John Deere Seed Cum Fertilizer Drill
Seed cum fertilizer drill is a planting implement that seeds and applies fertilizer simultaneously.
John Deere Seed Cum Fertilizer Drill is an agricultural implement for sowing seeds and fertilizer application. The product is equipped with a seed meter to facilitate equidistance placing of the seeds. It contains tines which cut lines and at the rear of the tines are transparent seed pipes running from different boxes which drop seeds and fertilizer. The equipment has an adjustment mechanism to facilitate sowing seeds of different kinds of crops.
The product is distributed by its manufacturer and dealers
9 Tines: ~955 USD (65000 INR) Interview with representative
11 Tines:~1100 USD (75000 INR) Interview with representative
13 Tines :~1150 USD (78000 INR) Interview with representative
Small and medium scale farmers
The product is mass manufactured in India
List of crops that this technology drills
Quantity of seeds drilled, measured in kilogram per hectare
The rate of drilling, measured in kilograms per hour
Space covered in a single run
Depth of the buried seeds
The number of rows the technology drills
Seed storage capacity
Is the system portable or stationary?
The dimensions of the implement (l x w x h), measured in meters
List of materials used to build the implement
The rate of work, measured in hectares per hour
Overall weight of the implement, measured in kilograms
Type of energy used to power the seeder
Power required to run the equipment
The Seed Cum Fertilizer Drill has a rate adjustment mechanism used for controlling the rate of seed and fertilizer dropping, and a spiked ground wheel which makes it work on sticky soil. The plastic tubes used to transfer the seed and fertilizer are transparent, allowing easy inspection. If they become clogged the tubes can be detached and cleaned.
The product comes in three types based on number of tines: 9, 11 and 13.
Number of Tines
Tractor HP (Min-Max)
Seed / Fertilize Capacity, kg
65 / 60
95 / 90
120 / 115
65 / 60
95 / 90
120 / 115
Seed Metering Mechanism
Aluminum Type Fluted Roller
Cl-Nylon Type Fluted Roller
Spring Loaded Lugged Wheel
Depth of Operation (mm)
20 to 40
Adjustable With U Clamp
Seed Rate Adjustment
Adjustment Lever / Seed Rate Chart
Seed Spacing Adjustment
Extra Sprockets For Ground Wheel
Seed Covering devices, Row marker & Ridge making Disc Assembly
Overall Height of Seed Drill (mm)
Technical support provided at the dealer locationsInterview with dealer
7 to 10 years Interview with dealer
Performance targets include increased efficiency, durability, low cost and maintenance, and high quality.
Performance of a similar John Deere product:
Safety instructions include the following but are not limited to:
- Avoiding roll over accidents
- Wearing protective clothing
- Using safety lights and devices
The implement requires a tractor for its operation
Academic research similar to this product:
Alfred, K.M., 2015, Design and Operation of Seed Drill.
Performance can be evaluated with field testing for factors such as ease of operation, metering accuracy, and soil placement.
Youtube video showing basic working principle and operating methodology of John Deere Seed Cum Fertilizer Drill. The product won SIMA Innovation Awards 2015.
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