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Phil Jennings

Phil Jennings has been with Kinze since 1994 and currently serves as Service Manager. In his role, Phil manages the customer service and product support team, providing accurate, timely and professional solutions to dealers and end users. He helps develop and implement Kinze training programs, and serves on cross-functional design and development teams to improve product performance and reliability. Phil holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Technology from Iowa State University and is passionate about his faith, family, friends and farming.

Articles By Phil Jennings

Time to Put Away the Planter!

To keep your planter running in top condition, it's very important to check it over when you finish planting for the season. Follow this checklist to make sure you are putting it away properly.

The Multi-Hybrid Planting Verdict Is In

Is there really a benefit to planting different hybrids based on changes in soil types and field conditions across your field?

Time to Tune Up Your Monitors and Modules

Getting ready for planting season now means that we need to check more than just the "nuts and bolts" on our farm equipment.

How to Map a Field for Multi-Hybrid Planting

The Kinze 4900 Multi-Hybrid planter is the world's first electric drive planter that automatically switches between two different hybrids as you cross soil zones to optimize yield.

Frequently Asked Questions about the New Multi-Hybrid Planter

A good innovation makes people ask questions. What is it? What does it do? How does it work? How can it improve my operation? And so on. The more questions the better. It means people are genuinely intrigued and eager to learn more about your product.

13 Tips for Safe Driving During Harvest

Fall harvest season is upon us so rural drivers can expect to share the road with large farm implements. It's important for drivers and farm equipment operators to remain alert at all times and be considerate of each other. Here are some good driving tips to keep in mind during harvest season.

Operator Tips for Optimizing Planter Performance

Technology has streamlined and simplified many elements of farming, and made farmers more productive and efficient than ever before. But technology isn't foolproof. Monitors and automated functionality like section control and hydraulic drives require field checks to validate performance.

Tech Tune-Ups and Frame Maintenance for Row Crop Planters

When it comes to planter maintenance, we always tend to focus on meters and row units first, but don't overlook the frame during annual pre-season inspections! It only takes a few minutes.

Care and Maintenance Tips for Fertilizer and No-Till Attachments

Taking time during the offseason to tune up your planter ensures you're ready to roll into the fields soon as planting season arrives.

Seed Meter Care and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance of your Kinze seed meters is an important part of optimizing your planter's performance and ultimately, yield potential. Both mechanical and vacuum seed meters should be removed from the planter and cleaned out when not in use. Remember that storing your meters in a clean, dry and rodent free environment helps reduce the potential for damage.