Mzuri: Innovative Machinery
Designed and built in Great Britain, and tested by farmers, the Mzuri range of conservation tillage equipment has been specifically designed to provide a solution to today’s farming challenge of balancing short-term farm profitability against securing a sustainable farming future.
The Mzuri system restores and rejuvenates soil condition and crop health – and does so without compromising on yields. EuroAgri are the exclusive New Zealand dealers of Mzuri and offer the complete range of Pro-Til single pass drills, the Rehab low disturbance subsoiler and the Rezult straw rake.
The Mzuri PRO-TIL one-pass strip tillage drills cultivate a uniform till and place the seed at a controlled depth providing the ideal soil environment for each seed to germinate quickly and grow to achieve its full potential.
Strip tillage involves only cultivating a targeted area and leaving the crop residue on the surface between the tilled strips, retaining moisture and organic matter to improve the soil structure and fertility.
The strip-till tines and wheels are alternately staggered to give ample space for trash to flow through. The coulter units are each connected to a balanced pressurised hydraulic system, which ensures an even soil pressure to each of the rear wheels. This controlled pressure ensures an accurate seed depth and excellent soil-to-seed contact.
The PRO-TIL is specifically designed as a single pass ‘stubble to seed bed’ drill, however it is equally at home with inversion systems. Being so versatile, whether drilling directly into stubble, minimally tilled land or even after the plough, makes the PRO-TIL the ideal machine to simplify the transition towards permanent direct drilling.
The PRO-TIL range is available in 3 and 4 metre trailed versions and a 3 metre mounted format.
As well as all the benefits of a standard Mzuri PRO-TIL drill, the Mzuri PRO-TIL SELECT series offers growers the ability to plant in a choice of narrower or wider row spacings. This makes the Select particularly suited for maize, oilseed rape, legumes, sugar beet and other crops which are normally planted in wider rows.
Not only does a bigger inter-row allow the crops to meet their nutrient demand and produce a stronger root system, it also awards better light interception from the top of the canopy all the way down to the base of the stem. This, in return, results in a healthier, bushier and higher-yielding crop.
The free flow of air movement helps to reduce moisture and control the associated fungal diseases whereas the extra space between the leaves minimises the transfer of disease by contact.
The additional width of the inter-row, coupled with a high clearance of the tine legs, enable users to work with huge amounts of surface residue which helps improve the soil structure. The straw acts as a mulching layer to protect the soil from rain compaction and seals in the natural moisture, preventing the ground from drying out. It also harbours a range of beneficial fauna and helps to rapidly increase earthworm population which are vital for improving soil fertility and structure.
The PRO-TIL SELECT is available in 3, 4 and 6 metre trailed models.
Pro-Til 3T Xzact combines the accuracy of seed placement of a conventional precision seeder with the benefits of a Mzuri one pass striptill drill which include moisture retention, improvements to soil condition and significant fuel and time savings.
The Xzact precision technology is an optional extra that can be fitted to most Mzuri’s Pro-Til standard models, thus broadening their versatility to include precision-drilled crops. The machine can be just as easily converted back to a striptill drill. The Xzact conversion features an electronic precision seeding unit and coulter assembly to deliver single seed placement whilst the constant hydraulic pressure exerted onto each coulter arm ensures the seeding depth accuracy.
The system uses adjustable-pressure vacuum metering to accurately space crops, regardless of the seed size. Each unit contains a metering disc and a singulator to prevent skips or doubles and is driven by an electric motor which maintains the same seeding distance at variable speeds.
Unlike with conventional precision seeders, the mini hoppers on the Pro-Til 3T Xzact drill are automatically replenished by a bulk fill mechanism on each metering unit directly from the Pro-Til’s main tank, thus extending the drilling time and reducing downtime.
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