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Well satisfied: Cannington farmer Barry Scott (left) praises the seed
placement of the Duncan AS3500 air seeder with Jeremy Scott
(Duncan Ag business development manager) and Craig McIsaac
(Duncan Ag general manager).
In tough ground a robust
reliable drill is essential
Amixture of light, stony
country along the river
and the adjacent heavy
downs that comprise the
Scott family farm at Cannington,
immediately north of Pareora
Gorge, has proven to be an ideal
location for their cropping and
dairy grazing activities.
The Duncan Renovator MK3
the Scotts had for four years
demonstrated its reliability and
robust construction on steeper
downs and they were amazed at
how it stood up to such harsh
conditions on the river flats.
They usually sow short-rotation
grasses, barley, kale and oats, and
son Cameron says that, ''if you
saw the stony ground in which we
have sown kale you would really
wonder how the old MK3
Renovator drill ever survived,
and yet we cropped seven to eight
tonnes of kale in that shingle.''
Barry said, ''we had a short
delay with the delivery of the
MK3, so the dealership lent us
another brand of drill.
''It didn't last long. The
combination of towing a solid
ring roller and the steeper
country took its toll. I looked back
to see a bend along the top of the
seed box and later discovered the
frame had broken in half.''
The new 28-run Duncan AS3500
features five inch row spacing
and offers the Scotts a constant
feed and wider machine.
To quote Barry, ''It needs to be
remembered that we drill a lot of
cultivated ground, because in
most years the soil gets too badly
damaged to direct drill.
''What we found was that in the
fine soils on the downs, the MK3
didn't always work the tyne and
transfer the seed as well as we
needed, particularly on steep
country, yet the same drill in a
direct drill situation was perfect.
''The opportunity to purchase
an air seeder with the proven
reliability of Duncan engineering
and design has been a logical
''Another feature of the AS3500
is the four rows of tynes, as
opposed to three rows on the
MK3. Because of this setup there
aren't nearly as many blockages,
especially in kale with the old
The Scott family has a long
history of loyalty to their chosen
dealerships. Cameron says, ''I
have heard Dad say it's the after-
sales service that is more
important because few machines
are perfect and none are trouble-
free throughout their lifetime, so
when you need support you need
it quickly and with the minimum
of disruption to the farming
He now understands the
wisdom of his father's words and
the reason why the family's
loyalty to Redline Tractors (Case
IH) and Duncan Ag is long-
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