2015-01-05   facebook twitter rss

Claydon Introduce New Front Press Option on Hybrid T Drill

Claydon Drills will introduce a new front press option for their Hybrid T trailed drill at LAMMA 2015 (Stand No. 626).

Available for both the 6m and 8m versions of the Hybrid T it will further increase the capabilities and versatility of this high-performance drill, which can sow directly into stubble, in min-till situations or on ploughed/cultivated land.

The Claydon System enables crops to be established quickly and under optimum conditions either directly into stubble, min-tilled or fully-cultivated soils, producing higher yields and margins.

The Claydon System enables crops to be established quickly and under optimum conditions either directly into stubble, min-tilled or fully-cultivated soils, producing higher yields and margins.

“The front press option will be popular with large farmers who operate across a wide range of soils, conditions and crops because it means that they can handle any situation with just one drill, significantly reducing their overall capital investment,” Spencer Claydon, Commercial Director states.

“The Hybrid T is already exceptionally versatile and is capable of very high work rates. Being able to add a front press will simply extend its capabilities and allow it to operate across an even wider range of field conditions. This will be particularly useful on light, fluffy cultivated soils or in min-til situations where additional consolidation will provide slightly more resistance for the seeding tines, enabling them to work more effectively, as well as avoiding the likelihood of ‘bulldozing’ and improving the contact between soil and seed.”

A key feature of the front press design is that each wheel runs in front of a seeding tine and when operating on uncultivated land the drill is able to accurately follow ground contours. On cultivated land the wheels press the soil firmly ahead of the drilling tines, rather than compacting and/or capping the surface as can happen on drills where the press wheels are mounted at the rear and follow the tines. Instead, Claydon use a combination of batter boards and tines to ensure that the soil surface is left level and smooth, maximising the effectiveness of herbicides.

Both versions of the Claydon Hybrid T use 20 x 8.00-10 wheels as part of the front press, a total of 19 being fitted to the 6m version and 25 on the 8m drill. For farms situated on very light land Claydon also offer the option of rear-mounted press wheels.

Based on the tried and tested Claydon System, the Hybrid T trailed seed/fertiliser drill provides a practical solution to the key problem which farmers currently face, namely a lack of profit margin. Aimed at large arable units in the UK and Europe, 6m and 8m versions both feature a 5500-litre hopper which carries up to 4500kg of seed and fertiliser with a 60:40 split, or can operate as a seed-only unit. Claydon hybrid fertiliser technology allows farmers to choose whether fertiliser is placed below the seed or in a band with the seed.

A key design feature of the drill is that the seeding frame floats completely separately to the seed hopper, which ensures that an even depth is maintained across the full working width. The weight of the drilling chassis is carried on five centrally-mounted depth wheels which run on 10.0/75 15.3 cleated tyres, the seed hopper being supported by four transport wheels fitted with 380/55-17 cleated tyres, enabling the drill to travel lightly on headlands.

The 6m version, which weighs 6500kg, incorporates a 2m-wide centre section and two 2m-wide hydraulically-folding, contour-following outer sections, folds to under 3m for transport and is equipped with hydraulically-operated transport locks as standard. Weighing 7400kg, the 8m version incorporates the same 2m-wide centre section but has two 3m wing sections, giving a folded width of 2.95m.

Two banks of tines spaced 2.2m apart give a huge inter-tine clearance of at least 550mm, row spacing is 315-320mm, while drilling depth can be up to 150mm. The drill’s individually adjustable, long-life tungsten carbide tines, which remove surface compaction, create drainage and allow the soil to breathe, incorporate hydraulic stone protection, while pre-emergence markers are also fitted. A choice of rear toolbar options enable the surface finish left after drilling to be varied according to soil type and conditions, while a slug pellet applicator can also be fitted.

True to the Claydon System, all supporting wheels run on clean, dry, uncultivated ground to ensure that the seeding depth remains even. In 6m form, the weight of the drilling chassis is carried on five depth wheels which are fitted with10.0/75-15.3 tyres and centrally mounted for optimum contour following performance. The seed hopper is carried separately on four transport wheels which run on 380/55–17 tyres. CCTV cameras allow the operator to see exactly what is happening at the back and under the drill, while six floodlights provide excellent vision for working at night.

With an output of up to 4 hectares per hour in 6m form, 5ha for the 8m version, the Hybrid T requires 50hp to 60hp per metre to pull it. Claydon suggest that the 6m version with 19 seeding tines is used with a 300-350hp-plus tractor, while the 8m 25-tine unit requires 400-450hp-plus.

Developed and patented by Suffolk farmer Jeff Claydon, the Claydon Strip Seeding System is now used in 26 countries across the widest range of climatic conditions and soil types. The complete Claydon System, comprising the Claydon Straw Harrow, Claydon Hybrid Drill and Claydon Rolls, is up to five times faster, one-third the cost and more reliable than a plough-based approach and typically 50% less than the cost of a min-til system. It also significantly improves timeliness, enabling crops to be established at the optimum time, under the best conditions, resulting in significantly higher yields.

Claydon estimate the cost of establishment over 500 hectares using the complete Claydon System at £25,000, compared to min-til costing £56,000 and ploughing at £74,000. The figures are estimates and may vary according to factors such as soil type, settings and the implements used, but farmers can work out how much they could potentially by changing to the Claydon System using the company’s on-line cost-saving calculator at www.claydondrills.com

“Crop returns have fallen dramatically but production costs continue to rise, placing margins under severe pressure,” states Spencer Claydon, Commercial Director. “At current price levels many farmers who cling to traditional methods of establishing crops are making a loss, while others are generating too little profit to sustain their operations in the long-term. Ultimately, they will have to adopt a more advanced approach.”


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