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“Best Buy” 1-Row Vacuum Planter
Mel Green Pekin, Ind.: When I first saw the Wizard WZ-A10 (www.wizardplanters.com), I realized it was exactly what I was looking for. It’s a 1-row self-propelled, vacuum precision planter. I use it to seed different varieties of cut flowers.
“I had used a 2-row vacuum planter from the parent company, MaterMacc and liked it. I saw that Windridge Implements (www.windridgeimplements.com) in Decorah, Iowa, had an A10 available. Brian Nordchow with Windridge was making a delivery near me, and he brought the A10 along to demonstrate it. I tried it out in the parking lot and bought it on the spot.
“I plant a lot of different size seeds from celosia on the small end to sunflower on the larger end, as well as larkspur, ornamental grasses and a lot more. It does them all with precision.
“It was the precision that I was attracted to. The price of seed in the flower business is astronomical, and I needed something that made every seed count. I think this machine could plant a speck of dust.
“I have 16 different seed plates to match different size seeds. They cost about $100 each, but pay for themselves in reduced seed costs.
“It’s a dream to use the A10 in tunnel houses. I’ve even no-till planted sunflowers and larkspur with it.
“I also bought a used 1-row, 3-pt. Wizard. I use the 2 of them to plant 10 acres of cut flowers, as well as pumpkins and sweet corn for friends.
“I’ve been in this business for 30 years. For anyone getting into the specialty farming business, the $3,000 price tag is money well-spent to get the crop in the ground.”

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #5