Friday, 15 February 2019 12:10

25 years of selective seeding

Written by  Mark Daniel

After 25 years in electrical seed metering, Kverneland claims more knowledge in electric drive systems than any other precision seeding company.

Early designs stemmed from the development of the Unicorn Synchro Drive, first seen in 1993 and now evolved into the company’s e-drive II that we see today. Other introductions have been section control and greater computing power, that ultimately led to KV’s Geoseed technology.

Geoseed is a patented control system that allows seeds to be placed either in parallel rows or alternately spaced between the rows. In the latter format, a diamond pattern is created, said to offer better uptake of nutrients, light and water. 

When used with the company’s Geocontrol software, such precise planting can also help reduce seed rates and eliminate overlaps that lead to densely cropped areas.

Electric drive remains front of Kverneland’s precision seeder ranges. It is used in the Optima and Monopill ranges aimed at maize and beet growers. 

Interestingly, the capability of the precision seed placement offered by these systems is also being exploited by farmers and growers who plant ‘amazing mazes’ to make more money.

To complete the picture, all KV precision seeders can work in combination with the ISOBUS compatible iXtra LiFe front tanks and liquid fertiliser applications. 

The company also offers two of its own universal ISOBUS terminals for use with its own or any other ISOBUS compatible machinery.

 

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