Italian-designed pneumatic planter is single-pass solution

A pneumatic vegetable planter by MaterMacc MultiLine could see salad growers in the UK taking advantage of Italian-designed kit.

The machine, shown on the Salmac stand at LAMMA, is designed for continuous row crops like spinach or salad leaves. It offers a single-pass planting solution, levelling and rolling the soil, sowing the crop and then consolidating and scoring the soil after planting to minimise the likelihood of capping.

First seen in the UK last year, the modular row-crop machine can drill between one and 30 rows - down to a minimum row width of 5cm - using a single distributor unit that is electronically controlled from the cab, allowing the driver to adjust seed quantity and air flow without leaving the seat.

The unique distributor uses two loading cells, each with a different profile. Choice of cell depends on the size of seed and is selected by shifting the unit along the drive shaft, making changes for different crops quick and straightforward.

The 400mm steel rollers enable the unit to work on soft ground, with the sowing elements arranged in three rows between them. Power for the turbine is supplied by the tractor's PTO and the planting depth can be adjusted by lever.

Other machinery for salad growers displayed on Salmac's stand at LAMMA was also of Italian origin. It included a tracked, self-propelled leaf harvester from Ortomec and the electronic SM2000 drill from Bassi & Bassi, claiming to be the first Italian drill featuring a sponge cylinder to prevent seed damage.

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