Clay-ing down the law
Claydon will be attending the National Ploughing Championships this week with its new fertiliser application system for the Claydon Hybrid drill range. The design is claimed to help growers reduce fertiliser usage and cost, yet make better use of expensive fertiliser through targeted placement while drilling.
The new fertiliser option will be available on new drills and as a retro-fit option to existing drills.
It has been developed to meet demand from users in Ireland and Britain but also throughout the continent, especially Germany.
"The Claydon strip tilling system only works the soil within the immediate seeding zone and leaves the areas between undisturbed. It also places fertiliser within the seeding zone at drilling, which ensures that the fertiliser is exactly where the young plant needs it," explained Claydon research and development manager Matt Bowe.
"This avoids fertiliser being wasted on the 50pc of ground that is not disturbed, ensuring that the optimum amount of nutrient is available to the young seedling, better utilisation and a potential fertiliser cost saving."
Claydon has also developed a new 3m drill, the Fertiliser Hybrid, which features a new split hopper that is positioned further forward on the drill for improved stability. It has the capacity to carry 750kg of seed and 750kg of fertiliser, which are fed through two individual metering units so that varying application rates can be applied.
On larger 4m, 4.8m and 6m Hybrid drills a front-mounted 1,500kg-capacity hopper has been developed, with fertiliser blown through to a second distributor head. There is also a 1,000-litre front-tank option for applying liquid fertilisers.
In standard format, the fertiliser is fed down the back of the leading rigid chisel breaker tine and placed 75-100mm below the seeding zone for the young seedling.