Horsch Focus TD offers strip-till in new 3m working width

Horsch has launched a 3m version of the proven Focus TD strip-till line to offer a solution for smaller operations to combine strip tillage and sowing.

Following customer requests for a smaller machine, the 3m model has a steel hopper with 3500 litre capacity with a partition of 60:40. In addition, a MiniDrill with an additional 400 litre capacity is available.

The MiniDrill offers a third component in the application process and increases the productivity of the machine. In the case of OSR seeding, the rape seed can be metered with the MiniDrill and the two main hoppers can be used for fertiliser, increasing the seeding output of the Focus by 40%. If the MiniDrill is used as an addition to the PPF system, the seed outlets are located in the seed bar area and can be used to apply slug pellets, for example.

The Focus TD has been designed to be an uncompromising solution for strip and conventional drilling in one machine. The TerraGrip tine system creates a deep loosened area and fertiliser can be placed shallow, deep or 50/50. The tine cultivation frame can be replaced with the DiscSystem to create a compact rotary disc harrow.

As an additional choice to the well-proven TurboDisc double disc coulter, the new TurboEdge tine coulter can be specified. It is suited to row spacings that are larger than 25cm for rape and beans. Especially suited to heavy soils or those with a lot of residues on the surface, the seed tine offers exact placement of the seed. Even if there is limited cultivation work, the TurboEdge coulter shows its advantages. In other conditions, the TurboDisc coulter continues to be the best choice for optimum precise seed placement.

A crumbling unit, instead of the levelling discs, in front of the packer provides a fine earth in the seed strip and is particularly effective on medium and heavy soils. Due to its open design and small diameter, coarse soil is easily crushed and the self-cleaning effect on sticky damp soils is excellent.

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