16 November 2001

Drilling demos not conclusive

DEMONSTRATIONS of several drills to replace the farms two Amazone combination units have highlighted how no single machine can cope with all conditions, says Mr Hosford.

On trial were models from Amazone, Horsch, Lemken, Simba and Vaderstad.

"We want to sow faster with just one drill, but we have not made up our minds yet which to choose. Very few, I believe, could cope with all our different soils and slopes in both wet and dry conditions. The Simba Freeflow, for example, soon blocked up on one field.

"We also want something that is well built and easy to operate and not all are." &#42