New Dun­can drill.

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SOUTH AUS­TRALIAN con­trac­tor Nick Pratt’s new Dun­can AS6100 folding tine drill is cre­at­ing a su­pe­rior fin­ish in pas­ture ren­o­va­tion, and he ex­pects it will help him grow his seed­ing op­er­a­tion. Nick con­tracts from his home in Penola, 50 km north of Mount Gam­bier. The busi­ness, Emu Ridge Ag Con­tract­ing, pri­mar­ily does hay bal­ing and pas­ture ren­o­va­tion. Nick pur­chased the new 6.1 m wide AS6100 drill in April. He was pre­vi­ously us­ing a 26-row another brand of seed drill with six-inch spac­ings as his main drill. “We looked at a few dif­fer­ent brands but I had done a dairy study in New Zealand in 1994,” Nick said. “I feel that farm­ers in New Zealand are some of the best at grow­ing grass in the world. The Dun­can is a true pas­ture ren­o­va­tion ma­chine and that’s the line we are go­ing down with our con­tract­ing.” Nick likes that the Dun­can AS6100 seed drill is a sim­ple ma­chine with few wear­ing parts. “It has the coul­ters on the front, with a Baker boot and rub­ber-tyre roller on the back. There are L-shaped fin­ger tines for seed in­cor­po­ra­tion,” he says. “Our other drill didn’t have coul­ters. We had very good suc­cess with­out them, but we thought the coul­ters would prob­a­bly help han­dle trash. The fingers tines weren’t on our old ma­chine but when the seed falls out the back on the Dun­can it gets in­cor­po­rated more.” Nick says the Dun­can AS6100 cre­ates a beau­ti­ful fin­ish. His pre­vi­ous drill had sep­a­rate press wheels that fol­lowed the tine as it was drilling, leav­ing a small V mark. “The Dun­can leaves a bet­ter fin­ished prod­uct out the back of the ma­chine. It has to­tally lived up to our ex­pec­ta­tions. There were a few lit­tle teething prob­lems with it but we have sorted those out.” Nick and his son James have only been us­ing the drill since the start of May and have done about 500 hectares with it, mostly pas­ture and some ce­real cover crops. They have been around to check on the progress of those early jobs and have found a string of happy clients. James has done most of the work with the Dun­can to date, and Nick says it is ma­noeu­vrable and easy to op­er­ate once it is cal­i­brated. “We tow it with a 250 hp Case IH Mag­num, which we bought new for the drill be­cause we wanted to make sure we had ad­e­quate horse- power. We are very happy with the set up and we are cer­tainly hop­ing to build our clien­tele base over the next cou­ple or three years to ex­pand our con­tract­ing busi­ness.” Nick has re­cently picked up another 120-hectare seed­ing job, with other new jobs com­ing on board. “Seed­ing is quite sea­sonal and goes from April through to July, then we start again in Au­gust-Septem­ber and go through un­til Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber for spring and sum­mer sow­ing,” he says. “With the drilling there is huge po­ten­tial for more work. With the price of land al­most dou­bling over the last 12–18 months, I feel that farm­ers need to get more out of the land they have got. With beef prices be­ing on a high, it’s a good time for farm­ers to im­prove their pas­tures.” Nick pur­chased the Dun­can AS6100 from John Telfer at Hage Trac­tors and Im­ple­ments in Nara­coorte.

Nick Pratt says his new 6.1m-wide Dun­can AS 6100 is a good drill to work with and does an ex­cel­lent job of re­ju­ve­nat­ing pas­ture

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