MeterMax: how it works

Grand River Planters in Caledonia, Ont., has been providing customers with MeterMax calibration for years, said Grand River’s Thomas Snyder.

The Meter Max Ultra test stands lets Grand River Planters (GRPP) test any brand or type of meter. The Ultra drives the meter at the same speed and population the grower has dialed in. The test consists of a 1,000-seed drop, keeping track of skips, doubles and misplaced seeds. It applies an appropriate value to each seed dropped off target. The results are displayed on the 20/20 SeedSense screen and a printable report is generated.

“With this information, we can show a grower how efficiently their meters are running, what it’s costing them per acre to keep running the meters in their current condition, what it would cost to tune them up, and what they can expect for return on investment.

“Meter calibration is a relatively low cost investment that pays very well. The meter is the heart of the planter … Best practice is to get meters calibrated every 75 acres per row or every other year, whichever comes first.”

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