Growing farmer interest in planting canola with a planter rather than seeding it with a traditional air drill was evident at Ag Days 2017 in Brandon.
The expansion of soybean and corn acres in Western Canada and the Northern Plains is a primary driver, making it easier for canola growers to justify purchasing a planter, explains Jeremy Hughes of Horsch. The company had its Maestro planter on display in Manitoba for the first time at Ag Days.
Another major driver is the reduced seed costs as the precise seed placement of a planter over an air drill also enables lower seeding rates. Hughes says testing in North Dakota last year comparing the Maestro to a single disc drill showed the planter could maintain the same yield potential while halving the seeding rate.
Hughes discusses the growing interest in planting canola, and takes us on a tour of the Maestro’s features, including options for putting down fertilizer with the seed:
More from Ag Days 2017 here.