Small, but speedy: Concord's new 39' Precision Shank Drill

Concord has announced a new 39-foot model of its Precision Shank Drill (PSD) for 2021.

The new size model offers the same benefits of the previously released PSD, but with a lower horsepower requirement to reach its potential seeding speed of 8 mph—originally 500 horsepower was required, but the new model only needs 425.

“We’re excited to bring this new size of PSD to the market,” says Ben Sander, marketing  manager for Concord in a press release. “There were so many that wanted a unit on their farm but didn’t quite have enough horsepower to take full advantage of its capabilities.”

(Watch or listen to RealAgriculture Field Editor Bernard Tobin discuss the new model with Sander. Story continues after video)

The Concord PSD was developed with speed and efficiency in mind. The first model was released in 2017 after years of testing. Cutting coulters, disc levelers, and wide pneumatic packer tires allow a travel speed of up to 8 mph, while still maintaining a smooth field finish —”the field is like glass when you’re done,” says Sander.

The 39-foot PSD is just as productive as a 70-foot competitive unit travelling at the recommended four to five mph, but without the extra maintenance and complexity of the larger unit, he says.

“51-foot the 61-foot definitely takes some horsepower especially at those higher speeds,” says Sander, “speed is our friend in productivity, seed when you can sort of mentality, but obviously  it takes a lot of horsepower, and some guys just don’t have that kind of horsepower.”

So what’s the row spacing, you might ask? The opener spacing on this unit is 15 inches, which you might say is too far apart but, “what we do here is we commonly offer a six and half inch paired row, so there’s two rows of seed going down about six and half inches apart, and the fertilizer’s right down the centre of that,” explains Sander.

Sander sees this drill as a good fit for small grains like wheat, barley, canola— at a reduced speed— and even for soybeans. The drill also features a wide packer tire for great seed to soil contact, he says.

The new drill is available to order now and will be shipped starting in late November.

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