Precision Planting Launches SmartFirmer™ for Organic Matter and Furrow Environment Sensing
Precision Planting is launching SmartFirmer™, a seed firmer with unprecedented sensing capability that will allow farmers to not only map row by row organic matter, soil moisture, and furrow residue, but also to perform on-the-go control of planting population or hybrid based on organic matter measurement. Compatibility with Climate FieldViewTM makes SmartFirmer data viewable on the industry-leading digital agriculture platform.
In any field, there are multiple yield environments that are determined by soil type, organic matter, topography, drainage, and dozens of other attributes. To better manage these yield environments, the SmartFirmer high definition organic matter map will be a key input for developing precise prescriptions for planting population, seed hybrid, and fertility applications. Alternatively, farmers could allow SmartFirmer to simply control seeding based on the real-time organic matter measurement and the corresponding population or hybrid selected by the farmer or their trusted advisor.
Soil moisture is a critical component for seed germination and uniform plant emergence, and ultimately crop yield. SmartFirmer will give farmers row-by-row visibility to soil moisture in the seed furrow, allowing farmers to choose the right planting depth as soil conditions change.
In-furrow crop residue has well-known negative impacts on seed germination and growth. SmartFirmer will allow farmers 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.
SmartFirmer will be compatible with 20/20 SeedSenseTM SRM systems with quick-attach Keeton firmer brackets.