One year ago my favorite product at the 2012 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, was a Gandy seeder that was to be shipped to an Indiana farmer, Ray McCormick. There was literature about Ray and what he did the year before with a seeder on a cornhead in the booth. This seeder from last year was going to go on his grain head.
Last fall, McCormick mounted the seeder on the grain table and I visited and rode with him. It took him a while to get all the hoses and connections right to drive the hydraulics off his John Deere combine, but it was working well. He spreads the seed behind the head and before the chaff is spread so the residue forms a cover for it.
"I don't get it on as early as flying on, but I like where it gets placed under residue," he says. "I don't have an extra man free to make a trip to drill it, and this lets me get it planted at harvest."
Earlier this summer McCormick was surprised to find that Gandy doesn't offer a special model on their Website now for this purpose. In fact, they didn't mention it on their Website.
Gandy reps at the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., stood next to a seeder similar to what McCormick converted to a grain table seeder the year before, and is still using this season. They said they didn't develop it into a separate product because it takes quite a bit of adapting to make it work on various heads. They felt it was better to let farmers buy the seeder and then buy what they needed to hook it up rather than to try to put a kit together that would attach to some models but not others, or have to have several kits to match different colors and models of combines; They still think it's a great use for their product.