Life on the land in Australia


FRUSTRATED by the seeding options available to him, Eudunda farmer Jason Pfitzner has created two new seeding systems from the ground up.

Jason says his two new rootboot systems have been more than two years in the making.

“In 2010, we had a really wet summer, with a lot of summer weeds,” he said.

“At seeding in 2011 there were still some summer weeds and heavy stubble residue.

“We had to purchase coulters to cut through the residue and weeds.

“We really battled with those, and had fairly poor emergence. I have always been interested in disc seeders and the biological advantages they can offer to the soil, but don’t like the problems surrounding them, such as poor early crop vigour, high maintenance and the price tag.

“It’s not fair that farmers have to pay so much for precision-seeding equipment, leaving them no option but to use gear that is substandard.”

Unsatisfied with the systems available and no stranger to creating his own gear, Jason engineered his own equipment.

The first of the two systems he created is a seed/fertiliser/liquid fertiliser boot that is bolted behind any tyne that uses his knife-point to open the soil and delivers paired seed rows.

The fertiliser and liquid product is placed between the paired seed rows with a buffer zone of soil between the seed and fertiliser.

The rootboot Razor uses a disc to open the soil, cutting through all the remaining residue and weeds from the previous season.

The disc is able to penetrate the soil at any depth with no affect on seed depth and placement, and gives paired seed rows.

The boot’s depth is governed by a presswheel that firms the soil between the seed rows, not above the seed. It also eliminates seed-bounce by having soil flow over its seed outlets, encapsulating the seed on clean chemical-free soil.

Poor early vigour is overcome through under-seed tilth, because the disc penetrates the soil deeper than the seed, allowing easy root growth.

Mud build-up is avoided with the boot’s scraper plate and the system’s open layout – with less surface area for mud to stick on.

Farming in a marginal area, with rainfall varying between properties from 200 millimetres to 490mm, requires the best start possible for a crop.

“I’ve trialled a few other boots in the past but I found I was getting left with big, open furrows, seed placement was less than ideal, and I was also having issues with some of the outlet tubes blocking up,” he said
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February 9th, 2013

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