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Parts of the In­te­grated Har­ring­ton Seed Destruc­tor have un­der­gone a com­plete re­design fol­low­ing grower feed­back

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De­sign­ers of the In­te­grated Har­ring­ton Seed Destruc­tor

(iHSD) have re­drawn the unit’s bear­ings and hous­ing and in­cor­po­rated a wider mill fol­low­ing feed­back from grain grow­ers.

The iHSD, con­sist­ing of two hy­drauli­cally-driven cage mills retro­fit­ted to com­bine har­vesters, into the chaff stream just be­low the sieves, was launched in 2016 and up­graded last year to im­prove its cool­ing ca­pac­ity and al­low bet­ter feed­ing to mills. The new up­grades, de­vel­oped by SKF En­gi­neer­ing and De Bruin En­gi­neer­ing, also in­clude a re­lo­ca­tion of the cooler in or­der to as­sist with the unit’s oil cool­ing.

Dis­trib­u­tor McIn­tosh Dis­tri­bu­tion led the grower con­sul­ta­tion cam­paign, with agent Johnny In­fer­rera say­ing the changes are cur­rently be­ing rolled out to ex­ist­ing clients.

“Even be­fore these up­grades, we’ve main­tained kill rates at up to 99 per cent and grow­ers us­ing the iHSD have been happy with the kill rates they have been achiev­ing,” he says.

These re­sults were repli­cated re­cently dur­ing a trial of the iHSD in Europe, com­pris­ing 180 har­vest­ing hours with recorded weed kill rates of be­tween 98 and 99 per cent, and with no prob­lems re­ported.

In­vented by Western Aus­tralian grain grower Ray Har­ring­ton and de­vel­oped by the Uni­ver­sity of South Aus­tralia with sup­port from the Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, the iHSD was de­signed to en­able one-pass weed con­trol.

It op­er­ates by pul­veris­ing the seeds of weeds and halt­ing the spread of weed growth in crops, help­ing to elim­i­nate her­bi­cide re­sis­tant weeds and al­low­ing for more tar­geted and ef­fi­cient chem­i­cal con­trol.

There are a very lim­ited num­ber of cur­rent up­graded iHSD units avail­able. Grow­ers seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion should con­tact their lo­cal iHSD dealer, or Johnny In­fer­rera at McIn­tosh Dis­tri­bu­tion on (08) 9475 1651 or 0429 904 870.

The new de­sign in­cludes a wider mill, re­lo­ca­tion of the cooler, and re­drawn bear­ings and hous­ing

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