As well as all the latest sprayer and cultivation technology, Cereals also offered up plenty of variety when it came to machinery launches and developments. Jane Carley and Geoff Ashcroft report. Pictures by John Eveson.
New Holland launched the Dual Stream header, designed for CR and CX combines.
The header features a secondary knife system mounted on rollers at the rear, designed to cut the stubble separately and reduce the amount of material going through the combine, increasing capacity.
The company suggests that it can boost output by an average of 15 per cent, with 25 per cent possible in UK conditions.
Using a reciprocating knife originally designed to cut reedbeds, the system is said to use just 6hp, and will be available for the company’s 7.6, 9.1, 10.4 and 12.5m (25, 30, 34 and 41ft) headers in 2016.
New Holland’s combine specialist Nigel Honeyman points out that the Dual Stream should allow operators to use a wider header on the same size combine, giving extra capacity at lower cost. It can also be retrofitted to existing combines, without modification on CR models.
Ryetec has sold its largest Gustrower trailed spreader to date to Shropshire contractor Dutton Agri Services, who specified a rear steering axle for the GDK 9,000, said to give the manoeuvrability of a single axle machine; wider tyres on the front fixed axle reduce ground pressure.
The 9cu.m (14 tonne) spreader has lower sides for easier loading – when delivered it will be fitted with its own crane - and can spread lime to 14m and fertiliser to 40m widths. Supplied with a Teejet rate controller, Mr Dutton will also add a Patchwork Black Box for variable rate spreading.
Standen Engineering has introduced the Zeno belt planter, designed to plant a wide range of seed sizes with gentle handling.
Available in two or three-row versions, the latter popular with salad and pre-pack growers, the planter uses a moving belt hopper to drop seed into singulation v-belts.
Running at different speeds this pair of belts ensures that only a single line of seed is presented to the following trough conveyor.
Seed then drops down onto the overhead sponge placement belt which spaces it out before delivery behind the openers.
The fully mounted planter has the option of automatic depth control and infinitely variable seed spacing with digital seed counting is standard.
All functions are monitored and adjusted from the new Z-Pad touch screen controller. Prices are from £30,000.
Sportsfield specialist Shelton Trenchers has developed its first agricultural drainage machine, aimed at small drainage tasks that do not justify bringing in a contractor with a self-propelled trencher.
The tractor-mounted CT150 chain trencher requires just 150-200hp plus a CVT or creep-speed gearbox to give the 300m/hr working speed needed.
A pto-driven trenching chain can work to 1.5m deep creating a trench 125-300mm wide and grading is via laser or GPS systems. Output is up to 1,000 linear metres per day.
The company suggests that it may suit a farmer wishing to offer a contracting service or to groups of farmers. Prices are from £29,750.
K-Two Trailers has introduced a low sided version of its Roadeo push-off trailer, with 1.7m high sides suitable for grain haulage, and capacities from 16-20 tonnes.
The push-off design compresses loads to increase capacity by 50 per cent, and can unload into low buildings since it does not need to tip.
The company says that the trailer has already proved popular for transporting maize to AD plants, where it has reduced tractor movements as three push-off trailers are equivalent to four tippers, and for moving compost, where unloading sites can be on uneven or soft ground.
While a wide range of running gear is available, most are specified with flotation tyres and air brakes, with ABS as an option. Price for a 16 tonne model with grain sides is £30,000.
Vicon’s Tellus Go universal ISO controller offers a simpler, more compact terminal than its full console, and is set to replace the Focus terminal for its implements.
All functions can be activated via shortcut buttons on the colour touchscreen, by selecting the function required and ‘favouriting’ it onto the main screen.
Tellus Go can activate section control and variable rate operations, downloading files to farm management systems or transferring data on a memory stick using ISO Xm or Shape files.
When on the move, values for settings can easily be adjusted via a scroll wheel, and the shortcut buttons are duplicated on softkeys.
The controller is also designed to work with non-electric implements, and to function as a guidance system.
Prices are from £1,281.
Spaldings has developed a mobile weighbridge which offers static, pallet and dynamic weighing – the latter weighing while the vehicle is driven over it, suggested by the company to be ideal for satellite grain stores etc.
A key fob system allows the unit to be programmed to record weights against a vehicle registration, fleet number or type of load and the data shown on the control panel can be printed off or downloaded via an SD card; a wall mounted digital readout can be added to inform the driver of the weight.
Up to 10,000kg per axle can be weighed, and the weighbridge can be used on any surface and moved between sites in a truck bed or trailer or installed permanently in a concrete pad. It is priced at £6,595.
Amazone’s Z-AV fertiliser spreader is destined to replace the popular Z-AM with the capability to spread to 36m and is available in 1,700 to 4,200 litre hopper sizes, with a range of specifcations from simple electric on/off to weigh cell versions.
Maximum application rate of both apertures is 6.4 kg/sec and the spreader can work at 16-20kph for high outputs.
Adjustment for differing fertilisers and working widths is via the QuickSet system which alters the angle of the short and of the long spreading vane on each spreading disc.The Z-AV also offers eight-fold section control via spread width adaptation, useful for short work.
The Limiter V+ offers electrically remote-controlled border spreading which can be variably matched to the border situation, on the move, without changing the spreading disc speed.
Case IH has updated its Puma range of tractors to meet Stage 4 emissions levels with the use of selective catalytic reduction only.
Comprising seven models from 150-240hp (rated), the Pumas are available with a choice of three transmissions; semi-powershift, full powershift or continuously variable – the later accounts for almost 60 per cent of all UK-spec Pumas sold.
Better seating and improved LED light packages are among the tweaks, as is an updated version of the current headland management system.The range-topping Puma 240 is priced from £150,000.
Krone’s app for iPad and iPhone users allows Big X forage harvester and Big Pack square baler operators to log customers’ records and field operation data, such as date, time and location, and to produce a simple report for more efficient invoicing and record keeping.
The app connects to the machine via in-cab wifi. For the Big X, fuel use, area harvested, crop yield, crop moisture, forward speed and tonnes per hour are recorded. For the Big Pack, bale weight, moisture and bale count is recorded along with total tonnage baled, along with an average bale weight.
Chaser bin bragging rights go to Quivogne, as it showed off the latest Perard Interbenne TTR46 at Cereals, which is claimed to be Europe’s biggest chaser.
Packing a 46 cubic metre capacity, the £95,000 rubber-tracked bin boasts a 700mm diameter unloading auger which is claimed to be capable of shifting 35 tonnes of grain in less than two minutes.
A 46cu.m, triple axle wheeled version has been sold to a UK farmer, and we can only hope his trailer fleet has been geared up to suit.
Anticipating increases to gross trailer weights, Rolland Trailers showed its Rollspeed 8844 model – an 8.8m long, 44cu.m capacity (silage) tri-axle trailer offering a 32-tonne gross trailer weight.
A popular model among European farmers, the 8844 is packed with specification. A key feature is forced steering from the drawbar for the first and third axles – this avoids having to lock any axles when reversing, says Alex Clothier and can effectively double the life of its 650/55 R26.5 tyres.
In addition, the Rollspeed 8844 gets hydraulic suspension to boost comfort and ride stability; lifting front axle for enhanced weight transfer; auto-locking rear axle suspension to boost tipping stability; air-load sensing brakes; LED lighting, 5mm floor and 4mm sides.
And the cost of such trailer sophistication? £45,000.
A new range of toppers has been launched by Reco. Fixed models in the Reco Toppa series include 1.5, 1.8, 2.4, 2.8 and 3m models, with a three-position bolt-on headstock affording an element of offset for those not wanting to work directly in-line with the tractor.
The larger Flexi Toppa models include this hydraulically folding 6m, three-blade version, which gets a double-skin deck and the option of mulch blades. Cutting height is adjustable from 60-200mm and the range can be used on pastures and stubbles, says the company.