Press Release: Mzuri launch next generation direct drill at LAMMA 2022

14th April 2022

For over ten years the Mzuri system has been popular with farmers looking to reduce cultivation and invest in a reliable one-pass establishment system. In that time, the concept has remained steadfast in its straightforward and well thought out design which has consistently delivered reliable yields, quick, even establishment, and a reduction in input costs for growers ever since its inception.

Now the British manufacturer launches an additional drill into its existing range – the Mzuri IPASS. Built on the same core principles as the existing range, the Mzuri IPASS has been developed to offer growers higher output, efficient low disturbance seeding.

The new model will be on display at LAMMA on Mzuri’s stand 19.360, held over 4th and 5th of May at the NEC Birmingham.

Pressurised Tank for efficient seed and fertiliser delivery

The IPASS boasts a 5000-litre pressurised tank to meter and convey high application seed and fertiliser rates accurately at higher forward speeds. The large capacity tank features four variable speed electric metering units for efficient delivery across the width of the machine. Two units control fertiliser and two control seed giving operators the option to shut off half of the width.

The IPASS metering system can accommodate all fertiliser compounds and seed types typical of most arable operations including small OSR and grass seeds to large maize and winter beans.

Low Disturbance Coulter Assembly

A unique coulter configuration gives the Mzuri IPASS excellent seeding capabilities into a range of surface types including cover crops, stubble, grassland and even cultivated ground. The leading disc cuts through surface residue, slicing the field surface to promote lower disturbance of the following coulters. The primary knife coulter clears trash from the till and band places fertiliser below the seeding zone. A secondary seeding coulter follows on a unique ball joint system to allow the coulter to self-steer behind the path of the band placed fertiliser.

Suspended by an independent parallel linkage the coulter angle is unaffected by seeding depth regardless of terrain. Individual V-shaped depth wheels offer exceptional reconsolidation behind the seeded zone, whilst also maintaining accurate seeding depth across the width of the machine for even emergence.

The Mzuri iPass is available in widths of 4.0m, 4.8m, 6.0m and 8.0m and operators can choose between two row spacing options per model.

Mzuri have started to take orders for the IPASS with a strong interest from growers who are looking to achieve high output lower disturbance drilling, all whilst retaining the flexibility and reliability to drill into a range of soil and surface types.  

Quote from Mzuri Founder and Engineer, Martin Lole –

“I am extremely excited about this new drill and have been involved in its development over the last three years. Our initial goal was to continue to take further the huge financial benefits that the Mzuri system has brought to our customers, including reductions in fuel usage and savings to labour. However, with recent events in Ukraine and the soaring fertiliser prices taking us in the region of £1 per kilo, the benefits of band placing fertiliser, fast outstrip any remaining doubt surrounding this type of system and contribute to savings of an almost unimaginable level.”

“In particular, for spring crops where the effectiveness of broadcast fertiliser in dry weather is questionable, if we were to band place it during drilling, I would expect to use half of the usual amount thanks to it being delivered where the crop needs it below the soil line and into moisture, reducing the amount lost to the atmosphere.”

“For spring cropping, by band placing fertiliser we are using up to 100kg less fertiliser per hectare when compared prior to adopting a one-pass system.”

“Considering diesel savings, man-hour savings, capital investment and fertiliser savings, (and on this farm increasing yields) – the financial benefits of this drill are enormous and too valuable to be ignored.”

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