Precision Plantings vSet Select Multi Hybrid Planter Says Go ahead, pick more than one hybrid.
With vSet Select Multi Hybrid Planter you can plant the best seed for each zone. When the right hybrid is placed in the right environment, you get solid hikes in yield. Various factors dictate different hybrids, and now you get to choose. Transform your planter with this integral, dual meter design. The meters face each other, with seed plates revolving in opposite directions. Seeds drop from the meters in the same fore-aft position, with a seed trajectory that meets in the middle of the seed tube. The seed releases consistently down a common seed tube, so spacing is on point, every time.
What is the agronomic benefit of variable hybrid seeding?
In any field, there are multiple yield environments that are determined by soil type, slope, drainage, and dozens of other attributes. Research has shown solid yield improvement when “Offensive” and “Defensive” hybrids are placed in the right yield environment. For example, Beck’s Hybrids Practical Farm Research has observed an average yield gain of 9.5 bu/acre in their 2012/2013 studies.
You aim to maximize yield by planting the hybrid that will do the best, on average, across the whole field. But yield environments often change in the same field, calling for different hybrids in different areas. You’ve had to make compromises, but not anymore. With the radically new vSet Select, there are no compromises. You can plant two hybrids in the same row, switching back and forth as environments change, to plant the hybrid that will produce the most in each environment. That maximizes yield. Any mapping software can make the two-hybrid prescription shape file that is used by vSet Select, or operators can manually switch from one hybrid to another.