InfoAg 2018 Presentation
Multi-Hybrid Planters

Grand D
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
8:00am to 8:40am


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

Senior Research Associate Engineer
The Ohio State University

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.