The Art of Planting - 4
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Feb 26, 2015 06:42 AM CST

That "whoooosh" you heard last spring might have been a planter zooming past at twice the speed of regular planters.

Both John Deere and Precision Planting announced last year they were going to market with technologies that could double traditional planting speed from 5 mph to a giddy 10 mph and maybe more. Both companies' technology replaced the tried-and-true seed tube with devices that captured seed at the meter and used a conveyor belt-like system to carry seed to the trench. With the tractor's ground speed synched with the seed-delivery systems' speed, seeds could be placed with incredible accuracy, the ...

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