MKC Hosts Precision Planting Workshop

February 25, 2019
Written by: JT Demar, Winfield United Ag Technology Associate

At MKC, we want our member-owners and employees to be on top of their game and ahead of the competition when it comes to precision agriculture.

On February 12, MKC and Great Plains Precision Ag co-hosted a Planting Technology Institute by Precision Planting. The Planting Technology Institute is a mobile classroom provided by Precision Planting that takes data from the 2018 season and educates producers about the efficient use of technology, agronomy, and equipment. Thus, helping producers adapt to these new practices and maximize profits in the 2019 season. 

Precision Planting owns a 200-acre research farm in Pontiac, Illinois. At this facility, they conduct studies and research trials to represent “on-farm practices.” Some of these research plots include high-speed planting, multi-genetic trials, nutrient and fertility management and closing wheel studies. Along with agronomic studies, Precision Planting provides a Ride N’ Drive experience for producers to drive a tractor in their plot. With this experience, a precision planting specialist will ride along with you and take you step by step on how to use their precision planting technology.

For the best chance of achieving maximum yield, crops should emerge within 48 hours of planting. Many variables can prevent or aid in the emergence process. From new monitoring and measurement products, down pressure adjustments, meters and seed emergence equipment, Precision Planting has the tools to take your planting operation to the next level. With your farming intuition and their technology, Precision Planting provides opportunities to advance your operation and gives you a greater chance to increase stand in your fields, increasing yield potential in the growing season.

When planting, it is recommended to start with the 20/20 monitor. This monitor equips you with the agronomic information you need for a successful planting season. Accurately measuring planted population, singulation, soil temperature, and downforce, the 20/20 monitor is an impressive implementation for your tractor. If you are looking for precision planting options on your operation for this upcoming season, connect with your strategic account manager or visit your nearest MKC location.

With the upcoming planting season closing in on us, now is the time to ensure your planter is ready to go. Click here to check out a checklist to follow for planting preparedness. 

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