Devloo Roto Mud Scrapers make it possible to seed earlier in the morning and later in the day, stay in the field longer and get back in it sooner after a rain. Made for medium to heavy soils, they provide a way to handle an increase in snowfall or spring moisture that cuts into the short seeding season. Often regarded as the most critical operation of the year, seeding can become more efficient with an innovative device that cleans mud off packer wheels and facilitates placement of seed at a consistent depth.

Out of Necessity, a Remedy

The amazing invention by the son of a Belgian immigrant and perfected by his grandson Mark Devloo, the Roto Mud Scrapers contribute more cost savings and efficiencies on the farm than anyone would think a small, spinning metal disc could do. The ingenious design for the self-propelled scraper prevents mud buildup and helps place seed with optimum precision.

“It’s a great feeling to know that your seed and fertilizer are placed where they have optimum performance,” Devloo remarked. “At our trade show booth, farmers thank us for our product and let us know that they would not seed without them.”

From a 10,000 square foot shop on his Manitoba farm, Devloo’s fabrication team custom builds scrapers for Amity, Bourgault, Cross Slot, Harriston, John Deere, K-Hart, Morris, Seed Hawk, Seed Master, Versatile and many more brands. The Devloo name appears on 55,000 units in fields around the world.

Farmers in Australia and New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and Russia seek the practical benefits that the Devloo scraper provides for farms in Canada and the United States.

Managing Seeding Deadlines

Generations have worked the Devloo family farm since 1936, and Mark has firsthand experience with the same seeding deadline frustrations that he now helps farmers resolve. Putting seed in the ground at the same depth throughout an entire field is a major accomplishment that the Roto Mud Scrapers help farmers achieve. Doing so without increasing or decreasing packer pressure makes it even better.

The scrapers help equipment drop seed at the depth that fosters germination and growth even when wet conditions typically make the process impractical, unfeasible or almost impossible.

Our scrapers “help reduce mortality from improper planting that allows shallow seeds to sprout, dry out and die,” Devloo said. He knows from experience on his 2,700 acres that farmers can save thousands of dollars per year by reducing seed loss and getting better yields. Without a buildup of wet and heavy soil, seeding equipment requires less pulling power and uses less fuel.

The buildup on packer tires can lift the opener out of the ground and leave the seed and fertilizer exposed to the atmosphere creating huge losses. Fields can end up with patches of low growth or no growth where seed fails to germinate because it lies “either on top of the soil or in too shallow.”

Riding through the Thick of Things

The Devloo Robo Mud Scrapers ride very close to the action, just a fraction of an inch above or behind the packer wheel, depending on the seeder manufacturer’s design. They do not engage until mud starts to collect. Each scraper consists of an offset, laser-cut disc of 1023 carbon steel, high tensile #80 steel brackets and a double roller 5203 bearing that performs durably in stripping the mud, straw and debris off the packer wheel. Zinc plated hardware and a powder-coated finish keep the scrapers looking almost like new after years of use.

The ease of installation in the field increases the appeal of a consistently steady and reliable performer. Devloo Roto Mud Scrapers come with custom brackets that fit most brands of seeders, and installation takes about 10 minutes per scraper. Each shipment includes Instructions for assembly and installation, and the website offers them as well.

Choosing a Color with a Purpose

Devloo designates a distinctive color that identifies the customized scrapers with each seeder brand, and the product line includes pink to celebrate his mother’s victory as a breast cancer survivor. He contributes $5 from the sale of each pink scraper to cancer research. With dedication to the support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, he has contributed more than $30,000 so far from sales to informed and caring farmers who continue to choose pink.

Mark Devloo’s innovative leadership in focusing attention on the worthy endeavor is making a difference. More than 6,000 of his pink scrapers now accent seeding equipment across the Canadian prairies and the American heartland. The tribute attests to the vital significance of scientific research and the dignity of personal courage.

Increasing Yields with Proper Seed and Fertilizer Placement

Achieving the proper depth of seed and fertilizer directly affects the seed-per-acre ratio. At the correct depth, seed achieves better emergence and crop uniformity, and fertilizer does not gas off before enriching the seed. Superior yield and quality occur when precision seeding equipment can perform as designed.

The Devloo Roto Mud Scrapers facilitate the process more efficiently than stationary scrapers by removing buildup as it occurs and without putting pressure on the packer.

The revolving disc presents five times more cutting edge than stationary scrapers can deliver. As mud accumulates, it engages the scraper that strips away the seed-depth altering effect of buildup. In dry conditions, the scraper sits idle and just goes along for the ride. Three awards for innovation confirm the recognition that Devloo’s Roto Mud Scraper has earned.

For more information, visit www.rotomudscrapers.com.

“It’s a great feeling to know that your seed and fertilizer are placed where they have optimum performance. At our trade show booth, farmers thank us for our product and let us know that they would not seed without them” – Mark Devloo

ABOVE: Mark Devloo designates a distinctive color that identifies the customized scrapers with each seeder brand, and the product line includes pink to celebrate his mother’s victory as a breast cancer survivor. He contributes $5 from the sale of each pink scraper to cancer research. With dedication to the support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, he has contributed more than $30,000 so far from sales to informed and caring farmers who continue to choose pink.

 

 

ABOVE: Wheat seeded WITH Roto Mud Scrapers.

BELOW: Wheat seeded without Roto Mud Scrapers.

ABOVE: Bourgault packer wheel WITH Roto Mud Scrapers.

BELOW: Bourgault packer wheel without Roto Mud Scrapers.

ABOVE: Seed Hawk packer wheel without the Roto Mud Scraper.

BELOW: Seed Hawk packer wheel WITH the Roto Mud Scraper