Research and Development Pipleline
September 2017 The South Australian Grains Industry Trust is using one of the three test stands to trial the Seed Terminator against a range of crops including Wheat, Canola, Lentils, Beans, Chaff laced with Ryegrass, Broom Grass, Turnip, Prickly Lettuce, Medic, Tares, Wild Radish, Bifora, Bedstraw, Marshmallow and Wild Oats. Results should be available in the coming weeks.
July 2017 Image above is of one of the three test stands: Pitot tube with hot wire anemometer to measure the air flow, torque transducer to measure torque, dustpan and broom to measure kill!
The Seed Terminator's Multi Stage Hammer Mill and Mechanical Drive System was designed, engineered, manufactured and stationary tested. Samples of wheat chaff laced with annual ryegrass seeds were processed by the Multistage Hammer Mill. Samples were sent to the Weed Science Research Group, University of Adelaide. The prototype was able to consistently reduce germination compared to a control sample by more than 90%.
Nine prototype trial units have been installed on Case (7120, 8010, 8120, 9240), New Holland (CR 8090, CR 9090) and John Deere (9760 STS, 2 x S680) in addition a special project to fit-up and operate the Seed Terminator on a Claas harvester is proceeding. The prototypes have been trialed in four states (Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria) across a variety of crops (Wheat, Barley, Canola, Lupins, Oats, Lentils, Faba Beans), soil types and key rainfall zones in the 2016 Harvest.
To date all research and development activities have been privately funded and our policy is to continue this program and to reinvest profits back into Research and Development. Each prototype is being trialed in the field with experienced partners under appropriate Research & Development and Commercial agreements.