Beck's Hybrids is partnering with Harvest International, Precision Planting and Schlipf Precision Ag to develop a multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter. Developed for Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR) program, the revolutionary concept planter will help the agriculture industry gain a better understanding of the optimum row spacing, seeding rate, and hybrid combination per acre.
"Over the years, our PFR team has conducted several studies about row spacing and seeding rates, but we have yet to determine the right row spacing, seeding rate, and hybrid combination," said Jason Gahimer, PFR operations manager. "The multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter will allow us to plant in 10, 20 and 30-inch. rows, as well as multi-hybrid, variable rate populations, and apply variable rate fertility throughout the field to identify the zones, spacing and seeding rates that will maximize yields."
The multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter features a customer planter bar and row units by Harvest International; Precision Planting vSet Select multi-hybrid meters; vApply HD liquid control system, a FurrowJet in-furrow liquid attachment, CleanSweep for the pneumatic row cleaner control, and DeltaForce hydraulic down force control system, Yetter Manufacturing closing wheels and row cleaners; and a Surefire Ag fertilizer pump system. Schlipf Precision Ag assembles the Precision Planting components onto the Harvest International planter bar.