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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

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…

CEREAL DRILLS

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…

CEREAL DRILLS

Conversion kit adds precision planting to strip-till drill

A new retrofit option has allowed Mzuri to add precision seeding to its repertoire. The manufacturer reveals the thinking behind the kit and a West Sussex grower describes the results…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Surrey farmer builds 4m no-till drill on a £2,000 budget

Farm facts Mike Pinard, Lodge Farm, South Godstone, Surrey 121ha rented land Soil type: Weald clay Cropping: winter wheat, winter linseed and canary seed Mike Pinard farms about 120ha of…

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Insights

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

Amazone Cirrus drills now drop seed and fertiliser

Amazone has released several additions to its machinery line-up ahead of the upcoming Cereals event in Lincolnshire. Dropping fertiliser alongside seed when drilling is now firmly back in fashion, and…

CEREAL DRILLS

Kuhn adds Suffolk coulter option to Venta air drills

Kuhn has added the option of Suffolk coulters to its Venta pneumatic seed drill range. The new models will be badged 1010 and are otherwise the same as before, with…

CEREAL DRILLS

Horsch makes Power Disc coulter available for Pronto drills

Horsch has announced that it will now offer its Power Disc coulter on the highly regarded Pronto drills, as well as the original Serto models. See also: 6 options for 6m…

TECHNOLOGY

Vaderstad app helps set up machines correctly

A recent augmented reality smartphone app from Vaderstad allows operators to get a live demonstration of how to get their machine running as it should. See also: How precision farming…

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Test and reviews

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's View: Weaving GD drill

Henry Muntz reveals how his Weaving GD no-till drill has performed across his farm of Warwickshire clay loam. What drill are you using? We’ve got a 4.8m trailed Weaving GD…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver’s view: David Bird's Primewest Cross Slot

Suffolk grower David Bird gives his verdict on the performance of the Primewest Cross Slot no-till drill. Find out how it works, its good points and what could be improved.…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's View: Steve Heard's John Deere 750A drill

Leicestershire farmer Steve Heard imported and assembled his own John Deere no-till drill – he gives us his verdict on how it has performed, what he most likes about it…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver’s view: Lionel Shaw's Horsch Avatar drill

Lionel Shaw runs a Horsch Avatar at Manor Farm, Luton, and explains his why he changed to a no-till drill, how it works and gives us his verdict on the…

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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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