Interest in corn and soybeans in Western Canada is reaching a fever pitch, and thanks to some newer short season varieties for both crops farmers are seeing good results. Add in that farmers are looking for ways to stretch expensive canola seed and — ta da! — you’ve got all kinds of new interest in planters doing the work that air drills and discers typically would.
There’s no doubt that farmers are happy with the seed-singulation and depth consistency achieved with a planter, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a learning curve to making the switch. Planters typically require higher hydraulic output, use wider rows and — and this is a big one — aren’t really set up to work with granular fertilizer. Say what? Yes, really. It’s one of the unexpected surprises some farmers discover upon trying to slide a planter into the same job a drill would take on.
The problem stems from a lack of means to separate fertilizer from seed in-furrow. As Todd Botterill, of Botterill Sales, explains in this video, you need a triple shoot system to really make granular fertilizer work with a planter. To achieve this, Monosem and Morris Industries have been working together to try and solve the problem, as not every farmer is going to make the move to liquid fertilizer. In this video, Botterill walks us through how Monosem and Morris are getting around some of the issues with combining planters with air drill technology and what the next steps are to making it work.
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