1985 - Volume #9, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Low-Cost Way to Seed Wheat, Spread Fertilizer
"We've field tested it the past four years for spreading fertilizer, thinking initially that its primary niche in the marketplace would be as a spreader. But we discovered last year in side-by-side field comparisons that the Go-Bee is also tailor-made for seeding small grains, canola (rape) and other crops. Limited trials indicate it can do the job of an air seeder or press drill and for only about one-tenth the cost. What's more, it readily adapts to any seedbed, whether standing stubble, stalks or summer fallow."
The spreader-seeder, which resembles an old-style endgate seeder except that it's front, rather than rear mounted, is hydraulically driven. It has no gearboxes, chains, belts or bearings to service or wear out. "It adapts to most any tractor and is as easy to mount or dismount as your tractor loader," notes Nemeth. (The $2,225 retail price ù U.S. dollars ù includes mounting brackets.)
The patented Go-Bee is available with a 2,000 or 3,000 lb. hopper. "We have a push-type unit with a larger capacity hopper on the drawing board," says Nemeth.
The Go-Bee (named after a favorite expression of Nemeth's father) is mounted to a fixed height of about 3¢ ft. above the ground. A flow control valve allows the operator to adjust spreading or seeding width "on the go" from 5 to 65 ft. It can be adjusted to spread or seed to the front only, or only to the right or left sides.
"It'll seed wheat or barley at about 40 acres per hour," says Nemeth. Last spring, he and his nephews used the Go-Bee to seed 300 acres of wheat into stubble that had been field cultivated once the previous fall after harvest. "In the spring, using one tractor and in one operation, we seeded the wheat and worked it into the ground with a 36 ft. wide field cultivator-harrow combination pulled behind the tractor. This is the beauty of the Go-Bee. Seeding width is adjustable to match the width of your pull-behind field cultivator, chisel plow, harrow or other tillage equipment. You can seed wheat, barley, oats, canola and other crops into summer fallow or untouched stalks of stubble.
"Corn farmers could even use it to interseed rye or clover on the last cultivation," Nemeth points out. "When you finish a field, you simply shut off the flow control, lift the rear-attached tillage tool and you're ready to move to the next field ù without having to bother with a drill transport, or a battery of air hoses."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Louis Nemeth, Box 215, Yellow Creek, Sask., Canada SOK4XO (ph 306 279-2084).
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