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10 Technologies Changing Planters

  1. Planter section control

    Turns individual planter sections or rows on and off based on field boundaries, no-plant zones, or previously planted areas to minimize overlap and skips during planting and to prevent wasted seed.

  2. Variable-rate drive

    Varies the rate of seed planted in a given area based on a prescription map.

  3. Implement steering

    Steers the planter based on GPS coordinates to keep the planter unit over the row.

  4. Bulk fill

    Used in place of row-unit seed hoppers to reduce time spent loading seed.

  5. Pneumatic or hydraulic down pressure

    Provides even pressure across all row units in rolling or uneven terrain to ensure consistent seed depth in planting.

  6. ISOBUS seed population monitor/controller

    Allows a grower to use one monitor in the tractor cab that will communicate and control numerous implement functions.

  7. Hydraulic steering

    A sensor on the front axle of the tractor tells a computer onboard the planter how much to turn, thereby eliminating the need for the rear wheels to castor and adding to the planter's maneuverability and flotation.

  8. Narrow rows (20-in. and twin-row)

    Works with new genetics to increase yields. Helps growers achieve higher yield without the crowding of 30-in. rows.

  9. Implement braking

    As planters get larger, hydraulic or air brakes may be required in addition to tractor braking as an added safety measure for over-the-road transport.

  10. Air seed transfer

    Use of pressurized air to transfer seed from the central hopper to individual row units, which keeps hoses from plugging with seed and requires fewer moving parts.

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