Morris Quantum drill designed for better emergence, lower seedling mortality

The engineering and heavy metal that go into designing and building a new air seeder are only as valuable as how the unit performs, and that in-field evaluation is the fun part of Garth Massie’s job.

Massie, corporate agronomist with Morris Industries, has put the new Quantum drill through its seeding paces, and the resulting emergence counts, seed/fertilizer separation, and overall performance of the unit do not disappoint, he says.

The Quantum drill’s new design is aimed at improving depth control of seed and fertilizer, even while cresting hills or rolling across dips and sloughs. What’s more, the opener design does a great job of keeping seed and fertilizer separated, Massie says, and keeping fertilizer well separated from seed reduces seedling mortality and delivers rapid, uniform emergence, even at higher rates of fertilizer.

The air delivery system is new, too. The innovative stainless steel divider head features enough room for large seeds, such as chickpeas and faba beans, and reduces row-to-row distribution discrepancy by half when compared to earlier generations of the Morris seeding units.

Massie says the Quantum air drill has been improved in other ways, as well. For instance, the frame has been strengthened and simplified by re-engineering the way the joints are manufactured, and the row units have been designed to be easily maintained and adjusted.

Watch RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse speak with Garth Massie, corporate agronomist with Morris Industries, about the new Quantum air drill.

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