DD with a rapid

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Machinery' started by jonnyjon, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. jonnyjon

    jonnyjon Member

    As above, anybody dd ing with a vaderstad rapid, interested to know if it would be successful on sandy loam that has been min tilled and cover cropped for a few years??
     
  2. Warp Land Farmer

    Location:
    Hazzard County
    Yes, did it for 2 seasons, Ww, WOSR, Sw & Sb all did well.
     
  3. Landrover

    Landrover Member

    I've done it here too, last year after spring beans the wheat is looking the best of the lot, light ground tho, drilled straight into sprayed off grass before and that did well, works well into the right conditions
     
  4. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Quite often dd with one here after maize. Only do it when conditions are right, thinking of trying osr this autumn.

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  5. jonnyjon

    jonnyjon Member

    Thanks all, I suspect closing the slot/ covering the seed would be the biggest challenge ?
     
  6. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    On chalk here so generally that is not an issue unless it’s too wet.

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  7. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    Location:
    Lichfield

    not ideal but quite possible when conditions are right
     
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  8. jonnyjon

    jonnyjon Member

    What are the challenges v a no till drill?
     
  9. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    Location:
    Lichfield
    Lower coulter pressure and more disturbance

    We did it though years ago when first experimenting with zerotill and it did work
     
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  10. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    I've directly sown a lot of brassicas with a Rapid into stubbles over the years. As above, closing the slot when wet, more soil movement and hairpinning straw into the slot were the main problems.
     
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  11. Matt77

    Matt77 Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Same as above here, only tried one year before switching, if you don’t use the system disc it really struggled with closing the slot and seed depth, neighbour did the same and also went to the trouble of taking the system disc off, he’s sold that drill now and got a DD drill.
    I wouldn’t describe it as a complete disaster though and on kinda land it may well work. Biggest thing I noticed in that year was how much seed got affected by the pre em chemical.
     
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  12. jonnyjon

    jonnyjon Member

    I'm wondering if I could make it work with some mods, have my old system agrilla tine 3m lying in the shed, maybe follow with a guttler roller to help close the slots
     
  13. suffeks

    suffeks Member

    i was thinking the same thing, buying a rapid without front attachment and using it as a DD because of the isobus and fertilizer placement
     

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