Beck’s Hybrids announced today that it is the exclusive distributor of Flo-Rite seed firmers. Flo-Rite seed firmers offer a new and improved revolutionary design by incorporating a durable, high-tech memory polymer, replaceable wear plate and protected fertilizer tube.

Developed by Jeff Peters, a farmer and inventor from Hicksville, Ohio, Flo-Rite seed firmers improve planting depth consistency, which leads to better seed germination, more consistent emergence, better stands and increased yields. Flo-Rite seed firmers can be differentiated from other leading seed firmer brands by four key points.

1. 5% more yield. Studies show that even stands can increase yield by more than 5%.

2. Lower replacement cost. The initial cost of Flo-Rite seed firmers are similar to other leading seed firmer brands, but the maintenance costs are dramatically less. With Flo-Rite seed firmers, farmers can replace the wear plate versus the entire row unit.

3. Optimum seed placement. Using the latest in memory polymers, Flo-Rite seed firmers provide consistent down pressure that assures the best seed placement and proper seeding depth.

4. Protected liquid tube. Flo-Rite seed firmers incorporate a patent pending enclosed stainless steel liquid tube, which protects the tube from crop debris and soil that can rip it from the firmer body.

“I had no problems at all and was extremely impressed with the Flo-Rite seed firmers," said Gary Vollmer, farmer from northwest Ohio who tested Flo-Rite seed firmers on 800 acres in 2013. “When the planter is down, you have more pressure and over time, the Flo-Rite firmer is going to hold its position better. The Keeton’s tend to weaken relatively quickly. I will definitely recommend the Flo-Rite seed firmers to other farmers.”