Soil variability has been a limiting factor to maximum yields, and the agriculture industry has mitigated it through a variety of precision ag strategies, including zone management and variable-rate fertility.
The next step in precision ag might be multi-hybrid planters. Several prototypes are already in development. Raven Industries Inc. recently announced that it is collaborating with Kinze Manufacturing to develop a multi-hybrid planter control system. This past summer, Raven introduced the first commercially available multi-hybrid planter solution able to switch between two hybrids on the go.
Specifically, Raven is the technology provider for Kinze’s new 4900 Series multi-hybrid concept planters, which will be tested with select North American farmers this spring.
"Growers will quickly realize the benefits of a multi-hybrid system and the resulting ROI through the use of that technology," says Matt Burkhart, vice president and general manager for Raven’s Applied Technology Division.
Beck’s Hybrids will provide their agronomic expertise as well.
"Placing the correct corn hybrid is one of the most important decisions a grower can make each and every year, says Jason Webster, a central Illinois practical farm research director with Beck’s. "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."
Visit www.ravenprecision.com to learn more.
A new collaboration has led to the first commercially available planter that uses two seed meters to plant two different hybrids in a single pass.