Specifications / Descriptions
Maximum Flight Weight 55lbs / 25Kg
Payload 30 lbs / 13.6 Kg
Flies at 22mph / 35 Kph
Diameter 65" / 1.65 m
Height 55" / 1.39 m
GPS controlled positioning
Adjustable seeding rate
- Sensor controlled altitude and terrain following for uniform application
Automatic "Return when empty/resume where left off" function
Easy programming and continuous operation
Can seed up to 100 acres in an 8 hr day
Developed for precision flying and seeding
HOW WE STARTED
Elmwood Farm in Garnavillo Iowa, run by CJ&L Inc (a family farm corporation), has always strive for better land stewardship for future generations.
In 2013,Loyal Leitgen, President of C J & L Inc, planted a cover crop on our farm with a crop duster. The cover crop did not turn well due to late planting by the crop duster .
We wanted a drone that could carry 20 - 30lbs and broadcast cover crops. The compact platform of a drone would be easier to use on smaller acreages. Seeding drones would allow more service providers in the market, and some proficient farmers the possibility of doing the jobs themselves.
COVER CROP FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
The adaptation of cover crops is a key soil health practice and has expanded rapidly to 15.5 million acres in 2018.
The USDA maintains a cost share program with the farmers requires farmers use a seed mix that includes Nitrogen
scavenging plants. Water run off from fields that have seeded a cover crop contain significantly less pollution generally
and only minor amounts of Nitrates. Soil health improves to the point that many farmers would continue the practice
even if the USDA discontinued the cost share program.
Ideally the time to seed a cover crop is pre harvest of the maturing crop.
Daylight time is longer and the probability of
rainfall higher so most preharvest seeding is successful. The vast amount of the seeding is done with ground equipment
due to the high cost and the lack of available crop dusters.
For more information call Thomas Leitgen
28879 232nd Street
P O Box 69
Garnavillo Iowa 52049
+1-563-235-3460 / +1-563-964-9129