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Electric-motor-driven seed meters are the next big thing in planters, giving buyers a high-tech option to conventional metering systems.
An electric motor, made by Graham Equipment, drives the seed meter on this Case IH Early Riser planter.
What’s next for electric drives?
Electric motor driven seed meters will open the door for other capabilities, beyond seed rate control, in the future. For example, Graham Equipment is using its electric motors to drive insecticide units simultaneously. “We are using our motors on dry fertilizer carts too,” says Toby Graham, Graham Equipment. Varying seed hybrids will be the next application, as demonstrated by the concept multi-hybrid planter being worked on by Raven Industries and South Dakota State University. Multiple hybrid technology is also currently under development by Horsch.