Title: Multi-Hybrid Planters
Date: Wed Jul 18, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Péter Kovács
Multi-Hybrid: Logistics and Placement Realities

Technology is rapidly changing agricultural production and producers are faced with an increasing number of options and challenges.  Today, multi-hybrid/variety seeding has captured the attention of numerous professionals in production agriculture.  With the introduction of multi-hybrid seeding technology, farmers are faced with the challenge of generating hybrid-seeding prescriptions to optimize productivity across the soil landscape.  While the technology is available for 30 in. and split-row planters, deployment of this technology at planting time is not void of challenges.  For central-fill, split row planters challenges include moving seed from the central fill tanks to the mini hoppers on electric drive seed meters for seed of varying sizes, under varying environmental conditions, and for different seed treatments.  One of the primary concerns besides the prescription is the management and changes in logistics related to seed delivery to the planter, fertilizer delivery, and seed characteristics.  Several companies have launched analytics platforms to help farmers match plant genetics with local soil and terrain conditions.  The cost of retrofitting existing planters with multi-hybrid capabilities ranges between $1,800 and $2,000 per row, and many farmers wonder if they can cash flow this investment.  Additionally, evaluating the population extremes of both corn and soybeans with soil landscape continues to raise questions.  This presentation reports on the logistics of field investigations conducted to evaluate the management of corn hybrids and soybean varieties within the soil landscape for increased profitability.  Additionally, we will discuss and report on a set of field investigations conducted to evaluate the use of remote sensing for developing prescriptions to manage the placement of corn hybrids and soybean varieties within the soil landscape for increased profitability.

Andrew Klopfenstein (speaker)
Senior Research Associate Engineer
The Ohio State University
Columbus 43210-1057
Andrew Klopfenstein, Senior Research Associate Engineer, is a 2-time graduate of The Ohio State University with both his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Andrew has been at Ohio State for ten years. He is originally from a family farm in Northwest Ohio in Paulding County that grows corn and soybeans and custom harvests forage crops for several dairies. He currently completes research in the areas of compaction, multi-hybrid corn, multi-variety soybeans, late season application of nitrogen, unmanned aerial systems, autonomous vehicles, and big data. He has spent numerous years working on planters and evaluating planter technology. Another area of interest is compaction, in which Andrew continues to work with ways to quantify and model the effects while looking at large axle loads from equipment and pinch row effects from planters. Andrew manages all field operations, labor, proposals, and projects for Dr. Scott Shearer in these research areas and teach classes in the department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Length (approx): 40 min
Customer Experiences: Challenges and Successes

Real world implementation of Multi-Hybrid planting technology is great and challenging at the same time. This describes the storyline that I have been going through for the last decade. 

Kevin Rozenboom (speaker)
Precision Ag Manager
Farmers Coop Society
Sioux Center, IA 51250
Kevin Rozenboom is the Precision Ag Manager of Farmers Coop Society. Established in Sioux County and located in the Northwest Corner of Iowa, Farmers Coop Society (FCS) covers NW Iowa, SW Minnesota, and SE South Dakota. FCS has been part of the local landscape for over 110 years. Rich in livestock production and home to some of the most productive soil on the planet, FCS strives to help our growers understand, utilize, and implement technology on their operations to promote the next generation’s opportunity for the future. Kevin grew up on a small grain and livestock farm in SE Iowa and graduated from Dordt College with an Ag Business Degree. Since graduation, he entered the ag-retail space near North Central IA before getting his feet wet with precision ag in the early 2000’s. Dealing with both the hardware and software side of Precision Ag has brought about a wide array of experiences throughout his career.
Length (approx): 40 min
Data Benchmarking for Deploying and Assessing Multi-Hybrid Planting Applications

In 2016 and 2017, studies were conducted with a multi-hybrid planter in corn and soybeans to determine the potential return on investment by optimizing treatment placements. For corn trials, historical yield and soil texture data were used to identify locations where offensive or defensive hybrids may perform better. Soybean studies observed the impact of non-treated seed versus a seed treatment to combat SDS based on historical yield and georeferenced crop scouting data. Results will summarize the marginal net return of the treatments for both crops over the two growing seasons.

John Evans (speaker)
PhD Candidate
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Grew up on a diverse farming operation in central Kentucky that produced corn, soybeans, beef cattle, sheep and tobacco. Graduated from the University of Kentucky with bachelors and master’s degrees in Biosystems Engineering with a focus on Machine Systems. Currently concluding a Ph.D in Biological Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focused on grain harvest logistics modeling and optimization. Will start in late fall as an assistant professor at Purdue University.
Length (approx): 40 min