I watch all his videos.machines seemed to be doing a reasonable job but some far better than others and lots of seed still showing in places.I’m sure when it emerges we will see big differances especially the big disc drills with huge tyres recompacting the soil.I’m sure slugs will have a field day if he has any
From what I’ve seen of the rear transport wheels of direct drills they don’t seem to have much of an effect as most of the weigh is on the coultersOne thought is that if rear transport tyres on a disc are having a noticeable effect on performance then they are probably drilling too soon in the spring. It can be hard enough getting every drill in a field though, let alone having good weather and ground conditions for them all. It's a similar timing issue with using contractors for direct drilling.
Having said that, I liked the look of Sly's early development drills which were mounted or very light weight trailed.
Yes but its also got to cover it over and close the slot, preferably with no hairpinned straw. Closing the slot is the big thing on strong land. Low disturbance is also important in my very inexperienced opinion.Because once the seed is in the ground the drills job is done. Drills don't make yield imv.
The issue is that’s about June here a lot of the time so you have to crack on. You certainly couldn’t drill here any better than when I drilled 2 weeks ago and the snow/frost has managed to break the soils a bit and covered the seed nicely on top of a bit of loose that fell in.Closing the slot is one thing, but if you drill when it's too wet in the spring the slot opens up as the soil dries. The soil need to be dry enough to crumble over the seed. Autumn drilling as a different matter, as the soil is getting wetter, not drier, at that time of year.