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Saxon drill scoops top cultivation award

August 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Machinery

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A minimal disturbance drill manufactured by Great Plains fought off stiff competition to win the cultivation and drilling category of the prestigious International Machinery Manufacturers Awards (IMMA) for 2016.

Equipped with the Great Plains Turbo Coulter discs, the Saxon CDA drill is designed to meet the need for minimal disturbance and – if required – for cutting through and drilling into high volumes of residue. The machine will be showcased at Tillage-Live.

The coulter disc are at the heart of an innovative and unique ‘zonal cultivation and seeding’ system. This makes the drill ideal for use in cover crop rotations where minimal soil disturbance is necessary to help prevent the emergence of yet-to-germinate grass weed seeds.

Available in 3m 4m and 6m working widths and in both grain-only and grain-plus-fertiliser variants, the drill’s Turbo Coulter discs can be quickly and easily changed for conventional notched cultivation discs, as fitted to the Saxon’s sister drill, the Centurion.

Well-received

This feature has been extremely well-received and converts the Saxon into a traditional European cultivator drill with maximum disturbance across the full width – and was one of the features praised by the IMMA judging panel.

The IMMA judging panel comprised Dick Godwin (Harper Adams University), Peter Redman (IAgrE),  Professor Paul Miller (NIAB), Philip Clappison (2013 Farmers Weekly Contractor of the Year) and David Cousins (former Farmers Weekly machinery editor).

Their citation said: “Great Plains has been working hard on maintaining minimal disturbance and cutting through high residue volumes on its Saxon CDA drill. The ease of changing Turbo Coulters for notched conventional discs is helpful too.”

Now in their third year, the independently judged IMMA awards recognise and reward the innovation and development of machinery products within the arable industry. The award was presented to Great Plains UK sales director David Holmes.

Excellent work

Mr Holmes said: “We are delighted to win

this important award in what was a very strong category. This accolade from IMMA recognises the excellent work being done by the Great Plains design and engineering teams with our Saxon and Centurion drills ranges.”

He added: “Through these products we have developed flexible solutions that address the need for minimal disturbance and grass weed control on the one hand and, on the other, maximum disturbance across the drill’s full width.”

This meant the machine provided farmers and agricultural contractors with a highly efficient seeding concept suitable for use on reduced tillage, no-till and plough-based systems and on various soil types, explained Mr Holmes.

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