BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department
BS in Agricultural Systems Management
This project encompasses the design, construction, and evaluation of an in-furrow planter for the planting of low residue cover crops. The purpose of planting the furrow is for the management of off-site removal of residual pesticides, nutrients, and soil by mitigating water flow. Due to there being no current solution for the mechanized planting of furrows this project was pursued to provide a means for farmers to do so at the most cost effective means. The result of this project is a prototype planter that can be made with basic shop tools, be made with off the shelf parts, and be adapted to a multitude of existing agricultural implements. Also, the project includes a results and discussion section that presents recommendations for the improvement of the current design based off the testing results.