System and operational conditions


When using reduced mulch sowing or direct sowing methods, it is important in both cases that the fertiliser is placed in the ground below the crop residues in order to prevent losses due to gas emission, especially in times when fertiliser costs are rising. This concept is also incorporated in the new Condor direct seed drill. Scientific trials in Regina, Canada and Samara, Russia show that with this method it is possible to apply 30 kg/ha of pure N when sowing wheat and approximately 25 kg/ha when sowing rape. In the very dry and continental conditions in Canada and the Eurasian Steppe, where the potential yield is relatively low, this quantity is often completely sufficient for the usual spring cropping. Thanks to the technical features of the Condor as described, it is ideal when used for direct sowing of large-area topologies. The coulter is only 12 mm wide and thus only moves the soil as little as is absolutely necessary for optimum seed placement under the straw. This not only prevents ground water loss but also lowers the tractive power requirement and diesel consumption. In extensive tests under operational conditions, 220 hp was sufficient tractor power for the Condor 12001. On average, the spectacular figure of only 2.7 litres of diesel per hectare was required with the Condor 15001. Also under operational conditions, the Condor 15001 was able to achieve a daily work rate in 13 hours of 150 hectares at a working speed of 8 to 10 km/h. This advanced direct seed drill gives farmers who are turning their attention to pure direct sowing every opportunity to implement this method to its full potential. The benefits: + Minimum ground disturbance + Fertiliser applied with the seed + Seed placed at an optimum depth below the straw and in the appropriate reconsolidation + Extremely wide variety of crops can be sown + Huge cost reduction