60-foot unit | New drill model features central fill system with individual six product metering
REGINA — Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies hopes to recapture some of last year’s buzz around its smaller scale CX-6 seeder prototype.
It has introduced a 60 foot unit with a central air feed from a high capacity product cart.
Colin Rosengren, vice-president of agronomics, said this allows for individual points to shut off at each of the openers and for individual metering, row by row, for different products, different blends and different rates.
“At a plant resolution level, we can apply exactly what we want of each product,” Rosengren said.
The unit was unveiled at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina June 18-20.
Product and seed in the seeder is dropped down to the triple shoot opener after they are metered.
“There is three placements capable as we run and we can adjust them by simply turning a knob on the back of the machine to place product on the left side, the right side, paired row, or down the point,” Rosengren said.
“Any product can go anywhere simply by turning the knob at the back of the single tool bar.”
At last year’s show, the CX-6 prototype seeder was a hit, due to its usual approach to metering seed, with more electronic management, softer rollers and wireless communication from each run and for each product.
It allowed for six products to be metered on the go, for complex blending and variable rate control.
This year’s drill model features a central fill system similar to planters, which bring product out to the meters.
The tank, which has a 450 bushel capacity in six compartments, is mounted on the frame with the track system underneath for better flotation. Each metering system has six product mini hoppers, to which the air system supplies and maintains a level of seed and product.
Below that there are the individual meters: three on each side that are electronically driven by stepper motors.
“That gives us a full range of rate variability that is very easily changed with electric drive,” Rosengren said.
The metering system units are wirelessly controlled and independently adjustable for seeding depth and rates of each individual product.
“Each one is its own drill that eliminates overlap and compensates for corners as well as applies up to six products at individual rates at each row,” Rosengren said.
“It’s incredibly accurate. It simply drops seed in each opener instead of blowing it out and introducing error down the line.”
The metering unit is modular and can be easily replaced if necessary.
The CX-6 has been built on a Willmar, front folding toolbar to make room for the arms that come around for transport. This also makes each opener easy to maintain.
Rosengren said Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies is developing a shuttle cart system, in which the tank can be refilled on the go without stopping.