Agritechnica 2015 sees the launch of Grimme’s new precision drill for sugar and fodder beet, chicory and canola. The MATRIX will be available as a 12- or 18-row machine, either with 45, 48 or 50cm row width.
The MATRIX has been developed by the beet technology manufacturer Kleine, which was taken over by Grimme in 2012. Production will be limited in 2016.
Standard features include a mulch seed unit with two front running cutter discs; two Farmflex wheels for depth control as well as a 4-times adjustable mechanical load of the seeder unit with up to 90kg/row (hydraulic adjustment up to 190kg is available as an option). A standard seed unit is also available.
Individual seeds are positioned exactly into the furrow – dropping only 2.5cm from the seed plate into the furrow.
Heavy, free swinging, rubber covered pressure rollers ensure good seed to soil contact and good covering of the seed. Four different units to suit various soil conditions are available.
The MATRIX’s Clever Planting drives the inner filled seed plate by electro motors and also creates the planting tracks and allows closer planting to the next seeder unit. Clever Planting is standard as is the option to plant in triangular (delta or matrix planting) or parallel planting. When used with GPS the MATRIX can be automatically stopped from planting at headlands and for beds where no planting is needed. This system is called Section Control.
The MATRIX colour touch-screen terminal – CCI 100 – is ISOBUS compatible and is operator friendly.
Two boxes allow room for carrying extra seed and a vacuum cleaner for remaining seed emptying etc. The seed plate has a tool-free and spring loaded emptying flap. The MATRIX fitted with a granulate castor is available as an option.