When we were contemplating the North American market, we were studying single disc versus double disc (drills),” explains Jim Boak, national sales manager for Salford. “We looked around the world, and everywhere you look where there are high-value crops you found double-disc openers being used. So our reasoning was if that’s the right opener for high-value crops, why not use it for all crops.”
“The agronomic practices that are generally used in the Prairie provinces lead more toward the double disc,” adds Mark van Veen, territory representative for Salford. “In a zero-tillage or min-till situation, the double disc would be the preferred (opener style).”
The 525 “Quad” drill
To deliver what it believes is the ideal seeding implement for the Prairie market, Salford introduced its all-new 525 “Quad” drill this past summer. It uses 500 Series double disc openers, which use 15-inch discs. These openers are designed to be maintenance free with sealed bearings. Down pressure, provided by an adjustable spring on each opener, can be manually set from 90 to 500 pounds. Depth settings on the 500 Series openers are also manually set in 0.25-inch increments. The drill is capable of placing seed or fertilizer up to three inches deep.
The 500 Series openers use soil blowout limiters, which allow the drill to be operated at higher speeds; seed firmers aid in ensuring good seed-to-soil contact.
The discs run on an offset angle. For very heavy trash conditions, the 525 drill can be equipped with an optional front coulter. Those coulters or additional openers can be set up for split-row or side banding fertilizer. “It’s available with pretty much any fertilizer combination,” says van Veen
This drill is available in working widths from 30 to 70 feet in 10-foot increments. Row spacing options: 7-1/2, 10, 12 and 15 inches.
To deliver seed and fertilizer to the 525 drill, Salford introduced its new air cart, which has a maximum capacity of 740 bushels. It can be ordered with up to three plastic or metal main compartments and an 85-bushel canola or small product tank. “We make single, double or triple carts with an add-on, canola-granular tank in tow between or tow behind,” says van Veen.
The plastic tanks are available in 140, 180 and 220 bushel sizes.
The metering system on the new cart is capable of handling all sizes of seeds and granular products. The company believes its knob-style roller overcomes the uneven delivery rate problem that can occur with fluted rollers at the slow rotational speeds typically required for small-seeded crops.
“One of the advantages of the knob roller over the fluted roller is, especially with canola, when you slow it down significantly you get a much more even feed,” says van Veen. “It can deliver everything from three pounds of canola to 285 pounds of fertilizer.”
“One of the biggest features of that system is we don’t have to change the meter rollers from crop to crop or fertilizer to crop,” adds Boak. †