Planting Equipment Buyers' Guide

Published online: Nov 05, 2019 News
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This buyers' guide appears in the November/December 2019 issue of Sugar Producer.

Desert Sunset Ag

(208) 339-1855  

Little Diker

The Little Diker is a versatile conservation tool that creates small pockets or dams, which prevent wind and water erosion in row crops or flat planting. It can be mounted to most row crop planters, such as the JD Max or Monosem vacuum planters, as well as grain drills and cultivators. The Little Diker has been shown to improve stand, emergence and yield in sugarbeets, corn, beans and wheat/small grains crops. A simple mechanical design mounts between planter units on row spacings as narrow as 20 inches. Built in Boise, Idaho, by American Craftsman, the Little Diker will provide a substantial return on every grower’s investment. 


Ag-Vantage, Inc.

(208) 670-1041


Ag-Vantage’s Culti-Dikers are water conservation tools that create water-retaining pockets to prevent soil erosion, thus providing increased crop yields. The pockets formed can hold ½ to 3 gallons of water, depending on model. Culti-Dikers can be mounted to row crop planters in between the planter units or behind, depending on each grower’s specific requirements. Culti-Dikers are available in several different models and sizes to meet individual needs.

Culti-Dikers have been mounted onto planters, cultivators, grain drills and tool bars for the past 15 years. A proven water conservation tool when used in sugarbeets, corn, beans, potatoes, grains and other crops.


Parma Company

(208) 722-5116

Parma High-Speed Disc

The High-Speed Disc is specifically designed to enable various results of primary tillage disking. Front 600/50-22.5 flotation tires in combination with the rear roller provide precise depth control for high-speed/shallow or slower-speed/deep disking. Front and rear rows of individual, 24-inch notched disc blades spaced at 10 inches are independently mounted on maintenance-free disc hub bearings and torsion spring-cushioned shanks. The distinct working action of each disc helps maintain a thorough and even disking result across the working width at the selected speeds. The separately controlled rear transport axle with 15-inch tires and the front tongue create a unique dual-action float or raise mechanism for complete lifting control at all times.

Parma’s High-Speed Disc is presently available in rigid widths of 14 to 21 feet and a wide variety of rear roller configurations including Crowfoot, packer rings, welded basket or pipe roller. Horsepower requirements for optimum high-speed performance are 15 to 20 horsepower per foot.


Kinze Manufacturing

Kinze 3700 Planter

This planter is designed for growers who want to plant narrower rows for sugarbeets, corn and soybeans. It offers more precision, up to 99.1 percent metering accuracy as field conditions allow, and features a rugged 7×7×½-inch, two-section toolbar with 30-degree center flex up and down.

Growers can cover more acres per day with a 60-foot planter toolbar, with the ability to bulk fill with a 110-bushel seed tank capacity. Growers can also maximize seed savings and have less overlap on end rows by adding the optional Kinze electric clutches.


Monosem, Inc.

(913) 438-1700

Monoshox Air

Monoshox Air is the newest addition to the field-proven Monoshox down force system. It utilizes and improves on the proven Monoshox shock absorber and heavy-duty linkage that has set the standard for sugarbeet planters in the United States.

Monoshox Air works well in all soil conditions, and performs especially well in more adverse planting conditions.

The Monoshox Air system resists compression and extents quickly to match the contours of the field. This minimizes row-unit bounce and maintains consistent depth control, resulting in even seed spacing and plant emergence.


Amity Technology

(701) 232-4199

Section Control for Air Seed Carts

Amity announces the availability of section control for new orders of its 3800 and 5250 air carts, providing growers with the ability to greatly reduce overlap in seed and fertilizer application.

Designed to maximize benefits while simplifying use, Amity section control offers four sections and can meter up to three dry products. It supports both single and double chutes, and provides the capability to deliver all three products to the same opener. It also features turn compensation for improved rate control.

The Amity system utilizes electric drives and individual meters for on/off control, as well as speed control, in contrast to hydraulic drive systems with on/off gates that are generally slower and can cause excess material to dump into the system when opened. This is a particularly significant advantage with small and higher-priced seeds.

Section control retrofits for existing Amity air carts in the field will also be available in the near future.