3 November 1995

British needs a priority

BRITISH growers needs were a priority when designing the Cramer "Domino" automatic potato planter, says company chief Lüppo H. Cramer.

"Farmers asked us for a three-row model with big seed hoppers and easily adjustable row width settings." The Dominos hopper holds up to 900kg (1980lb) of seed and the machine can be adjusted to plant at four different drill widths – from a minimum 45cm (18in) to a maximum 60cm (24in).

The seed transporting system within the planter can be equipped with cups to handle conventional or oval seed, or "spoons" specially-designed for longer seed potatoes. The Cramer "spoon" system has a patented device which ensures only one potato per spoon ends up in the ground, thus avoiding expensive double-planting.

Optional equipment includes an infra-red control system fitted into each planter chute. When more than two tubers are missed in the planting sequence, the system activates an alarm and a warning light on a cab-mounted panel identifies the problem chute. &#42

The Cramer warning system comprises infra-red sensors in each planter chute. When more than two tubers are missed in the planting sequence, an alarm is sounded in the tractor cab and a warning light on the panel indicates the source of the problem.