Horsch has recently announced it now has a small seeds kit for its line of Maestro SW planters that will allow for an easy conversion to handle canola. It includes a stainless steel seed disc and quick-change meter components, which it says allows for fast planter change over.
The brand also claims producers could see a 50 per cent or more reduction in seed cost when using a planter for canola when compared to air seeders. Those savings come primarily from the planters’ ability to singulate seed and place it very accurately, which could permit lower per-acre seeding rates. But other features built into the planters help reduce seed input as well.
“The seed savings alone in canola gains an extra $30 to $40-plus per acre of margin,” said Jeremy Hughes, product manager at Horsch, in a press release. “Features such as individual row shut off to control seeding overlap, curve compensation, and auto row unit downforce control add even more seed savings.”
The Canola Ready Technology kit can be installed on all Maestro SW row crop planter models, which are available in 40 and 60-foot toolbar widths with row spacing of 15, 20, 22 or 30 inches.