AMAZONE AD303 SUPER 3 METRE COMBINATION DRILL, (DRILL YEAR 2008) X2 ROWS OF SUFFOLK COULTERS, FOLLOWING HARROW, BOUT MARKERS, METERING WHEEL, ELECTRIC CONTROLS, KVERNELAND 3 METRE POWER HARROW, BOLT ON TINES, LEVELING BOARD, MAXI PACKER, WOULD BE WILLING TO SPLIT THE DRILL FROM THE POWER HARROW &...
Maschio/Sulky 3m power harrow/drill combination •2002 machine in fantastic condition •Belt drive to drill fan •Variable seed rate control •Packer roller in good condition •Suffolk coulters •Pre-emergence markers •Stands for removal of drill from power harrow all included
THE HORSCH EXPRESS KR DRILL Intense seedbed prep on heavy & sticky ground The Express KR is the first pneumatic Horsch three-point seed drill with an active tillage tool: the integrated rotary harrow Kredo. Even under difficult conditions it allows for an intensive seedbed preparation. 2 p...
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The seed drill was one of the most fundamental farming advances.Read More
The seed drill was one of the most fundamental farming advances.
The history of the seed drill goes back to Babylonia in 1,500 BC, when the single-tube seed drill was first used. By 200 BC, Chinese farmers were using iron multi-tube seed drills, an invention that is thought to have contributed to China’s ability to create an efficient agricultural system that could support a large population.
It may be that contact between Europe and China was responsible for introducing the seed drill into Europe. The first European example was patented in Venice in 1566, and another seed drill was described in some detail by a Bolognese writer in 1602. The basic design of these drills was then refined by Jethro Tull in 1701.
The technology got more sophisticated over the next few hundred years and seed drills got bigger, but the basic operation remained essentially the same. These basic units were able to be drawn by a single horse and they were still being used in the 1930s. The advent of the tractor resulted in a step change in seed drills, and the units became far more efficient and larger still.
Further improvements followed, with units developed that could allow seed drilling without any tilling. This is a useful technique where soils are prone to erosion and moisture loss, helping the soil to remain in place until the germinating seed’s roots can provide an anchor.
The seed drill allows farmers to place the seeds precisely in the furrow and at a depth which ensures that the seed is protected from birds and frost and will not germinate too late or too early. Behind the drills, metal discs move earth from the sides of the furrow to cover the seed. The combination seed drill further enhances productivity by allowing the farmer to combine planting with other activities.
The seed drill can be combined with a harrow to prepare the ground and then carry out the seeding in a single pass. Combination seed drills can also be used together with a rotary cultivator, a roller or disc coulters to achieve similar single-pass operations and productivity gains.
The combination drill is a relatively intricate piece of equipment and buying a used example requires careful inspection. It should be ascertained that it will operate well with the chosen tractor and with other implements. A visual inspection is useful, but a full trial is a far more effective way of ensuring that all is well.