DRIVING IMPRESSION: Two years ago, Horsch introduced a new generation of Avatar seeders. Here’s an overview of the changes on this latest upgrade to the firm’s no-till drill.

The Avatar has been given a few subtle tweaks over recent years. Hence we caught up with the big 12m, Avatar 12.25 SD — to see what it has to offer, and, for those who are still pondering a shift to no-till, how it goes about the job of putting seed in the ground with minimal disturbance. This last bit is not just restricted to those with a hankering for a big drill, as the same coulter is used across the Avatar range. The drill can also turn its hand to working in a min-tilled seedbed, so there’s no need to fret if you still want to chit to encourage weeds to grow or have to level off any wheel ruts.

The Avatar family broadly consists of three versions. There are the x.16 SD models, with the number hinting at the drill row spacing of 16.7cm, and they come in widths of 3.0, 4.0, 6.0 and 8.0 metres. Coulters are spread across two rows and positioned below the central 3,800 or 5,000-litre hopper that is split 60:40 to handle seed and fertiliser. If you want the capability of a third product, the hopper on the 3.0m and 4.0m models are also offered with a three-way (60:10:30) split, whereas, on the 6.0m and 8.0m, simply add the Horsch MiniDrill with its own 400-litre hopper.

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