New technology helps Skylark sow maize maze

Skylark has planted its Maize Maze even earlier this year thanks to the mild weather and by using this new tractor, the planting was extra efficient. ANL-140418-123226001
Skylark has planted its Maize Maze even earlier this year thanks to the mild weather and by using this new tractor, the planting was extra efficient. ANL-140418-123226001
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The Skylark maize maze has been sown, even earlier than usual thanks to the mild weather.

The Wimblington attraction was also helped out by some new technology from New Holland Tractors.

The T7.210 tractor they used to drill the maze has just rolled off the production line and has a number of unique and very high tech features.

An Auto-Command transmission allows the 210 to travel at any speed from 0-50 KPH to ensure the seed is drilled at just the right rate and has no clutch to ensure a smooth ride.

But the most important feature is the satellite navigation system. Not only is it controlled locally from a mast at Ramsey but it is accurate to just 2.5cms, ensuring no seed is wasted and there are minimal gaps between them. This will make the maze nice and tight to stop people cheating.

The Skylark maize maze is the largest in East Anglia, over 12 acres, and last year had nearly 10,000 visitors. They hope to see even more than that this year.

To see a video of the seed sowing action, go to www.facebook.com/SkylarkMaizeMaze.