A recipient of a 2016 FINovation award from Farm Industry News, the FMC 3RIVE 3D™ application system was given the award during the National Farm Machinery Show this week.
“This is the marriage of application technology and formulation technology that allows growers to plant as many as 500 acres on a single fill,” said FMC portfolio manager Rick Ekins of the system, which is used for in-furrow application of Capture® LFR® insecticide. “It’s a very small, compact, simple system … and it’s a low volume of water applied per acre.”
Last year when we talked about the system at NFMS, it was still a pilot program, but this year it is expanded. “We had 35 growers across the Corn Belt who put this product on and we’ve gained a vast amount of experience from that first year that we’ve incorporated into new system improvements for the 2016 crop year,” Ekins said, adding that the system pretty much accomplished all that they intended in the pilot year. “They were getting 500 acres out of a single fill, and it was a very easy system to manage and fill through the precision controls, and we did install it on a number of planters of all brands.”
Learn more in this interview: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/nfms16-ekins-3rive.mp3″ text=”Interview with Rick Ekins, FMC”]