Lemken unveils Azurit 10 precision speed drill

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A new spreader unit, different row options and a furrow former have been incorporated in Lemken’s newest precision speed drill

The Lemken Azurit 10 precision speed drill is now capable of planting sunflower seeds and soybeans

Arable farming specialist Lemken has released its latest precision speed drill – the Azurit 10 – which comes with new row variants and additional sowing capability.

The new Azurit 10 will be able to drill soybeans and sunflower seeds, in addition to the range of crops prior models were able to sow.

New rows are also a feature of the Azurit 10, which is now available with six or twelve row spacings of 50cm as well as the proven four, six and eight row variants with spacings of 70-80cm.

Among the many new upgrades made by Lemken on the Azurit 10 is the addition of the MicroHub 5; a spreader unit which allows microgranules to be applied in the direct vicinity of seeds.

Microgranules contain water-soluble nutrients, which are rapidly available to plants, meaning the MicroHub 5 fosters excellent juvenile crop development which Lemken says will be particularly important in cold, dry spring seasons.

Lemken head of design for precision seed drill technology Bernd Valtwies says the MicroHub 5 helps ensure fertiliser is distributed more efficiently, following an increased public interest in the matter.

"We offer this option for our Azurit with up to eight rows," he says.

"This unit is not only available for new machines. Depending on the year of manufacture of previous Azurit 9 machines, matching retrofit kits will be available. The system is controlled via the Azurit on-board terminal.

The MicroHub holds 200 litres of fertiliser, which can currently be applied at rates ranging from 1 to 40 kilos per hectare.

"The metering unit is operated electrically, and granules are pneumatically delivered to the seed furrow. This is the ultimate in precision."

Lemken says the initial nutrient requirements of the crops can be easily covered by even a small amount of microgranules.

To improve the quality of seed placement, a furrow former has been added to the seeding coulters while an updated drill pipe has also been installed and features an inlet which can be replaced once worn.

 

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