Sprinter Dan Coffey

“All the talk is about the new Horsch bar”

Birchip contractor Dan Coffey said smart engineering was the key to the impressive performance of his Horsch Sprinter NT tine seeder.

“I have a pretty good understanding of machinery and when I saw the Sprinter at an on-farm demo, I knew straight away it was going to be a lot easier to run than our parallelogram planter.

“There are many more moving and wearing parts on other planters. It’s unbelievable how much simpler the Horsch machine is.
“In fact, 90 percent of the areas causing problems and breakdowns with our other bar don’t exist on the Horsch. No wonder so many farmers are interested. All the talk is about this new Horsch bar,” he said.

He bought the 12-metre Sprinter from O’Connors Farm Machinery in Birchip for his business, Dan Coffey Contract Cropping, Spreading and Harvesting.

He uses the new planter with a 12,300-litre aircart carrying urea, MAP and seed, and pulls it with a CaseIH Magnum 340 tractor on three-metre wheel centres.

With the easy-to-manoeuvre Sprinter, he can use the more versatile, smaller frame, lower horsepower tractor instead of needing a high horsepower four-wheel-drive model.

Coulters have been fitted in front of the tines to cut the trash, cut a trench and reduce soil throw.
Dan said the cross-beam welding that Horsch used was many, many times stronger than butt welding.

“And there are only a dozen or so grease nipples on the Sprinter instead of about 190 on our other planter. It makes daily maintenance a breeze,” he said.

It proved to be a perfect start to the season. Dan’s sowing program was 12,000 hectares for clients in the Wimmera Mallee region. 60 percent was dry seeding with the rest sown into good moisture after the break.

The 12-metre Sprinter sowed 6000 hectares of canola, lentils, wheat, barley and oats for Warakirri Cropping across a wide range of soil types, sowing at 12kmph.

Jim Christie, Warakirri Farm Manager, said they were very pleased with the results Dan achieved with the Sprinter.
“It’s an extremely well built machine with very good German engineering.

“The hydraulically controlled downforce meant we could adjust for accurate depth and sowing control as we moved from light Mallee sand into some really hard-set clay loam. The old planter wouldn’t have been able to sow into ground that hard.
“The Sprinter maintained sowing depth and we’ve got one of the best looking germinations I’ve seen. It was dry sown and every seed came up at the same time on the rain.

“Even in undulating paddocks where you’d expect it to be more uneven, everything came up at once. Germination has been exceptional,” he said.

For more information and to see Horsch machines at work, visit www.muddyriver.com.au or call your local Horsch dealer.