2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3, Page #43[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
High-Tech Plot Planter Also Helps Create Perfect Corn Mazes
"We reworked a 1750 Deere four-row corn planter for precision placement of corn and soybeans in a variety of row configurations, variable rates and differing inputs," explains Lucia, director of sales, Progressive Crop Technology, a division of Advanced Agri-Solutions Cooperative, Inc. "We want to take test plots to our farmers. We have requests for on-farm plots from the Ohio River north to Michigan."
The planter and a 4720 Deere tractor are equipped with an Ag Leader Integra Monitor (in-cab) for RTK sub-inch steering, variable rate seeding and DirectCommand, which controls three liquid products: on-seed starter fertilizer, 2-in. placement fertilizer and a liquid insecticide.
With precision steering and in-cab computer-controlled planting, the system can be used to do multi-pass twin row and other configuration planting.
The planter is equipped with four planting units on 30-in. centers. A second set of three units is mounted between the first set for 15-in. row spacing. Hydraulic controlled mounting brackets allow them to be extended back 24 in. from the first rank for service and seed change-out.
The planter's precision system includes row-by-row shutoffs that can be set and controlled by pre-loaded field maps.
"We can drive across a field, and the planter will spell out words or plant in the designated spacing for a maze," says Lucia. "Our cooperative recently merged with another, and the new name will be Trupointe. We are spelling out the name in a field this spring. We have another farmer signed up for us to do a maze on his farm."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Lucia, Advanced Agri-Solutions Co-op, 16420 McCartyville Road, P.O. Box 157, Kettlersville, Ohio 45336 (ph 937 693-8311; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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