Several methods and machines have been introduced during the last five years that can improve the timeliness and productivity of planting operations. Several manufacturers claim these devices can increase productivity by more than 50% over conventional methods. This paper provides insights on the improvement of corn and soybean planting systems, while using a seed tender and other similar devices. A comparison between machine operations is analyzed with the assumptions made by these claims. While the claims may be valid, farm clientele deserve to know the conditions under which these improvements can be expected. The results can assist farmers in evaluating how these purchases influence machine productivity, and how to identify potential operational areas that can improve their productivity with existing machinery systems. It also provides better estimates for parameters currently listed as ranges within the ASABE Standards.
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