22 September 1995

Dry soils favour the

drillers

LINCS contractor Tim Russon, looking after Moores latest All-till drill at the Bedfordshire event, has seen more work come his way this year as growers have been put off ploughing by dry conditions.

"Ive had more interest than usual in sowing oilseed rape and cereals into stubble using the All-till drill, either after discing to a few centimetres or subsoiling then rolling," he says. "In very dry conditions, its a better bet than ploughing and then having to do a lot of cultivations to get a seed-bed."

Latest version of the All-till disc drill has a number of useful improvements. There are larger diameter seed tubes to cope better with beans and peas, improved markers with independent control for working around telegraph poles and similar obstacles and bigger transport tyres.

Hydraulic adjustment

Hydraulic adjustment of working depth, by altering the weight distribution on the disc coulters and press wheels, is a new option, allowing adjustment from the tractor seat instead of solely by a crank handle.

"Im on my second Moore drill this year and have seen a steady increase in workload since I started five years ago," says Tim Russon. "Its a simple, robust drill that does the job, putting seed in at the right depth with little pre-cultivation needed."

Mr Russon runs his 3m (9ft 10in) drill behind a 100hp tractor on duals with a Ritchie tyre press up front to consolidate soil across the full width of the drill.