1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Add-On Seeder Plants Crops While You Combine
The"Autocast" system broadcasts seed right after the crop is cut. The combine then lays the crop residue back over the seed where it acts like mulch.
The ground-driven unit consists of a hopper, an electric blower unit, and a series of outlet nozzles that evenly and uniformly distribute seed across the width of the header.
The poly hopper has a capacity of about 154 lbs., typically enough for 20 acres of a small-seeded crop like canola.
Seed is metered by a ground-driven wheel. Its output can be adjusted from 6 1/2 up to 55 lbs. per acre (in about 2 lb. increments) simply by changing sprockets. Sensors and in-cab monitors show seed flow and detect low hopper level.
The main unit mounts on the header on an inverted T-shaped frame and bars mounted on back of the header support the seed "nozzles". Installation takes about 10 minutes and the system doesn't have to removed when the header is taken off the combine.
The system has been used successfully in England to broadcast canola, pelletized fertilizer, turnips, mustard, kale, clover and grass..
The system sells for about $6,800 (U.S.).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, G and E Agriculture Ltd., The Heath, Bluntisham, Huntington, Cambridgeshire, U.K. EE17 3LH (ph/fax 011 44 1487 841-432; E-mail Michael@woodlodge85.freeserve.co. uk.).
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