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Ag Leader's 8-Section Hydraulic Down Force

More sections of control and row-by-row sensing are two factors that play heavily into improving plant emergence and root development, notes Roger Zielke, Ag Leader Technology product manager.

With the addition of its Hydraulic Down Force 8-Section Control for planters (shown above), the company is adding several new features to its Hydraulic Down Force system.

In order to account for frequent variations in field conditions, row-by-row sensing allows the system to monitor and respond to the downforce needs of each row. The system also adds greater flexibility with three to eight sections of control.

Stress minimizer
Featured in the system is a stress minimizing accumulator, which acts as a cushion and ultimately prevents unnecessary stress to the row unit.

“The accumulator is able to accept up to 100% of the Down Force actuator’s hydraulic fluid capacity,” explains Brett Buehler, Ag Leader product specialist. “This allows the row unit to ride more smoothly over in-field obstacles and to lessen the stress caused to the row unit by those obstacles.”

Through a new ISOBUS module, the 8-Section Control has Virtual Terminal capability, which allows you to choose one to four sensors per channel. It also ensures cross-brand compatibility with the Hydraulic Down Force system.

SMS update
Short Message Service (SMS) recently received an upgrade. A few of the improvements include:

  • Enhanced support for Ag Leader displays.
  • Enhanced support for importing TIFF files.
  • Enhanced display of swath-based data to show more accurate/true coverage from logged data.
  • Capability to make a copy of a mix-based product.
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