Dan Klein, Case IH’s marketing manager, crop production, says what farmers are looking for is “photocopied plants” — plants that are the same height, maturing at the same rate.
Because every farmer needs a different system to achieve this, Case IH dealers will install several optional Precision Planting options on the 1255 Early Riser Precision Planter.
1. Clean Sweep
This option lets farmers automatically adjust residue managers right from the cab.
“Residue managers are either set or they’re welded,” Klein said. Customers “want the ability to adjust and set those from the cab very easily so that they can actually achieve what they want to do. Not too deep, and form trenches, and not too light that it’s not cleaning the residue and therefore hairpinning in the row and not getting that soil to seed contact.
“You can adjust not only up pressure, but also down pressure as well, if you’re in a harder soil condition, to be able to clear that residue.”
2. vSet metre with vDrive electric drive
This is an electric metre drive system, designed to prevent overlap and provide contour control.
Klein says this option, “brings in electric drive, to take that individual planter operation — that 12, 16 and 24 inch — and turn it into a row-by-row planter, pulled by a common tool bar to provide that even and consistent population.”
The vDrive is designed to plant consistently, even when you’re turning a corner.
3. Delta force
This option provides hydraulic down pressure. “There’s a lot of talk about higher speed planting,” said Klein. “But the only way that higher speed planting works is the ability to control that down force as you go through the field.”
The technology works row-by-row, Klein says, “whether I’m partially in the boundary area, in a soft soil condition, or if I’m in a rut or a grain cart track from a prior year.
“No matter what speed, from six to eight mile an hour,” Klein said, “it automatically will adjust as you go through, with the load cells on each individual row.”
4. 20/20 seed sense monitor
“Tying that all in is the brains behind the box inside the cab,” Klein said. “That’s the easy to use 20/20 seed sense monitor.”
This option allows farmers to take a look at data on an iPad or tablet app.
This is the part, Klein said, that’s “going above and beyond the iron. It’s tying into a full database, with access to the Climate Corporation.”
The Climate Corporation is Monsanto’s weather and agronomic service Farmers can choose the (currently) free Climate Basic option, or the Climate Pro option at an introductory price of US$3 per acre for corn acres.
The Basic option provides weather and agronomic information. The Pro option adds advice about optimal dates for planting and harvesting, among other things. For now, the closest dealers are in North Dakota.
“It’s another evolution in the sense of planning my operation,” Klein said.