Category: Seeders and Planters

Wheat School: Planting wheat with a planter

It’s an established fact that seeding depth and plant spacing are critical factors in maximizing yields and uniformity in some crops. That’s why corn and soybeans are planted with planters designed to singulate each seed and place it at a precise depth. Wheat isn’t generally seeded with a planter, but as part of this Wheat… Read more »

Soil sensor designed for real-time changes to seeding rates and depths

German farm equipment company Köckerling, together with Austria-based Geoprospectors, have paired their technology to build seeding equipment designed to automatically account for variable soil conditions. The Geoprospectors’ Top Soil Mapper, which is mounted on the front of a tractor (and profiled here), scans the soil and measures three main parameters from above ground: soil moisture,… Read more »

TechTour: Using camera technology to automate uniform seedbed preparation

It can be difficult, if not borderline impossible, to create a uniform seedbed out of a highly variably field. But Austrian equipment manufacturer Pöttinger is offering a new tool, with a camera-supported seedbed preparation system. Cameras mounted between a power harrow and the seeding equipment take real-time footage of the surface of the soil, measuring… Read more »

Salford goes onboard with planter-mounted fertilizer applicator

Salford is giving growers the ability to apply either in-row, pop-up, or banded granular starter fertilizer with the ease and maneuverability that comes with a planter-mounted fertilizer applicator. The company’s new Ferti-GO 4S features a single product hopper, available for mounting on many planter models, with variable rate metering and four-section control. “With this metering system, the Ferti-GO 4S… Read more »

White Planters unveils two new tracked options

More acres in a day, less compaction, and more no-till options are what planter customers want, says AGCO Corporation, and so the company has unveiled two new White Planters options to meet these needs. The two new planter models —White Planters WP9924VE planter with tracks and WP9222VE wing-fold planter — were introduced at the 2018… Read more »

TechTour: Corn planting with small, swarming robots

Fendt sees a future where 12 small robots the size of drink coolers will replace a tractor and eight-row planter for planting corn. After completing the MARS (Mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms) project with Ulm University of Applied Sciences and funding from the European Union, Fendt and parent company AGCO have decided to take the research… Read more »

Kinze introduces prototype split row 60-foot planter

Kinze has debuted a prototype planter that gives soybean growers the ability to plant narrower rows while covering the same ground of a 60-foot, 30-inch corn planter. The split row, centre pivot unit was on display at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois last month. It’s capable of 24-row, 30-inch corn planting and 15… Read more »

Two planters, one machine: introducing Case IH’s new 2140 Early Riser

The public caught their first glimpse of Case IH’s new 2140 Early Riser at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois last month. The new pivot-fold planter succeeds the 1245, offering 400 gallons of liquid fertilizer capacity, 80 bushels of seed capacity, and split-row configuration options. “The 2140 Early Riser is two planters in one efficient… Read more »

SIMPAS takes printer & cartridge concept to the field

Think of your planter as a high-resolution field printer. Instead of multiple colours of ink, it’s dispensing combinations of micronutrients and crop protection products in-furrow. A U.S. company is following the concept of an inkjet printer, with plans to commercialize a system for applying precise amounts as needed at varying rates in each row. SIMPAS,… Read more »

Morris Industries gets new ownership and investment

Saskatoon-based Morris Industries has undergone a change in ownership, with private investors injecting new capital into the farm equipment manufacturer. Ben Voss, together with Calgary-based Avrio Capital and Lamont Brown Group, have acquired a majority stake in the business from outgoing CEO Casey Davis. Voss, who’s served as president since 2015, has also replaced Davis… Read more »

AGCO reaches deal to buy Precision Planting from Climate Corp.

The Climate Corporation has found another buyer for its Precision Planting equipment business. Less than three months after the Monsanto subsidiary cancelled the sale of Precision Planting LLC to Deere & Co., a deal has been struck to sell Precision Planting to AGCO. “As a leading global equipment manufacturer, AGCO is uniquely positioned to enable… Read more »

Amity brings back Concord name on new drill

Built from the late 70s through the mid 90s, there are still more than a few of the original Concord drills in operation in Western Canada and the Northern U.S. Around 6,000 Concord drills were built, with around 2,000 sold in Canada, but the name disappeared on new seeding equipment after Concord Inc. was bought… Read more »

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

Editor’s note: This article was updated on June 28 with additional information regarding the Dot Technology Corp, the DOT Power Platform and quotes from DOT inventor Norbert Beaujot. A new sister company to SeedMaster is planning to unveil a major innovation in autonomous agriculture in the next few weeks. The Emerald Park, Sask. company had… Read more »

Seed Hawk takes on Vaderstad name and colours

Nearly four years after being acquired by Vaderstad, Saskatchewan-based air seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk is now a full-fledged member of its Swedish parent company’s equipment family. Known for their burgundy colour, Seed Hawk drills were on display in Vaderstad’s bright red paint with yellow trim and font at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last… Read more »

TechTour: Manitoba farmer gives planters a new look

From the road, it looks like a custom-made air seeder pulled by a Big Bud four-wheel drive tractor. But after your eyes move on from the rare tractor, you might notice something else. Those look like planter row units mounted on the frame. Having grown corn and soybeans in the southwest corner of Manitoba near Waskada… Read more »