A NEW hitch attachment called the Smart Hitch improves direct seeding of small grains with all Seed Master zero till drills. The device keeps the hoe openers centered between the stubble rows, allowing a farmer to seed easily into taller stubble. Staying between the rows gives a cleaner seedbed, better seed-to-soil contact and more consistent seed depth, leading to a more uniform crop that competes better against weeds. Research has shown taller stubble can boost crop yields 15% or more due to better snow catch and reduced wind erosion of the soil. Field tests also show that cutting higher during harvest (up to 20 in.) speeds harvest operations by up to 50%, saving time and money.

The Smart Hitch features a sensor that feels out the furrows from the previous year's crop. The sensor has two metal discs that straddle the furrow. When one disc drops lower than the other, even slightly, it activates an electric signal that triggers two heavy-duty hydraulic rams to push or pull the seed drill back into alignment, keeping the discs running parallel and the openers positioned precisely between the stubble rows.

Price: $3,000. Contact Straw Track Mfg., Dept. FIN, 1 South Plains Rd., West Emerald Park, Saskatchewan S4L 1C6, Canada, 888/721-3001, visit www.strawtrack.ca or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 193.