Title: High Speed Planting
Date: Wed Jul 18, 2018
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Ignacio Ciampitti
Seeding Uniformity Using Planter Hydraulic Downforce Control

Uniform seed placement improves seed-to-soil contact and requires proper selection of downforce control across a varying soil in the field. When planting at faster ground speeds, downforce changes and it becomes critical to select the optimum level of downforce settings to better control the performance of the planter to achieve the desired consistency of seed placement during planting. Therefore, it is essential to understand planter operational dynamics and determine the optimum downforce setting to plant at various ground speeds that will achieve consistency of placing the seeds on the ground. 

Ajay Sharda (speaker)
Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66505
Dr. Sharda joined the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor of Precision Ag and Machinery System in October 2013. Ajay’s appointment includes extension, research and teaching activities focused towards agricultural machinery systems application. Sharda’s current research has focused on development, analysis and experimental validation of control systems for agricultural machinery systems like precision planting; liquid applicators and thermal infrared imaging applications with ground and aerial unmanned systems. Sharda received the K-State Innovator; Engineer Member of Year of ASABE Kansas section; and the 2016 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year. He has lead or cooperated in research supported by more than $2M in grants; authored or coauthored more than 60+ refereed journal articles, extension publications and conference proceedings. Sharda has made numerous invited presentations at research conferences/meetings, extension workshops, and forums engaging stakeholders.
Length (approx): 40 min
Agronomic Evaluation of High-speed Planter Technologies

Numerous new technologies are available for producers (e.g. high-speed planters, multi-hybrid planters). This talk will focus on high-speed planters and their season long agronomic performance both in soybean and corn. The presentation will discuss field-scale research studies evaluating these new planters’ performance at various planting speeds and their impact on final yield.

Péter Kovács (speaker)
Assistant Professor, Precision Ag Cropping Systems
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD, NA 57007
Péter Kovács is an Assistant Professor in the Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Department at South Dakota State University. He joined SDSU in 2016 with research interest in Precision Agriculture and Cropping Systems. His program focuses to improve production systems through understanding interactions between genetics, environment and management practices. The program also seek ways to integrate new and upcoming technologies into production practices to manage within-field variability. He earned his PhD degree from Purdue University and his MSc degrees from Cranfield University (UK), and Szent István University (Hungary).
Length (approx): 40 min
Practical Lessons in High-speed Planting
Rob Meyer (speaker)
Integrated Solutions Agronomic Specialist
PrairieLand Partners Inc.
Andale, KS 67001
Rob Meyer is the Integrated Solutions Agronomic Specialist for PrairieLand Partners, a 9-store John Deere Dealership located in South-central Kansas. He grew up on a farm Northwest of Wichita Kansas and earned a Crop Science degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. Rob has been involved in precision agriculture since graduating in 1985 and often jokes about his first grid sample being done with a measuring wheel and orange flags! His career has taken him from consulting in Western Kansas, to the Ethanol Industry, and back to assisting producers with analyzing their agronomic data, making fertility recommendations, and providing seeding prescriptions for customers within PrairieLand Partners network. Rob is also a producer and lives with his wife on the farm where he grew up raising wheat, corn and soybeans. They have 5 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
Length (approx): 40 min