Category: Seeders and Planters

Monsanto Cancels Deal to Sell Precision Planting to Deere

Monsanto, the parent company of The Climate Corporation, has cancelled its deal to sell Climate’s Precision Planting equipment business to Deere & Company. The agreement, which was announced in November 2015, was delayed by a U.S. Department of Justice legal challenge. “We are deeply disappointed in this outcome as we remain confident the acquisition would… Read more »

Horsch Sees Growing Interest in Planting Canola

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,… Read more »

SpeedTube Increases Speed and Accuracy for White Planters

How fast can you drive the new 9800VE Series White Planters and still maintain precision seed placement accuracy? RealAgriculture got the scoop from AGCO’s strategic marketing manager Tom Draper last week at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. It was the first opportunity for farmers to take a closer look at the… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires, Ep 14: Tips for Buying New (to You?) Seeding Equipment

When you look to purchase a new piece of seeding equipment what are your priorities? Is it size, colour, or what is the newest flashiest tech in the marketplace? Do you shop new and used or only one or the other? There are many things to consider. Kickin’ Tires co-hosts Jim Hale and Shaun Haney… Read more »

White Planters Roll Out With Precision Planting SpeedTubes

AGCO Corporation is bringing to market White Planters 9800VE series planters equipped with SpeedTube seed tubes from Precision Planting. With SpeedTube on White Planters 9800VE Series planters, farmers can now achieve precise seed placement of corn at speeds nearly double traditional operating speeds, says AGCO. In field tests, the 9800VE Series planter with SpeedTube produced… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires—Ep 13: Considering Row Width Options on a New Seed Drill

When you’re on the hunt for that new seed drill one of the major consideration is row width configurations. There continues to be an influx of European thought on cereal production with the push to run sub-7.5 inch row widths. Some would argue that Ontario growers have gone narrower at a faster rate than Western… Read more »

Deere, Ag Leader Strike Deal on Precision Planting Equipment

Deere & Company has reached a deal to provide a precision agriculture competitor with products from the planting equipment company it’s in the process of buying. If Deere completes its acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto’s Climate Corporation, it will provide Ag Leader with licenses and technology to manufacture and sell Precision Planting’s SpeedTube, and… Read more »

What’s the Best Way to Plant Cover Crops?

When it comes to cover crops, there are many equipment and planting options. But regardless of the tools you choose, seeding at the right depth and achieving an even spread pattern are key for success. In this video, Real Agriculture’s resident agronomist Peter Johnson visits the Elgin Soil and Crop Improvement Association field demonstration day… Read more »

Pöttinger’s Terrasem Integrates Seedbed Prep, Consolidation and Drilling

A unique, European drill caught the eyes of Ag in Motion delegates this year, just outside of Saskatoon. Though much smaller than many of its competitors — hitting widths between 3 and 9 metres (9.8 and 29.5ft) — the Pöttinger Terrasem packs quite a punch, with the integration of seedbed preparation, consolidation and drilling. “So you’re getting… Read more »

CX-6 SmartSeeder Reaches Commercialization Stage

Many curious farmers got their first look at Clean Seed Capital’s new CX-6 SmartSeeder in action at Ag in Motion at Langham, Saskatchewan. The unique seeding technology was on display in the seeding demonstrations alongside other brands used in Western Canada. As Colin Rosengren explains in the video below, they’ve finally reached the commercialization stage… Read more »

Seed Flow Sensor and Tunable Tower Improve Row-by-Row Air Seeder Distribution

When it comes to row-by-row seed distribution, let’s just say there’s room to improve the accuracy of bulk metering systems on many air seeders. “Right now in the marketplace, with bulk metering that delivers the product through those manifolds, the deviation is approximately 20 to 23 percent throughout industry at this time,” says Owen Kinch,… Read more »

Pillar Hybrid Disc/Hoe Drill Built to Offer Benefits of Both Opener Designs

Disc drill or hoe drill? Does it have to be an ‘or’ question? Since 2008, Pillar Lasers Inc., based at Warman, Saskatchewan, has been making hybrid disc/hoe openers that are designed to give the grower the best of both worlds. As Pillar’s Mike Friesen explains in this video filmed at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

SeedMaster Brings Seeding Technology to New Granular Applicator

SeedMaster is bringing some of its seeding technology to the application of granular herbicides and fertilizer. The Emerald Park, Saskatchewan-based company debuted its 70′ Nova Flex granular applicator bar at Canada’s Farm Progress Show ’16 in Regina. As research manager Owen Kinch explains in this video, the unit connects to SeedMaster’s Nova cart, either tow behind or… Read more »

Planter Modification Can Fix Neonic Problem, says University of Guelph Researcher

If agriculture wants to reduce the potential impact neonicotinoid seed treatments have on pollinators, it has to modify standard vacuum planters. That’s the verdict from Ridgetown College, University of Guelph researcher Dr. Art Schaafsma. “Essentially, what we’ve created is a drift problem,” says Schaafsma, who spoke publicly about his research for the first time last… Read more »

9,000 Gallons of Liquid Fertilizer on Tracks

Carrying 9,000 US gallons of liquid fertilizer, CW Mowat Manufacturing, based near New Norway, Alberta, has built what might be the largest single-frame liquid caddy in the world. The FLC 9000 ST was on display at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina earlier this month, on its way to a customer in southern Saskatchewan. When… Read more »