Seeding uniformity for vacuum precision seeders

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Bozdogan A. M.

SCIENTIA AGRICOLA, vol.65, no.3, pp.318-322, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1590/s0103-90162008000300013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.318-322
  • Keywords: miss index, multiple index, quality feed index, within-row
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


The performance of three vacuum precision seeders was investigated in a field study. Seeding uniformity was determined in three different within-row distances: 14, 18 and 21 cm. The seeders were operated at 1.8, 3.6, 5.4 and 7.2 km h(-1). Successive seed spacing along of 3 m of row was measured in three replications on each row. For evaluating the seeding uniformity of seeders, seed spacings were analyzed using the methods (MISS, MULT, QFI and PREC). There were no differences between seeders. For P < 0.01, operating speed affected MISS and QFI values, and the within-row seed spacing affected MULT and PREC values. The best operating speed was 1.8 km h(-1) because of the highest QFI value (88.5%). There was no difference between 1.8 and 3.6 km W. The speeds, 1.8 and 3.6 km h(-1), were different from 5.4 and 7.2 km h(-1). The best within-row distance was 18 cm because the QFI value was higher than those of 14 and 20 cm, 86.9%, 82.0% and 81.8%, respectively. The best PREC value was obtained for 21 cm within-row distance (17.4%). PREC values were acceptable for precision seeding in all trials.