Evolution M-Mounted Direct Drills
The new Claydon Evolution drill range takes direct strip seeding to the next level. It builds on the company’s 20+ years of experience with this technology, featuring the time-proven leading tine technique, and combines it with new operational functionality.
With nine new models covering working widths of 3m, 4m, 4.5m, 4.8m, 5m and 6m, hopper size has increased to 1,910 litres for seed-only units and a 2,500-litre tank for the 3m 3MF and 4m 4MRF split 50:50 between seed and fertiliser. The larger hoppers reduce downtime and increase output, while second and third hopper options for applying multiple types, varieties and sizes of seed further enhance versatility. Typical daily outputs range from 20ha for the 3m Evolution drill, which requires a tractor of a minimum of 150hp, to 40ha for the 6m version which needs a minimum of 300hp.
Seed depth adjustment is controlled hydraulically in the new Evolution drill range and improved access to the metering unit allows easier calibration. Front-mounted discs which are operated hydraulically from the tractor seat can be specified for seeding into high-residue situations. The tried and tested front leading tine followed by 180mm A share is fitted as standard with a wide range of seeding share and boot options. Twin tine and disc kit options can be specified for low-disturbance drilling.
Evolution drills have been designed for use as strip-till direct drills but can also be used after conventional tillage, such as ploughing, following consolidation.
The recommended speed is between 8-12 km/h
Claydon work through a network of dealers in the UK and France and for all other export countries through distributors and importers. Replacement and spare parts are available through our partners. https://claydondrill.com/dealers-distributors.
After harvest any chopped straw and crop residues need to be managed. Straw harrowing is a quick, easy and low-cost operation. A straw harrow will break up and disperse the residues and also help to reduce weed and slug populations. A second pass with the straw harrow will further break up residues and rake out weeds that have germinated. This operation also creates a nice, moist, tilthy soil which is a great medium in which to drill into. If you are new to Claydon drilling, an assessment of the field should be made of any drainage or compaction issues which could benefit from subsoiling, mole ploughing or renewed drainage.
There are many factors affecting crop yields, weather and soil type are just two of the many variables. In our experience, and in reports we hear back from our customers, yields are maintained in comparison to previous establishment methods, or they are improved.