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One-pass drill offers ultimate flexibility First-time exhibitor at Tillage-Live national cultivations event in September, Mzuri will be presenting its low-disturbance tillage equipment. Specifically, visitors to the company’s demonstration plot will be able to see its new Pro-Til direct till drill concept and the Rezult straw rake. The company’s technical staff will also be on hand on James Green Farm Machinery’s stand to offer advice on best strip-till practice techniques. Mzuri’s 3-in-1 drill allows users to carry out strip tilling, direct drilling and precision seeding with just the one piece of equipment. The one-pass drill is said to offer the “ultimate” flexibility, thanks to a wide choice of seeding coulters, some of which will be fitted onto the Pro-Til 3T Select, Mzuri’s trailed 3m model that will be on demonstration. Designed to create minimum soil disturbance, the Pro-Til Select produces a narrow tilled band to ensure quick and even seed germination, while leaving the rest of the ground intact to aid soil structure. Capable of drilling most

combinable crops, the direct till drill will feature pivoting leading discs, auto-reset breaker legs complete with wing and fertiliser placement option and staggered reconsolidating wheels to ensure the “perfect” seeding environment. The patented seeding legs on the machine have a 900mm clearance for maximum trash flow and pivot sideto-side to ensure the seed is always placed centrally to the seeding zone. The legs will feature a groundfollowing wheel which delivers “exceptional” seeding depth accuracy, with a pressure ram for optimum soil reconsolidation. When combined, these features significantly reduce the risks typically associated with crop establishment, such as hair-pinning or uneven germination, says Mzuri. Seed delivery is from a dual 3,400-litre hopper with a 60:40 seed:fertiliser ratio. Variable seed metering unit and seed flow monitors are fitted as standard. The Select model is capable of placing seed in 33.3 or 66.6cm row spacings and in single or dual bands, depending on coulter configuration, to best suit the crop.

Mzuri’s Pro-Til 3T Select precision drilling maize into grass.

The Pro-Til direct till drill can go directly into straw stubble and previous crop residue, as well as into a ploughed seedbed. The Pro-Til 3T Select model retails from £63,840. Mzuri will also be demonstrating the Rezult, the 7.5m low-disturbance tilth generator. Fitted with 24 front cutting discs and five rows of extra-long 28in tines, the Rezult marks a major advance in the preparation of stale seedbeds and straw management, its manufacturer

says. The light tilth it produces is ideal for stimulating weed germination and has proven to be highly effective in controlling black-grass, as well as disturbing slug habitats. Followed by a blanket application of non-selective herbicide, this creates the perfect environment for drilling. The Rezult can also be fitted with a Stocks seeder, which makes for a cheap yet highly effective method of establishing cover crops. Retail prices start at £13,990. ■

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