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Thursday 18 September 2014

Claydon launch new wet weather twin-tine kit

Derek Casey

Published 30/01/2013 | 06:00

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Drill specialist Claydon has developed a new Twin-Tine wet weather kit for the popular hybrid drill.

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The patented Claydon two-tine drilling system was originally designed to cope with all soil types and conditions, and during the 11 years since its launch, Claydon drills have been successfully used throughout Europe.

This autumn has proven particularly challenging for all drilling systems. Thanks to the strip-till technique and the fact that the Claydon drill leaves an uncultivated strip between each seed row, this has helped support the tractor and drill and enabled drilling to continue in conditions where Claydon claims other drills might have failed.

The original Dual-Tine system comprises a leading ground-breaking tine, with the second seeding tine following in line, distributing seed in a band.

By comparison, with the new Twin-Tine kit the second seeding tine is replaced by two seeding tines which place the seed in a 30mm wide band running 75mm to each side of the slot created by the leading ground-breaking tine.

The two seeding tines can be used over the same range of working depths as the conventional seeding tine and can be used for a wide range of seed types, including beans.

The advantage of the new Twin-Tine system, claims Claydon, is that the two tines create a fine tilth to surround the seed, but also create a shelf onto which the seed is placed, ensuring rapid germination.

The narrow tine design ensures that the Twin-Tine kit can operate in wet, heavy soils without smearing or pulling up large clods of soil and by ensuring that the seed slot is closed off, thus helping to reduce slug damage.

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