Farmers are now under pressure to complete corn planting during the ideal window in order to aim for optimal yields. Farm Industry News photojournalist Mike Krivit traveled to the farm of Eric and Mark Ruen in The Bluff Country area of Minnesota to capture the farmers in action as they planted Dekalb Genuity VT Triple Pro corn seed with their brand-new Kinze 3600 planter.
Eric Ruen and brother Mark Ruen prepare to load their planter
with Dekalb Genuity VT Triple Pro corn seed.
2. Refuge in a Bag
The new Refuge in a Bag corn blend allows for planting the most traited acres for optimal yields. Genuity corn has allowed farmers to reduce their refuge acres from 50% to 20%—increasing whole-farm yield potential by up to 10 bu.
3. New planter
Eric Ruen loads seed into one of two 40-bu. hoppers on their new Kinze 3600 16-row planter with liquid starter fertilizer, central seed, and row shut-offs.
The brand-new Kinze planter caused much excitement on the farm.
5. Planter features
The planter lifts off the ground and rotates 90 degrees for transport.
The display shows hopper weight for the bulk seed fill system. This display can integrate with the Integra by Ag Leader display, allowing Eric to input the number of seeds per pound, plus seed population data, so they can easily see the number of acres to empty each hopper as well as overall total.
7. Bluff Country
Mark is unloading seed on the second-generation Ruen family farm in Lanesboro, Minn. Mark and Eric's father bought the property in 1967. The rolling hills in the background are why they call the area The Bluff Country of Minnesota.
A look into the seed that will soon hit the ground.
9. ADS system
Each of the 16 of the 3600 planter's air seed delivery "entrainer" where the seed is mixed with moving air has a adjustment for seed type and size in five settings — one being the largest and five the smallest. One big advantage to this ASD system is that airflow never stops, which prevents seed tubes from plugging.
10. Air clutch package
This Kinze 3600 is equipped with an air clutch package that enables row sections to be shut off manually, or automatically from a GPS map. Each section represents two planters.
While corn planting picked up last week, rain in the near forecast may prevent farmers from finishing planting on time.
12. John Deere tractor
The planter is easily transported down the road with this John Deere 8235R tractor.
13. Yield potential
New reports from Iowa State University Extension suggest that if farmers don’t have their corn planted soon, the potential for optimal yields may be greatly decreased.
14. Planter versions
The Kinze 3600 planter is available in 12- and 16-inch-row versions.
15. Race to plant on time
ISU data shows that corn planted between Sunday and May 15 may see a 4% decrease in yield.