One of the newer options for planters is swath control or row shutoff systems. These systems can reduce seed costs by preventing the planting of the same area twice. However, adding the required clutches and controls can be expensive. Blunier says to look for ways to capture most of the benefit with lower start-up costs. “For example, if you are using multiple hydraulic drives, you can opt for “half-width” disconnect that can cut overlaps in half or in thirds,” he says. “If adding clutches, you can limit clutch costs by controlling two-, three- or four-row sections instead of every row.”