Olds College Smart Farm will benefit from some leading-edge seeding technology thanks to a new 10-year partnership between the college and SeedMaster Manufacturing Ltd.
“Partnerships like this are the lifeblood of the work we do here at the college,” said Todd Ormann, vice-president of development at Olds College of Agriculture and Technology, in a statement.
“Without generous donations like this, we would be unable to deliver the education and research needed to support the agriculture industry. Modern technology like this is critical in developing the learnings around seeding applications that support increased yields and environmental stewardship. We truly thank SeedMaster for this donation.”
SeedMaster says the partnership demonstrates its commitment to advances in agricultural innovation, nurturing the next generation of farm leaders and helping farmers grow crops more profitably.
“We are pleased to support Olds College through this sponsorship. By providing the SeedMaster Toolbar and UltraPro II 550 on-frame seeding system we can combine our precise seed placement and uniform product distribution with the college’s cutting-edge research and education programs,” said Tim Criddle, global sales director at SeedMaster, which is based in Emerald Park, Sask. and develops and manufactures leading-edge seeding technology.
The SeedMaster Toolbar, with its dual-knife opener, delivers precise seed and fertilizer placement, and the UltraPro II 550 provides gentle seed handling and individual row metering.
Olds College will use the SeedMaster equipment to support its Smart Farm operations, to conduct research activities and to provide learning opportunities to students in the Heavy Equipment Technician Program as well as other programs that the college offers.
SeedMaster will provide the equipment for the 2024 and 2025 growing seasons and replace it with new equipment with similar specifications in two-year intervals.