Raven and Kinze Announce Collaboration
Raven Industries announced a collaboration with Kinze Manufacturing to bring a new multi-hybrid planter control system to Kinze’s product offering. In the summer of 2013, Raven introduced the first commercially available multi-hybrid planter solution that allows growers to switch between two hybrids on the fly.
As part of the collaboration, Raven will be the technology provider for Kinze’s new 4900 series multi-hybrid concept planters being tested in the spring of 2014. This planter will be the first to offer producers this capability as a factory-installed option. In addition, Beck’s Hybrids will provide its agronomic expertise on multi-hybrid planting and seed selection. Beck’s introduced its first multi-hybrid planter in 2012 and will be starting the third year of testing in 2014.
"Multi-hybrid technology allows corn planting to include precision hybrid placement,” said Jason Webster, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research Director for Beck’s Hybrids. “Placing the correct corn hybrid is one of the most important decisions a grower can make each and every year. Our multi-hybrid testing at Beck's has shown significant yield gains and profitability by changing corn hybrid placement on the fly based upon varying degrees of yield potential throughout a field."
“Growers will quickly realize the benefits of a multi-hybrid system and the resulting ROI through the use of that technology,” adds Matt Burkhart, Raven.