Kinze hits 12 mph with True Speed planting system

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Kinze’ new high-speed planting system will allow growers to plant at speeds of up to 12 miles per hour when it hits farmer fields in 2021.

Dubbed as “True Speed” by the manufacturer, the system will be available with Kinze’s new 4905 planter for corn and soybeans. Last week at the National Farm Machinery Show at Louisville, Kentucky, Kinze sales director Eric Broadbent gave RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin a peek inside the planter.

Broadbent explains that the new system is based on a new high-speed electric meter and seed delivery tube to provide fast and accurate seed placement at speeds from 3 to 12 mph. The system offers complete seed control from disc to flighted belt and then on to the seed trench, with the lowest release point in the industry, the company notes.

Broadbent says Kinze engineers have tested the planter in a range of conditions and they’re confident farmers can double the acres they plant in a day while maintaining precise singulation and seed spacing with various seed shapes and sizes and quick seed type changeover. (Story continues after the video.)

True Speed is controlled by Kinze’s Blue Vantage display, which offers a simple, intuitive user interface that displays all the information farmers need on one screen. It also features a comprehensive diagnostics screen and high-definition mapping and graphs.

The system is paired with Kinze’s True Depth hydraulic downforce, which provides instant row unit response to field conditions. This allows continual ground contact to be maintained for consistent accuracy at all speeds, says Broadbent.

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