George Sly Talks About The Future

We will be showcasing all the latest technology from Precision Planting at Lamma show 7th/8th January on Stand 19.412.
This will include the integration of downforce sensing, soil sensing and liquid control on our cereal disc openers as well as newretro fit options for all makes of drill + planter. We will also be revealing news about our new branding and brand new UK production Facility.

The Furrow – The Seed’s Lifeline

Digging seeds is a time consuming yet important task at planting time.

Getting your eyes on the furrow, where the seeds are placed, will allow you to understand if those seeds are in an environment to thrive. Does the seed have adequate temperature and moisture? Has it been surrounded by clean soil, free of residue? What is the power of the soil around each seed to feed the growing plant? Until now, you didn’t know these things for every seed, you were simply guessing. With SmartFirmer you can now have eyes in the furrow.

Smarter Every Season

Soil warmth and moisture are the two most critical factors to consider at planting time for rapid, uniform germination to happen. SmartFirmer measures soil temperature in real time and displays it on the 20|20 allowing you to decide if the soil is warm enough for germination to happen quickly. Moisture can vary from heavy low ground to a sandy knob in the fi eld, and SmartFirmer will show this change to you, allowing you choose to plant a little deeper to maintain adequate moisture. Mechanical problems on the row unit, such as a loose gauge wheel can cause dry soil to shower into the furrow. SmartFirmer would alert you to this, allowing you to look for the issue on the row unit and fix it.

Residue Visibility

Old crop residue in the furrow hurts a seed’s ability to germinate quickly, but it can also carry disease into the new crop.
SmartFirmer senses residue in the furrow and displays a clean furrow metric on the 20|20. SmartFirmer residue sensing
compliments a fl oating row cleaner control system like CleanSweep® by allowing farmers to have confi dence that the
furrow is cleared and that row cleaner settings are correct.

See The Difference

Organic matter is one of the most infl uential measurements for overall productivity of a soil. SmartFirmer provides a cost e ective way to measure organic matter in every inch of the furrow. SmartFirmer can also act on those organic matter measurements when paired with Precision Planting control technologies. Plant population, hybrid, and fertilizer rate can all be controlled on-the-go as SmartFirmer detects di erent organic matter zones in the fi eld. For farmers who have found variable rate technology too overwhelming, SmartFirmer provides a simple way to make the most out of every zone.