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How It Works: OmniRow Multi-Hybrid and Variable Rate Planting

Raven Industries 11/07/2013 @ 2:25pm Precision. Since 1978, Raven has helped create, define and redefine precision agriculture. We continue to bring groundbreaking new products to growers around the world. The purpose? To put you in control. To help you work smarter, reduce input costs and farm more efficiently. And, ultimately, to increase your yield and profitability. Simplified. You shouldn’t need a Ph.D. to use your farm equipment. That’s why Raven products are easy to operate. They’re designed to work with other Raven products and other technology brands. Raven’s simplicity and reliability make it the precision ag brand most preferred by farm machinery and equipment manufacturers.

Having uniform soil conditions and elevation in a field would be great, and even more ideal if all seed varieties were disease resistant. It would require less chemical applicants, simplify seed choice, and make for greater yields. That however, is not the case in most fields. Elevation and soil type can vary greatly within a field so growers must adjust their planting strategy accordingly to achieve maximum yields. Uneven spacing and population within a field also cuts down on yield numbers, but Raven’s new OmniRow system with patent pending Multi-Hybrid Variable Rate planting capabilities helps to address these issues to minimize input waste, take full advantage of advanced seed specialization, and ultimately maximize yields.

OmniRow is an integrated planting solution. Regardless of whether you run a conventional, interplant, or twin row planter, OmniRow can be retrofit and customized for your existing iron. Paired with a field computer from our Envizio™ line and Slingshot® RTK, the advanced planting options available to producers are unparalleled. In addition to variable rate population control of the OmniRow system, Multi-Hybrid functionality is now available. Multi-Hybrid planting allows you to switch between different seed hybrids on the fly, and place each seed in the right regions according to conditions in your field. Greater planting accuracy requires more sophisticated equipment, and our integrated platform communicates seamlessly with all the systems on your tractor to help increase yields.

How it works
OmniRow is capable of being retrofitted to existing iron. To get the most out of existing planters, robust hydraulic motors capable of controlling individual, or multiple rows are installed that allows for automatic row and section shutoff. OmniRow controls both liquid and granular applicants, ensuring the precise amount of applicant and seed makes it into the soil. When paired with automatic steering control and patent pending turn compensation, OmniRow becomes even more efficient and precise by using RTK correction to deliver sub-inch accuracy when planting. The added benefits of Slingshots data transfer functionality make record keeping a seamless process by eliminating a manual USB transfer of data. Instead, Growers can download as-planted maps as soon as they return to the office. Because the Envizio file structure is compatible with most industry software, growers can keep their existing data management software. Diagnostic testing is improved by a remote system that allows one person to test individual rows for full functionality.

Singulation and Monitoring
Singulation and seed monitoring are essential to ensuring maximum yields. Our seed sensor monitors spacing and uses infrared technology to track the precise amount of seed entering the ground. It displays information on skips and double plants, as well as population, in real time on our integrated Envizio field computer.

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