Horsch Maestro drill gets new precision metering system – Farmers Weekly


Horsch has added a new Airspeed overpressure metering system to its newest Maestro precision drill fashions.

This provides consumers a alternative of singulation setups throughout the vary, with the corporate already providing its Airvac vacuum metering on the new technology of CV and RV drills.

Airspeed makes use of a shot system and catching curler for exact singulation and correct plant spacings at excessive velocity.

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As the title suggests, Airvac applies a vacuum to singulate seed at sowing speeds of as much as 12kph. It has extra flexibility when it comes to crop sort and sowing circumstances, says Horsch.

Range of crops

Both programs can work with a variety of crops together with maize, sugar beet, soya and oilseed rape. Using the system to sow beans and peas will probably be doable sooner or later.

Only the metering discs must be modified when switching between crops, and a grain sensor supplies details about the accuracy of singulation.

As each programs are pushed electrically, part management and variable fee on particular person rows can nonetheless be used.

The seeding items on new Maestro fashions even have a revised clamping system attaching them to the principle body, which is claimed to offer higher stability and better hydraulic coulter stress.

This ought to make it simple to change the variety of rows from 12 to eight, which is outwardly changing into a key requirement for purchasers.

Fertiliser is utilized through a single disc coulter connected to the row unit and its depth could be managed individually, which will probably be significantly useful on heavy, sticky soils.

Updates to the Maestro vary imply it now consists of 5 fashions.

The CV, SV and RV use the Airvac association, whereas the CX and SX will probably be outfitted with Airspeed. The outdated SW model has been dropped. The singulation programs are the identical worth, with an eight-row trailed Maestro CV or CX on 75cm row spacings beginning at £58,000.

New-look line-up

The Maestro CV and CX can now use a central hopper for seed and fertiliser, referred to as Main Tank Supply (MTS), or a big fertiliser hopper and particular person seed tanks as with the earlier Maestro.

The capability of the central tank in MTS configuration is 3,000 litres for fertiliser and 800 litres for seed.

If the fertiliser-solely central tank is used, the capability is 3,000 litres, with 70 litres of seed in every row hopper. A 9-row variant joins the earlier eight- and 12-row choices.

Meanwhile, the SW will probably be changed by the SV with Airvac metering and SX with Airspeed. The single grain seed drills will probably be out there in widths from 9m to 18m and with 12 to 36 rows.

Seed capability

The 9-12m fashions have a new 8,000-litre seed and fertiliser wagon, whereas the bigger variations characteristic a 9,000-litre wagon with a seed capability of two,000 litres.

Both wagons use the MTS system, with the rows equipped with seed from the central hopper to cut back filling time.

The Maestro RV mannequin is an eight-row mounted unit with one seed tank per row.

Fertiliser provide is carried out through a entrance-mounted pressurised hopper.