Variable-Rate Seeding Basics

Benefits

VRS can help maximize the seed investment by adjusting seeding rates across grower-defined management zones to achieve optimum economic return for each area of the field. Employing VRS requires the use of GPS-enabled equipment to create, plant, and evaluate seeding prescriptions.

Components

A VRS system may consist of many different components, depending on the manufacturer of the equipment. Key components typically include a VRS controller and related software, a GPS receiver, a VRS prescription, a CAN-bus and a hydraulic motor. Consult your equipment dealer for specific set-up requirements.

4 Steps to Implement VRS Strategy

There are 4 basic steps required to develop and implement a VRS strategy: 1) designate management zones within each field, 2) assign seeding rates to each management zone, 3) create field-specific VRS prescriptions using mapping software, and 4) upload the VRS prescription information to your VRS controller prior to planting.

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