Automated downforce control
HOW DELTAFORCE WORKS
Take the Guesswork Out of Downforce
DeltaForce's automated downforce system gives you peace of mind.
Simplicity Through Automation
Downforce on the planter is one of the most important settings on the planter to be adjusted for different zones and conditions in a field. Thankfully there is a tool available to address the common issues with visibility and downforce control – DeltaForce.
DeltaForce replaces the springs or airbags on a planter with hydraulic cylinders and load cells that measure how much weight is being carried on the row unit gauge wheels 200 times per second and keep it consistent. The operator sets a weight that should be carried on the gauge wheels, and DeltaForce does the rest.
Optimal Furrow Creation
Your row unit needs the right amount of downforce. Not too heavy, not too light, just like the story of Goldilocks. With the power of automated downforce control, you’ll gain consistent and optimal furrows for the best root development, which in turn offers ideal nutrient and water uptake for the seed.
Uniform Seed Placement and Emergence
DeltaForce cylinders maintain the same weight on the gauge wheels of every row, even across the variation of a field or from equipment. Getting the seed to the bottom of the trench ensures proper root development and consistent emergence, which in turn, increases yield.
We've Done Our Homework
So you don't have to.
DownForce Study ‣ Multi-Year Corn
Our data shows that DeltaForce could have a potential ROI of nearly $100,000 across 5 years on 800 acres using a 16-row planter.
Downforce Study ‣ Corn
In our 3-year study at the PTI Farm, we've found that too little or too excessive downforce can cut corn yields by almost 19 bu/a.
Downforce Study ‣ Soybeans
Our 2020 study of downforce in soybeans showed up to 3.5 bu/a decrease in yield with an incorrect downforce setting.
INSIDE THE CAB
Take a Look at the 20|20
Automatic control and real-time data.
By looking at the downforce metric on the home screen, you can quickly ensure that all rows have enough downforce to maintain 100% ground contact and how much additional margin the planter is carrying. See which row has the highest or least downforce.
This downforce details page shows row-by-row information. See exactly how much margin each row is carrying or how often that row is losing contact with the ground. This page also shows how much downforce is required to achieve the downforce target.
You can easily see how more applied downforce was required from DeltaForce in this field as the row hopper became lighter and when the hoppers were refilled with seed in the middle of the field. By viewing the maps side-by-side you can see which rows were working harder to achieve consistent downforce.
Hear From Growers
Brad McAfee, Indiana
With multiple soil types in one pass, Brad is astonished by the accurate control in down force.
Emily Ponwith, Minnesota
Ponwith Farms shares that you don’t have to do it all at once with the approach they took to pick and choose their planter upgrades in this article.
Matt Chambers, Iowa
"DeltaForce is very important in our terrain to give us proper down pressure and consistent seed depth in our variable soils."
The Goldilocks Theory
The Importance of Accurate Down Pressure.
How to Operate DeltaForce
Let's walk through the mechanics behind DeltaForce and what it looks like on the 20|20.
Applied Force Map
The applied force map evaluates the field and planter conditions, not DeltaForce performance.