Compact and accurate air seeder wins Farm Innovator Award

September 24, 2014

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Mulwala grain grower Nico Seiling won the Farm Innovator and New Products award for his Rotacon air seeder.

An airseeder designed by Mulwala farmer Nico Seiling has taken out the Fraser Old & Sohn Farm Innovator and New Products award.

The award replaced the long-running NSW farm Inventor of the Year and drew 15 entries at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days.

The runner-up was Brian Gaynor, of Temora, NSW, with his sheep feeder creep gate, while Russel Mills, Yass, NSW, received the $350 people’s choice category for a poly pipe emergency clamp.

Brian Gaynor said the creep gate was designed to stop ewes from entering the sheep feeder while allowing lambs access to supplements.

The poly pipe emergency clamp was designed by Mr Mills to cut water off at the position of a leak without going back to the tap.

Judges for the award were HMFD Machine of the Year chairman Matt Bergmeier and NSW Farmers’ Association cattle committee chairman Derek Schoen.

The winners were announced today by NSW Farmers Association president Fiona Simson.

Grain grower Nico Seiling designed and built his award winning 12-metre Rotacon air seeder to suit tramlining, and couples accurate agronomy with high speed unescorted road transport.

“The machine folds down to a compact 3m width for road transport so we drove it over to the field days at 50km/hr unescorted,’’ Mr Seiling said.

“Air seeders come from Canada and Europe to Australian farms, and that’s where they die as you can’t get them off.’’

Mr Seiling said the fold-away design was ideal for contractors and growers.

The machine took three years to design and four months to build.

“It is extremely precise in seed placement and pressure, but the big advantage is the 3m transport width without escort vehicles,’’ Mr Seiling said.

“Hopefully this award will bring some companies out of the woodworks as we don’t want to manufacture this machine.’’

Mr Seiling also designed a 60-foot wide land plane and displayed it at the field days.

“This levelling bar folds in half for transport and is mainly made with Europe in mind,’’ he said.

Rotacon is located on site S858-861