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


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


Bespoke liquid fert kits improve no-till drilled crop performanc...

A wind of change is sweeping through UK crop establishment practices, with more and more growers being lured into splashing the cash on a no-till drill. With this increased uptake…

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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…


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.…


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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Agritechnica 2019: Bourgault shows 8m zero-till disc drill

Bourgault is best known for its huge, prairie-roaming seed cart drills, but at Agritechnica, the Canadian maker was showing off its first compact machine. The CD848 uses a pair of…


Larger Terrablade joins Claydon interrow hoe range

An 8m version of Claydon’s Terrablade inter-row hoe will be shown for the first time at Agritechnica. Claydon says it is a low-cost mechanical weeding tool that works between 30cm…


Kverneland launches DG II trailed disc drill

Kverneland has revamped its range of DG trailed disc drills, adding an improved folding mechanism to make them better balanced and easier to manage on the road. The so-called DG…


Pottinger Aerosem drills save seed with part-width shut-off

Pottinger has added a part-width shut-off system to its mounted Aerosem drills that works to a virtual boundary and switches off 1m sections in sequence until the ground is covered.…

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Test and reviews


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?…


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…


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…


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: 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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