Dig Into Agronomy

SeedMaster knows what it takes to put a crop in the ground, and just how expensive that can be. From developing leading-edge technology to help you save on input costs, to working with leading researchers across the Northern Great Plains, SeedMaster is committed to helping farmers grow crops more profitably.

The Big Payback – $105,100 input savings

Cutting input costs without sacrificing yield or profitability is a goal of every farmer, and SeedMaster delivers with the combined savings generated with UltraPro™ on-frame tanks and Overlap Control.

A cost-saving analysis shows the total input savings from an UltraPro system with Overlap Control seeding canola on 5,000 acres can be $105,100 per year. With savings like that, it’s easy to see why so many progressive farmers are choosing SeedMaster.

UltraPro – The Big Canola Payback – up to $69,750

With the UltraPro seeding system, canola farmers can cut seeding rates to save on seed costs and still achieve optimum yield. By cutting seeding rates to as low as 2.75 pounds per acre, savings on canola seed can add up to $69,750 per year on 2,500 acres of canola.

Save on Canola Seed

SCENARIO ACRES COMMON SEEDING RATE (lbs/acre) NEW SEEDING RATE (lbs/acre) COST SAVINGS/ACRE COST SAVINGS/2,500 acres/year*
Conservative 2,500 5 4 $12.40 $31,000
Moderate 2,500 5 3 $24.80 $62,000
Aggressive 2,500 5 2.75 $27.90 $69,750

*Yearly cost savings = lbs./ac. seed saved x $12.40 per pound x 2,500 acres. Seed cost of $12.40 per acre and common seeding rate of five pounds per acre from Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Crop Planning Guide 2015.

Overlap Control – The Big Efficiency Payback

On irregular fields and at headlands, double seeding of overlaps costs you in extra inputs. With SeedMaster’s Overlap Control, double-seeded areas are dramatically reduced, saving on seed and fertilizer costs, and improving agronomics. Cost savings on 5,000 seeded acres in the Dark Brown soil zone can be $35,350.

Save on input costs by virtually eliminating overlap

SOIL ZONE ACRES AVERAGE FIELD OVERLAP (%) AVERAGE FIELD OVERLAP WITH OVERLAP CONTROL (%) AVERAGE OVERLAP REDUCTION (%) AVERAGE SEED & FERTILIZER COST/ACRE COST SAVINGS/ACRE COST SAVINGS*/5,000 ACRES/YEAR
Brown 5,000 9.3 1.2 8.1 $81.86 $6.63 $33,153
Dark Brown 5,000 9.3 1.2 8.1 $87.31 $7.07 $35,350
Black 5,000 9.3 1.2 8.1 $90.00 $7.29 $36,450

*Cost savings/5,000 acres/year = 8.1% input savings x $ canola seed and fertilizer cost per acre input cost x 5,000 acres. Canola seeding rate of 3 lbs/ac and seed cost of $12.40 per pound. Seed and fertilizer costs from Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Crop Planning Guide 2015.

Overlap Control is standard on every SeedMaster tank and generates considerable costs savings of five to 15 percent on many farms. Another reason to get the SeedMaster advantage.

FINE PRINT: Individual results will vary depending on the amount of field irregularity and seed and fertilizer costs.

Agronomy of SuperSeeding

The SeedMaster advantage is built on solid agronomic solutions for farmers—precision seed placement and optimum sideband fertilizer placement; accurate seed metering; improved residue clearance. They all add up to better crops and greater profitability.

Seed between the row

SeedMaster is the leader in inter-row seeding, first with its patented Smart Hitch™ unveiled more than a decade ago, and with TruLine™ drill design that eliminates skew.

Previous research in the semiarid prairie has shown that crop yields increase as the height of standing cereal stubble increases. Current research conducted at Swift Current, Canada, has determined that, similar to cereal stubble, crop yield and water use efficiency are significantly greater for crops grown in tall standing canola stubble, compared to cultivated stubble.

This research and field testing has proven that inter-row seeding between tall standing stubble offers solid agronomic benefits:

  • Higher crop yields
  • Superior seedbed
  • Increased snow catch
  • Shelters seedlings from wind and improves vigour
  • Reduces evaporation
  • Superior frost protection for seedlings
  • Speeds harvest operations by 50 percent
  • Saves time and fuel at harvest
  • Less material passes through the combine for easier chopping and residue management
Agronomy Insights
Seed and Fertilizer Placement

Maintaining adequate seed/fertilizer separation is necessary to avoid seedling damage from fertilizer. Alberta’s AgTech Centre found that the SeedMaster opener system provides very good seed/fertilizer separation. Side banding provides effective seed/fertilizer separation for both urea and NH3 and is a more effective placement option for immobile nutrients like phosphorus. In addition, it improves weed control by giving crops preferential access to nutrients.

Canola Uniformity

According to the Canola Council of Canada, non-uniform stands can reduce yields by up to 20 percent. Uniform stands benefit growers by providing uniform crop staging for both pesticide applications and harvest management. Plant stand uniformity is most important when seeding rates are reduced and growers can expect the best results by planting evenly spaced seeds at a shallow, uniform depth. A SeedMaster seeding system equipped with an UltraPro meter delivers very uniform plant stands due to near-singulation seed metering, individual row distribution and precise seed and fertilizer placement.

Black Strip

Spring soil temperatures in no-till systems are slightly cooler (<0.5°C) than tilled soils. There are two main practices to manage this: leaving a blackened seed row, and shallow seeding. The soil temperature in the black soil strip left behind after using knife openers is warmer than is found after using disc openers. In no-till, spring soil temperatures are warmer at shallower depths. The SeedMaster opener precisely places seed and fertilizer close to the soil surface, and leaves a blackened strip above the seedrow that warms up more quickly.

Winter Wheat

No-till management enhances winter survival and crop yield of winter wheat in the Northern Great Plains and Canadian Prairies. Even under dry conditions, shallow, uniform seeding with a SeedMaster seeding system provides the best chance for successful winter wheat production. Shallow placement allows seedlings to make more effective use of fall rains. As well, side banding part or all of the crop’s fertilizer requirements at seeding ensures adequate crop nutrients are available early in the spring.

Working with leading researchers

SeedMaster is proud to work with research scientists across western Canada and the small-grains belt of the USA, who use plot drills equipped with SeedMaster openers and the UltraPro metering system. These include wide-row-spacing trials conducted by the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF).

SeedMaster Research Farm

SeedMaster’s 2,100 acre Research Farm is the testing ground where most of our new innovations are born and take shape—like our 100-foot drill on 15-inch row spacing, UltraPro canola meter, Overlap Control, and the Matrix™ hydraulic block. From concept to drawing board to prototype, the SeedMaster Research Farm takes proof-of-concept to a whole new level.

The farm is where we explore industry-leading ideas that influence technology development and equipment design, such as wider row spacing and seeding between tall stubble rows up to 24 inches and higher.

Rest assured that SeedMaster innovations are tried, tested and true before they hit your field, because they’ve been proven on ours.

Proven agronomics

The Research Farm is more than just a proving ground for new equipment. SeedMaster is committed to proving that new innovations bring an agronomic benefit to farmers as well.

Replicated trials are conducted to study row spacing and seeding rates in spring wheat, canola, and soybeans. Other trials show how the new UltraPro corn meter compares to a corn planter, assess planting speed, and corn residue management techniques. All are done with an eye to helping farmers grow crops more profitably.

In 2015, the Research Farm is collaborating with the Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation (NARF) at Melfort, Canada, to improve the efficiency of seeding small research plots with SeedMaster plot drills and prescription map technology. The South East Research Farm (SERF) at Redvers, Canada, will also be utilizing the SeedMaster Research Farm to conduct small plot research trials.

Master Seeders Network

The Master Seeders Network takes our R&D program one step further by connecting SeedMaster with a group of progressive SeedMaster owners from Canada and the USA who conduct farmer-led, on-farm research. In partnership with SeedMaster, the Master Seeders Network searches for new ways to drive yield and profitability higher.

The Master Seeders Network also gathers at the annual Master Seeders Conference to share knowledge and discuss even more innovative ways of growing profitable crops. This conference is open to all farmers providing exclusive access to operating training sessions where SeedMaster ACE Sales Advisors review equipment and technologies to help our customers get the most out of their SeedMaster equipment.

Visit our events page for information on the next Master Seeders Conference. The Master Seeders Network is open to all SeedMaster owners interested in on-farm research and innovation. Contact Owen Kinch