Podcast Series

Episode 20: The Future Looks Sonny

In our final episode of the 2021 planting season, the 81st Governor of Georgia and former United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joins us to discuss his life, career and the future of global agriculture.

Episode 19: 2021 Planting Season

In this episode we get updates on the 2021 planting season from dealers Dale Mayer of Mayer Farm Equipment, Garrett Davidson from Osceola Implement, Heath Laker of Laker Farm Implement, Lane Robinson from Robinson Implement and Jason Deike from Deike Implement. Bruce Baldwin from Kalvesta Implement takes the quiz.

Episode 18: Trench Quality and Fleet

Modern planters can do amazing things, but strip tilling is not supposed to be one of them. Jeff Daniel from Yetter Manufacturing talks trench quality and planter fleet.

Episode 17: Knowledge = Yield

The best way to increase your yield is to increase your knowledge. In this episode we discuss increasing your planting knowledge with Mitch Merz of Merz Farm Equipment and Brian Brown from Brian’s Farming Videos provides an update on this year’s planting season.

Episode 16: Planting Roundup

In this episode we cover multiple topics: Alex Lundgren from AGCO Corporation talks about depth, Mitch Merz from Merz Farm Equipment discusses the importance of singulation and Joe Dimler from AGCO Corporation shares his thoughts on seedbed preparation.

Episode 15: Preventatives

In this episode we continue our discussion on preventatives with guests Jason Lee and Joe Dimler from AGCO Corporation.

Episode 14: Seedbed Preparation

In this episode we continue our discussion on seedbed preparation with guests Mitch Merz from Merz Farm Equipment and Jason Lee from AGCO Corporation.

Episode 13: Preventatives

In this episode we talk preventatives with guests Alex Lundgren and Darren Goebel from AGCO Corporation.

Episode 12: Farming for the Future

In this episode we discuss the future of farming, autonomous robots and hockey puck shooting machines with our special guest Eric Hansotia, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGCO Corporation.

Episode 11: Singulation

In this episode: the ongoing discussion around singulation with guests Bryce Baker from Precision Planting, Alex Lundgren and Darren Goebel from AGCO Corporation. Get your Free Emergence Flagging Kit from Precision Planting.

Episode 10: Trench Quality

In this episode we continue to discuss trench quality with guests Mitch Merz from Merz Farm Equipment and Bryce Baker from Precision Planting. Get your Free Emergence Flagging Kit from Precision Planting.

Episode 9: Depth

In this episode we resume the discussion on depth with guests Darren Goebel from AGCO Corporation and Bryce Baker from Precision Planting. Get your Free Emergence Flagging Kit from Precision Planting.

Episode 8: Seedbed Preparation

In this episode we continue the discussion on seedbed prep with guests Jeff Daniel from Yetter Manufacturing and Ben Fanshire from AGCO Corporation.

Episode 7: Nutrients

In this episode we continue our discussion on nutrients with guests Jason Lee and Alex Lundgren from AGCO Corporation. Mayer Farm Equipment customer Dave Brandt from Carroll, Ohio joins us to talk cover crops.

Episode 6: Singulation

In this episode we talk singulation with guests Joe Dimler, Jason Lee and Ben Fanshire from AGCO Corporation. Brent Kvasnicka from Kvasnicka Harvesting and Super Spreader, LLC. joins us to take the quiz.

Episode 5: Trench Quality

In this episode we discuss trench quality with guests Darren Goebel, Jason Lee and Ben Fanshire from AGCO Corporation.

Episode 4: Depth

In this episode we discuss planting depth with guests Ben Fanshire and Jason Lee from AGCO Corporation and Mitch Merz from Merz Farm Equipment.

Episode 3: Seedbed Preparation

In this episode we discuss seedbed prep with guests Jay Funke from Del-Clay Farm Equipment, Darren Goebel and Alex Lundgren from AGCO Corporation.

Episode 2: Fleet Management

In this episode we talk about the planter fleet with guests Mitch Merz from Merz Farm Equipment, Joe Dimler from AGCO Corporation and Jay Funke from Del-Clay Farm Equipment.

Episode 1: Nutrients

Welcome to our inaugural episode where we discuss nutrients with guests Joe Dimler, Darren Goebel and Ben Fanshire from AGCO Corporation.

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Field Intelligence Video Series

Crop Analysis: An Evolution

Series Introduction

Jay Funke and team from Del-Clay Farm Equipment head to the field to analyze the results of several planters in different fields using the traditional tape measure for population count and the advanced, data-rich Precision Planting POGO.

Merz Crop Tour

Series Introduction

Mitch Merz shows us what to expect from this year’s Merz Farm Equipment Crop Tour.

Knowledge Center

One-Year High Capacity Central Fill Planter Compaction Study in 30” Row Corn

Study Contact: Jason Lee, AGCO Agronomist, North America

The study was conducted in 2020 on 4* different fields throughout the Midwest. The planter at each location was a Fendt Momentum equipped with Load Logic weight management system**. Treatments at each location consisted of three different Load Logic operating modes.

    1. Load balance: hydraulically transferred weight equally to all wheels, while also automatically adjusting tire pressure to the lowest manufacturer-recommended PSI for the weight.
    2. Controlled traffic: intentionally transferred weight from the wings and concentrated it on the in-line tandem transport wheels, also with auto-adjusted low tire pressure.
    3. Disabled: system was disabled so that the planter operated much like other central-fill planters, with the weight concentrated in the middle of the planter and tire inflation pressures at a static 55 PSI.

In each treatment, the center segment (e.g. middle 8 of 24-row planter) was harvested separately from the two wing segments (e.g. outside 8 of 24-row planter) in order to compare the yield difference from compaction.

*Stewartville, MN; Baltic, SD; Pontiac, IL; Chillicothe, OH **Compaction mitigation feature that includes both an automated weight transfer and tire inflation system

Five-Year Seed Singulation Study in Corn

Study Contact: Jason Lee, AGCO Agronomist, North America

The primary focus of this study was to quantify the yield impact of poor seed singulation (% of skips and doubles) at planting.

The study was conducted from 2016 to 2020 on 22* different fields throughout the Midwest. Modified seed plates, or “goof” plates, were installed on specific row-units of each planter to intentionally create skips and doubles. Standard seed singulation plots contained a low occurrence of skips and doubles, whereas poor seed singulation plots contained a higher occurrence due to the modified seed plates.

*22 sites: 2016 – Galva, IL; Edgewood, IA; Amboy, IN; New Ulm, MN; Jackson, MN; Estelline, SD; 2017 – Ionia, IA; Morning Sun, IA; Judson, MN; Winthrop, MN; New Ulm, MN; Galva, IL; 2018 – Bement, IL; Gladbrook, IA; Union City, OH; Irwin, IA; Mosinee, WI; 2019 – Mt Hope, KS; Wausau, WI; 2020 – Baltic, SD; Chillicothe, OH; Stewartville, MN;

One-Year Pinch Row Compaction Study in Corn

Study Contact: Jason Lee, AGCO Agronomist, North America

The objective of this study was to measure the yield loss from pinch row compaction at planting.

A field study was conducted in 2020 near Chillicothe, OH on a silt loam soil. The equipment used was a Fendt Momentum 32-15 planter (30” rows for corn) paired with a Fendt 942 tractor with front and rear duals. Yield data from each individual row of the 16-row planter was collected and categorized as either an affected (tire tracks on one side), non-affected (no tire tracks on either side) or tractor pinch row (tire tracks on both sides).

One-Year Planter Weight Management Study in Narrow Row (22”) Corn

Study Contact: Jason Lee, AGCO Agronomist, North America

The goal of this study was to determine if the weight transfer system on a Fendt Momentum planter could prevent yield loss due to compaction from a high capacity central fill planter.

A field study was conducted in 2020 near Casselton, ND on a poorly drained, silty clay soil. The planter was a Fendt Momentum 24-22 equipped with Load Logic and the tractor was a Fendt 939 with standard rear and front dual tires. Two corn plots were established, the first was planted with the weight transfer system set to load balanced on (hydraulically transferred weight equally to all wheels), and the second was set to load balanced off. Planter tire pressure in both treatments were at a static 55 PSI. In each treatment, the center segment (middle 8 of 24-row planter) was harvested separately from the two wing segments (outside 8 of 24-row planter).

Five-Year Planting Depth Study in Corn

Study Contact: Jason Lee, AGCO Agronomist, North America

The primary objective of this study was to determine the optimum planting depth for corn across multiple locations and growing environments.

The study was conducted from 2016 to 2020 on 22* different fields mostly throughout the Midwest. Six planting depth plots were established at each location, beginning at 1” and increasing to 3.5” in half-inch increments.

*22 sites: 2016 – Galva, IL; Edgewood, IA; Amboy, IN; New Ulm, MN; Jackson, MN; 2017 – Ionia, IA; Morning Sun, IA; Judson, MN; Winthrop, MN; 2018 – Bement, IL; Union City, OH; Falls City, NE; Irwin, IA; Fremont, NE; Madison, WI; Mosinee, WI; 2019 – Mt Hope, KS; Emmetsburg, IA; Owensboro, KY; 2020 – Baltic, SD; Chillicothe, OH; Stewartville, MN;

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