What Is an Air Seeder?

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Current machinery has evolved farming into an efficient industry.
Current machinery has evolved farming into an efficient industry. (Image: Farming in Australia image by PoveyCam from Fotolia.com)

Humans have always relied on farming to survive. As civilization evolved, humans learned new and improved farming techniques, and tools and machines emerged. An air seeder machine allows consistent delivery from the seed-metering device to the seedbed via an air delivery method.

Functions

Farmers use air seeders -- typically 36 feet wide -- for numerous crop functions. The advances in this machine allow completion of these tasks with one pass of the machine, letting the farmer to seed, apply fertilizer and distribute nitrogen at a desired interval. The seeder can also use attach sharp tools for digging and surface drilling.

Specifications

The air seeder accomplishes direct seeding in vacant plots as well as crop remnant areas. Compressed air helps gauge the seed and fertilizer distribution by the Venturi manifolds. Seeders also use nitrogen, and as well as a tillage tool to disrupt the earth. Cultivation tools, such as a chisel, hoe or blade, allow ground penetration.

Common Uses

Commonly used in large areas of farmland, air seeders typically facilitate planting crops such as wheat and similar grains. Farmers must adjust or format seeders, depending on the type of crop planted.

References

  • "Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Technology: a Problem Solving Approach"; Harry L. Field, John B. Solie; 2007
  • "Life on the Prairie: Memories of a North Dakota Boy"; Ken Stein; 2007
  • "Soil Tillage in Agroecosystems"; Adel El Titi; 2003
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