Unfortunately, since it can be difficult for existing blade-based planting technology to slice through crop residue and create optimal seeding conditions, many farmers revert to conventional deep tilling methods.
Susterre’s technology uses ultra-high pressure fluid jets (used in industrial applications to cut steel) to slice through thick layers of debris and compacted soil for planting at high ground speed. This technology enables the long-term, cost-effective use of no-till agriculture.
Studies show this innovation reduces the cost of planting by about 13%, increases the planting window under variable moisture conditions, and improves germination rates.
Susterre’s patent-pending technology adapts well to all dominant row crops and seed spacings, but the company will initially focus on North American corn and soy production. The technology is designed as an upgrade to existing planters, making it an easy and cost-effective solution for traditional and no-till farmers to adopt.
“The broad economic and agronomic benefits to farmers and the environment is what drew us to the technology in the first place.
We’re very pleased with Susterre’s rapid progress, and the reception received from the farming and finance communities.”
Martin Vetter Venture Partner, Carrot Ventures
Closing the seed financing round is an important milestone for Susterre and Carrot Ventures. Susterre is the first company to advance through Carrot’s unique company creation model.
“When Carrot approached me, they had sourced and vetted an exciting new technology. They recruited me to be the founder and CEO of a brand-new company dedicated to commercializing the technology.
Carrot got the ball rolling by incorporating Susterre, providing start-up capital to get us going, and generally making sure we had a solid foundation that investors would support. Their efforts really set the stage for this round of financing and this phase of Susterre’s life. They’ve been a vital partner in our development.”
Michael Cully Founder and CEO, Susterre Technologies Inc.