HORIZON

Precision Planters

Our planters have been designed to use Precision Planting technology in order to ensure that every seed planted has the best possible start in life to ensure that it becomes a profitable plant. The row units are made from Laser-cut, high tensile steel construction with a QuickRelease™ closing wheel mount. They are Hydraulic Down Force-Ready X-Plate and have Parallel link arms w/ tapered, high-strength polymer bushings. There is Lateral closing wheel adjustment and Built-in camber adjustment to easily adjust gauge wheel angle to stay true against disc openers.

The technologies we can fit include:

Cleansweep

Rarely do we talk to a farmer who likes taking the time to adjust row cleaners, and many admittedly will let the row cleaners run incorrectly instead of take the time to adjust them. This can be costly, as residue is hairpinned against seeds or as soil is ploughed out of the way. Hairpinned residue wicks moisture from the seed, causing late emergence and loss in profitability. We knew there had to be a better way than to live in frustration and accept the yield loss, and now you have a fix.

CleanSweep allows you to adjust row cleaners from the cab. Since it is easy, you will make adjustments when you should and prevent:

  • Late emergence from heat and moisture loss
  • Seedling diseases
  • Nutrients tied up by residue

CleanSweep uses air cylinders on each row cleaner that can have pressure added to them or removed. Be more aggressive or run lighter, the choice is yours. The pressure adjustment is made by moving a lever in the cab to apply lift pressure or down pressure to the cylinders so they clean the way you want them to. The result is correctly adjusted row cleaners, time savings, and an end to the frustration of not having the planter set correctly.

Furrowforce

A properly closed furrow has no air pockets, a mellow path for the plant to emerge, and retains soil moisture.

Most closing systems are designed to address one of these three keys, not all of them.

FurrowForce is an automated two-stage closing system with integrated sensing.

What is the ideal environment that seeds should be left in when planter is finished with its work? The environment should be one where there is no evidence that the planter ever created a furrow, placed seed, and closed the furrow. This environment should have no air pockets, should be mellow so that as the seed germinates it can emerge, while at the same time being firm enough that moisture does not quickly leave the soil. It’s a delicate balance that needs to be achieved, and there is significant yield opportunity in getting it right. Getting it right means that the variability in the field has been accounted for and adjusted for, and that germination of each seed has happened at the same time. When seeds germinate and emerge at inconsistent times, yield loss occurs.

Since getting the seed environment right is so important to the profitability of your farming operation, what is preventing us from getting it right? Most of the time it comes down to knowledge. When planting, do you know how much weight is on the gauge wheels and if they are maintaining ground contact without compacting? Do you know that the closing system is ensuring the soil is placed optimally around each seed? The answer is many times we don’t. Specifically, with closing systems, there are so many options for wheels, staggering, and spring pressure setting; which is best? And the bigger question is: how do I know? Digging a few seeds per field gives you some level of insight but is a fraction of a percent of the total seeds planted. There has been no way to sense that the closing system is doing the right job. But now, you don’t have to plant with your fingers crossed.

FurrowForce is an automated two stage closing system with integrated sensing. FurrowForce works fundamentally different than other closing systems. The first stage notched wheels work to close the seed furrow from the bottom up, eliminating air pockets. The second stage stitch wheels carry weight on them to firm the soil over the seed to retain moisture. But the real magic of this system is the load cell that measures weight on the stitch wheels. From the 20|20 in the cab, the operator will set a certain amount of weight that they want to carry on the stitch wheels. When the load cell measures more or less weight on the stitch wheels than has been set on the 20|20, the FurrowForce system automatically adjusts the force applied to the unit row by row, with sub second response. When the stitch wheels are carrying weight on them, you can be confident that the first stage notched wheels are cutting into the soil at the correct depth, fully closing the trench. As you are planting in the cab, you have confidence that your closing system is doing the job you want, instead of having your fingers crossed and hoping that the furrow is properly closed.

Many growers think about proper closing as having the seed covered. But putting soil over the seed is only part of the equation. Managing soil density to maintain moisture is a key component of creating the best environment for the seed. In conventional tillage and easy to close environments, growers look behind the planter and when they don’t see an open trench, they are satisfied. But in this environment, tillage was done ahead of the planter which introduces air into the soil and dries it. If the soil density over the seed is loose, the soil continues to dry out and moisture that is needed for quick germination is quickly lost. FurrowForce solves this problem by maintaining a set amount of weight on the stitch wheels to firm the soil over the seed, remove air out of the soil, and retain moisture for a longer period of time to give each seed the chance to germinate consistently.

Deltaforce

DownForce Control Made Automatic.

It is challenging to know which downforce setting is correct.

Incorrect downforce causes yield loss by creating late emerged plants or restricted root growth.

DeltaForce gets downforce right with automatic adjustments on every row.

Is every area of your field the same? Is each row of your planter in the same environment, or are there differences? Variability in fields exist, from soil type to drainage to moisture, and plant variability exists simply because some rows are near tyres and some are not. When setting a downforce airbag or spring, how can a single setting for the field ever be correct? The reality is that it can’t always be right, which means that whenever the setting is incorrect for that spot in the field, that seed’s yield potential is lost due to too much or too little downforce.

When there isn’t enough weight to maintain depth, late emerged plants are the result and they can easily be seen. But what about when too much downforce is applied? Compaction is created by the gauge wheels, leading to restricted root development and yield loss, but it is only seen by getting a spade in the ground and looking at roots. Fields could be full of yield loss that has never been seen.

In order for every seed to be at the correct depth and also be placed in an environment free from compaction, the planter needs to measure the amount of weight on the gauge wheels of the planter, and carry that weight consistently. If there is weight on the gauge wheels, then seeds are at depth. If there is not excessive weight on the gauge wheels, then compaction is not occurring. This is more than a one time setting because of the changes in the field, in the planter, and in the environment in general. The gauge wheel weight must be continuously measured and made right.

DeltaForce replaces the springs or airbags on your current planter with hydraulic cylinders and load cells that measure how much weight is being carried on the row unit gauge wheels and keep it consistent. The operator sets a weight that should be carried on the gauge wheels, and DeltaForce does the rest, maintaining the same weight on the gauge wheels of every row, even across the variation of a field or from equipment. With DeltaForce, the hidden yield loss from compaction is eliminated, and each row is planting at the depth that was set. Great roots, great emergence, great yields.

If one row of your planter is in a wheel track from the tractor or from the combine last fall and needs more downforce in order to maintain depth, the cylinder on that row applies more force. If at the same time, another row is in very mellow ground and the weight of the row unit is all that is needed, the cylinder on that row applies no force. And if a third row on the planter is carrying too much gauge wheel weight in mellow ground because the weight of the cast iron row unit is more than enough, the cylinder on that row will lighten that row unit, so that it is not creating compaction.

Every second, these reactions are happening multiple times, making sure that every seed on every row is at the depth that has been chosen, and in an environment to thrive. Stop being blindsided by compaction and get the control that only DeltaForce provides.

vSet Meter

Skips and multiples cause loss of yield and overspending on seed. Seed meter accuracy varies greatly with seed size and shape. vSet meters provide accurate performance without needing to be adjusted for seed size.

We know that you want to have great looking crops. In order to do that, you need a meter on your planter that never makes a mistake. The problem is, many meters need a certain seed size or quite a bit of adjustments to do a decent job, which makes you feel anxious and upset. We believe you shouldn’t have to fight your planter. We understand metering, which is why since the beginning of our company we have sought to develop the perfect meter. The vSet meter is simple. It requires no adjustments, is incredibly accurate, and is easy to maintain.

vSet uses a flat disk, meaning that it doesn’t have a cell that likes a certain seed size. The flat disk with a hole doesn’t care what size seed it is working with. The flat disk combined with a singulator that is riding on the edge of the disk and knocks off extra seeds, means that singulation accuracy in corn & soybeans will be over 99% without adjustments to vacuum, disk, or singulator.

vSet isn’t just for corn and soybeans. With 13 different crop kits, vSet can handle most any crop you throw at it. Sugarbeets, edible beans, canola, and more.

Smartfirmer

Digging seeds only lets you see a fraction of a percent of seeds planted in a field. SmartFirmer measures temperature, moisture, and residue in the seed furrow, and displays the measurements on 20|20. SmartFirmer can control your seeding rate, fertilizer rate, and hybrid based on organic matter.

While you are planting, you might dig a few seeds per field. More than likely you are only looking at a fraction of the seeds, and guessing that all of the ones you do not look at are ok. The rest of the seeds are left to crossing our fingers and hoping they are in the best environment to start their journey. With SmartFirmer you will have confidence in the environment that every seed is in.

SmartFirmer is a seed-firmer sensor that is measuring the furrow as it is firming each seed into the bottom of the trench. SmartFirmer helps you know that the environment that the seed is being placed in is in good shape, but can also help you determine what type of variability you may have in your field.

Adequate moisture is needed in the soil for a seed to germinate. If the soil does not have enough moisture for a seed to germinate, it will take a rain shower to get enough moisture for that seed to germinate. SmartFirmer measures and displays soil moisture in the cab so you can make adjustments to get seeds into adequate moisture.

Seeds need sufficient temperature to germinate, but how does temperature fluctuate throughout the day as the sun shines on the field and as you plant from one soil type to the next? SmartFirmer shows you real time temperature as you are planting so you can make the right decision.

A consistent environment is essential for uniform seed germination and plant growth. SmartFirmer identifies any irregularities along the furrow, such as soil clods, air space, and dry soil falling from the surface, so that you can have the insight to correct row unit performance and solve these yield-robbing problems.

In-furrow crop residue has negative impacts on seed germination and growth. SmartFirmer allows you to measure the quantity of in-furrow residue and adjust row cleaners accordingly, thus ensuring residue won’t limit seed moisture uptake or transmit disease.

In any field, there are multiple yield environments that are determined by differences in the field. One of the foundations of these differences is the amount of organic matter in different soils. The more Organic matter in a soil, the more water and nutrients it provides. By measuring and mapping organic matter, you can get a clear picture of variability in your fields, measured every planter pass.

Variable rate applications can be an intimidating step to take on the farm. Between cost, prescriptions, and time, many growers have not yet reaped the profitability improvements from the implementation of site-specific farming. With SmartFirmer, you can begin variable rating with ease, using soil organic matter as the measurement that determines what rate of seed or fertilizer is applied. From the 20|20 in the cab, you simply setup a rate that you want for a given range of organic matter, and as the SmartFirmer senses the different organic matter levels in the field, it will prompt the planter to change rates automatically. Hybrid can also be changed on the go too. Using the organic matter reading to vary seeding or fertilizer rates, as well as hybrids, is a simple way to begin to determine the best way to maximize the variability in your field.

20|20

Every pass across the field needs not just data, but in-depth knowledge of the field and equipment. 20|20 provides a foot by foot agronomic view of your field. 20|20 helps you make better decisions in the moment.

Each step of the crop cycle must have accurate data to provide insights into what decisions should be made. Whether you’re stopping in the field to make a fix, evaluating your approach for the next pass, or choosing your purchases for next season, you need the right data for the job. When you make better decisions for your next pass, you make better decisions next season, and throughout the future of your operation.

High definition data enables high impact decisions. The new 20|20 monitor provides the most advanced agronomic picture you’ve ever seen. Optimize planting, harvest, and application decisions with a smart, intuitive interface that visualizes performance and field conditions in real time; seed by seed, plant by plant, drop by drop. Customize display configurations, add sensors, and discover things about your field you may have never known.

20|20 can be utilized as a monitor to help you simply set the planter to maximize planter perfomance in each crop, each day of planting. That same 20|20 also powers the most agronomically advanced systems on the market that control population, down force, liquid, multi-hybrid planting and high speed planting, all while sensing the furrow. 20|20 does all this and more to allow you to not only have the accurate data to make those crucial decisions, but also gives your equipment the powerful automation to make decisions as it passes through the field, optimizing every pass.

20|20 provides the operator of an air seeder or drill visibility that is unavailable anywhere else. This visibility is two fold; seeding distribution and downforce. Is an outlet to a tower plugged? 20|20 will alert you. Need a change in downforce on the air seeder? See it with the 20|20 and make an adjustment before it costs you.

Move 20|20 to the combine, paired with YieldSense, and you now have a powerhouse of knowledge at your fingertips. Compare maps side by side, with the most accurate yield data available on the market. You need knowledge to make decisions, and you get it with 20|20 year round.

20|20 can be used in conjunction with the FieldView Cab app to provide you with high definition maps on your iPad of not only hybrid and population, but also the planter performance maps that matter. Using your 20|20 on your application toolbar or with YieldSense? Application and the most spatially accurate harvest data available can be mapped in FieldView Cab when 20|20 is paired with it.

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