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Planter Down-Force Monitor

January 31, 2012
By: Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

The Integra display from Ag Leader Technology will soon feature a planter down-force monitor and control capability, allowing farmers to monitor and adjust down force based on field conditions. Planting seed at the optimum row-unit down force is an important factor in good crop germination and, ultimately, yield.

The system will be available for the 2013 spring planting season, with field test systems in operation during the spring 2012 planting season. The heart of the system is a hydraulic down-force actuator engineered by Dawn Equipment. The actuator is the fastest on the market, allowing the Integra display to make quick row-unit down-force adjustments. The hydraulic system reacts as soon as the planter enters a different soil condition, providing consistent seed depth without seed trench compaction.

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - February 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Technology, Precision

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