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Duncan Ag exports New Zealand drilling technology to Uruguay

Duncan Ag, the specialist farm machinery manufacturer, is moving into South America with plans to commercially export its popular Renovator MK4 drills to Uruguay by year end.

The company, headquartered in Timaru, South Canterbury, sent its first drill to Uruguay two years ago, where it has been piloted to sow more than 500 hectares of pasture grass varieties and inter-sowing into native grasses on 125 mm row spacing.

While both cropping and grazing based animal systems are well advanced in Uruguay, there remain more than 10 million hectares of largely untapped native grasslands that can be converted into mixed cropping-pastures systems or developed through the introduction of legumes and grasses into this naturally productive and stable vegetation.

Craig McIsaac, General Manager of Duncan Ag says the opportunity to export commercially into Uruguay came about largely through the relationship with a team of young pasture specialists and agronomists on the ground in South America. “This group has close links with PGG Wrightson Seeds South America, the dominant player in the temperate forage market with an estimated 60% market share under the Wrightson Pas and Agrosan brands.”

Marcel Labandera, PGG Wrightson Research and Product Development Specialist in South America, is impressed with the drill’s versatility. “It’s capable of sowing directly into pasture and also under sowing where the crop has been harvested, with ease of regulation and calibration, durability and low need for maintenance.”

Mr McIsaac says, “the Uruguayan results reinforced the durability of the Duncan Ag machines and adaptability to varying soil and topographic conditions. It’s also the only drill on the market that enables such narrow row spacing so important for pasture establishment, density and persistency.