By Karen McMahon
Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor
Low commodity prices have taken a toll on some major farm-equipment purchases. But grower interest in new planter technology is strong -- especially for downpressure control systems. Automatic downpressure helps create consistent seeding depth across a field, which leads to even plant emergence.
More growers like Jay Riddell and his father, Bill, are investing in the new planter downpressure systems to improve yields. Last spring, the Sparland, Ill., growers upgraded from a pneumatic system to hydraulic. The hydraulic downpressure system provides row-by-row control versus planterwide control ...