A proven performer across the pond, Simba Great Plains is hoping its new precision planter will prove just as successful in the UK.
Currently on trial in Yorkshire, the four-row maize drill uses a twin-row system – planting two rows in an alternating pattern about 20cm apart, each twin row separated by a 75cm gap.
That means that the drill will actually plant eight rows across its 3.4m width, with seed supplied by eight 53-litre hoppers.
The trailed range extends up to 18m, although the 12m version is likely to be the biggest we’ll see working in the UK.
The four-row, 1.4t machine on show will cost about £34,000.
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