New seed treatment applicator from Bayer and AGI
By Top Crop Manager
Dec. 9, 2013, Calgary – Bayer CropScience and AGI have introduced the Storm (Seed Treatment Optimized Rate Metering), an in-the-yard cereal and pulse seed treatment applicator.
The Storm is meant to be connected directly to the seed bin, where the seed is then treated during the transfer process to another truck or bin. The system comes with pre-set calibrations for Bayer CropScience SeedGrowth products, and the ability to input additional calibrations, to ensure the correct rate of application. By inputting the density of the seed being treated, the system is said to calculate the mass flow rate of grain and automatically applies the correct amount of treatment, removing the uncertainty and waste associated with most applicators.
Danick Bardi, a Bayer employee, says the idea came from what growers and retailers who were concerned about their ability to effectively treat seed. Bardi began developing the framework for a tool that would deliver precision seed treatment application in a convenient, efficient and integrated system, according to a press release. Focus groups were held in the summer of 2012 and a limited supply of the STORM is now available through AGI retailers across Canada. Visit www.grainaugers.com/storm for more information.