Planter manufacturer, Great Plains, has introduced a new, improved meter design to appeal to canola growers
Seeding equipment manufacturer Great Plains, which is based in Salina, Kansas, recently announced an upgraded metre design for its planters that is intended to appeal to canola growers who may be considering buying — or already own — a planter. It introduced a new, large diametre seed disc that will allow its Air-Pro line of meters to singulate and plant canola.
“The newly designed canola seed disc offers a true competitive advantage with an 11-inch (27.94 cm) diametre and 250 cells,” reads the company’s press release. “Accuracy is greatly increased as the meter wheel turns at a low r.p.m.”
Along with the new canola disc, the Air-Pro line of meters will get some overall improvements. “Static cling can be detrimental to successful metering so, in response, Great Plains increased the amount of specially formulated anti-static material in its Air-Pro Meter brushes when developing this new disc for canola singulation,” the press release continues. “The patented Clear-Shot Seed Tube maintains its obstruction-free ‘dead drop,’ but the seed tube material has been changed to be even more transparent, allowing the sensor greater monitoring capability.”
“Changes to the brushes and seed tube not only allow for canola singulation, but also improve performance for other small seeds, such as milo,” says Mike McClure, the company’s engineering manager. “Any seed used at low rates that is prone to static cling will benefit from these changes to the Air-Pro Meter.”
Air-Pro Meters are available on all Great Plains planters. “On some models, the Yield-Pro Planter’s 25 Series row unit is capable of row spacings as narrow as 9-1/2 to 10 inches (24.13 to 25.4 cm) — which is especially significant for canola,” adds McClure.
If you already own a Great Plains planter and want to upgrade it, a retro-fit canola field kit is available that includes the new brushes and seed tube. †