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Condor trailed seed drill

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The concept - for extensive arable farming systems

Amazone, Anhängesämaschine Condor, Das Konzept – für extensive Ackerbauverfahren

The AMAZONE Condor is the ideal machine for operation in arable farming systems where there has been a minimum of prior soil tillage and in direct sowing. Especially in large arable areas, where time and soil moisture are the limiting factors, the Condor stands for high work rates, precision and water conservation. The low pulling power requirement in relation to its working width just helps significantly in reducing the financial costs in these most extensive arable farming systems.
The machine concept of the Condor has been developed to meet the demand for further reductions in sowing intensity in the wider working widths of more than 9 m, with a wide row spacing and minimally invasive seed placement. The seed drill is offered in working widths of 12 and 15 m. With the exceptional folding concept, it is also possible for the Condor, from its working width of 15 m, to fold in to a remarkable transport width of only 3 m. 

ConTeC pro tine coulters for a long service life

Amazone Sämaschine Condor Schare

Also on the Condor, AMAZONE relies on an individually depth guided tine coulter. When opening the seed furrow, the narrow ConTeC pro coulter moves little soil, so that the valuable soil moisture remains in the soil, however it provides sufficient fine soil to ensure the optimum seed/soil contact. Straw is safely cleared from the seed furrow, preventing the “hairpinning-effect” which is the pressing of straw by the coulter into the sowing slit.

Two coulter tips are available for the ConTeC pro coulter system. For most soils the coulter tip with a 68° angle of attack ensures the best penetration into the soil and thus placement depth is well maintained. Under very hard conditions, the coulter tip with the shallower 50° angle of attack, which gives an increased penetration into the soil, is utilised. The coulter tips are equipped with a hard metal layer, ensuring a long service lift, even under the most arduous of conditions.

The innovative “ConTeC pro” coulter is characterised by its accurate following of the ground undulations due to the following packer wheel. As well as the correct depth control, this provides reconsolidation, which is so important in dry regions in order to achieve optimum contact between seed and soil. For the flexible operation in any soil conditions four versions of packer wheel are available for the Condor. 

On each half of the seed drill, each coulter row is provided with its own hydraulic ram, which twists the coulter bar applying pressure to the coulters. In this way a coulter pressure of 120 kg is achieved at the tine tip.

 

Air filled wheel

Condor Luftrad

The air filled wheel is suited for a large variety of operational conditions. By the Flex in the tyre it is kept free from wet soil. Under dry conditions, it provides a reliable reconsolidation of the soil.

Fully foam-filled wheels – round profile

Condor Vollschaumräder mit rundem Profil

Due to its robust design, this wheel is ideally suited for operating in arduous operational conditions in extremely dry conditions and where rigid stubbles prevail. Burst tyres and cost-intensive down times are no longer a matter of risk. The hard wheel provides optimum reconsolidation of the seed furrow.

Full foam wheels –triangular profile

Condor Vollschaumräder mit dreieckigem Profil

Due to its wedge shape, this wheel provides the maximum contact pressure in especially dry conditions and on light soils. Its robustness pays off especially when sowing in rigid stubbles.

Semi pneumatic wheel

Condor Räder mit rundem Otico Profil

This tyre is the real all-rounder indeed. Its thick rubber wall makes it extremely resistant against even the stiffest of stubbles. Under dry conditions, this tyre achieves a very good reconsolidation. The air chamber provides this tyre with a very good flexibility preventing the sticking of wet soil on the wheel.

Precise sowing depth

The sowing depth can precisely be adjusted from 0 to 10 cm. The new depth control of the ConTeC pro coulter system ensures the utmost comfort and precision when setting the sowing depth. Thanks to the modern tool-less adjustment of the sowing depth, all the coulters can be re-adjusted to the desired placement depth within the shortest time period. This is of special importance when a change in crops to be sown is intended. On larger farms, this allows for the quickest possible response to changing weather conditions. When sowing under very dry conditions, the sowing depth can be matched without problem to find the continuously retreating moisture horizon in the soil, increasing the time frame for sowing and peaks within the sequence of operation can be compensated for.    

Perfect ground adaptation

Amazone Condor, Bodenanpassung und Schardruck

The flexible connection between the frame sections and the coulter is achieved via the proven rubber spring elements. So, soil undulations (and a maintained sowing depth) of up to 65 cm can be compensated for.
The ConTeC pro coulter achieves this perfect ground adaptation through ist simple yet ingenious construction without the Need for the usual hydraulic cylinder on every coulter. That reduces the incidence of failure and, of course, not least, the price.
The coulter pressure can be adapted to the conditions hydraulically by turning the frame sections. In extreme conditions, a pressure of up to 120 kg can be set per coulter. 
The distance of 25 cm between the coulters in a three-stagger layout and the Frame height of 80 cm ensure work continues without chance of blockage, even if there are large quantities of straw or if  the straw is not particularly evenly distributed.
The new air diffuser on the coulter provides a constant air stream in the delivery pipe from metering up to the coulter. Flexibility with regard to the choice of blower fan speed increases.

 

Condor for increased efficiency

Amazone Condor für mehr Schlagkraft

In future, sowing with the trailed seed drill can be matched to the prevailing conditions of an individual region even more precisely.
The 25 cm row width means the ability to choose a higher seed rate. The improved plant distribution and the larger water supply in the moister Steppe regions provide the ideal preconditions to minimise any competition within the row.
In very dry regions, the wider row widths of 31.1/33.3 cm and reduced seed rates are recommended, providing in areas of a heavily changing moisture supply, each plant with the maximum of the available water and effectively reducing the risk of premature ripening and heavy yield losses. In addition both power and fuel consumption are reduced and work rates are increased by the higher forward speeds achieved.
In rape and wheat crops, practical trials in dry Steppe regions show even higher yields at a 31.3/33.3 cm row spacing and, in moist years, the same yields as with a 25 cm row spacing. In this way, operating resources are effectively saved.

 

Precise for sowing rape

Amazone Condor: Präzise in der Rapssaat

The success of rape sowing in high continental regions depends, to a large extent, on the sowing technology. Due to the short dry growth period, the right placement of the seed and the exact metering of the seed rate, especially with rape, are of decisive importance. A quick crop establishment and the utilisation of the available moisture alongside the overall temperature play a mayor role. The precise and optimised placement of the rape seed into the moist soil substantially influences the crop development and the yield level. With the aid of the very good individual guidance, the ConTec pro coulters ensures the maintanence the sowing depth of the seed.
Against the background of the very dry weather of the continental steppe regions during the growing period, it is of even more importance to supply every plant with the maximum of the water available. With rape, the seed rate plays a decisive role. Thin sowing promotes the good development of the individual plants and reduces the danger of the yield being decimated through premature and stress ripening. Via the stepless Vario gearbox, rape can precisely be metered at 2 kg/ha. With the Condor, an excellent lateral distribution is achieved over the entire working width resulting in even crops 

Pressurised tank

Condor Drucktank

The Condor trailed seed drill features a modern pressurised tank with an 8000 l hopper capacity. Thanks to two large sections (2/3 seed + 1/3 fertiliser) the fill times are reduced to a minimum. The familiar Vario gearbox allows application rates of 2 to 400 kg/ha of seed and is therefore suitable for all practical applications.

The fertiliser is inserted into the sowing slit with the seed. In this way, it is possible to apply an appropriate initial dosage (when sowing winter corn) or full optimum fertilisation (when cultivating spring crops in continental conditions) directly into the ground without losses.

 

Metering

Condor Dosierung

All the components required for calibration are very easily accessible on the left-hand side of the machine.
A sluice gate underneath the seed metering system makes it possible to use the machine for only sowing partial widths. 

AMALOG+ on-board computer

Condor Bordcomputer Amalog+

The AMALOG+ on-board computer, via a sensor, controls the tramline changeover. Reprogramming to other tramline rhythms is very quick and easy. The working position of the tramling rhythm, fan speed, the area sown and the hopper fill level are displayed.

Folding concept

Amazone Anhängesämaschine Condor Klappkonzept

The folding concept takes a working width of up to 15 m down to transport width of just 3 m. So, even reversing is no longer a problem.

System and operational conditions

Condor Einsatzbedingungen

When using reduced mulch sowing or direct sowing methods, it is important in both cases that the fertiliser is placed in the ground below the crop residues in order to prevent losses due to gas emission, especially in times when fertiliser costs are rising. This concept is also incorporated in the new Condor direct seed drill. Scientific trials in Regina, Canada and Samara, Russia show that with this method it is possible to apply 30 kg/ha of pure N when sowing wheat and approximately 25 kg/ha when sowing rape. In the very dry and continental conditions in Canada and the Eurasian Steppe, where the potential yield is relatively low, this quantity is often completely sufficient for the usual spring cropping.

Thanks to the technical features of the Condor as described, it is ideal when used for direct sowing of large-area topologies. The coulter is only 12 mm wide and thus only moves the soil as little as is absolutely necessary for optimum seed placement under the straw. This not only prevents ground water loss but also lowers the tractive power requirement and diesel consumption. In extensive tests under operational conditions, 220 hp was sufficient tractor power for the Condor 12001. On average, the spectacular figure of only 2.7 litres of diesel per hectare was required with the Condor 15001. Also under operational conditions, the Condor 15001 was able to achieve a daily work rate in 13 hours of 150 hectares at a working speed of 8 to 10 km/h.

This advanced direct seed drill gives farmers who are turning their attention to pure direct sowing every opportunity to implement this method to its full potential.

The benefits:
+ Minimum ground disturbance
+ Fertiliser applied with the seed
+ Seed placed at an optimum depth below the straw and in the appropriate reconsolidation
+ Extremely wide variety of crops can be sown
+ Huge cost reduction