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Weaving gd and soil type

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Machinery' started by kiwi, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. kiwi

    kiwi Member

    does the weaving gd handle all soil types well or are their some limitations to where this drill can work consistently well and get a great establishment?
  2. Stoney brash land needs a slow forward speed as does hard dry land
    As with all disc drill
    I keep the hopper very full when it is dry
  3. kiwi

    kiwi Member

    Thanks for your reply. What sort of speeds are you talking about?
    My experience with disc drills is limited to the cross slot where down force is measured to keep altering pressure for the conditions within the paddock. Meant lots of weight needed within its design. You are obviously using the hopper weight to achieve a similar objective.
    Does the slot on the weaving expose the seed if working in slightly damp heavy soils that dry out after drilling?
  4. Between 7 and 10 k max but the conditions dictate the speed
    With a disc drill if it is damp high speed does flick up seed

    The longer the soil has been no till the better the soil is for notill
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  5. SorenIlsoe

    SorenIlsoe Member

    Fantastic slot closing on the GD drill. Even when it passes tramlines.
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  6. kiwi

    kiwi Member

    Thanks Soren.how are you finding the drill compared to the Dale for crop establishment and ease of operation?
  7. SorenIlsoe

    SorenIlsoe Member

    Shall be careful to compare directly, because the Dale drill is an older model from 2004, and the new models from Dale is much more easy to calibrate and operate.
    Dale is surely the best tine drill I know. It moves some soil, but it is not like the other tine drills, where the surface just as well could be cultivated. It leaves untouched soil between the rows. Diesel consumption is around 6l/ha and the same as the GD drill. The fertilizer placement is just after the book and the depth control is fantastic. Especially for OSR is it great because it can operate between old stubble rows and place the small seeds perfectly. I do not believe any disc drill can do a better job, because the fertilizer is a little deeper and besides the seed, it is perfect, and the 3-4 cm loosening of the soil under the seed just help the plant to get from start very even and fast.
    The GD is so easy to operate, and the little door mounted on the hopper just over the metering unit is a great idea: you do not have to klimp the hopper to clean or check.
    The hopper is large and has a great capacity (but new Dale drills has that also).
    The seeds is always covered and the discs operate very stable even in my stony soils with a lot of flint. The large tires that can be hydraulic moved to a larger distance in the field, makes it very stable.
    But: I have not tried the GD in heavy crop residues, because this year there was almost no straw. But next year with hopefully 10t/ha wheat, I will make a very high stubble to reduce the amount of residues, and try to drill OSR in that.
    The Dale has to operate between 7-8 km/hour. Going faster will throw soil to the next rows. The GD drill can operate fast, but I do not exceed 10 km/h. The look of untouched soil after the GD drill is fascinating.
    In Spring wheat there was just no difference in yield. Fertilizer DAP was placed with the Dale and the GD drill had seed and the same amount of fertilizer mixed. Rest was liquid with the sprayer-
    But: the best score for allround use in all crops both spring and autumn and in all conditions and certainly also the yield will be the elements in the end. Next autumn I will know.
  8. kiwi

    kiwi Member

    Thanks Soren for your great report . If you had the choice could you see a place for both drill types within your system ?
    It sounds like you have no penetration issues with the GD which I thought might be a weak point given the early reports on the drill on this forum.
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