Invention

Claydon’s Invention of the Direct Strip Drill Celebrates a Decade at LAMMA

This year’s event represents a major milestone, for both Claydon and LAMMA, marking not only the invention of Claydon’s direct-strip seed drill in 2002, but also the 40th anniversary of the UK’s leading agricultural machinery show. .

Claydon, European leader in direct tilling technology with its Claydon Opti-Till® system, will display 4.8m and 3m seed and fertilizer models from its new Evolution range of mounted seed drills, as well as a new 9m straw harrow and a 4m TerraBlade cultivator on its stand – Hall 6, Stand 6.600.

New Claydon evolution drills

Drawing on Claydon’s extensive experience in strip-till technology, the nine new Claydon Evolution mounted seeder models take no-till-till to the next level. Combining enhanced operational functionality with the proven features that have made Claydon Opti-Till® the crop establishment system of choice for growers who want to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve soil health, they will be available at delivery from autumn 2022.

Pricing will be between Claydon’s current hybrid mounted drills, which they replace, and the company’s trailed hybrid models.

Proven twin-tine technology developed in 2002 by Suffolk farmer Jeff Claydon is at the heart of every Claydon seed drill, a major benefit being its ability to cope with the extreme weather conditions that are becoming more and more frequent.

With working widths of 3 m, 4 m, 4.5 m, 4.8 m, 5 m and 6 m, the Evolution models incorporate 9, 13, 15 or 19 tines and most are equipped with a hopper of 1,910 litres, 160 liters more than previous Claydon Hybrid fitted models. . The 3m Evolution 3MF and 4m 4MRF have a 2700 liter tank, an increase of 600 liters, which is split 50/50 between seed and fertilizer. Larger hoppers reduce downtime and increase yield, while second and third hopper options for applying multiple seed types, varieties and sizes are available to further enhance versatility.

New Claydon 9m straw harrow

The Claydon straw harrow is simple, robust and efficient. It achieves the high working speeds (15-25 km/h) needed to create micro-tillage in the top 30mm of soil, as well as break up the straw so it decomposes quickly. It does this quickly and inexpensively, typically using just one liter of fuel per hectare.

New 9m mounted version bridges the gap between 7.5m mounted and 12.5m trailed models, offering larger operations greater flexibility and efficiency without incurring the higher cost of a trailed unit . It incorporates 75 double tines, each of which is attached to the frame with a unique attachment that allows the tine to pivot and absorb shock when working in rocky conditions or when cornering.

The typical/suggested output figure for the 9m model, which has a minimum power requirement of 180hp, is 12ha/h when running at 20km/h. Weighing 1850kg and suitable for use on a Cat3 hitch, it folds to 2.99m wide and 3.55m high for transport. Light panels and protective guards are standard.

Claydon Straw Harrows are now available in 3m, 7.5m and 9m mounted versions, as well as 12.5m and 15m trailed models. The company’s product line also includes the lightweight 6m TerraStar® rotary cultivator for situations where more soil movement is needed than with a straw harrow, as well as 3m TerraBlade inter-row hoes to 8 m wide which provide a low cost mechanical tool. weed control method in strip-sown combination crops.