WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa – Kinze Manufacturing has developed a new high-speed meter and seed tube to provide row crop farmers with accurate seed placement at speeds up to 12 mph. The new planter technology, called True Speed, is planned for introduction in the 2021 planting season.

The system was developed with support from Ag Leader Technology, which will market it as  SureSpeed. The two companies will distribute the technology through their respective dealer networks.

“We are a company that values technology and simplicity,” said Susanne Veatch, president of Kinze. “I’m very proud of this simple, exceptionally accurate Kinze high-speed planting solution. As a farmer myself, I know this product will provide our customers with more flexibility and productivity during planting season.”

While many factors can influence planting speed, farmers should not be limited by their ability to accurately place seeds in the ground. Eric Nettleton, associate director of product management for Kinze, said, “Kinze’s new system uses an electric meter and delivery tube that operate accurately at planter speeds from 3-12 mph, allowing farmers to ‘Plant at Your Speed’ without compromising singulation accuracy or spacing. The result is precise seed spacing at various speeds with multiple seed shapes and sizes. The system design also allows for easy maintenance saving farmers time and money.”

Engineered for Accuracy at Every Speed

Kinze’s meter, and its unique orientation on the row unit, allows seed to move seamlessly between the meter and seed tube, resulting in superior accuracy at all speeds. This enables farmers who have appropriate field conditions to increase the acres they can plant in a typical day. Additionally, Kinze’s meter eliminates the need for singulator adjustments, which allows for quick seed type changeover and the ability to handle a variety of corn and soybean seed shapes and sizes.

When paired with Kinze’s downforce technology, True Depth, which provides instant row unit response to field conditions, continual ground contact can be maintained for consistent accuracy at all speeds. 

Nettleton noted that True Speed is controlled by Kinze’s Blue Vantage display, which is optimized for planters and offers a highly intuitive user interface that displays all the information farmers need on one screen. It also features a comprehensive diagnostics screen, high-definition mapping and graphs, and a quick setup enabling farmers to go from turning on the display to planting in just three clicks.

See It in Louisville

Kinze will showcase its new high-speed technology at the 2020 National Farm Machinery Show Feb. 12-15 in Louisville, Ky.

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