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SeedVU (Air Drills)

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All About SeedVU (Air Drills)

Are you always battling between too much air from your air drill’s fan, or too little? Too much air because you don’t want to plug the drill’s primaries, or too little air because you’re unhappy with the poor seed placement from too much air? SeedVU gives you the peace of mind of running your air drill’s fan where it should be, and not worrying about seed blowing out of the furrow—and all while monitoring for main line blockages. The SeedVU takes unwanted, excess primary-line air pressure and separates it from the seed and fertilizer stream, right where you need it to: the air drill’s distribution head. This allows seed and fertilizer to travel to your seeder’s openers by gravity, or assisted by an adjustable volume of air. It’s up to you!

Cone-shaped Screens

SeedVU uses its cone-shaped screens to separate seed and fertilizer from the air stream. Now you can run your air cart fan where it should be, and not have excess air velocity at the seed boot causing more seeds to blow out or bounce out of the furrow from too much push by the air stream.

Upgrade Older Deere Drills

Older Deere 50/60/90-series air drills with steel distribution heads can be upgraded to the Smallaire head.

SeedVUs fit into the distribution heads, and can be installed (or uninstalled) in a matter of a couple minutes for the entire drill. Quite unlike air diffusers that go into secondary lines so that there’s one for each opener: An all-day job to install, and a nightmare if they ever gunk up from seed treatments or fertilizer dust. The perforated mesh-type air diffusers in secondaries also have issues with very teeny seeds such as teff, an eastern Mediterranean grain crop related to sand lovegrass. When seeding these crops, diffusers must often be removed, or taped over (duct tape fixes anything, right? 🙂

SeedVU is the only device on the market that will stop excess primary-line backpressure, monitor for primary-line blockages, as well as reducing seed bounce. And, let’s face it, all air diffusers eventually have trouble with fertilizer or seed treatments gunking them up. For diffusers that install into secondary lines, this may cause a lot of down-time unplugging them, and in worst-case scenarios might be an all-day job to clean them up. But with SeedVU, it’s a matter of 2 minutes to remove all of them, put the old caps back on, and keep on seeding during crucial time windows. The same goes for ultra-small seeds (e.g., teff) that are unworkable in screen-type diffusers in the secondaries—rather than deal with 36 – 96 of them, just changing out a few SeedVUs has you on your way again!

Note: If you are replumbing your air drill (replacing primary & secondary hoses), try to situate the distribution heads as high as possible, and eliminate droops or horizontalness in all secondaries—this will let you discharge more air pressure from the SeedVUs, or any other diffuser for that matter.

SeedVU (Air Drills) Videos

Chris Horton

Chris Horton brings 25 years of management with him. He grew up on his grandparents farm in Reno County Kansas where they mainly grew wheat and cattle feed. He worked on feed lots as a pen rider and cow-calf operations before moving to Southern California where Chris started a new career in the transportation and transport logistics, eventually managing the western region for a large commercial vehicle leasing company. Chris moved home to Kansas, to manage a local Farmers Coop and then eventually the service dept for a tractor dealership. The opportunity to join the Exapta team came up, and he knew he wanted to be a part of this team.

Bob Pagel

Sales & Service Representative

Prior to joining Exapta, Bob Pagel was an Agricultural Territory Sales Manager for Ritchie Brothers, serving parts of MN, WI and IA. He continues to support his family farm in SE Minnesota.

Jon Zeller

Current Product Engineer

Jonathan Zeller joined Exapta excited to return to working with no-till planting equipment. He supported research of no-till planting and other ag related projects for 7 years with Kansas State University’s Agricultural Engineering Department after getting his engineering degree. He later worked 3 years for Landoll Company, LLC. where he gained experience in a design engineering role. Jonathan grew up on a small family farm in NE Kansas working with row crops, hay and cattle. Jonathan enjoys solving engineering problems and improving or creating products to be robust and easy to install and service.