The Azurit 10 planter from Lemken is capable of drilling soybeans and sunflower seeds and applying microgranules
Lemken has made some smart improvements to its Azurit 10 specialist precision seed drill by adding more rows for larger scale operations.
This latest model initiative, the Azurit 10 will be available to order from September 2021 and will greatly increases the level of operation the machine can now operate under.
These additional Azurit 10 models can be ordered in six or twelve rows with a 500mm row spacing and will be available in addition to the already proven four, six and eight-row variants with row spacings of 700 to 800mm.
For the new six and 12 row models a furrow former has been added to the seeding coulters to improve the quality of seed placement. The drill pipe has been updated and now comes with an inlet that can be replaced once worn.
For the coming season, the range of seed applications for the Azurit 10 will include soybeans and sunflowers for the first time.
While an additional function is automatic seed singling for maize with a system that monitors and adjusts the quality of seed singling. This system can also be retrofitted to earlier models.
The fertiliser monitoring system on the Azurit 10 automatically also alerts the operator if individual fertiliser coulters become blocked.
To round off the full suite of extra functions on the Azurit 10 is the addition of MicroHub 5, a spreader unit that allows microgranule to be applied in the direct vicinity of seeds.
Microgranules contain water-soluble nutrients, that are rapidly available to plants and therefore generally produce excellent juvenile crop development.
This is particularly important in cold, dry spring seasons. The initial nutrient requirements of crops can be easily covered by relatively small amounts of microgranules.
Lemken deliberately shines a spotlight on fertiliser efficiency with the MicroHub 5, as this subject is gaining increased relevance in public discussions. “We offer this option for our Azurit with up to 8 rows,” says Bernd Valtwies, LEMKEN’s Head of Design for precision seed drill technology.
“This unit is not only available for new machines. Depending on the year of manufacture of previous Azurit 9 machines, matching retrofit kits will be available,” Bernd concluded.
“The system is controlled through the Azurit on-board terminal. The MicroHub holds 200 litres of fertiliser, that can currently be applied at rates ranging from one to 40 kilos per hectare.
“The metering unit is operated electrically, and granules are pneumatically delivered to the seed furrow. This is the ultimate in precision,” enthuses Valtwies.
Contact the local Lemken division for model availability or your nearest dealer on mobile 0410 445 952, or see the website at: www.lemken.com