Farmers, engineers aim for accuracy with Germinator seeder – THE WEEKLY TIMES
A NEW broad acre air seeder built in conjunction with engineers and farmers, had its official launch earlier this month at the Mallee Machinery Field Days.
The latest prototype of Oz-Value Ag’s Germinator was on public view for the first time, with the hope of showing it again at Elmore in October and next year’s Wimmera field days.
OzValue Ag sales manager Mitchell Blackmore said the machine was the first and only seeder to be offered by the Ballarat company.
“The seeding process is pivotal in farming, and we wanted something we could make which would maintain excellent seed placement, be simple to operate, have excel-lent trash flow, be relatively low-maintenance and be cost-effective for farmers,” Mr Blackmore said.
“The design work of the past two to three years has been under our watch, manu-facturing is taking place in Turkey and assembly hap-pens here in Ballarat.
“At this stage, we’ve had two of these machines work-ing in the field sowing canola, beans, wheat and barley.
“It’s a long-trailing tine with 9m working width and 250mm (10 inch) spacings, where depth is set by the semi-pneumatic press wheel for consistent germination.
“Tractor power require-ment will vary, depending on air cart weight and working conditions, but I would think 180hp (132kW) would do it.”
The Germinator has an operating weight of 10 tonnes and folds to 3.5m for road transport. The long trailing tine is held in the ground with a hydraulic cylinder, all con-trolled by hydraulic manifold.
Tine pressure can be adjusted from the tractor cab.
At the end of the tine, a re-place able point system using an industry-standard bolt pat-tern allows the customer to use points from a variety of aftermarket suppliers, allowing for single or double shoot, side banding and paired row.
The toolbar incorporates optional sowing coulters constructed in pairs and mounted on rubber suspension.
The opener has been fitted with plastic polymer bushes, which require no grease or lubricant, and can be easily changed without the need of a press or speciality tooling.
“We plan to organise a demo day, hopefully in Au-gust, and encourage people to register their interest,” Mr Blackmore said.
“We would like to think we’d have these machines in full commercial production by 2021 and, at this early stage, haven’t yet finalised price.”
With thanks to COLIN TAYLOR, THE WEEKLY TIMES