Direct Seeding Research

PAMI is a leader in direct-seeding research to optimize the practice under different conditions and maximize benefits to farmers.  Direct seeding or zero-till is a proven eco-friendly technology that reduces inputs, and has proven itself especially during dry years by significantly reducing wind-born soil erosion and almost eliminating black prairie skies formerly seen in spring. Under dry conditions, standing stubble reduces soil-water evaporation resulting in higher grain yields.

PAMI has been involved in many multi-year direct-seeding research projects that investigated seed and fertilizer placement, packing, row spacing, evaluation of side-band openers, and fertilizer application rates. PAMI data collected from these multi-year sites has been used to determine crop response under different soil types, application methods, moisture levels, and weather conditions. This data is proving useful in developing new technologies or improving systems already in use to assist farmers in making their operations more profitable.

Direct Seeding How-to Information Available in Direct Seeding Manual

PAMI and the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association (SSCA) along with other specialists, have gathered the latest information into a comprehensive manual. The Direct Seeding Manual is available for sale (Contact our Resource Library 1-800-567-PAMI (7264) Ext. 243 or email humboldt@pami.ca for purchase), and it includes a wide range of information including machinery, fertilizer applications, openers, weed control, and packing. The information is especially important for farmers looking at changing to a
direct-seeding system.