Plant diseases

Real Direct Seeding

Traditional seeding method

In Real Direct Seeding the plant residues are left lying dry on the field surface. There they will decay in the natural way lying on the soil surface. Microbial activity on the field surface keeps plant diseases under control.

The crop rotation has a great significance to the occurence frequency of plant diseases. Regular crop rotation is recommended in Real Direct Seeding. The crop rotation also affects the amount of straw residues on the field surface.

Sharp-edged double disks and front harrow

The coulter for the VM Real Direct Seeding Drill represents the so-called double-disk structure, which means the disks

form a narrow v-angle. The seeds and the fertilizer are metered between the disks. As the disks rotate over the field surface, their outer edges sharpen as they rise up from the soil and their inner edges sharpen as they chafe against each other. Thus even worn disks will remain sharp.

The VM Real Direct Seeding Drill features a unique front harrow. Its tines are placed in positions where they efficiently remove straw from the seeding row. The front harrow and the sharp coulter disks take care that no straws end up at the bottom of the seeding row. This reduces the risk of plant diseases.

It pays to use dressed seeds which also reduces the risk of plant diseases. The cereals are different in terms of resistance against diseases - it pays to use a tolerant variety.

When high yields are the target, it always pays to carry out the disease control by spraying in the same way as for traditional farming.