Kverneland has extended the model range of power harrow mounted seed drills by the combined grain and fertiliser version of the e-drill maxi plus. The e-drill maxi plus is especially adapted to the needs of the European markets where a growing proportion of cereal is sown in spring and the application of a mixture of different seeds in one step is requested.
In order to balance the shorter vegetation phase, the phosphoric fertiliser application supports the initial germination and development of the plants in the most efficient way. In trials of spring sown crops, yields have shown increases up to 25% compared to crops where the fertiliser has been applied by other methods.
In addition, in current farming processes flexibility and strong performance are requested since the application of two different seeds in one pass has become more and more popular. The second crop mainly developing after the harvesting of the main crop.
Adjustable hopper capacity offers extra flexibility
The e-drill maxi plus is offered with a hopper capacity of max. 2,100 litres which is divided into an adjustable hopper ratio of 60:40, 70:30 or 100:0 with two independently working metering devices positioned either side. Two electronic low-level sensors, adjustable from outside, monitor small quantities of rape as well as larger quantities of beans. The full hopper volume can be used when sowing one sort of seed only.
Seed and fertiliser application
Various alternatives are possible with the e-drill maxi plus:
The application of
- two types of seeds,
- one type of seed and one type of fertiliser or
- one type of seed combined with e.g. slug pellets
- one type of seed.
An extra second outlet does the fertiliser or second seed application in the seeding row in just one working pass. The fertiliser is applied in mixture with the seeds.
ELDOS – metering device
As with all of the e-drill models, application rates for seeds and fertiliser are controlled by two units of the well-proven metering device, ELDOS. Both are ISOBUS compatible and electric driven which allows fertiliser and seed rates to be adjusted independently. Via remote control, the driver can carry out the calibration process at the metering device. No gears have to be adjusted. The driver simply enters the desired values into the terminal and presses one button at the metering device to start. The calibration is done automatically. Five standard rotors are delivered with each dosing unit for fine and large seeds or fertiliser. The exchange of the rotors can be done quickly and easily without any tools. Section control is also possible.
Easy connection with electronics
The ISOBUS e-com “plug and play” compatibility enables the e-drill maxi plus to be connected to any ISOBUS compatible tractor, for fully functional use by the tractor’s own terminal.
Alternatively, Kverneland’s IsoMatch Tellus Pro or the IsoMatch Tellus GO can be used. Both are fully ISOBUS compatible. Non ISOBUS tractors can be upgraded to ISOBUS standard by the IM Tellus series.