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Clean Seed’s MAX seeder like a multi-tool for agronomy

By: Realag Machinery Insider

January 19, 2022

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Clean Seed’s new SMART Seeder MAX is surely a seeding unit like no other.

For an in-depth discussion on the SMART Seeder MAX, Kara Oosterhuis caught up with Colin Rush, COO of Clean Seed, at their new assembly facility at Saskatoon, Sask.

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With a completely different way of engaging in the ground, the SMART Seeder is designed to be a true no-till unit, Rush says — the opener looks like a big saw-tooth blade that can cut through last year’s residue, crack through soil, and meters place seed and fertilizer very precisely.

“This unit is essentially a giant printer — versus an air seeder or planter technology we might have anywhere from five to ten to 50 control points — there’s 300 different control points that we’re metering product out here and each one of them is an independent, variable rate, multiple product seeder,” says Rush.

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The precise metering can allow for plant-to-plant agronomy, says Rush. The new computing system is also proactively built for variable rate mapping resolutions that don’t necessarily exist yet, but in the meantime, gives a leg up for producers using prescriptions.

Logistically, it’s a big machine — 60 feet on 12-inch spacing — so the horsepower required is around 6 to 6.5 horsepower per row. Generally, Rush says a 450 to 500 horsepower machine will pull on flat land, and in hills, 550 to 600 horsepower as there’s a significant demand on hydraulic horsepower as well.

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Catch the full conversation for even more details: