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Sunday 22 October 2017

Claydon to display new 3m fertiliser hybrid drill

Hybrid: The new Claydon drill has the capacity to carry 750kg of seed and 750kg of fertiliser
Hybrid: The new Claydon drill has the capacity to carry 750kg of seed and 750kg of fertiliser

On their stand at the Lamma show, which takes place on 22 and 23 January, Claydon will be displaying the latest addition to their range -- a new 3m fertiliser hybrid drill which features a split hopper design, plus the front-mounted 1500kg capacity hopper and the liquid fertiliser tank for larger 4m, 4.8m and 6m hybrid drills.

The company reports a considerable increase in demand for technology that enables fertiliser to be accurately placed with the seed whilst drilling.

This works well with the Claydon system, where only the soil immediately around the seeding zone is moved, leaving the rest of the soil undisturbed.

By being able to accurately place the fertiliser where it is needed alongside the seed, this ensures that the optimum nutrient is available to the young seedling, according to the firm.

In addition, there is also the opportunity to reduce costs because fertiliser is only applied where necessary.

The new hybrid drill that will be on display at Lamma features a split hopper that is mounted further forward on the drill for improved stability.

The drill has the capacity to carry 750kg of seed and 750kg of fertiliser, fed through two metering units so that variable application rates can be applied. The fertiliser rate is set and controlled using the drill's Artemis electronic control system, so no separate control box is required.

The fertiliser is fed down the back of the leading breaker tine and placed 75-100mm below the seeding zone. However, if required, fertiliser can be fed down the back of the seeding tine, thereby placing it with the seed.

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Alternatively the micro-granular system can be used in combination with solid or liquid fertiliser.

Irish Independent