Last week Raven gave media and dealers the very first look at a planter capable of switching seed hybrids on-the-go to match soil conditions. Raven says it is the first planter that can do this.
The multi-hybrid planter control system is built as an enhancement to Raven’s OmniRow planter control system that allows for variable rate seeding....More
With the potential for wet soils in some areas of the country this spring, compaction may be an issue during planting. Sidewall compaction in wet soils can be a problem, especially if the crop is “mudded-in” and a dry spell occurs after planting.
Toby Graham developed an electric-drive system that converts ground-driven planters into by-the-row variable-rate seeders with built-in row shut-off capability. Now, he’s updating the system with an optional tablet-based controller....More
The time to start planting is coming up in about a month. Farm Industry News has gathered all of the most recent coverage of the newest in planting equipment and planting tips from the experts here in one spot. Don’t forget to come back to farmindustrynews.com for more coverage as the 2013 planting season approaches.
Dave Robinson, Precision Planting, gives an update on the company's new partnership with Monsanto to bring FieldScripts to growers who will test the new planting system in fields this spring. For more information, visit http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/fieldscripts.aspx....More
With corn continuing to sell for $7 and soybeans for $14 a bushel, farmers are showing more interest in investing in new planters and combines. Companies like Kinze Manufacturing Inc. are spending more time talking to farmers and finding what they need to improve production and returns on their investment....More
Horsch, a German-based company with manufacturing in the U.S., entered the planter market last year. The company reports that sales of its inaugural planter called the Maestro have been through the roof. “Right now, our North American models are all sold out,” says product representative Jesse Kappenman. “It has been a huge success and is a very sought-after product.”...More
Kinze Manufacturing introduced a new Kinze 4900 planter series during a launch at their world headquarters in Williamsburg, Iowa. The new planter features a narrow transport front-fold frame design, 30-in. row spacing, and a choice of 12, 16 or 24 rows....More
Kinze Manufacturing held a grand opening of the Kinze Innovation Center on Friday, Jan. 25. The center, located at Williamsburg, Iowa, is designed to serve as a destination for customers, dealers and friends from all over the world....More
Earlier this year, Yetter Farm Equipment introduced a new residue managerthat features the ability to adjust depth as well as up- and down-pressure from the tractor cab using a controller, compressor, and air bags. The newest product available for the 2940 Air Adjust System family is the Air Adjust Coulter/Residue Manager Combo....More
CAL Manufacturing Inc. has released its new TowTender Model 185 seed tender, which allows users to fill up to a 36-row conventional box planter without moving the tow vehicle or swinging an auger. Using only a three button remote key fob, the user can place the TowTender directly where they need it, and the brakes are automatically applied whenever the user releases the remote control’s 'forward' button....More
Planters are one step closer to operating themselves this year. New smart features and attachments for 2013 can automatically clear the row, test ground hardness, adjust down-force, vary the type and rate of seed, and track bin levels. And a grower can control all of these operations without leaving the tractor cab.
If it has been a few years since you’ve shopped for a planter, a whole new generation of automated features awaits you. Here are just a few of the latest technologies that are automating the task of planting corn and soybeans....More
AMVAC Chemical Corp.’s SmartBox closed-application and handling system has undergone a redesign. Included in the changes are a large-format 5-inch color display, a new user-friendly menu-driven interface, simplified cabling and by-the-row control capabilities for maximum application flexibility.
“The entire system has been streamlined for easier installation and easier control in the field,” says Nathaniel Claussen, AMVAC technical manager....More
Proper planter maintenance is critical in ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency during the short planting period. While it’s very important for farmers to make sure their planter is mechanically sound, it’s also important to check the electronics and technology on today’s planters.
“The electronics on your planter affect productivity and bottom line, just like the nuts and bolts,” says Phil Jennings, Kinze service manager....More
The new M-Series closing system from Dawn features readily adaptable components designed to facilitate ease of use in multiple field conditions. With the new system, operators will have the ability to quickly change from the Curvetine-M wheel, to a heavy-duty, steel rimmed rubber wheel. Fasteners for the wheel are pressed in to allow for a quick switch. The M-Series hub provides a platform for a variety of wheels to accommodate changes in soil and tillage practices.
A new Dawn Equipment planting sensor called the Foresight Ground Hardness Sensor provides constant, real-time measurement of soil hardness. It allows the planter to maintain perfectly consistent depth control for seed through all types of soil....More
Case IH and Great Plains Division of Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc., jointly announced the creation of a supply agreement Monday. Under the agreement, Great Plains will supply Case IH with twin row planters to be sold through Case IH dealerships under the Case IH brand beginning in 2013. ...More
The planter is an essential piece of equipment on the farm. Bill Hoeg, Case IH planter sales and marketing manager, North America, explains the importance of the planter and offers some tips for making your next planter buying decision.
Hoeg cites six agronomic principles of optimized planting growers should consider when buying a new planter: proper seed depth; uniform seed depth across the planter and throughout the field; good soil-to-seed contact; uniform soil pressure all around the seed; accurate seed population; and accurate in-row seed spacing....More
Taking the time during spring planting to stop and make adjustments for changing field conditions can be time consuming. The new Air Adjust Residue Manager from Yetter is the first in the 2940 Air Adjust series of products. With the new system, row cleaner adjustments can be made from the tractor cab with the controller....More