Claydon Drills, European market leader in Direct Strip Seeding technology, will show the latest addition to its drill range, the new 6m OptiTill® T6c compact trailed drill, for the first time at CEREALS 2019 (Stand 1049) in Lincolnshire on 12 and 13 June.
The new Claydon Hybrid T6c drill is the latest development of the pioneering Claydon OptiTill® System which the company has perfected over the last 17 years to optimise crop establishment, development, performance and profitability.
Over 20% lighter and more compact than Claydon’s Hybrid T6 model, the T6c combines the high output of a 6m seeding platform with the nimble handling characteristics and manoeuvrability of the 4m T4 trailed design on which it is based. Capable of drilling typically 45ha per day behind a 300hp (223kW) tractor, this model is designed to appeal to farmers in the UK and other countries who value the combination of lower cost and greater manoeuvrability over ultimate hopper capacity and output.
Carried on the lower link arms, the T6c features a fully-floating seeding chassis which follows field contours exactly, ensuring accurate seeding depth under all conditions. It does this regardless of the weight in the hopper, which is carried on a separate frame supported on centrally-mounted depth wheels that run on clean, dry, uncultivated ground to avoid capping and compaction.
Providing a hopper capacity of 3500-litres, double that of Claydon’s 6m mounted drill, the T6c weighs approximately 7900kg unladen, compared with 9000kg for the T6. The hopper can be used for seed only or divided 60:40 between seed and fertiliser for combination drilling, a technique which gets crops off to a fast start and is becoming increasingly popular with farmers and agricultural contractors throughout Europe and Scandinavia. The T6c uses 38mm-diameter pipes to transport seed and fertiliser from the hopper to the tines.
Versatile, flexible, simple, strong, easy to use and with low operating costs, the T6c 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 one drill to handle any crop establishment situation and minimises capital investment.
The 19 individually-adjustable tungsten carbide leading tines reduce compaction and aerate the soil. They also optimise drainage, form tilth for the seeding zone and create a uniform seeding depth. The following seeding tines create additional tilth and place the seed at the ideal depth, above the drainage channel. This highly effective system encourages very deep, complex rooting structures to develop quickly, which minimises soil erosion and produces stronger, healthier crops with optimum yield potential.
The new drill can be adapted to whatever the customer requires to suit different crops and conditions. They can have the standard tine set-up with a variety of coulter and seeding boot options, and fertiliser can be placed down the front or rear tine. Shouldered front cutting discs come as standard or press wheels can be specified. At the rear, the double toolbar can be equipped with a range of press wheel, board and harrow configurations to fully cover the seed and leave the soil smooth and level.
Providing unparalleled versatility, the T6c folds to 2.97m for transport and is equipped with a wide range of standard features, including single-point depth control, a stainless-steel Kverneland metering system and an ISOBUS compatible RDS Artemis control system which provides tramlining and variable seed rate capability. The specification also includes a hydraulically-driven fan, Claydon-designed distribution heads for improved flow and seeding accuracy, together with a tramline kit and hopper cover.
Options include a vision kit which incorporates work lights and cameras so that the operator can monitor the drill from the tractor cab, GPS variable-rate seeding, blockage sensors, pre-emergence markers and brakes.
Developed by Suffolk farmer Jeff Claydon, the Claydon OptiTill® System is up to five times faster, one-third the cost and more reliable than a plough-based approach and typically 50% cheaper than min-till. It significantly improves timeliness, enabling crops to be established at the optimum time and under the best conditions, which can result in around 10% improvement in yield.
Claydon’s extensive product range includes mounted and trailed drills from 3m to 8m, Straw Harrows from 3m to 15m, the 6m TerraStar light rotary cultivator, TerraBlade inter-row hoes from 3m to 6m and heavy rolls from 6.3m to 12.3m. Claydon products are sold in over 30 countries by the company’s commercial team through an ever-developing distribution network and operate across the widest range of climatic conditions and soil types.