The key to achieving even emergence and subsequent establishment is
re-consolidation after the plough.
In plough based systems it is essential to use a front press
in conjunction with Vector Disc drills to achieve even germination and the best results.
Used in conjunction with a front press the Fanterra can provide a final consolidation pass as well as drilling to a consistent depth in relatively cloddy conditions.
These are the key part of the drilling system, having been used for 20 years on drills
sold in the UK and all over Europe, they are proven and very reliable.
The Vector discs are cultivator discs, scalloped and angled at 4 degrees to the direction of
travel to ensure smooth continuous rotation. The clever design also ensures the creation of a
smear free slot for the seed to be placed in.
The discs are individually mounted on heavy-duty springs that ensure the seed is placed at
the preset depth.
Setting the rear roller controls this depth.
These springs enable the discs to move up and out of the way of any solid object under the
soil but otherwise guarantee a consistent drilling depth.
One of the most important
components of the Fanterra Vector Disc drilling
system is the intermediate
This uses tilth from either side of the
seed slot to cover in, above the seed,
BEFORE it is pressed in by the roller.
On heavy land, seed slots behind many
drills remain open even after the press
roller has passed. This leaves the seed
exposed to pests and reduces the soil
to seed contact.
The intermediate harrow on the Vector
disc system ensures that all the seed
is covered by soil achieving maximum
soil to seed contact improving
establishment and subsequent
The CTX roller ensures consolidation
directly in line with the rows
of seed as the edges of each
rubber segment run directly
behind the coulters.
This means extra consolidation
around the seed with a
comparatively loose area
of soil between rows so
that excessive rainfall can
permeate and seep away
rather than capping or
running off the surface.
In dry conditions the soil to
seed contact provided by the
extra consolidation around
the seed can be critical in
encouraging capillary action
of moisture to the seed.
The following harrow finishes the job, levelling the surface
and spreading any accumulations of crop
residue to ensure there is nothing to
hamper the seedling's growth.
It also ensures some larger soil particles are left
on the surface to provide a small amount
of protection for the young plants.
The 4m, 4.8m and 6m hydraulic folding models have two sections that fold up either side of the hopper, this allows the Fanterra seed drill to keep its transport width down to 2.95m for safe road transport. Folding machines comes standard with radar, electronic seed metering and variable ratio control via an RDS controller.