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Root zone compaction is caused when there is excessive downforce applied to the row unit during planting. That compaction cuts yields by:
- Reducing germination rates and lowering plant count
- Increasing plant stress reducing ear girth and length
- Stressing plants at pollination during dry years with hot summers
Until now, corn growers had no way to measure the amount of weight carried by the row units . . . and no way to increase or decrease weight for each soil type and tillage condition.
The 20/20 SeedSenseŽ system teams with 20/20 AirForce to automatically measure and manage down force to make sure you run as light as possible, while maintaining the ground contact that assures uniform seeding depth.
SeedSense includes smart pins that measure the weight on the row unit and calculates the amount of excess weight that could be removed while still maintaining full planting depth.
AirForce takes the information from SeedSense and uses air to automatically increase or decrease the weight on the row unit. So the row units run as light as possible . . . with just enough weight to keep the row units proper depth.