After working on the concept for several years, Saskatchewan-based seeding equipment manufacturer SeedMaster has built its first prototype drill with a single rank design.

While other air seeder frames have multiple rows or ranks of openers for seeding to create space for crop residue flow and the opener units themselves, the Ultra SR has everything mounted in a single row, similar to row crop planter.

“It is the first single rank, knife opening drill designed for large acre farming,” explains SeedMaster’s Anthony Biglieni in the video below.

The initial prototype, which was on display at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, is 60′ wide, with 15″ row spacing and a 700 bushel tank.

To prevent having crop residue build up and drag between the openers, SeedMaster has developed a spoked wheel system to move the trash through the machine. (Here’s a video on the ‘residue wheel’ concept filmed at the Farm Progress Show last year.)

Advantages of the single rank seeder include easier access and significantly improved agility and ground-following, he says, noting “you’re not seeing any different tillage than with our traditional toolbar that uses our dual knife opener.”

The design evolved together with the creation of the DOT autonomous platform, developed by SeedMaster’s sister company, DOT Technology Corp.

“They had to develop a seeding unit that would fit int he DOT frame, and with that it had to be a single rank, so they had to think about different ways to deal with trash. That innovation has led to the innovation of the Ultra SR,” explains Biglieni.

The company plans to continue testing the unit this summer and fall.

Related: SeedMaster sister company to unveil autonomous machine for seeding & field work

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  1. To whom it may concern,
    Morrow County Crop Tour and Drill Demo day
    You are receiving this in hopes that your company would like to take part in a great opportunity to show off some of your equipment out in the field. At the annual Morrow Co. crop tour and social. This year we are planning a crop tour, drill demos, social hour, dinner, music and celebrating Starvation Farms 102nd year as a family farm. Date of Tour and Demo is Friday, May 15th 2020. Location is Starvation Farms 72967 Strawberry Ln. Lexington, Or 97839

    A draft of schedule is as follows
    12:30- ARS/OSU Sustainable dryland initiative plots
    1:10- Yellow Pea field
    1:40- OSU state wide wheat variety plots
    2:30- Drill Demo
    5:30 or 6- drinks food music social

    The event is sponsored by OSU Extension, Morrow Gilliam Wheat League, Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association, and Starvation Farms
    For the demo day we ask companies to arrive and set up the day before on the 14th seed wheat will be provided by Starvation. If you don’t have an auger on your drill please advise me. We will be seeding into 50-60-bushel wheat stubble. It may not be the wettest ground come May but we can always hope. The plan is to seed a strip about 200+ feet long for growers to check. We will have a rep give an overview at the start of each drill of about 5-10 minutes before, then about 5-10 minutes after for questions. There will be ample time at the social to interact with growers also. We will introduce and recognize those that bring equipment. As this is also sponsored by the PNDSA something, we would like to try out is If a grower buys a drill from one of the companies on display within 1 year of demo is $500 off purchase or use towards up grades. Unless they are a member of the PNDSA then it would be $1250. Which the PNDSA can verify. This is something new we hope that you will support in hopes to entice a sale and to show there is value for growers to be a member of the PNDSA. I have included my contact for further questions as we plan for what we think will be a big event. We are expecting 150+ for this we will be putting out the word through Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
    Cordially, Chris Rauch
    Cell: 541-379-3554 email: [email protected]

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