Kuhn combines soil prep and seeding in one-pass system

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Helping farmers prep soil and seed crops in small spring planting windows is the driving force behind a new harrow and seeder combination for Kuhn.

In this report from Agritechnica, Kuhn product line manager David Hild explains how European farmers who fall plow typically utilize two separate machines — a power harrow followed by a precision seeding drill or seeding bar — to seed spring crops. “Before this concept they were buying two different machines and putting them together,” notes Hild.

“This is not the best, because the machines are quite far behind the power harrow and so you have a lot of weight on the tractor axle,” says Hild. “So we developed a concept where we have the precision seed drill that is very narrow, and very close to the power harrow in order to limit the weight on the tractor, and to do everything in one pass.”

In this interview with RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney, Hild describes how farmers can create one working unit, which includes a front fertilizer tank for the tractor followed by a power harrow and a choice of a planter or seeder. “So really, they can do everything in one pass — prepare the soil, put on fertilizer and plant all seed depending on what they want to do.”

The single pass cuts fuel requirements and also allows growers to optimize seeding windows when spring rains are approaching,” notes Hild.

RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agritechnica is brought to you by Optimum GLY, a new canola trait technology from Corteva Agriscience.

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