AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, introduces the Sunflower 9700 Series air till drill.

New for 2013, the 9700 Series air till drill optimizes small-grain yield potential with its industry-exclusive ribbon-seeded planting style.

Designed as a single-pass seeding system, the 9700 Series drill opens the soil, slices out weeds, places seed and fertilizer, and then finishes the job by properly packing the soil to preserve moisture and optimize seed-to-soil contact.

It is built to handle any production system, from no-till to conventional. The drill’s 5-inch-wide seedbed is the widest possible that is available from a packed-row drill, encouraging plants to develop stronger stems, superior roots and maximum yields. 

“The ribbon-seeding style of the 9700 Series was long ago proven to produce yields that consistently outperform conventional row drills,” says Tom Draper, Sunflower seeding and tillage product marketing manager.

“By pairing the SF9730 60-foot model, which is our largest, with a Sunflower 9900 Series commodity cart, farmers will have a unit that will cover many acres quickly and really help optimize their productivity and yields.” 

The new 9700 Series drill is available in 40-, 50- and 60-foot seeding widths that deliver one-pass seeding and several convenient fertilizer placement options.

With 10-inch-row spacing, the drill places seed in a 5-inch-wide ribbon, with only 5 inches between rows.