25 August 1995

Beet drill turns rigid

LEGISLATION to reduce the risk of tall machinery touching overhead power lines has forced Accord to introduce a rigid version of its 18-row Monopill sugar beet drill.

The original hydraulically-folding Monopill has been dropped from the German firms drill line-up after 12 years, and replaced by a 9.2m (30ft) wide end-tow unit.

The drills support wheels are mounted in front of the toolbar to give maximum clearance between sowing units. This is considered important for mulch drilling, a technique in which sugar beet is drilled into autumn-sown cover crops; drilling a cover crop into ground destined for beet is aimed at reducing over-winter nitrogen leaching.

Price of the 18-row Monopill-S is £19,075, and the mulch seeding option adds a further £208/row.