Ben Marshman was so impressed with Flexi-Coil’s 6100 Precision Disc Drill that he bought an 18m (60ft) drill and a Flexi-Coil 4460 air cart after trialling them last year.
The South Australian broadacre grower made the switch to Flexi-Coil after 19-years of disc seeding with other brands and said the Flexi-Coil 6100 Precision Disc Drill delivers excellent crop establishment in difficult conditions.
Ben grows durum wheat, faba beans, bread wheat, canola, chickpeas and lentils at his family’s 3,200-hectare operation in the Owen SA area, in conditions ranging from sandy loam to black cracking clay and sees annual rainfall from 420 to 550mm.
“The 6100 performed really well in both wet and dry soils. We sow wheat on wheat, and I was impressed by the way the 6100 cut through the stubble,” Ben said.
“We grow a range of crops and dry sow a lot of canola and beans, so I was pleased with the 6100’s simple design and fast adjustments, which means we can easily adjust row width and seed depth for different crops.”
Ben said he is looking forward to seeing big productivity gains with his new drill and expects to seed upwards of 20 hectares/hour.
Flexi-Coil territory manager, Gilbert Gay, agrees the Flexi-Coil 6100 Precision Disc Drill is an ideal choice for rugged terrain like Ben’s and explained the disc system is designed to maximise productivity, regardless of the residue conditions you have or the crops you plant.
“The 6100 provides minimal soil disturbance, which is critical when it comes to dry country, where soil drift is problematic. Growers can leave trash on the ground from last season, which helps keeps the moisture in to protect the soil,” Gilbert said.
On the 6100 Disc Drill forward facing seed tubes slow the seed down and help ensure it stays in the row and a parallel-link system ensures even depth placement in all terrains.
The Flexi-Coil 6100 Precision Disc Drill is available in 9, 12, 15 and 18m (30, 40, 50 and 60ft) widths, in tow-behind or tow-between configurations.
Flexi-Coil has 50 dealers across Australia. Speak to your local dealer about demonstration days or visit flexicoil.com.au for more information.