The DTS is specifically designed to enable farmers and contractors to exploit the advantages of strip-tillage, but with the versatility to be equally effective in plough-based and minimal tillage systems.
Strip-Tillage is a one-pass establishment system that combines the soil drying and warming benefits of minimal tillage with the soil protecting advantages of direct (no-till) drilling, by creating a seedbed only where the seed is to be planted leaving the soil in-between the bands undisturbed.
Potential benefits of the system also include improved timeliness of establishment through speed and high outputs, and improved soil structure (with a higher organic content, better drainage and less erosion). In most instances, there are also significant savings in cost and time over minimal tillage: up to 32% and 39%, respectively.
On the Sumo DTS, on each coulter unit, a leading opener disc cuts through the trash and is followed by a deep-loosening tine that relieves compaction below the seedlings to provide a friable, well aerated and drained environment for excellent germination. Covering disc channel loosend earth over the seed, placed in the loosened strip by an opener boot, and excellent seed-to-soil contact is provided by a foam-filled press wheel that also governs drilling depth.
To further extend the DTS’s suitability to operate in all types of establishment regimes, the drill is available in a seed and fertiliser configuration. The optional fertiliser kit includes a 50/50 split seed hopper (3000ltrs total capacity for 4.0m and 4.8m models, 3600ltrs 6.0m – 9m versions), separate stainless steel ORGA metering unit, transfer pipes, upstack, metering head and application nozzles.
Dual products drilled and applied in one pass greatly reduces input costs and time, especially in a tight season. The targeted application of fertiliser into the rooting zone also means the potential reduction in product applied as nutrients are more readily available to the plant roots, reducing the potential for nutrient leaching and wastage.
We saved two 10,000-litre deliveries of diesel during the 2015 summer and early autumn by not using our old cultivation methods.
Brian Barker, Suffolk
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