Weaving Machinery has developed its Companion Crop drill specifically to boost protection against soil compaction for maize and cover crops.
The drill is the next step forward in Weaving’s decades-long commitment to powerful no-till machinery.
The Companion Crop has been manufactured in response to wide customer demand for a drill engineered to preserve soil structure when cultivating maize.
The drill is designed for zero-tillage systems but also works to drill cover crops within a more conventional cultivation system.
The drill works by going down the row when maize reaches about 30cm (12-in) in height, using three coulters to plant grass seeds in between each row.
This allows the soil to hold a much better structure, and greatly reduces compaction during harvest time.
Designed and built in the UK, the Companion Crop drills are tractor mounted and avialable in 6-row (IR6001M) and 8-row (IR8001M) configurations. The cost conversion is estimated at $30,000 and $35,000 respectively.
They have 2-section hydraulic folding, a 320-litre hopper that feeds the coulters with all electric metering, and each double disc opener coulter has its own own rubber press wheel and spring tensioner for adjusting downward pressure.