- Planter section control
Turns individual planter sections or rows on and off based on field boundaries, no-plant zones, or previously planted areas to minimize overlap and skips during planting and to prevent wasted seed.
- Variable-rate drive
Varies the rate of seed planted in a given area based on a prescription map.
- Implement steering
Steers the planter based on GPS coordinates to keep the planter unit over the row.
- Bulk fill
Used in place of row-unit seed hoppers to reduce time spent loading seed.
- Pneumatic or hydraulic down pressure
Provides even pressure across all row units in rolling or uneven terrain to ensure consistent seed depth in planting.
- ISOBUS seed population monitor/controller
Allows a grower to use one monitor in the tractor cab that will communicate and control numerous implement functions.
- Hydraulic steering
A sensor on the front axle of the tractor tells a computer onboard the planter how much to turn, thereby eliminating the need for the rear wheels to castor and adding to the planter's maneuverability and flotation.
- Narrow rows (20-in. and twin-row)
Works with new genetics to increase yields. Helps growers achieve higher yield without the crowding of 30-in. rows.
- Implement braking
As planters get larger, hydraulic or air brakes may be required in addition to tractor braking as an added safety measure for over-the-road transport.
- Air seed transfer
Use of pressurized air to transfer seed from the central hopper to individual row units, which keeps hoses from plugging with seed and requires fewer moving parts.