11 August 1995

Precision sowing lowers seed rates

EXACT placement of vegetable seeds offers the chance to cut seed rates by up to 30%, claims Accord.

The firm believes such precision sowing is possible with the latest version of its Miniair vacuum-operated precision drill. Seen as a refinement rather than a redesign, main change is in the positioning of the two rows of staggered sowing units. Previously set to create a fixed row spacing of 8cm (3in), the new version is able to adjust spacing from 6cm to 11cm (2.4 to 4.3in) without interrupting the view of the exposed area of the seed disc.

Individual seed units have a self-sealing chamber to provide an adjustable vacuum at the back of a stainless steel disc. The disc can be equipped with either 20, 40, 60, 80, 120 or 160 holes from 0.4mm to 2.5mm to accommodate different seed types and sowing rates.

Prices vary according to specification – a six-row, single row machine on a 3m tool-bar, for example, costs £9433.

Accord machinery is imported by St Helens-based Ferrag. &#42