The Claydon family have farmed the heavy clay lands of Suffolk, in the east of England, since the early 1900s. Jeff and Frank Claydon have been farming since 1970 and are the third generation to do so under the E.T. Claydon & Sons partnership.
In 2003, Jeff launched to market the first Claydon direct strip tillage drill – the V Drill. The drill was invented out of necessity. Wheat prices had dropped to a low and the costs of inputs and ploughing on the family farm were ever-increasing; farming was becoming unviable. The V-drill dramatically reduced the cost and time taken to establish crops on the farm.
The V Drill was followed by the SR and latest Hybrid drill. Stubble management machinery and rolls have been developed and added to the drill range over the years to offer a complete crop establishment solution.
Claydon machinery is developed on a working farm by farmers for farmers. It is tried and tested in real farming conditions in a real farm environment before bringing to market.
The Claydon Farm has not been ploughed since 2002 and Frank Claydon establishes around 400 hectares in an autumn drilling season with a single 6m Claydon Drill and a single tractor. He goes on to drill another 1,250 hectares on contract.
Since 2003, Claydon have become the European market leader in direct strip till. The company’s drills, straw harrow and inter-row hoes are now operating in over 30 countries across the world, supported by a network of distributors and dealers, and manufactured from the Claydon base in Suffolk.
EVOLUTION M Mounted Drill
The new Claydon Evolution mounted drill range takes direct strip seeding to the next level. It builds on the company’s 19 years’ experience of this technology, featuring the time-proven leading tine technique, and combines it with new operational functionality.
With nine new models covering working widths of 3m, 4m, 4.5m, 4.8m, 5m and 6m, hopper size has increased to 1,910 litres for seed only units and a 2,700 litre tank for the 3m 3MF and 4m 4MRF split 50:50 between seed and fertiliser. The larger hoppers reduce downtime and increase output, while second and third hopper options for applying multiple types, varieties and sizes of seed further enhance versatility. Typical daily outputs range from 20ha for the 3m Evolution, which requires a tractor of a minimum of 150hp, to 40ha for the 6m version which needs a minimum of 300hp.
Seed depth adjustment is controlled hydraulically in the new Evolution range and improved access to the metering unit allows easier calibration. Front-mounted discs which are operated hydraulically from the tractor seat can be specified for seeding into high residue situations. The tried and tested front leading tine followed by 180mm A share is fitted as standard with a wide range of seeding share and boot options. Twin tine and disc kit options can be specified for low disturbance drilling.
Available as 3m, 4m, 4.5m, 4.8m, 5m & 6m
Find out more here: https://claydondrill.com/evolution-m-mounted-drills/
HYDRID T - Trailed Drills
Versatile, flexible, simple. The Hybrid T-Trailed Seed Drills allow you to drill direct into stubble, min-tilled or ploughed land. The ground-breaking leading tine technology loosens compacted ground, introduces air into the soil and creates drainage and tilth for a perfect growing environment in the seeding and rooting zone.
Claydon's range of trailed seed drills are available with a wide variety of front and rear toolbar options and seeding share and lower disturbance options – for every drilling scenario.
Available as T3, T4, T4.8, T6, T6c & T6
Find out more here: https://claydondrill.com/hybrid-t-trailed-drills/
CLAYDON STRAW HARROW
The Claydon Straw Harrow creates a micro tilth in the top 30mm of soil, using the retained moisture for fast, even weed germination. It rakes out and destroys weeds at the cotyledon and one‐leaf stage, removing a food source for slugs. Straw Harrows break up slug nests and desiccate their eggs by mixing up and exposing damp chaff and straw to sunlight.
The robust Claydon Straw Harrow has been designed for fast action and maximum effect weed germination. At speeds of up to 25km/h, the tines shatter straw and break it up for faster decomposition. The models can be used before or after cultivations to level soil and create a fine tilth.
Available as 3m-M, 7.5m-M, 9m-M, 12.5m-T & 15m-T
Find out more here: https://claydondrill.com/straw-harrow/
TERRABLADE Inter Row Hoe
The TerraBlade inter-row hoe is a low-cost, mechanical method of controlling weeds in band-sown crops. By keeping the unseeded rows clear of weeds during the early stages of crop growth, competition for nutrients, light, air and water is reduced and the young plants can grow away strong and healthy.
The manually steered TerraBlade has the potential to improve crop yields, drastically lower the potential for carry-over of weed seeds and reduce the risk of more resistant types developing. Although designed for the Claydon Opti-Till® System, the inter-row hoe can be used in any band-sown crops.
Available as 3m, 4m, 4.8m, 6m & 8m
Find out more here: https://claydondrill.com/terrablade/
TERRASTAR Light Cultivator
The Claydon TerraStar is a light rotary cultivator which creates a shallow tilth to encourage volunteers and weeds to chit. It is also an effective stubble management and slug control tool. It can be used to level fields, improve drainage and incorporate manures. As a mechanical weeder, it reduces the need for glyphosate.
The TerraStar can be used when soil conditions may be too hard for the Straw Harrow. It is fast and effective with minimal wearing parts, making for low-cost operation. Moving more soil than the Claydon Straw Harrow, the TerraStar leaves the soil structure intact by plucking divots from the top layer of soil leaving the profile undisturbed.
Available as 6m
Find out more here: https://claydondrill.com/light-cultivator/
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