Summary of New Products for 2018 from Precision Planting
Hello everyone, we just wanted to put together a quick summary of the new announcements made at Precision Planting’s 2018 Winter Conference this week.
- In the past, farmers have had to make a choice between going with a high speed and a multi-hybrid planter. If you went with SpeedTube, it used the vSet 2 meter then you could convert to SpeedTube down the line, but the Multi-Hybrid meters have been a completely separate style meter. mSet is a way to turn an existing vSet 2 planting meter into a multi-hybrid system that will also be compatible with SpeedTube.
- There will be a slightly higher lag time than the actual multi-hybrid meters, but if you are ok with not getting quite as pretty of a picture, than it should do just fine.
- There is a built in blockage sensor that will detect when your hopper is getting low as a side benifit.
2. Smart Firmer
- After last year’s beta, the SmartFirmer is officially available for purchase. (Although it is a fairly limited production)
- SmartFirmer measures the following properties in the soil in realtime:
- Soil Moisture
- Soil Temperature
- Soil Organic Matter
- Soil Smoothness
- Will detect clods, air pockets, any soil that falls into the trench before the seed, and any abnormalities causing the furrow to be uneven.
- Crop Residue
- Uses a contrast sensor to measure any residue which would cause a lighter color than soil.
- SmartFirmer allows you to easily variable rate your population and hybrid based on O.M. readings on the fly.
- After going 10 years with the standard 2020 monitor, there is now a new monitor available. Here is what you need to know about it.
- It is now a modular system which uses a main module for a planting system to plug into. There is a display which runs over a POE connection running to the main module.
- There is an option of using a 10″ or 16″ display. You will also be able to run 2 separate displays together if desired. The 16″ display has 225% more screen space than the previous 7″ screen on the 2020.
- High definition mapping is built into the display.
- If you still wish to use FieldView, there will be an optional module you can purchase to get it to connect.
- This now monitor is also going to be compatible with the previous RUM generation systems.
- Currently there are a few trade in programs for those who have existing Gen 2 monitors. So give us a call if interested!
- With SeederForce, you are able to monitor row by row downpressure and control it hydraulically by section.
- Compatible with 60 and 90 Series Row Units
- This system will also allow us to tap into the existing blockage sensors and feed individual row population into the 2020 monitor.
- This system is currently only compatible with a Gen 3 2020
5. vApply Sections
- vApply liquid control can now be done in sections. While this is not a new announcement, it is a new feature since the initial release of vApplyHD
- This means that if someone doesn’t want to pay the full amount for individual row control of liquid, he can lower his cost by making modules control sections of rows.
- If you go this route, you need to put FlowSense liquid flow sensors on each row so that you know if a row plugs.
- Orifices and check valves also will need used when using vApply sectional control.
- If pairing every 4 rows together, it is around a 40% cost savings vs individual control.
6. vApply Pulse
- This was not an actual product announcement, however it was made aware that the vApply Flex module (the vApply module that will work without an SRM) contains the capability of pulsing liquid. Similar to what 360 Dash and Capstan SeedSquirter are doing. Precision is still doing research on how economical this concept is, but it is definitely something that they are looking at in the future.