AgronomyEugenia Banks: 10-Row Planter

Eugenia Banks: 10-Row Planter


I was in the Alliston, Ont., area during yesterday’s sunny afternoon and was delighted to watch Homer Vander Zaag’s 10-row planter in action.  It did a great job, and the Lamoka seed being planted looked very healthy. Fortunately,  I will be able to keep an eye on this field all summer long because one of my research trials will be in the field.

Homer’s 10-row planter is the only one in Ontario and perhaps the only one in North America.  Homer’s sense of creativity and engineering skills built this “one of a kind” planter.

Loading the 10-row planter. Photo: Eugenia Banks
Ten-row planter in action. Photo: Eugenia Banks

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