SeedMaster

In 1991, SeedMaster president and founder, Norbert Beaujot—a farmer himself and a professional engineer—created a simple but powerful concept when he pioneered the first active-hydraulic, ground-following, individual row opener. Seeing the destructive nature of tillage first hand on his own farm, Norbert set out to find a better way to precisely seed the crop without having to till the land. The move to no-till would help to conserve precious moisture and reduce fuel and equipment operating costs. One-pass seed and fertilizer placement was the goal, but not at the sacrifice of sound agronomics, accurate seed placement and optimal stand establishment. In the spring of 1992, the first opener prototype was built and used to seed over 1,000 acres on Norbert Beaujot’s farm. Since then, SeedMaster has continued to refine and innovate the opener and air delivery systems to provide a no-till air drill that is second to none for growers around the world.

Company details

#1 South Plains Road West , Emerald Park , Saskatchewan S4L 1C6 Canada

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Crop Cultivation
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

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Along the way, Norbert helped farmers move toward a more sustainable way of farming that reduces wind and water erosion and improves crop productivity and farm profitability.

Timeline

1991
  • SeedMaster president and founder, Norbert Beaujot, set out to find a better way to seed all crops, including canola, without tilling the land
  • Developed first opener
    • One-pass seed and fertilizer placement
    • Sound agronomics, accurate seed placement, optimal stand establishment
1999
  • Launched Smart Hitch™, enabling farmers to increase yield and precision by seeding between stubble rows
2002
  • Developed new designs for opener, frame, and Smart Hitch
  • Established SeedMaster
  • SeedMaster re-introduced the simplified version of its frame-mounted metering tanks
  • Opened first manufacturing plant
2003
  • Sold seven machines with the new design
2004
  • Opened first production facility
2005
  • Added 15,000 square feet to manufacturing facility
2006
  • Developed 80-foot toolbar — largest in North America
  • Converted Norbert Beaujot’s family farm to SeedMaster Research Farm
2007
  • Developed packing force sensor technology for drills
  • First Master Seeders Conference
2008
  • Released North America’s first 90-foot seeding system — the M90
  • Developed narrow-fold technology for easy drill transport
  • Rolled out liquid fertilizer cart systems
  • Developed row metering system technology
2009
  • Unveiled Lift Kit™ technology
  • Introduced new packer tire technology for all SeedMaster drills (tire-in-tire)
  • Developed auto-adjust Packing Force Sensor™
  • Initiated new overlap control system named FLIP™
2010
  • Officially unveiled UltraPro™ canola meter
2011
  • Auto Zone Command™ overlap control technology introduced
  • Standardized extended-wear fertilizer knives
  • Launched new 820-bushel “Smart Cart” (Nova™ XP) with auto-lids, 10 zones, high rates, isolated air dual shoot, and weigh-scale-enhanced metering technology
2012
  • Unveiled enhanced overlap control and mapping technology — FLIP — launched with a full suite of Raven technology
  • Developed 10-zone metering system
  • Released North America’s first 100-foot seeding system — the M100
2013
  • Developed new corn meter
  • Standardized auto calibration (SmartCal™)
  • Officially released Leader SPEC™ program
  • Began developing new SeedMaster rate calculator app
  • Introduced high-capacity fans for all Nova cart technology
2014
  • Opened new SeedMaster Global USA hub in Kenmare, North Dakota
  • Released new 630-bushel, tow-between Nova XP
  • Introduced Smart Openers™ and Auto Lift™