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The HORSCH Maestro SP series combines our proven pull type planter platforms with integrated technology from Precision Planting taking your planting to the next level! Our industry leading seed and fertilizer capacities maximize your planting window, our legendary chassis systems with pioneering weight transfer technology aid to eliminate yield robbing pinch rows plus provide a stable toolbar for row unit downforce, and our globally proven row unit design can now come factory equipped with Precision Planting technology including the Gen III 2020 monitor, vSet meters with vDrive, Delta Force, Wave Vision, Speed Tube and Clean Sweep. The ultimate planter platform with capacity for maximizing planted acres per day, maintaining seedbed and furrow integrity, while having a complete systems approach to pin-point seed placement…now configured with Precision Planting technology is ready for you to take planting to the next level.
For spring planted crops, no matter where in the world, there is a 10-14 day planting window of opportunity to secure maximum yield potentials. If crop is planted after that optimum window yield losses will result not because of fertility, seed variety, or planter brand but simply because of the calendar. The Maestro SP planter chassis is designed with this in mind. Capacity is key in securing more planted acres per day especially when in variable field conditions. Large seed and liquid fertilizer carrying capacities allow for more planting time and less filling time. Pending seedbed conditions, planting speed can be increased beyond normal speeds to capitalize further on more planted acres per day within the optimum window.
Precise seed depth placement has a significant impact on yields, both positive and negative. Placing each seed at a proper depth, into moisture, and properly closing the furrow promotes rapid germination along with uniform emergence. This is a fundamental key in setting the stage for maximum yield potentials. Shallow placed seed often has higher mortality or delayed emergence due to lack of moisture. Seed placed too deep can become victim to cold soil temperatures, experience delayed emergence, and fall behind in yield potential. Precise seed placement is a full system approach in the Maestro SP. To place a seed precisely first starts with stabilizing the toolbar, the weight transfer system on the Maestro SP distributes the chassis weight over the width of the toolbar, thus stabilizing it. With each row unit featuring standard hydraulic downforce, the row unit can be engaged into the soil with up to 770 pounds of downforce without worry of the toolbar lifting. Beyond keeping the row-unit secured at desired depth, the disc opener of the row unit must be kept consistently and at a perpendicular angle to maintain a proper seed furrow. Solid parallel arm shaft design on front of the row-unit ensures the row unit maintains a consistent perpendicular engagement angle.
Maintaining uniform soil structure at planting time gives each seed equal chance to reach maximum yield potential. If soil structure is restrictive, the crop yield is restricted. The Maestro SP uses large tires with a light soil footprint along with the weight transfer system to minimize compaction on headlands and aid in eliminating pinch rows. Pinch row compaction can have significant yield impacts, especially in wet planting seasons. Eliminating this compacted zone secures your maximum potential yields. Another advantage with the large tires is maneuverability in variable soil conditions. Compaction will be significantly reduced while maneuvering in the field.
The HORSCH Maestro SP utilizes the strongest built row unit in the industry, which has been proven globally for superior agronomic performance, low maintenance, and low wear characteristics. Several key design parameters ensure long life of the row unit along with precision placement. Parallelogram design integrity is absolutely necessary for precise, consistent, perpendicular engagement of the double disc opener. Indexed depth setting which eliminates the need to “calibrate” each row for depth and ensures precise seed placement. Precision machined row bodies with hydraulic downforce result in consistent singulation and ride quality keeping the meter steady, and the seed release tried and true.
Industry first and industry leading frame weight distribution system aids in eliminating pinch rows, along with stabilizing the toolbar. This feature ensures the toolbar stays parallel to the seedbed no matter the row unit downforce required. This technology eliminates additional weight needed on the wings to hold wings down. Also, when using hydraulic downforce on the row unit, a stable and firm positioned toolbar is needed to apply downforce. Downforce can be adjusted in-cab or automatically on-the-fly through the AutoForce System. The hydraulics eliminate the chatter and bounce to the row unit caused by other downforce systems with springs or other competitive technologies. By creating a smooth ride, singulation integrity is preserved and the row unit maintains downforce and precise soil engagement for consistent seed depth placement.
The Maestro SP series is a complete high-efficiency planting concept built from the ground up for capacity and increased planted acres per day. Its industry leading seed and liquid fertilizer capacity (166/249 bushel seed) (725/1225 gallon liquid) contributes to more time planting and less time filling. Available with the Maestro SP Deluxe is an additional saddle tank option supplying an additional 500 gallons of liquid capacity. The Maestro SP planter has been a globally proven concept to achieve more planted acres per day than same or larger size competitive planters. By maximizing planted acres per day and the planting window of opportunity, Maestro SP secures maximum yield potentials.