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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

Is French-made Novag disc drill king of cover crop drilling?

French farmers are established as some of Europe’s pioneers in the brave new world of cultivation-free drilling and pre-season cover crops, so it’s no surprise that the country is home…

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…

MACHINERY

12 no-till drills on show at farmer-organised demo day

Reduced-tillage drilling continues to gain popularity as farmers look for new ways to improve soil structure and reduce cultivation activity during the autumn. With that in mind, hundreds of growers headed…

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Case studies

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

[caption id="attachment_1339508" align="alignnone" width="900"] © Adam Clarke[/caption] Farm facts Mike Pinard, Lodge Farm, South Godstone, Surrey 121ha rented land Soil type: Weald clay Cropping: winter wheat, winter linseed and canary…

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…

CEREAL DRILLS

Farmer gets 12m drill and Case IH Quadtrac for just £85,000

Keen to get into low-disturbance drilling without spending a fortune, Warwickshire farmer William Forsyth decided to build his own machine and buy a cheap used tractor to pull it. But…

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Insights

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

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…

CEREAL DRILLS

Yorks farmer builds his take on the power-harrow combi drill

For farmers on smaller acreages, the versatile nature of the power harrow combination drill takes a bit of beating. That’s why there are still scores of manufacturers developing and building…

MACHINERY

Lamma 2018: Drills and cultivators out in force

Farmers looking to invest in new drills or cultivation kit were given plenty of options at Lamma 2018. Both big names and lesser-known brands were on display and we've rounded…

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Test and reviews

CEREAL DRILLS

£470,000 Smart Seeder boasts advanced levels of accuracy

Clean Seed, a Canadian outfit with a penchant for meticulous drilling accuracy, recently unveiled its maiden seeder that promises never-seen-before levels of accuracy from a high-output cereal planter. And its…

CEREAL DRILLS

Contractors' view: Samco 7100 maize drill

Since their father helped pioneer maize production in the West Country back in the early 1980s, Rob and Tina Bartlett of Bartlett Contractors have seen a fair few drills come…

CEREAL DRILLS

Contractor's view: Horsch Maestro maize drill

When North Bucks-based outfit Robert Tuckwell Contractors wanted to change its maize drill ahead of the 2016 season, it needed a machine to cover a lot of ground without breaking sweat.…

CEREAL DRILLS

New drill options for seed-bed fertiliser

[caption id="attachment_1287373" align="alignnone" width="900"] Combi version of the Horsch Express KR one-pass drill and power harrow will have a bigger hopper than the standard outfit and a ‘mix’ unit to…

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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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