July 18, 2016
For smaller seeding tasks that don’t require a full-on no-till drill, Great Plains has introduced the simple, economical No-Till Seeder.
Offered in 7-, 9-, and 11-foot widths, the NTS25 Series Seeder makes quick work of renovating pastures, reclaiming rights-of-way, and planting food plots. With productivity of up to 11 feet, it also offers a heavy-duty seeding solution for small seeding contractors.
“This new seeder offers farmers another affordable option for seeding pastures and renovating grazing grounds,” said Mike Cleveland, Great Plains Vice President of Sales. “It combines spike-and-roller ground engaging technology with Great Plains precision drill metering technology in a single, compact package.”
Available as a 3-point or pull-type model with transport wheels, the new NTS25 Series Seeder is ground-driven by spikes incorporated into the rear packer-roller. With Great Plains’ precision drill metering technology, this unit comes standard with main and small seeds boxes. An optional factory-installed native grass seed box is also available for warm-season (fluffy) grasses like Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indian grass, and switch grass. All three boxes utilize the same proven meters used on all Great Plains Drills. The main and small seeds boxes are calibrated by opening the seed cups with the seed-rate regulator, while the native grass box is calibrated with a 4-speed, single-lever gearbox.
A manually-adjustable, spiked front roller controls how aggressively the soil is prepped before the seed is placed. The NTS can be set for minimal soil disturbance or run at a sharper angle for more tillage. Seed is then dropped and broadcast to the soil below, protected by a metal wind shield, and gently pressed into the soil with the rear cast packer. An optional acre meter keeps track of acres planted.