Category: Planters

Corn School: Would variable rate planting fit your farm?

It’s time for corn growers to take a hard look at variable rate planting. That was agronomist Pat Lynch’s message to growers as they watched variable rate planters in action at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) in Woodstock, Ontario. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, Lynch says the ability to adjust seed population while… Read more »

Soybean School: Trade the hula hoop for boots and a measuring tape

What’s the gap between your soybean seeding rate and final stand count? It’s a key management consideration if growers want to get a handle on what’s happening in their fields and increase yields, says Syngenta agronomic sales rep Marijke Van Andel. When growers discover there’s a 20 percent gap between seeds planted and the final… Read more »

Clean Seed enters planter business with acquisition of Harvest International

Clean Seed Capital Group — the Canadian company behind the CX-6 Smart Seeder — has announced a deal to acquire U.S. planter equipment manufacturer Harvest International. The company also debuted the first Clean Seed Smart Planter at Ag in Motion on Tuesday, built with Harvest International technology. “Following the granting of Clean Seed patents in… Read more »

Soybean School: How Pre-till vs No-Till stack up for optimal plant stand counts

On the first day of summer how many soybean plants per acre are required to maintain 100 percent yield potential? The answer is simple – 150,000 plants per acre. But there are many management factors to consider when trying to hit that number. In this episode of the RealAgriculture Soybean School, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food… Read more »

Väderstad rolls out 24-row small seed, high-speed planter

With growing interest in using planter technology to improve seed placement in canola, Väderstad has introduced a new 24-row high-speed planter designed specifically for small-seed crops. The Tempo L 24 made its debut at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina, Saskatchewan, last week. “This is the first time we’ve had 24 row units on this style… Read more »

Soybean School: Scout to evaluate your stand and when to go rolling

What’s your strategy when scouting a newly emerged soybean field? When Agromart Group agronomist Steph Kowalski walks into a soybean field this time of year, the first thing she looks to assess is final emergence and population. “It’s important to know how well we got that seed into the ground,” Kowalski tells RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin… Read more »

Deere files planter patent lawsuit against Precision Planting and AGCO

Deere & Co says it has filed legal action against Precision Planting and AGCO, alleging the companies have infringed on 12 patents related to the technology in John Deere’s ExactEmerge planters. The company says its lawsuit states that products made or sold by Precision Planting, including vSet seed meters and SpeedTube products, violate Deere patents…. Read more »

Vaderstad introduces small seed kit for Tempo planters

Tempting as owning new machinery may be, for many producers, the decision is made easy when a machine that offers limited functionality. It’s easier, and often more economical to rent or hire a custom farming outfit to attend to once-in-a-while jobs. But, when it comes to planter versatility, Väderstad is trying to make the decision… Read more »

Wheat School: Planting wheat with a planter

It’s an established fact that seeding depth and plant spacing are critical factors in maximizing yields and uniformity in some crops. That’s why corn and soybeans are planted with planters designed to singulate each seed and place it at a precise depth. Wheat isn’t generally seeded with a planter, but as part of this Wheat… Read more »

Corn School: Six questions to ask before upgrading your planter

Planting season is just around the corner, but many farmers are still contemplating their planter needs for 2018. Kearney Planters service manager Shaun Dilliott says he gets consistent calls from corn growers who are making planter upgrade decisions or contemplating buying new or used planters. “One of the things we get a lot of is… Read more »

Kinze aims to keep planting simple with new interface

Kinze has traditionally relied on suppliers to provide electronic interface and monitors for its planters, but that all changes with the introduction of the company’s new Blue Vantage monitoring system. Kinze launched the monitor as well as the new Blue Drive row unit electric drive last week at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville,… Read more »

Kubota pushing to offer a full lineup of orange ag equipment

Kubota’s push to become a full line farm equipment brand was evident at Agritechnica 2017. From larger tractors with up to 170hp to balers to seeding equipment, the Japanese manufacturer’s orange product lineup has expanded significantly in the last few years, culminating with the launch of Kubota Farm Solutions at the global farm show in… Read more »

1240 acres in 24 hours — Väderstad sets the Tempo for planting with speed & precision

This past April, a Väderstad Tempo L 16 took to a field near Enying, in western Hungary, with a pit crew of supporters. In just 24 hours, the Tempo planted 502.05 hectares (around 1240 acres) of corn. And “that was putting down fertilizer, seed and insecticide at the same time,” says Larry Wieler of Väderstad, in… Read more »

Two planters, one machine: introducing Case IH’s new 2140 Early Riser

The public caught their first glimpse of Case IH’s new 2140 Early Riser at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois last month. The new pivot-fold planter succeeds the 1245, offering 400 gallons of liquid fertilizer capacity, 80 bushels of seed capacity, and split-row configuration options. “The 2140 Early Riser is two planters in one efficient… Read more »

AGCO reaches deal to buy Precision Planting from Climate Corp.

The Climate Corporation has found another buyer for its Precision Planting equipment business. Less than three months after the Monsanto subsidiary cancelled the sale of Precision Planting LLC to Deere & Co., a deal has been struck to sell Precision Planting to AGCO. “As a leading global equipment manufacturer, AGCO is uniquely positioned to enable… Read more »