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Kinze Multi-Hybrid Planter Limited Release for 2015

07/14/2014 @ 4:10pm

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. continues progress on its electric multi-hybrid planter. Six planters have been used on test plots in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana this spring. Based on early successes with the planter, Kinze is putting the model into limited production for the 2015 planting season.

The multi-hybrid concept planter, which allows you to change seed hybrids on the fly, was introduced last December. This spring Kinze collaborated on test plots with several seed businesses, including AgriGold, Beck’s Hybrids, Burrus Hybrids, and DuPont Pioneer.

In planting trials, the planter successfully demonstrated automatic on-the-go changing of seed hybrids and population. Hybrid changes were conducted within a single seed drop, so there were no gaps or overlap when switching hybrids.

Additionally, the planter successfully demonstrated the creation and application of prescription maps. This was done with Raven and the partnering seed companies, which created prescription maps to take advantage of the portfolio of seeds. The photo above is an aerial image of a multi-hybrid field planted near Williamsburg, Iowa.

“With the multi-hybrid planter, farmers will no longer have to make compromises and can optimize their seed hybrids and ultimately their yields,” says Susanne Veatch, Kinze.

Pricing is not available at this time.

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