The new 4m Claydon Hybrid T4 trailed drill and 6m Claydon TerraStar light cultivator will be seen working for the first time in public at Cereals 2016.
Claydon Drills’ stand (No. 1057) will include examples of the company’s Hybrid T4 and T6 trailed drills, 3m fertiliser drill, 4.8m Hybrid mounted drill, 15m Straw harrow and 6m TerraStar. The demonstration plot will enable visitors to see the new Hybrid T4 trailed drill and 6m TerraStar in action, alongside the 7.5m Straw Harrow and 12m Rolls.
Based on the pioneering crop establishment system which Claydon have perfected over the last 14years, the Hybrid T4 builds on the success of the company’s existing range of trailed drills, the 6m Hybrid T6 and 8m Hybrid T8. Like its larger stable mates, the Hybrid T4 can be used to deliver seed only or a combination of seed and fertiliser, a system which is becoming increasingly popular with farmers and agricultural contractors throughout Europe and Scandinavia.
Simple to set up, easy to use and with very low operating costs, the new drill will sow directly into stubble, in min-till situations or on ploughed/cultivated land, across the widest range of soils, conditions and crops. This enables farmers to handle any establishment situation with just one drill and with a much lower level of capital investment.
Delivering an average seasonal output of 1100ha behind a tractor of at least 149kW (200hp), the Hybrid T4 is supported on the tractor’s lower link arms and incorporates a 3500-litre hopper which is completely independent of the seeding chassis. The seeding depth therefore remains constant regardless of the load in the hopper, which can be used for seed only or divided to provide a 60:40 split between seed and fertiliser. Measuring 7.92m long and 2.95m high, the new model incorporates seven support wheels which are fitted with 10.00/75-15.3 deep-cleated tyres that run on clean, dry, uncultivated ground to ensure an even seeding depth.
Folding to 3m wide for transport, the Hybrid T4 weighs approximately 6000kg and is equipped with single-point depth control, a stainless steel Accord metering system and an RDS Artemis control system which provides variable-rate seeding. The specification also includes an oil cooler, hydraulically-driven fan, Claydon-designed metering heads for improved flow and seeding accuracy, together with a tramline kit.
The Claydon TerraStar complements the company’s Straw Harrow, enabling farmers to create an ideal shallow tilth which encourages volunteers and weeds, including blackgrass, to chit, while also assisting with slug control, drainage and the incorporation of manures.
The TerraStar I weighs 1750kg and with a working width of 6m, it is recommended for use behind a 110kW-plus (150hp) tractor to achieve the 15 kp/h forward speed (9.3mph) required for optimum results. Daily work rate is approximately 90ha (225 acres), while fuel use is minimal at approximately 3 litres/ha (1¼ litres/acre).
It is equipped with two knife bars on each side and, as its name suggests, incorporates 68 rotating ‘star’ points which pluck 80mm-square divots from the top layer of soil on a 200mm grid pattern to create a shallow cultivation effect. The implements tines produce thousands of miniature plugs of soil which form a fine surface tilth, levelling the field and leaving the surface intact, encouraging volunteers and grass weeds to germinate and grow, while assisting water to drain from the surface. The aim is to produce 30mm of tilth depending on soil type and conditions, so the operating depth can be adjusted to allow multiple passes.
It can also be used as a mechanical weeder, with multiple passes reducing the need for glyphosate, making stubble management much easier and reducing slug populations. The implement is also ideal for mulching/incorporating crop or other residues and can be used to help level fields and produce more uniform seed beds, not only in unmoved soil, but also behind any other cultivation equipment.
Folding to 2.8m for road transport, the Claydon TerraStar costs from £15,000 + VAT.