The Pioneer corn research team from Tavistock showed up in our yard last Thursday. They needed a parking spot to inload their Kinze planter so they could plant a hybrid test location on a neighbour's farm. You guys with your 16 row planters have nothing when compared to an 8 row research corn planter.
They were able to plant 10 acres of plots including hundreds of hybrids, each plot being 2 rows wide by 13 ft long, in just 3 hours. In the research game that is moving at the speed of light. They were able to finish before the first thunder storms arrived that afternoon.
They also have a 4 row planter that was working at a different location that same day. All of this activity is done in the name of bringing us new and better corn hybrids as efficiently as possible.