ProTrakker's near-furrow sowing option

31 Jan, 2015 01:00 AM
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p This picture shows the difference between inter-row sowing with the ProTrakker (left) and near-furrow (right).
And I would expect even better results in a hard finish.
p This picture shows the difference between inter-row sowing with the ProTrakker (left) and near-furrow (right).

BURANDO Hill director and Mindarabin farmer Simon Hill is encouraged by first year trial results involving the ProTrakker.

The hydraulically-controlled guidance hitch, mounted on seeding bars, enables accurate sowing into the previous year's stubbles without disturbing the stubbles.

"Our trial shows a seven per cent yield increase across wheat, barley and canola trials," he said.

"And I would expect even better results in a hard finish.

"It is definitely proving a valuable tool and a seven per cent lift in yields over a big program is significant.

"It's easy to see the visual differences sowing alongside the stubble and sowing in the inter-row with the ProTrakker compared with conventional sowing."

Arguably the ProTrakker is taking precision seeding to a new level, especially on non-wetting soils.

Because the GPS-ready hitch eliminates the problem of bar drift, it can maintain a bar's line of direction within an accuracy of plus or minus one to two centimetres (0.4-0.8in).

This contrasts with bar movements of plus or minus 20cm (8in) normally associated with seeding rigs.

"The ProTrakker has several advantages for us because we can sow our canola in semi-wet conditions drilling it into last year's furrows without disturbing the stubble," Mr Hill said.

"And we also can sow wheat on the inter-row in high stubble residue paddocks, again without disturbing the stubble cover.

"Without the ProTrakker we couldn't reliably sow between rows let alone seed alongside the stubble in last year's rows.

"You can see what happens to the bar's status when you turn the ProTrakker off in operation and even using RTK guidance you don't get the line accuracy you achieve with the ProTrakker."

The ProTrakker can be fitted to the tractor hitch or the air seeder hitch of a tow-between model, with a GPS receiver fitted on the tractor and on the seeding bar.

Simon said limited stock was available for this year's seeding season.

p More information: 9821 4422.

Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson

is Farm Weekly's machinery writer

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