All articles about Cereal drills

Drills have divided opinion amongst farmers like never before, however they still have one of the most important jobs on the farm; to safely get seed into the ground and giving it the best start in life. Here you’ll find reviews from operators and owners on the best and worst points of their drill, along with launches from manufacturers of the latest technology and models. There is also a nod to farmer-built machines and how these can save thousands on buying a shiny new model.

Advice and tips

MACHINERY

6 options for mounted 6m tine drills

With unrelenting wet and snowy weather halting many spring drilling campaigns across the country over the past few weeks, many growers that have eventually got a chance to get some…

CEREAL DRILLS

How to fit a fertiliser kit to a John Deere drill

John Deere’s 750A drill is recognised as being one of the longest-serving no-till seeders used in Europe today. Other smaller manufacturers from around the globe are working hard to grab…

Upgrade improves OSR drilling without cost of new machine

Growers considering a shift away from the "subcast" technique of establishing oilseed rape to improve the performance and economic viability of their crops are being offered an upgrade that enables…

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Case studies

CEREAL DRILLS

Low-input cropping slashes costs and risk for tenant farmer

After years of struggling to make his conventional arable rotation pay, a tenant farmer has begun trialling a system that rewards him for environmental gains rather than bumper yields. John…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farmer saves cash by 3D printing parts for home-built drill

Farm workshops are a brilliant starting point for heavy-metal machinery projects but, for inventions requiring delicate components, there’s inevitably a point at which home-builders have to resort to buying bits…

CEREAL DRILLS

Orkney contractor builds drill to combat extreme weather

Owning four working drills may seem lavish to most farmers, but for contractors J&S Hay on the north-east coast of Orkney it is the reason the business is able to…

CEREAL DRILLS

Heavy-duty NZ Allen drill gets crops into rock-hard soils

For years, New Zealand has been widely regarded as something of a mecca for direct-drilling enthusiasts. Despite its modest size, the country has been responsible for many of the innovations…

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Insights

TECHNOLOGY

How moisture-seeking drilling kit helps drought-hit Aussies

A new drilling outfit developed in Australia is using clever moisture-sensing tines to automatically alter sowing depth according to soil conditions. Moisture Planting Technologies (MPT), based in New South Wales,…

CEREAL DRILLS

Spanish-made Virkar Dynamic adds to no-till drill options

The continued concerns over the future of key chemicals and the knock-on effect for those operating zero-tillage systems seem to have done little to stifle the direct drill market, with…

TECHNOLOGY

Aqua Till waterjets offer ingenious alternative to coulters

Just when you thought variable rate, variable depth, turn compensation and limitless fertiliser combinations had taken drilling technology to its limit, the rule book has been blasted open once again.…

MACHINERY

John Deere 750A comes top in Cambridgeshire drill trial

Earlier this year we published an article about a trial being conducted by Cambridgeshire farmer David Walston, comparing three different drills to sow wheat direct into stubble – a Cross…

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News

CEREAL DRILLS

Horizon Agriculture unveils no-till DSX coulter for new drills

Horizon Agriculture has revealed a no-till DSX coulter that it plans to fit to its yet-to-be-unveiled disc drills. The low-disturbance seeders inherit plenty of technology from the Sly Boss drills,…

CEREAL DRILLS

Lamma 2020: New drills and sprayers take centre stage

New drill launches at the Lamma show focussed on multi-seed applications, with both Bednar’s Omega and the Sulky Progress capable of sowing three different crops in one pass. Other notable…

CEREAL DRILLS

Kverneland E-drill gets seed and fertiliser option

Kverneland has increased its seed-and-fertiliser drill range with its updated power harrow-mounted E-drill. The model has been available in a single-hopper format for the past four years, but the firm…

CEREAL DRILLS

Agrisem to sell Sly Boss drill

Strip-till cultivator and zero-till drill maker Sly Agri has split into separate companies – English and French – with the latter entering into a partnership with Agrisem. As a result,…

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Test and reviews

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: James Grandy's Amazone drill

Yorkshire farmer James Grandy runs through the good and bad points of his Amazone Cayena drill and how it has slotted into his establishment system. What drill are you using?…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: Matt Lewis’ Mzuri Pro-Til 3m drill

Farm foreman Matt Lewis talks about the Mzuri Pro-Til drill that he has owned for three years. Its purchase bought about a change in the farm's crop establishment system, which…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver’s View: Jean-Baptiste Bady’s Claydon Hybrid 3m

Estate manager Jean-Baptiste Bady and farm manager Callum Orr, who run an arable operation at the world’s most northerly castle on the small central island of Shapinsay, Orkney, have picked…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: Robert Hinchcliffe’s Triton drill

We asked Yorkshire farmer Robert Hinchcliffe to run through the good points and bad points of his 3m-wide Triton drill and explain why he picked it.  What drill are you…

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Video

ARABLE

Video: Grower cuts fuel costs as new drill hits blackgrass

The need to slash soaring fuel costs while tackling blackgrass at the same time has led to a wholesale change in establishment system on one Leicestershire estate. Farming 1,130ha of…

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