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Find out how a 6m Amazone Cayena, has enabled a reduction in soil movement. Read more... 

Rob Hales has been championing min-till crop establishment for over 25 years. The East Sussex-based farmer and contractor from Clayhill Farm, Beckley, reckons his latest drill, a 6m Amazone Cayena, has enabled a reduction in soil movement.

“I swapped to the Cayena for its 10mm low disturbance point, and its grain and fertiliser capability,” he says. “We don’t want to disturb weeds and volunteers when drilling – and this drill doesn’t disappoint.”

He says it takes little pulling, and has the ability to cover 170 acres/day, using a Fendt 724 or Valtra T234 up front.

“With everything from weald clay to sand, we have to be sympathetic to soil types and trash,” he says. “The Cayena lets us operate on ploughed land, cultivated stubbles and also direct into stubbles - it’s all about understanding ground conditions, and having an idea of what you need to achieve.”

DE Hales & Son has been a long-standing Fendt customer, and the expansion of Crawfords into Kent has provided additional tractor and machinery choices for the business.

“We do like Crawfords service and backup – it lives up to expectations,” he adds.

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