VIDEO: The Concord flies again

FARGO, N.D. — The reborn Concord Legacy made its first American appearance at the Big Iron Show in Fargo in September.

It first showed in Regina in June, attracting attention from older Concord owners and younger growers looking to upgrade their seeding iron.

The packing wheel mounted on a hydraulically controlled parallel arm is the most obvious feature to catch a person’s attention, said Gene Breker, new market specialist for the Amity Concord Legacy.

Breker was also highly involved with the original Concord until Case IH backed away from that product. Today, the company is partnered with Agco.

“What we wanted to do this time around, two decades later, is build a machine similar to the original Concord but with precise depth control,” said Breker.

“So what we have is this new drill we call the Concord Legacy. Each packing wheel controls the depth for that particular opener, so it follows the surface contour extremely well. Guys are running at five or six (m.p.h.), which is prudent, but we also have guys getting good seed placement all the way up to eight and nine m.p.h. That’s because our disc levellers do a pretty good job of capturing soil and levelling it out at those speeds.

“It’s designed so the shank remains vertical regardless of what height you’re running or what conditions you’re running in. You can run coulters if you have a lot of trash, but that’s a matter of choice. And actually, you can run the same opener assembly you had on your original Concord.”

The new design uses disc levellers to capture the soil coming off the shank and flow it back into the seed trench just before the packer arrives.

Breker said this is why the operator can expect precise seed placement, uniform soil cover and packing at virtually any reasonable speed. Packing pressure is controlled from the cab. Dialling in the correct packing pressure is like watching piano keys on an old windup player piano.

“Down pressure is totally relevant to your seeding conditions, and it’s easy to get it right. Look back at the arms. If they’re dancing up and down like piano keys, that means your pressure is too light. You have to dial it up a little at a time until they’re stable. Then you have the correct pressure.

“Depth control is done manually with spacers on the hydraulic cylinders. You raise and lower the frame, just like the old Concord. You have different colour spacers that slide over the cylinder shafts. It’s very simple.”

The drills will be marketed by the Agco-Amity Joint Venture with dealers across the three prairie provinces.

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