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One Pass Seeding With Moldboard Plow
Two British farmers who wanted to reduce passes over the field but didn't want to give up their moldboard plow solved the problem by making a special drill to pull behind their plow so they can seed small grains in one pass.
Developed by John Hepworth and his son Chris in Hornsea, England, the HF drill is now on the market. The two men farm in an area with heavy soils that have to be turned over each year but are easily susceptible to compaction.
The system uses a specially-built drill that's mounted on large discs which break up the soil ahead of seed tubes. The drill tows behind a furrow press, hitching to the press with a universal joint. That allows it to flex in the field and rotate on headlands when used with a reversible plow.
Manufacturer Alan Nelson says the one-pass planting rig has been tried on both light and heavy soils with good results. Two drill sizes are available to fit 4 and 6-bottom plows, starting at about $8,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Falcon Agricultural Machinery Ltd., Great Haywood, Stafford ST18 OST England (ph 0889 882701; fax 0889 882561).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3