Wednesday, 20 October 2010

First Run For Bean Drill

Yesterday was the first full day using our home made bean drill.  The machine started out as a sublift cultivator and a cannibalised accord air seed hopper and seed metering mechanism.  The shakerator legs are mounted 50cm a part and we're blowing about 20 seeds/m2 down two tubes behind each leg.  We thought two tubes might give us a little more protection in case one of the tubes blocked up.  Although conditions are a little damp the machine is going well, with good seed placement and fairly even depth (15cm).  Hopefully we can cultivate the ground to level it off before too much wet weather arrives.  This will aid herbicide activity, increase combining speed and make cultivations for next wheat easier and faster.

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