value, was 23 mm and its range was less than 100 mm, which was sufficient to fulfil the requirements of the application. Sources of systematic errors were also identified as linked to the geometric considerations. Their correction requires an accurate mounting of the camera, which may be possible for a serial montage.
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