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Just under a year after the successful market launch of the Solitair 9+ pneumatic seed drill, Lemken now introduces its new “Duo” version with a divided seed hopper.

This machine offers a wide range of options for simultaneously spreading seeds, fertiliser and even catch crops. With it, Lemken, the specialist for professional arable farming, has expanded its portfolio to include a machine for consistently cost-optimised market fruit cultivation.

The seed hopper of the Solitair 9+ Duo holds 1,850 litres. Its capacity can be split 50/50 or 60/40, depending on needs. As a result, two application variants are possible:

  • In the single-shot version, seeds and fertilizer are combined downstream from the two metering units in each of the two hopper segments. The different components are guided to the double-disc colters via a seed pipe and deposited in a seed furrow. This allows a suitable starting dose of fertiliser to be added for winter sowing or a complete fertiliser application for summer sowing. An automatic tramline mechanism is integrated into the distributors.
  • The double-shot system provides greater deposition flexibility. With this system, the two components flow separately to a double-disc colter via doubled distributors in two seed pipes. They can then be spread either in a single row, as with the single-shot method, or separately and alternately in two rows following a quick exchange of the tramline cartridge in the distributor. In addition, the deposition depth of every other row can be adjusted separately via the pressure roller up to a difference of 5 cm. This allows two different seeds to be placed at different, optimum seeding depths or inter-row fertilisation to be applied while seeding.

The Solitair 9+ Duo is available in working widths of three and four metres. Orders are being accepted now; full availability is scheduled for January 2022.