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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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CEREAL DRILLS

Farmer's view: Vaderstad Tempo maize drill

A growing list of customers and a desire to expand its current 280ha of contract maize drilling led Dorset-based family farm CR Dean & Sons to invest in an eight-row…

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Case studies

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…

CEREAL DRILLS

6m disc drill ticks the boxes for contractor’s CTF system

While striving to limit the travel of machinery across arable acreages is a very worthy cause, it’s not always that practical. True controlled traffic farming (CTF) zealots will tell you…

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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

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Amazone unveils 4m Cataya drill option

Amazone has introduced a 4m-wide version of its popular Cataya drill, which becomes the second new model in the range this year. In comparison to the 3m model, the 4000…

CEREAL DRILLS

Kuhn unveils 4m version of Espro combi-drill

Kuhn has added a 4m version of the Espro seeder to its range of combination min-till seed drills. The folding 4000 RC provides seed placement and fertiliser application in one…

CEREAL DRILLS

New Sky MaxiDrill applies three products in one pass

The new high-speed Maxidrill 10 Series seeder from French maker Sky offers growers the chance to lay three products in one pass. First seen at Agritechnica in 2017, the overhauled…

CEREAL DRILLS

MaterMacc attempts to crack UK direct drill market

Italian manufacturer MaterMacc is hoping to break in to the growing direct drill market with its versatile and easy-to-pull AS-UST tine-based seeder. Best known for its precision maize drills, the…

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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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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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