Retrofitable Multi-Hybrid System
Precision Planting is developing a retrofitable multi-hybrid metering system that uses the company’s vSet meters and the new vDrive electric meter control system. Initial research has shown solid yield improvement when the right hybrid is placed in the right yield environment. In any field, there are multiple yield environments that are determined by soil type, slope, drainage plus dozens of other attributes. In order to place the right hybrid in the right area of the field, each row of the planter will need to have the capability to switch between hybrids as it moves from zone to zone.
With Precision Planting's retrofitable system, meters are positioned to fit within the existing row unit frame and deliver seed to a single, standard seed tube. The electric drive system allows for instantaneous switching from one hybrid to the other, including the ability to plant each hybrid and each row at different populations. The system utilizes the standard dual bulk seed supply tanks available on most planters.
After successful concept testing, the new technology will be tested over more acres and conditions in 2014. No schedule for commercial release has been determined.
Precision Planting demonstrates a new method of planting multiple hybrids within an existing planter row unit. The system uses the company’s vDrive electric meter control system to instantaneously switch seed delivery from the front meter to the rear meter... and back to the front meter. The in-line meter orientation delivers seed from each meter to a single, standard seed tube.