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Seed Terminator kills weed seeds in the combine

German company Zürn Harvesting is taking over sales, production and service for the Australian “Seed Terminator” in Europe.

The special mill technology almost entirely kills those weed seeds which come out of a combine. It was invented by the farmer and engineer Dr. Nick Berry.

With this new cooperation, the German family-owned business extends its portfolio in the growing market of mechanical weed control.

Huge potential for mechanical weed control

“With regard to increasing herbicide resistance and few new product authorisations, we need effective alternatives soon. Thus, we see a huge potential for mechanical weed control like this new concept from Australia.” says Zürn Harvesting director Rolf Zürn about the new collaboration.

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The technology consists of 2 high-performance multistage hammer mills which process the residue coming from the sieves. - Photo: Zürn Harvesting
The technology consists of 2 high-performance multistage hammer mills which process the residue coming from the sieves. - Photo: Zürn Harvesting

“Most seeds are spread during harvest by the combine. The Seed Terminator enables us to kill these seeds which are going through the machine. Experienced users and independent research institutes confirm the systems’ performance”, Zürn adds.

2 multistage hammer mills

The technology consists of 2 high-performance multistage hammer mills which process the residue coming from the sieves. It is perfectly integrated into the combine and mechanically driven by belts.

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100 units installed

Approximately 100 units were installed within the last 3 years on combines in Australia mainly. Zürn successfully implemented the technology in Europe during the 2019 harvest season. It is now available for John Deere, Claas, Case IH and New Holland combines.

Especially agronomists struggling with herbicide r-sistance and organic farmers could benefit from reduced weed pressure thanks to this new technology, says Zürn Harvesting.

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