Wider row spacing in cereals has traditionally been associated with lower yields, but SeedMaster says its SeedMaster Ultra-SR provides 15-inch spacing with no yield loss when used in cereals.
Tim Criddle, global sales director for SeedMaster, took time at the Western Canada Crop Production Show to discuss the new drill with RealAg’s Atley Hamlin.
In the video below, Criddle dives into the implications of the Ultra-SR as a wide-row drill. The 15-inch row spacing can be used for both canola and cereals, Criddle says, and feedback from growers using it to seed canola has been positive. He says that growers focus on the positive effects 15-inch row spacing has on nutrient and moisture competition and leaf area. For canola, that’s resulting in a yield increase.
Criddle says they have more conversations around the wider spacing when it comes to cereals. There is a belief that going from 10-inch to 15-inch row spacing on cereal crops results in a yield decrease. Criddle says SeedMaster has five consecutive years of research disproving this myth. SeedMaster compared yields from 10″ and 15″ row spacing crops and found no significant yield differences.
Grower feedback on using the Ultra-SR in cereals confirms SeedMaster’s initial research, showing no significant yield difference when seeding cereals using the drill, says Criddle.