Kinze rolled out several multi-hybrid planters this past season, but the planter was still on a pilot basis. Now it has earned its wings. Displayed up front on the Kinze lot at the 2015 Farm Progress Show, it's part of the Kinze line-up as a new offering for 2016. You can order one of these multi-hybrid planters now.
One of the biggest surprises is that the planter doesn't cost as much extra vs a regular planter as many people expected. A Kinze spokesperson says it lists at about 15% more, which is about $30,000 on a 16-row planter. That's currently the largest size available in the multi-hybrid line.
The spokesperson says they could hold the cost down because the multi-hybrid planter and regular 16-row planter in the line share many common parts. While there are extra parts to add the multi-hybrid function, it's relatively simple to do. All of that combined helps keep the cost down, he says.
Where it would likely pay off most quickly is if you have quite variable soils in the same field.
The spokesman also says that from an engineering standpoint, there isn't a reason why it couldn't go to more than two hybrids in the future. However, many seed people say they're not ready for that yet. Some say it's difficult enough to select a pair of hybrids that they know perform differently on varying soils, and which fit well together for maturity and other production aspects.
Some are starting to think of the planter as a 'multi-genetics' planter. Reports say Jason Webster, a Beck's PFR person, used that terminology in his talks at field days recently. He operated the Beck's PFR Center near Downs, Ill.
The reason he is adjusting his terms is because some people are beginning to use the planter to plant two varieties of soybeans in the same field.
Where soils vary from low, dark soils to higher, clay knobs in the same field, matching varieties to soil types in soybeans may make sense.