Kuhn Farm Machinery will be demonstrating its Striger strip tillage unit and Maxima 2 precision seed drill at this year’s Tillage-Live event at Down Ampney Airfield in Gloucestershire.
The Striger cultivates a narrow strip of soil into which seed can be directly drilled.
A row of opening discs cut through stubble and surface residue which is then removed by a star-shaped trash remover.
A tine, double-discs and tamping wheel follow to prepare the seedbed, either side of which sits a protective layer of surface mulch.
Kuhn’s UK sales manager, Duncan McLeish, points out strip tillage technique fuel advantages:
“By only cultivating the ground into which crops are sown and leaving the space between each row of seeds fallow, strip tillage techniques can reduce diesel usage by up to 80% compared to traditional ploughing techniques, or by 50% compared to normal min-till cultivation.”
The Striger is available in 6-12 row versions on either a 4.4m or 6m folding frame and as 4 or 6 row versions on a 3m frame. The working components of each row are adjustable from 45 to 80cm to suit field conditions and to match the seed drill.
The company’s Maxima 2 precision seed drills are designed to work with the Striger. Users can opt for a single toolbar (2.5-9m frame with up to 18 rows) or one of the firm’s telescopic and folding frame variants which go up to 6m and 12 rows.)
All are compatible with a strip tillage system and can be used to drill a range of crops including maize, oilseed rape and sugar beet.
Maxima 2 drills can also be fitted with hoppers for direct fertiliser application and granular application of insecticides, herbicides or slug pellets.