Planting windows can be tight, but there are simple ways to bolster your efficiency before next spring. With new, easy-to-use technologies, you can rapidly make in-field adjustments that contribute to a more productive planting season. Growers are saying the best forward-thinking investments start with Precision Planting® solutions from Case IH — including vDrive® electric drive systems, DeltaForce® hydraulic down force and SpeedTube®. Read on to learn how these solutions are optimizing growers’ operations.
When it comes to staying efficient during planting season, the main culprit of inefficiency is outdated technology on your planter. Precision Planting solutions are designed to make sure every last inch of your planter — and operation — are optimized. These three cutting-edge Precision Planting solutions are dedicated to helping you hit planting windows while maximizing your ROI:
- vDrive® is an easy, efficient way to control the meter system for your planter to ensure plant emergence is even and consistent. Unlike mechanical drive systems, which often require costly and time-consuming maintenance, vDrive offers a maintenance-free solution that boosts efficiency and helps you make the most of tight planting windows.
vDrive also helps you stay productive through additional control and seed population features. By maintaining each row of your planter individually to precisely execute variable rate prescriptions, every planter row can change population independently — instead of each row planting the same population.
Ben Gwynn, sorghum, corn, cotton and sesame grower, invested in vDrive, along with other Precision Planting technologies, and quickly saw game-changing results. Along with easy use and maintenance, Gwynn noted that vDrive offered extremely accurate seed placement — even with difficult-to-plant crops like sesame, which suffer from notoriously small seed sizes.
“With vDrive, it’s so simple — with the electric meters, you get the individual role shut-offs and the accurate placement of the seed,” Gwynn says. “Even when we’re planting sesame, the vSet meters are singulating.”
- DeltaForce® works as an automated row-by-row control system, which measures and adjusts your downforce every time you experience variability in your field. This means weight data gets processed in real time, keeping your implement level and operating at maximum efficiency under any circumstances.
By adjusting to field variability, DeltaForce helps you take advantage of different soil types, moisture and compaction levels — which in turn prevents late-emerging plants, compaction and yield loss.
Roger Seggern, a Texas-based producer running a roughly 3,000-acre grain sorghum and corn operation, noted that DeltaForce has been instrumental to improving his efficiency. In addition to better stands, DeltaForce gives Seggern the ability to adjust every aspect of his planter in the field — to better adapt to moisture, compaction and more — improving yields dramatically.
“When you run [DeltaForce] after one season, you can definitely see the advantage,” Seggern says. “My stands have been so much better. It’s really made a difference in how my crop comes up.”
- SpeedTube® helps ensure accuracy at higher speeds by controlling seeds all the way from the vSet® meter to the ground. No longer does row unit bounce affect seed spacing — and with this kind of control, speeds can be increased to 10 mph without sacrificing performance or accuracy.
SpeedTube informs every other aspect of your planting operation: When combined with DeltaForce and vDrive, SpeedTube allows producers to easily achieve performance-enhancing results and higher yields.
Precision Planting starts with precision wisdom
Not sure where to start when it comes to Precision Planting technology? Your local Case IH Premier Certified Dealer can direct you to local Precision Planting experts who can help you determine the best upgrades for your planter — so you can plant confidently this next spring and every spring to come.