Saxon Drill Wins Major IMMA Award

David Holmes receives the IMMA Award from Peter Redman

Great Plains’ new Saxon CDA minimal disturbance drill has been awarded first prize in the cultivation and drilling category of the prestigious International Machinery Manufacturers Awards (IMMA) for 2016.

Now in their third year, the independently judged IMMA awards, which are operated by the organisers of the Cereals event, recognise and reward the innovation and development of machinery products within the arable industry.

Equipped with the Great Plains Turbo Coulter discs, which are at the heart of an innovative and unique ‘zonal cultivation and seeding’ system, the Saxon CDA drill is designed to meet the need for minimal disturbance and, if required, for cutting through and drilling into high volumes of residue. This makes the drill ideal for use in cover crop rotations where minimal soil disturbance is necessary to help prevent the emergence of yet-to-germinate grass weed seeds.

Available in 3, 4 and 6 metre working widths and in both grain only and grain plus fertiliser variants, the drill boasts a further flexible feature, which provides the user with the ability to quickly and easily change the Turbo Coulter discs for conventional notched cultivation discs, as fitted to the Saxon's sister drill, the Centurion. This feature has been extremely well received and converts the Saxon into a traditional European cultivator drill with maximum disturbance across the full width.

The IMMA judging panel, comprising Dick Godwin (Harper Adams University), Peter Redman (IAgrE),  Professor Paul Miller (NIAB), Philip Clappison (2013 Farmers Weekly Contractor of the Year) and David Cousins (former Farmers Weekly machinery editor), jointly commented: “Great Plains has been working hard on maintaining minimal disturbance and cutting through high residue volumes on its Saxon CDA drill. The ease of changing Turbo Coulters for notched conventional discs is helpful too.”

On receiving the award from IMMA judge Peter Redman, David Holmes, Sales Director for Great Plains UK, said: “We are delighted to win this important award in what was a very strong category. This accolade from IMMA recognises the excellent work being done by the Great Plains design and engineering teams with our Saxon and Centurion drills ranges.

“Through these products we have developed flexible solutions that address the need for minimal disturbance and grass weed control on the one hand and, on the other, maximum disturbance across the drill’s full width, whilst providing a highly efficient seeding concept suitable for use on reduced tillage, no-till and plough-based systems and on various soil types.”