NWSG

Wrightsville, ga – with today’s ever increasing need to conserve our natural habitats and ecosystems for birds and other wildlife, plotmaster™ systems ltd. Has recently developed the “ultimate planting machine” for planting nwsgs and other seed blends to restore and improve these vital wildlife habitats. The new frontier plotmaster™ series which are manufactured by plotmaster systems ltd and distributed by frontier equipment through the john deere dealers has a unique (patent-pending) reverse-auger brush seeding system (versa seeding system™) that will dispense and plant virtually all types of seed including nwsgs and hard-to-plant seed blends in a single pass. The plotmaster™ with its revolutionary new one-pass planting process saves an enormous amount of time, money, and effort in planting nwsgs and food plots for wildlife.

Nwsgs are not only good insurance against drought, erosion, and autumn forage shortages for farmers but they also are excellent for wildlife. Nwsgs such as switchgrass, indiangrass, little and big bluestem grow in clumps. These clumps provide open areas between it clumps to permit young birds to move freely as they search for insects and seeds. These clumps also allow nests to be built under the tufts as it does provide hiding places for the nests. This allows adult birds to come and go easily without delay or detection by enemies that search for the nests which greatly increases the survival of these nests and their young.

In the past, planting these NWSGs and/or seed blends has been a very costly and cumbersome process which involved using a myriad of different pieces of equipment including plows, disk, grain drills, custom drills, air spreaders, broadcast spreaders, and/or cultipackers and making multiple passes to get the desired results. One of the main problems in planting these NWSGs is that most of these grasses are very small/ fluffy seed, and have awns on them making them very difficult to handle and plant. Several seed companies currently offer de-bearded seed which has helped to eliminate some of the planting problems associated with these seeds. However, even with these de-bearded seed, the recommended planting process for these NWSGs involves the following steps:

1.Plowing – to break up the ground
2.Disking - to cultivate the soil
3.Cultipacking - to level and prepare smooth, firm seed bed
4.Planting – to dispense and plant the seeds
5.Cultipacking – to cover and pack for good soil/seed contact

This process can take up to as many as five (5) passes over a field to establish the required results. With today’s ever increasing cost of fuel, seed, and equipment, this process can become a very expensive proposition. Plotmaster™ Systems, Ltd has recently developed a special NWSG Seeding System for its Plotmaster units that will allow its users to plant NWSGs in a single pass under most circumstances, but if the site contains a large amount of vegetation, it may take two or more passes to plant these seeds. As with most planting processes, it is highly recommended that you remove as much vegetation as possible either mechanically and/or chemically before planting.

Unlike many of the custom NWSG drills or other equipment that is currently being used for planting NWSGs, the Plotmaster™ which can plant all types of seed and seed blends effectively, has many other applications like reclamation projects, CRP plantings, roadside re-vegetation, wildlife habitat restoration, wildlife food plots, wildflower roadside and median planting, DNR projects, NRCS projects, pasture over-seeding, restoration projects, wetland restoration, landscaping, garden plots, vineyard/orchard work, erosion control and other soil/land preparation applications.

From the chart below, you can see that there is a potential for substantial savings on fuel, labor, maintenance and wear/tear on equipment, and the overall price of equipment. For those users who are contractors for planting this seed, the savings can be significant!

Unit

Fuel Cost To Run

Labor Cost To Run Equipment

Equipment Wear & Tear / Maintenance

Average Equipment Price

6’ Plotmaster w/NWSG Kit

$3.68

$10

$10

$6,500

Traditional Equipment

$18.40

$50

$50

$12,000 to $20,000

Cost Savings

$14.72/acre

$40/acre

$40 acre

$5,500 to $13,500

In summary, with proper seedbed preparation and the right equipment, you can plant NWSGs cost-effectively and conserve the wildlife on your property and their habitat for years to come. This can be done with a minimal effort and investment. John Deere, Frontier Equipment, and Plotmaster Systems, Ltd are proud to be a part of this conservation effort. With today’s ever-rising cost and the myriad of USDA programs available through which provide landowners and producers with tremendous flexibility and incentive to develop a conservation cropping system that meets production objectives, improves environmental quality, enhances wildlife habitat, and helps farmers to be good stewards of their land and its natural resources, the Plotmaster™ with its new NWSG Seeding System will prove to be a very valuable piece of equipment to anyone interested in planting NWSG and improving the wildlife habitats on their property.

For more information on the National Conservation Initiative, visit your County USDA Farm Services Center or see http://www.nhq.nrcs.usda.gov/. For more information on the Plotmaster™ and its new NWSG Seeding System, please call 1-888-MAX-GAME or visit www.theplotmaster.com.

Here what a few of the users are saying about this new Plotmaster™ Seeding System for planting NWSGs:

“My new Plotmaster Seeding System is versatile, accurate, and easy to use. I recently planted 23 acres (at a planting rate of 9 lbs per acre of Pure Live Seed) with less than 1 ounce of seed left over. The unit makes a significant difference in the cost of planting my seeds!”

Jack Walker of Abbeville, GA/ Retired Forrester/NWSGs Contractor

“I am very pleased with my new Plotmaster™. This unit will perform as advertised! It has saved me an enormous amount of time and money in planting my seeds and seed blends. I am a contractor and I plant LOTs of seed including NWSGs for my customers. It has saved me an enormous amount of time and money in planting all my seeds and seed blends. Better yet, my customers and I are very happy with the results! ”

Bob Addison of Abbeville, GA /NWSG Contractor

“I recently purchased a 6’ Plotmaster™ for planting my NWSGs. The Plotmaster team worked with me and we developed a software system to calibrate any seed and seed blends for my new Plotmaster™. They also developed a curtain system for planting these small, fluffy seeds on windy days. I am extremely happy with the service I received from Plotmaster Systems, Ltd and the way their equipment performs.”

Grover Stone, Stone Tree Farm, Pineview, Ga.

My friend, Ronnie Barrentine, and I had been looking for a seeder to plant our blended grass seed required by the CRP program when I found your Plotmaster on the Web. We attended one of your field demonstrations and after seeing the blended seed flow from the seed hopper, we knew that this was the right machine for us. I went straight to my local John Deere dealer and ordered the Plotmaster FP1204. We are very pleased with the diverse seed types that can be accurately planted with the Plotmaster and with the many different attachment configurations available.

I have planted 160 acres with our Plotmaster and Ronnie is in the process of planting 200 acres. This machine is easy to set up and change attachments in just minutes to accommodate different field conditions. I have found this machine to be durable, simple to operate, very well designed, and the fact that John Deere is the retailer insures parts availability and support. Gentlemen, I applaud you for your multi-purpose design and quality that I have experienced in the Plotmaster, thank you.

George Turk of Davisboro, GA/Lifetime Farmers/NWSG Contractor