Beet drill problem.

Tim May

I've been using a chain driven kv beet drill and for some reason the main drive chain keeps coming off. I believe it's because something is making the seeder units run tight. If I take all the plastic covers off by the meeting wheels the drive wheel runs smoothly. But it gets tight as I go into drilling with everything back on. I've noticed some seeds getting between this plastic cover and the metering disc which it think is acting like a break. But I can't see why it's doing this. Any advice please?


Maybe try taking the metering discs off and see if there is debris on the other side of them, if this hasn't been done for a while. Sometimes you can get a build up of seed coating material or bits of broken seed.
However, I am surprised the chain comes off even under high load. Have the sprockets become misaligned due to movement on the shaft or movement of the shafts along the machine for some reason? Is the chain too loose? Is there a seizing bearing somewhere?

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...