Kverneland e-drill maxi plus

The combined grain and fertiliser version of the integrated power harrow mounted seed drill

The range of Kverneland e-drill as power harrow mounted seed drill allow seedbed preparation, consolidation and sowing in one pass. Within this product group, the e-drill maxi plus is the combined grain and fertiliser model.

The e-drill maxi plus is able to apply two sorts in one pass. It can be two types of seeds or seed and fertiliser or a combination with e.g. slug pellets or only one type of seed.

The hopper can be divided into an adjustable hopper ratio of 60:40, 70:30 or 100:0 with two independently working metering devices ELDOS positioned either side. The full hopper volume can be used when sowing one sort of seed only. With the double entry CX-II coulter the seeds/fertiliser is laid precise in the seeding row in just one pass.

It is, thus, especially adapted to the needs of the European markets where a growing proportion of cereal is sown in spring and the application of fertiliser and seeds in one step or the sowing of a mixture of different seeds is requested. In order to balance the shorter vegetation phase, the phosphoric fertiliser application supports the initial germination and development of the plants in the most efficient way. In trials of spring sown crops, yields have shown increases up to 25% compared to crops where the fertiliser has been applied by other methods.

As an option for an even further extended scope of application, Kverneland has integrated the well-known a-drill onto the e-drill maxi plus. This extra seeder with separate hopper and metering device will allow applying an additional sort of seeds/fertiliser.

Advantages:

  • Close centre of gravity for reduced lifting power requirement
  • Easily accessible metering device ELDOS
  • Increased flexibility
  • Stronger crops by supported initial germination
  • Combination with a-drill as extra seeder

e-drill maxi plus 3.0m  3.5m  4.0m
Hopper capacity (litres) / extension (litres) 1700 / 400 1700 / 400 1700 / 400
No. of coulters 12.5cm distance (standard) 24 28 32
No. of coulteres 15cm distance (option) 20 24 26
Min. power requirement (HP/kW) 130/96 140/103 150/110
Weight (kg) with coulters 1520 1600 1910

Pneumatic System - ELDOS

  • The metering device ELDOS accurately measures the required volume of seed by the distinctive rotor and discharges it into the seed injector where is is mixed with the air stream and then conveyed through the diffusor tube and the seed delivery hoses to the coulters. 
  • The distribution head is mounted in a protected position inside the seed hopper.

ELDOS - the metering device

  • ELDOS is electric driven by e-com and is fully ISOBUS compatible.
  • GEOCONTROL by GPS signal is possible which avoids double seeding.
  • Special sensors ensure functionality from the tractor cab.
  • Five standard rotors are delivered: for fine and large seeds or fertiliser.
  • The exchange of the rotors is quickly and easily done without any tools.
  • Application rates from 1 to 400kg/ha are possible (depending on working speed and width).
  • The metering device is always easily accessible. 

Calibration

  • Very simple calibration test due to the separate seed guidance.
  • A remote control allows the driver to operate the calibration process at the metering device.  
  • No gear has to be adjusted. The driver simply enters the desired values into the terminal, presses one button to start at the metering device and that’s it.
  • The calibration is done automatically.
  • A calibration flap with an integrated gate prevents any seed from dropping into the hose.

e-drill maxi plus - Hopper

Adjustable hopper capacity offers extra flexibility

The e-drill maxi plus is offered with a hopper capacity of max. 2,100 litres which is divided into an adjustable hopper ratio of 60:40, 70:30 or 100:0 with two independently working metering devices positioned either side.  Two electronic low-level sensors, adjustable from outside, monitor small quantities of rape as well as larger quantities of beans. The full hopper volume can be used when sowing one sort of seed only.

e-drill maxi plus - seed and fertilizer application

Various alternatives are possible with the e-drill maxi plus:

The application of

  • two types of seeds,
  • one type of seed and one type of fertiliser or
  • one type of seed combined with e.g. slug pellets
  • one type of seed.

 

An extra second outlet does the fertiliser or second seed application in the seeding row in just one working pass. The fertiliser is applied in mixture with the seeds.

Integrated extra seeder

For an extended scope of application, Kverneland has integrated the well-known Kverneland  a-drill.  This extra seeder with separate hopper and metering device will allow applying an additional sort of seeds/fertilizer all in one pass.

Sustainable and efficient

There are good reasons to promote the establishment of additional crops or to apply extra nutrients whilst seeding. An additional crop will suppress weed growth but not compete with the leading crop. The extra crop catches the mineral nitrogen in the soil as well as air nitrogen, when mixing with leguminous plants, transforming it into organic nitrogen. Thus, nitrogen will still be available for the next crops. Fertilisers are applied most precisely to support plant growth, specifically during youth development avoiding its wash-out into groundwater.

Wide scope of application

The scope of application and possible variations for this integrated seed drill are manifold:

By integrating the a-drill, an additional extra seeder comes into play and offers a multiple choice of combinations: Two sorts of material are precisely deposited by the double-entry coulter CX-II (2 distribution heads) of the e-drill maxi plus; whereas the third sort of material is applied via the baffle plate of the integrated a-drill into the soil flow of the following harrow:

  1. 3 sorts of material in one pass: 1 sort of seed (e.g. wheat/barley) plus fertiliser in the sowing rows plus slug pellets via the following harrow
  2. 3 sorts of material in one pass: 1 sort of seed (e.g. wheat/barley) plus fertilser in the sowing row plus 1 sort of seed (e.g. clover) via the following harrow
  3. 3 sorts of material in one pass: 2 sorts of seed in different sowing rows (e.g. beans & rape seed) plus slug pellets via the following harrow
  4. 3 sorts of material in one pass: 2 sorts of seed in the sowing row (e.g. beans & rye) plus 1 sort of seed (e.g. clover) via the following harrow

 Advantages

  • Utmost efficiency and cost saving by combined application of various sorts of seeds plus/or fertilizer all in one pass
  • Encouraged root development
  • Reduced risk of erosion
  • Increased sustainability
  • Increased biodiversity and humus content

e-drill - Electronic Control

For the electronic control of the e-drill, a whole range of steering systems is available

Focus 3
Focus 3 is the new terminal steering the e-bas system which features hopper low level sensor, various tramline systems, information about ha, km/h monitoring of fan speed, pre-emergence marker, seed rate adjustments. Focus 3 is not ISOBUS compatible. 

IsoMatch Tellus GO
The multifunctional one-screen terminal has been developed for fast and simple control of all ISOBUS implements, giving the farmer a ‘customer made’ experience as it suits all needs for plain and efficient handling of farming machinery and tasks. IsoMatch Tellus GO is the farmer’s first step into Precision Farming. With the easy to use application, IsoMatch GEOCONTROL, it is possible to boost efficiency and save time and costs. The application includes Manual Guidance, Section Control and Variable Rate.

IsoMatch Tellus PRO

IsoMatch Tellus PRO is the centre for connecting all ISOBUS machines and a platform for running precision farming applications. It offers everything a farmer needs to get the maximum out of his machines and crops, as well as cost savings in fertiliser, chemicals and seeds by using automatic section control and variable rate control. With the unique dual screen functionality it gives the farmer the opportunity to view and control two machines and processes simultaneously.

With this new terminal you can work all the way as a PRO. The maximum working range for the task controller IsoMatch GEOCONTROL is increased from 2 km to maximum 10 km from the starting point. Thus even extremely big fields are handled in a full professional way. The new high brightness screen increases operator comfort. Visibility is increased during the day and dimmed to just a glowing display in dark conditions.

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