n Farmer’s Weekly - Monsanto gets top planters : machinery & implements




Monsanto South Africa has purchased two 17-row Monosem precision vacuum planters, two three-row planters and two Case IH Magnum 290 tractors fitted with dual tyres front and rear. The 17-row unit, currently unique in South Africa, plants male and female seeds simultaneously. Previously,two separate planters were required to plant male and female rows, with the female seed being planted first. "We can now interplant the male between the female seed rows, giving a female area of 100%. With the traditional system, we achieved only 83%," says Lukie van der Merwe, manager: field cultivation equipment for Monsanto.


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