Cropping practices, tillage strategy, soil type, crop residues and the level of investment available all have to be taken into consideration when selecting an air drill. Farmers want to cut input costs, help protect their soil and the environment and provide themselves with safeguards against difficult weather and market conditions.
With all the seeder options on the market, knowing what to look for and how to assess a suitable seeding system before buying is important. Seeders need to be adaptable for different crops and conditions as no two years are the same. Sowing consistency, ground penetration and effective packing will show their worth, especially when the going gets tough.
In addition, machine capacity needs to match available horsepower and field size.
The efficiency of the implement should not be overlooked, while durability and low maintenance requirements cut the costs of ownership. Seeding equipment has to work as part of an overall system, so its ability to place fertilizer may be significant, and the quality of field finish affects the efficiency of sprayers and other following machinery. Time during the seeding season is always at a premium, and ease of use is paramount to keep a machine working to the maximum, from the very first field to the last.
The 9700 Air Till Drill is a highly efficient one-pass seed and fertilizer solution that uses proven technology for versatile drilling, offering superb establishment and yield potential at optimum margins. The 9700 uses a shank opener designed to lift the soil as it works and a design that enables seeding at high forward speeds, giving exceptional work rates. The system offers a wide choice of fertilizer placement options.
Seeding for maximum yields
Ribbon-seeded bands offer the seed the space to develop a good root system and make the most of available nutrients. With a wide (5 1/2-inch) ribbon of seed and only 4 1/2 inches between rows, at band spacings of 10 and 15 inches, seedbed utilization is the highest available with a packed row. The plant response is to produce a much stronger stem, superior roots and maximum yields. The standard “edge-on” shank can be fitted with a low-disturbance shovel, and its flat edge and narrow profile at the base give a shallow angle of attack for a good soil flow. The C-shank can also be fitted, which allows the use of a wide sweep.
Drills to suit your farm and cropping
Shanks are optimally placed on the Air Till Drill for maximum residue clearance. Optional cutting coulters are available to allow operation in extreme residue conditions. Models come in 40-, 50- and 60-foot working widths to suit a wide range of farming operations and available tractor horsepower.
Effective packing in all conditions
The Air Till Drill weighs significantly more than competitors’ drills, which, combined with its wide packing wheels, ensures the best chance for seed-to-soil contact and maximum germination. Packing wheels are mounted on walking beams, each separately spring mounted to the drill frame, so packing remains uniform even on stony or rutted ground.
Flexible seed and fertilizer options
Depending on the choice of seed openers, fertilizer can be placed with the seed in a 5 1/2-inch seed and fertilizer ribbon, or a portion of the fertilizer can be placed in the seed ribbons and the remainder below the seed or off to the side. This seeding system offers the most flexibility in fertilizer placement to match crop requirements and tillage regimes.