A major strength of this seeding kit is the pressure rollers that control the seeding depth and pack the soil around the seed.
The result is that the soil retains moisture, so the crop emerges very evenly, explains Harald Palmvang, who runs Toftegaard at near Fuglebjerg in Denmark. Spring 2022 he invested in the new air-assisted seeding kit. The reason was that he leased 180 hectares, doubling his cultivated area to 360 hectares. Here he grows winter wheat, malting barley, winter rape, red fescue, tall fescue, spinach and - for the first time this year - sugar beet.
Customized depth adjustment
The Kverneland e-drill maxi plus seed drill kit has individual depth adjustment of the coulters and a divided tank with separate compartments for seed and fertiliser. The seed and fertilizer are metered out separately and placed in the same seed groove.
Harald Palmvang's new seed kit was delivered with a seed box for sowing seed coats. This means that he can sow both grain and seed coats and fertilize in the same operation.
Air and light for the seedbed
- When we sow seed coats in cereals, we only sow cereals in every second row and seed coats between the rows of cereals. This means that the seedbed gets more air and light - and thus better opportunities to establish itself. Even here in 2023, where we've had a very dry early summer, the seedbed is very well established, says the grower from Denmark.
"Even though with this system we reduce the seed rate for cereals by around 35 kg per hectare and only sow in every second row, we often achieve the same yield in the cereals," he says.
Robust equipment from Kverneland
"One of the reasons I chose this seed kit was that I think Kverneland's machines are built very robustly," he says. And the farmer knows what he is talking about.
In addition to the new Kverneland e-drill maxi plus seed drill, the machinery at Toftegaard also includes a 3.5 metre Enduro Pro 3500 stubble cultivator, a 5-furrow ridge-turning plough and a 7-metre Tiger 700 seedbed harrow - all from Kverneland.