A new seeder design that first caught farmers’ attention in Western Canada several years ago is moving from the prototype stage into production.
Vancouver-based Clean Seed Capital Group says it has started manufacturing and assembling its CX-6 SMART Seeder at WS Steel Manufacturing in Steinbach, Manitoba.
“This is a major step forward for Clean Seed,” said Graeme Lempriere, CEO of Clean Seed. “Aligning with WS Steel has expanded our capabilities and expertise, allowing us to meet our 2016 targets while preparing to ramp up for increased sales volume in 2017 and beyond.”
The arrangement will see WS Steel build 100 units over the next three years, with the possibility of expanding the project. According to the company, WS Steel has invested “significant capital in production design and engineering” to begin production of the seeder, which gives farmers the ability to metre up to six products simultaneously at varying rates.
“It’s a remarkably innovative product that we feel will alter the future of farming and we’re proud to be a partner in this important initiative.” said Joe Waldner, president of WS Steel. “With our comprehensive and unique manufacturing capabilities, we are excited to commence the manufacturing process of the CX-6 SMART Seeder.”
Clean Seed signed a distribution agreement Rocky Mountain Equipment covering all of Alberta, Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan earlier this year. Plans are to have all 33 RME retail locations in Western Canada sell and demonstrate the CX-6 SMART Seeder starting in 2017. A separate distribution deal has also been signed with Cervus Equipment for north-central Saskatchewan.