Savings

Amount of work

With VM Real Direct Seeding the amount of work is reduced to a fraction because no ploughing, tilling or rolling are needed. One man with one tractor is able to seed larger areas as the soil preparation phase is not needed. The other tractor for towing the tilling implement and the other person are not needed.

 

Real Direct Seeding

Traditional seeding method

 
 

Machine costs

The machine costs are reduced drastically. The only machines required are the VM Real Direct Seeding Drill, the herbicide sprayer and the combine harvester. As the seeds and the fertilizer are fed into the same coulter, it has been possible to reduce the number of coulters and, as a result, a medium-sized tractor is strong enough for the towing. In addition, all parts of the coulters that touch the ground are rotary. Tractors of 90 HP and 120 HP are required for towing 3-metres- and 4-metres-wide drills respectively.

 

Real Direct Seeding

Traditional seeding method

 
 

Fuel

The farm in the example applies the traditional farming method and has a cultivated area of 100 hectares, consuming about 3000 litres of fuel a year. When the farmer adopted the direct seeding method, the fuel consumption dropped to about 300 litres. Previously two tractors were employed. In autumn the fields were ploughed, in spring one of the tractors tilled while the other towed the drill. The seeds and fertilizers were transported from one plot to another. Once the VM Real Direct Seeding method was adopted, the whole seeding work could be carried out by one person only. The hoppers are filled from the silo and bulk-bags before leaving the farmhouse.

 

Real Direct Seeding

Traditional seeding method

 
 

Environment

  • With the Real Direct Seeding method, emissions to the natural environment are reduced.
  • The leaching of nutrients to bodies of water is reduced
  • Carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere are reduced.
  • Carbon dioxide emissions from the tractor fuel are reduced.
  • The energy input required to manufacture the machines is reduced.
  • The input of chemical fertilizers is reduced as nature’s own nutrient circulation system works for the benefit of the soil.