The Pro-Til Xzact striptill precision seeder by British manufacturer Mzuri Ltd was the big winner in the innovation awards in association with the recent LAMMA 18 machinery show in England, which had to be shortened due to bad weather, writes Jason Webb.
The Striptill first won the IAgrE Ivel award, for the new product or innovation which has the most favourable impact on the environment.
It was subsequently declared the overall winner in the LAMMA Innovation Awards, with Mzuri receiving the David Baggaley Memorial Cup.
The company had further success with the Mzuri Razorback self-levelling hedgecutter awarded a Certificate of Merit.
The Xzact was seen as marking a huge advance in seeding technology.
It combines a strip-till drill and a precision seeder in one piece of equipment, meaning that one drill can now seed all types of arable and precision crops in a single pass.
The new machine delivers exceptional seeding accuracy, typical of conventional precision seeding drills, but in a single pass type drill.
The precision strip-till approach eliminates ploughing and power-harrowing operations which are widely recognised as huge contributors to erosion and loss of moisture.
Capable of drilling straight into previous crop residue, the new drill has been proven to retain moisture, reduce soil and water erosion, and improve soil structure, whilst cutting diesel requirement as much as 80%, compared with conventional seeding — and without affecting crop yield.
The system features an electronic precision seeding unit and coulter assembly to deliver single seed placementk, whilst the constant hydraulic pressure exerted onto each coulter arm ensures seeding depth accuracy.
Furthermore, it uses adjustable-pressure vacuum metering to accurately space crops, regardless of the seed size.
Each unit contains a metering disc and a singulator to prevent skips or doubles, and is driven by an electric motor which maintains the same seeding distance at variable speeds.
The mini hoppers on the drill are automatically replenished by a bulk fill mechanism on each metering unit, directly from the Pro-Til’s main 2,800 litre seeding tank, thus extending the drilling time and reducing downtime.
Mzuri’s other LAMMA winner, adding to the company’s reputation for innovation, the Razorback self- levelling rotary hedgecutter, received its Certificate of Merit in the Best Product or Innovation in Technology category.
Razorback is a rotary hedgecutter with a smart “Co-Pilot” device that delivers increased productivity, ease of use, and superior results.
Martin Lole, managing director at Mzuri Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have won the prestigious IAgrE Ivel and David Baggaley Memorial Trophies this year.”
“As a manufacturer of conservation equipment, soil and wildlife preservation have always been high on our agenda.
“We pride ourselves in producing highly engineered products that last, and make our customers’ operations more efficient, whilst preserving the land for future generations.”
“Pro-Til Xzact and Razorback designs build on years of innovation at Mzuri, with the company receiving a number of international awards over the past few years.”
There was Irish interest in the Best Product or Innovation (Technological) category, with Alltech and Keenan the winners here.
The award was for their new InTouch Controller and App, which gives InTouch customers to have the ability to remotely create and edit rations and ingredients, change the dry matter of ingredients, and update and monitor ration performance data on a real time basis.
Other winners at LAMMA were Halse South West (for the Reptill vineyard cultivator, in the Mechanical Crop production category); Wessex International (for the BFR-180 modular feeding and bedding machine in the livestock equipment category); and Keith Mount Liming Ltd (for the PCN210 soil sampler).