Design and Development of Precision Planting Equipment
Farmers who seek to maximize acreage use and crop yields may apply conventional gap-filling methods to fill in where seeds have failed to emerge. These practices are labor-intensive and impractical for large scale operations. Planting devices that are currently available have poor accuracy and precision in the client's end appplication. The client is especially interested in approaches that improve seed singulation, and have accurate metering and distribution capabilities.
The successful planter will:
Meter and distribute single seeds at
Rates of 6-10 seeds / m
Depth of 4-8 cm
Operating speed at least 3.5 km / hr
Open the soil, and close and firm it after seed deposition
Be precise, and limit the number of gaps between emerged plant stands
95% of gaps must be < 25 cm for plantings of < 100,000 seeds / ha
Plant seeds in 2-4 rows at a time
Have a seed box
Handle large seeds of 5 cm at largest dimension
Limit mechanical damage to seeds
Function on flat to 5% grade
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Devices that can be towed by a tractor
Automated, self-propelled vehicles
Industrial conveyor equipment
Digging or drilling devices
Farming / harvesting machinery
Custom mechanical engineering
Modified potato planters
The following approaches are NOT of interest:
Operations with low field capacity (ha / hr)
Operations with rough mechanical handling of seeds
Responses from companies, researchers, consultants, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.
Appropriate responses will address the following:
Features of the proposed design or equipment that will achieve the stated aims
Current application or industry, if applicable
Data demonstrating achievement of the technical specifications, if available
Environmental conditions for which planter is suitable (soil types, temperatures, humidity, etc.)
Geographical regions of the world where you would be able to supply a solution
Availability of prototypes, if applicable
General development plan and timeline that addresses any gaps in capabilities
Field testing capabilities and locations
Unit cost and / or design and development budget estimates
The IP status around the proposed technology
Preferred business arrangements (licensing, joint development, supply etc.)
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