All-new Mor­ris Quan­tum air drill

Mor­ris claims all-new Quan­tum air drill will change agri­cul­tural land­scape

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Mor­ris has un­veiled its new Quan­tum air drill de­signed to be 154 per cent stronger than pre­vi­ous drills. Launched at the Canada Farm Progress Show, the Quan­tum drill has been la­belled a ‘game changer’ for Aus­tralia.

McIntosh Dis­tri­bu­tion’s direc­tor of na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion for Mor­ris, Cam McIntosh, says the Quan­tum’s in­ter­lock­ing frame tech­nol­ogy makes it 154 per cent stronger. Com­bined with in­creased weight and stronger open­ers that fea­ture 205cm chrome pins, this al­lows farm­ers to con­fi­dently dig deeper.

“In Canada, the Quan­tum was ini­tially tor­ture tested over 800 hectares of stony coun­try with­out a fault, and so far in Aus­tralia this sea­son it has un­der­gone rig­or­ous test­ing over nearly 10,000ha with a sim­i­lar re­sult,” McIntosh says.

“Due to the dry start of the sea­son this year, it was some of the tough­est con­di­tions farm­ers had ever worked tillage into, with ab­so­lutely no mois­ture down at depth, and it worked for them ex­tremely well. On 30cm spac­ings, they were work­ing 10cm deep and seed­ing at 1.5-2cm, and they were con­sis­tently achiev­ing that in a wide va­ri­ety of con­di­tions.”

Mor­ris In­dus­tries pres­i­dent and CEO Ben Voss says the Quan­tum air drill rep­re­sents a mas­sive shift from the com­pany’s ear­lier ap­proach. “It comes to mar­ket built with the same prac­ti­cal, hands-on pro­ducer ‘learn­ings’ that have been a foun­da­tion of our com­pany,” he says.

Voss says the state-of-the-art air drill will de­liver im­proved dura­bil­ity, pro­duc­tiv­ity and agro­nomic per­for­mance.

“Through in­no­va­tive de­sign and pro­pri­etary man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy, we have de­vel­oped an air drill with sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved frame strength,” he says.

Other fea­tures in­clude the new 10 x 15cm tubu­lar frames that are con­nected with chrome pins and are 27 per cent larger than pre­vi­ous tubes. The re­designed heavy hitch also uses 20 per cent more steel than pre­vi­ous hitches, while the com­pany says its new and larger stain­less-steel di­vider heads have in­creased life­spans as they are less prone to plug­ging.

Mor­ris cor­po­rate agron­o­mist Garth Massie says the de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing im­prove­ments will al­low farm­ers to plant more hectares per day and de­liver agro­nomic ben­e­fits.

“Con­sis­tent depth con­trol, seed and fer­tiliser sep­a­ra­tion and soil-seed con­tact are the dom­i­nant fac­tors that in­flu­ence rapid, uni­form crop emer­gence and min­imise seed mor­tal­ity,” he says.

“The Quan­tum drill’s de­sign re­sults in the most pre­cise depth con­trol and ground fol­low­ing among in­de­pen­dent hoe-opener drills – a key com­po­nent in rapid, uni­form crop emer­gence for max­imised yield po­ten­tial.”

Massie adds the row unit utilised par­al­lel link­age with a 1:1 opener-to-packer ra­tio, while the Quan­tum drill’s trash flow char­ac­ter­is­tics also im­proved agro­nomic per­for­mance.

The Quan­tum raises the low­est catch point on the opener by 60 per cent and re­clines the opener shank 12 de­grees, al­low­ing farm­ers to plant in taller stub­ble with­out sac­ri­fic­ing seed place­ment pre­ci­sion. “Elim­i­nat­ing bunch­ing and piles of crop residue col­lect­ing on the shank of the opener is im­por­tant dur­ing shal­low seed­ing,” Massie says.

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