High capacity seeding with new trailed drill

Norwegian manufacturer Kverneland has increased its drill portfolio with the introduction of the high-capacity, high-output, trailed DG II seed drill.

Available in 9 and 12m working widths, and lending itself to controlled traffic systems, the DG II uses Kverneland’s double-disc CD coulter. The 9m unit gets 72 coulters, while the wider 12m version is equipped with 96 coulters. Both models produce 12.5cm row spacings.

A number of improvements have been made with the introduction of the DG II. These include improved folding and machine balance to maintain a positive weight on the tractor. Transport dimensions include a 3m width and 4m overall height. Road speed capability is now 40kph, the dual metering units supply has been simplified, and hydraulic folding seed distribution heads included.

“The DG II’s cross-shaft is carried on the tractor’s lower link arms, and it gains a hydraulic weight transfer system that automatically tightens under the lower link arms as the drill is folded and unfolded,” explains Kverneland product manager Graham Owen.

This makes it easier to operate the DG II with a much smaller, lighter tractor – typically, 200–250hp – he adds.
A new toolbar feature called Active-on also balances and maintains pressure, both laterally and longitudinally, across the full working width of the DG’s coulter bar to improve seed placement depth, while delivering up to 80kg of coulter pressure.

The Isobus-controlled seed drill offers dual Eldos electrically driven seed metering units to feed each half of the drill from the grain-only 6,000-litre seed hopper. Seed rates extend from 2–320kg/ha, and include variable seed rate control. The dual distribution heads that supply the coulters can be equipped with a seed flow monitoring system to warn of blockages, and simplifying the use of this high-performance drill.

Options include a hydraulically adjustable clod board and a 12mm finger tine harrow in place of the S-tine following harrow. Dual track eradicators, LED lighting, seed flow monitoring system and hydraulic bout markers are also available. The Kverneland DG II is priced from £90,347.

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