A brand new Flexi-Coil PD 5700 precision hoe drill has delivered peace of mind to a New South Wales grower by providing strength, seeding accuracy and transportability.
John Gawne grows wheat, barley and canola on 1,618 hectares on his property Barraclear in Grong Grong, near WaggaWagga. Additionally, John does contract seeding up to 60km away; his drill therefore needed to be easily transportable as well as strong.
John was previously using an expensive seeding bar from another manufacturer that broke in half. His reasons for choosing the Flexi-Coil PD 5700 included its quality steel construction, which provided assurance of durability, its size and its foldable design. The size was a big selling point as he could easily and legally tow it up the highway and then unfold it to the full 18.3-metre working width on site.
Other machines faced an issue with height especially when going under electricity lines in towns. But the PD 5700 at only a little over five metres high fits without any trouble. The machine’s ability to fold up tidily was especially convenient given the amount of travelling they had to do as part of their job.
The Barraclear property is divided into around 800 hectares for wheat, 400 hectares for canola and 240 for barley. John’s yield depends on rainfall and he is able to sow into moisture most of the time. With undulating terrain and wet loamy soil, John seeds wheat and barley to 40mm and canola to 5mm, using 100 tonnes of sulphur phosphate and 60 tonnes of urea per year, applied at seeding using his three-bin Flexi-Coil 3850 air cart.
According to John, accuracy is a critical factor when seeding as it impacts productivity. With the Flexi-Coil PD 5700, he is confident about the machine’s accuracy as well as his productivity during seeding.
To date John has sown approximately 600 hectares with the new drill and says he can already see that it will deliver results according to expectations. Though the set up was simple, John found it a bit daunting to operate the onboard computer. However, the system’s ease of use allows him to operate without worries.
The few minor issues with setting up the PD 5700 and 3850 air cart combination were easily resolved with the help of his local Flexi-Coil dealership, Norwood Farm Machinery.
Key features of new Flexi-Coil PD 5700 precision hoe drills:
- Designed for high value, small seed crops such as wheat and canola
- Superior ground following abilities enable high accuracy in uneven field conditions and against tough no till residues
- Choice of three working widths: 15.3 metres, 18.3 metres, and 21.3 metres
- Folds into an industry leading narrow transport width of 5.6 metres
- 3850 air cart offers three integrated polyethylene tanks to allow three different products to be applied at once
- 13,390 litres of combined tank capacity ideal for growers who need large capacity and diverse metering capabilities