Q&A with Rhett Schildroth, senior product manager at Kinze Manufacturing
On the heels of Kinze’s announcement this week of a concept planter that can change seed hybrids on the go during planting, we followed up with Senior Product Manager Rhett Schildroth to find out if there are any new details about the planter.
Here, Schildroth addresses our questions:
Q. Any idea on when it will be marketed?
A. The concept multi-hybrids will be running in the field with farmers in the spring of 2014. The date for production planters has not yet been announced.
Q. Any estimate on price?
A. We have not yet announced this.
Q. Did you work with a provider?
A. The planter is completely designed and built by Kinze. We have worked with an outside company for the electronic controls, but are not revealing that information now.
Q. Technically Raven and SDSU unveiled a concept multi-hybrid last year, so I might have to say, “one of” the first, correct?
A. The Kinze prototype is the first one with electric drive for the meters, that's why we called it the first "Electric Multi-Hybrid Concept Planter." Additionally, this is the first planter that has row units designed specifically for planting multiple hybrids. All other planters showcased, that were capable of multi-hybrid, were converted twin-row or split-row planters.
Q. Does this play into or relate to an autonomous planter?
A. Not at this time.
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