Designed to enable catch crops to be undersown in maize at different growth stages, the Netherlands-built Zocon Greenseeder is now available in the UK.
Exclusively imported into the UK by partnership Paul Roe Contracting and Kevin Mowbray, the Zocon Greenseeder is said to satisfy environmental concerns, particularly among water companies regarding soil erosion and nitration phosphate leaching.
Greenseeder was developed for this specific role after legislation in the Netherlands deemed all maize crops should be followed by the planting of a green cover crop.
Yorkshire-based farming contractor Paul Roe explains; “With Maize only in the ground for five or six months, typically leaving the land fallow over winter, it is seen as neither environmentally friendly nor profitable. With this machine, we now have a solution that is good for the soil and it can boost forage stocks.”
According to the importer, trials have shown that the under sown crop has the potential to produce up to three tonnes of dry matter per hectare which can been grazed or incorporated in as ‘green manure’.
Kevin Mowbray, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the agricultural machinery trade, having worked with Simba, Alo and Grimme, believes the Greenseeder can make a significant impact in the UK.
He says; “After conversations with end-users and water companies, we have spent many months researching and looking at machines that can do this job. In particular, the machine needed to be low maintenance to give a low cost per hectare for the end user.”
The three-point linkage mounted Greenseeder features a high galvanised frame with 850mm ground clearance, hydraulic folding to a 2.4m transport width, and a five stage pressure adjustment on the 10mm diameter harrow teeth.
For headland turning, rather than rely on the tractor’s rear linkage to lift the machine, this remains static while a hydraulic system pivots the harrowing/seeding legs upwards clear of the maize plants.
A range of pneumatic seeders can be specified with hopper capacities of 150, 300 or 450 litres, all featuring a wide range of quick change application rates and integrated calibration. These can also be detached and used with other machines, such as a disc cultivator or subsoiler.
Compared to a disc-type system, the Greenseeder uses tines to establish the undersown crop, which has the benefit of soil movement, unlocking any mineral nitrogen available, says the manufacturer.
Four versions of the machine are available with six, eight, 10 and 12 rows. Row spacing is currently 750mm, with the manufacturer looking into a 500mm version for next year.
Available now, an eight row machine with seeder retails at £15,000.
For further information contact Paul Roe on 07831 335697 or Kevin Mowbray on 07810 011918.