Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How to Sow 100 Acres of Grass in Single Day

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How to Sow 100 Acres of Grass in Single Day

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Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie

High output coupled with first-rate seed coverage, producing a good grass mat, is the key to the successful grassland service provided by Scottish farm contractor DW Agriculture.

The company, of Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfries and Galloway, uses an Opico Air 16 pneumatic seeder mounted on a six-metre grass harrow. This season, the outfit has sown 700 to 1,000 acres of grass.

Suitable for over-seeding or reseeding pastures, the Opico seeder is designed to fit directly on to an Opico grass harrow and accurately meters and distributes the seed evenly across the width of the machine.

Meanwhile, the grass harrow opens up the soil and creates a tilth, then covers in the seed, resulting in the ideal environment for seed germination.

The Air 16 seeder has 16 outlets for accurate distribution, with a seed rate of 80kg per hectare when fitted to a 6m working width.

Anthony Williamson, who runs DW Agriculture, says: "The machine is right enough for us. Better seed coverage is the main benefit for our customers. The seed is harrowed in after application in the old-fashioned way. A lot of machines these days are too abrasive on the ground and leave the seed in rows. But the Opico machine leaves it like a mat."

The other key factor is that the field is prepared correctly beforehand, he says. "We always Cambridge roll before we harrow in and we roll it again afterwards. We do try and get the farmers to roll it themselves wherever possible, to avoid the cost of us having to transport the rolls. …

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