Lemken has updated its Azurit 10 range of precision drills, designed to increase the versatility of the machine. The new machines, which will be available from September, can now be specified with six or twelve rows, with 50cm spacings, as well as the previous four, six and eight-row models, with spacings from 70cm to 80cm.
A furrow former has been added to the seeding coulters to improve seed placement and the drill pipe has been updated with a replaceable inlet.
The new generation can now handle soybeans and sunflower seeds and features a new automatic singulation system for maize, which monitors and adjusts the quality of singling. The latter system can also be retrofitted to existing machines.
For fertiliser application during seeding, a new monitoring system alerts the operator if a coulter becomes blocked and the company has also developed the MicroHub 5; a micro-granular spreading unit that places product in the direct vicinity of the seeds. As micro-granules contain water-soluble nutrients which become rapidly available to the plant, the company states that this will be increasingly important in cold, dry spring seasons.
The MicroHub 5 is available on machines with up to eight rows and can be retrofitted to select Azurit 9 machines. It’s controlled using the in-cab terminal and can hold 200 litres of fertiliser, with application rates of between 1kg to 40kg per hectare using an electronic metering system and pneumatic delivery.
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