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Grant Program For Planting Research

Grant Program For Planting Research

Precision Planting, an Illinois-based company that helps farmers find solutions to planting-related problems, has a new grant program available. It's for anyone who wants to do on-farm, planting-related research. Apply before March 25.

Precision Planting is an Illinois-based company dedicated to finding solutions to planting-related problems and seed placement issues that challenge the agricultural industry and farmers. "Our new Research Grant Program offers incentives to people who are doing independent research on seed environment and placement practices," says Dustin Blunier, spokesman for the company. "Interested parties can submit an application outlining their project goals and objectives as well as their desire for assistance from Precision Planting."

Any research that studies the direct correlation of seed placement or the impact of planting practices on the seedling environment to yield or yield response will be considered, he says. The application should include an outline of the study to be conducted, people/parties involved, process for collecting data and evaluation criteria of the collected data. In 2010, Precision Planting funded five such projects. These trials looked at variable rate seeding populations in corn, effect of down force on multiple crops and meter performance.

Funding will be provided based on research being performed

Precision Planting will award project funding in increments of $1,000 up to $10,000 per project based on available funds. Funding will be provided based on the research being performed as outlined in the application. Half of the funding will be furnished upon the awarding of the grant and half at the completion of the study, says Blunier.

Applications and instructions are available online at, and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Application deadline for 2011 projects is March 25, 2011. Applications can be sent to Precision Planting, Research Grant Program, 23207 Townline Road, Tremont, IL  61568. Inquiries on the program can be directed to Dustin Blunier at 309-925-5050 or

About Precision Planting, Inc. Precision Planting is an industry leader in solutions for seed spacing and placement, says Blunier. A family-owned company in Central Illinois, Precision Planting focuses on developing innovative products that improve the seeding and planting process. The company is also well known for its unique and innovative approach to addressing the current agronomic issues facing growers and providing practical educational resources for planting improvement. The company is also supported in the continental United States by a network of over 600 dealership agencies.

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