Farmers watched as planters and seeders of all sizes, shapes and capabilities rolled down the field during the planting and seeding demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock last month.
Some planted at 10 MPH while others showed off their ability to plant multiple crops, combine seeding and tillage, or the flexibility to plant seeds as small as alfalfa or as large as sunflowers.
Despite all the shiny paint, agronomist and demonstration co-ordinator Pat Lynch, says money and technology are not enough to deliver better stands and higher yields.
Bigger planters with the latest bells and whistles do not guarantee you are going to have a better crop, but it does give you the ability to help reach your goals, says Lynch.
“It does not take away from the fact that you must know agronomy and the soil you’re working with … then this planting equipment goes a long way to getting better yield.”