Despite current, tough economic times in the agricultural industry, manufacturers showed at this week’s Cereals Event that innovation is still at the fore, with dozens of companies launching products. Jane Carley, Geoff Ashcroft and James Rickard report.
The 4,000 and 5,000 litre Interceptor models are powered by a 215hp Deutz engine, while the more compact 3,000 litre Defender uses a 180hp unit; both driven through Bosch Rexroth wheel motors.
Chafer’s Rob Starkey says the development was driven by customer demand for a hydrostatic sprayer offering greater ground clearance than the mechanical drive used on the company’s joint venture projects.
The new sprayers, which boast the luxury Fritzmeier cab, also used on the Fendt Katana forager, share many features with Chafer’s latest trailed machines including steel tanks, centrifugal pumps and the F and H Series booms, which can be fitted with section control, auto steer and ultrasonic boom levelling.
Prices are yet to be confirmed.
John Deere’s R4050i made its UK debut, taking the company’s self-propelled offering up to 5,000 litres.
Extra capacity has been achieved without a big increase in weight, says Deere’s Mark James, by using carbon fibre booms which are six times stronger than steel, giving an extended working life.
The material can be patched if impact damage occurs, and has a small amount of flex, minimising forces exerted on boom and base unit.
Standard width is 36m with wider units to come, and the booms are specified with variable geometry and a full range of electronic controls.
Said to add only a modest increase on current sprayer prices, the technology is likely to be extended to trailed machines in the future.
Chantry Dammann showed the latest 12,000 litre DT3200 self-propelled sprayer which is also available in 8,000 and 10,000 litre capacities in tri-axle configuration plus a 4,000 litre tandem axle version; booms are up to 42m.
Now powered by a Stage 4, 324hp Deutz engine, a number of control improvements have been made including the use of Distance Control boom height control with six sensors, plus new software for faster, smoother boom movements and the addition of a Mueller terminal.
Lighting is now via LEDs and pipework has also been upgraded for improved flow. The price of this model is £360,000.
Landquip has worked closely with JCB and its dealers to develop a new demount sprayer for the Fastrac 4220, featuring a rear fold 30m boom which offers a 2.45m transport width.
With a 1,900 litre front tank, total capacities are up to 4,000 litres, and both tanks fill together via a ‘one stop’ fill system controlled from the cab and use a single induction hopper.
Demounting is said to take no more than 20 min, and the outfit can also be retro-fitted to current 4000 series Fastracs.
It is priced at £44,000 to include individual nozzle switching.
Amazone is aiming to tap into the small self-propelled sprayer market with its latest UF mounted combination which offers 1,800 litre rear and 1,200 litre front tank capacities.
Now fitted with the firm’s 30m Super S rear fold boom, it is said to suit farmers using 6m width drills.
The company points out that it offers a more flexible solution than a self-propelled machine, at a competitive price - £47,285 with Amaswitch individual nozzle switching.
Hardi’s Mega mounted sprayer range boasts a high tank capacity at 2,200 litres and uses the firm’s DF4 regulation system introduced for larger sprayers to give a short reaction time and make best use of pump capacity.
With front tanks of 1,800 litres available, Hardi is another manufacturer targeting small-self-propelled sprayer customers.
The Mega features a novel hitch with air suspension, which also offers quick attachment via a nudge bar once the pto and hydraulics are attached.
Standard boom is the 20-28m VP Set Pro model with options including boom height control. Prices are yet to be announced.
While much of the demo area’s attention was focussed on its new self propelled sprayer, Vicon’s new iXter A brings the company into the mid-range for mounted sprayers with 12-21m aluminium or steel booms, manual controls and a 100l/min pump.
Aimed at smaller farms looking to spray their own land at a convenient time, the range has close coupled 800-1,200 litre tanks, integrated induction hopper and 130 litre clean water tank.
There is a choice of the firm’s EC controls with manual pressure and electronic rate control or FMC flow-based controls. Prices are from £13,500.
Bargam UK suggests there is still strong demand for small, lightweight self-propelled sprayers and has introduced the Grimpeur S Series, available in 2,500 and 3,000 litre capacities with 24m booms.
Powered by a 170hp engine, the S Series has mechanical drive, offering field and road modes with Eco drive giving 50kph at 1,600rpm.
In the Euro 4 pressurised cab, a new information screen provides machine monitoring and spraying is taken care of by Mueller or Arag controls.
Designed to be robust, Bargam suggests the sprayer’s mechanical drive maintains residual values. The S Series is priced at £100,000-£130,000.
Sands Sprayers showed a new 6’000 litre version of the Horizon self-propelled sprayer, which uses uprated wheel motors to take account of the extra capacity.
It retains the 242hp Deutz engine and cab used on the Horizon 5.5 and can be specified with RTK auto steer.
A Norac boom levelling system works alongside its variable geometry system, offering incline from halfway down the boom rather than at the centre.
The boom also automatically lifts when spraying is switched off at the headland, returning to its working position when the spray comes back on.
Lite-Trac has further developed its Dual Use boom system previewed at last year’s Cereals and showed a pre-production unit fitted to a Fastrac to apply Avadex or slug pellets at 30/32/36m widths, with 1.5m section shut off which can be used to meet buffer zone requirements.
It can be controlled via an existing Topcon or Trimble console or its own control box, and when the boom is retrofitted to a sprayer, the operator can switch from liquid to granular application or use the two in tandem.
Another option is to fit the boom to a three-point linkage. Large diameter pipework gives the required capacity, granules can be pre-heated to improve flow in damp conditions and the fan is now contained within the 900 litre hopper to reduce noise.
The Fastrac demount version is priced at £45,000.
The name 4-D is derived from the system’s ability to minimise side-to-side movement as well as roll, yaw and pitch, says Brian Knight, as 4-D includes additional isolation elements between the boom and the sprayer.
It also automatically controls the height of the booms independently of each other according to the ground conditions, and offers the facility to run them below the horizontal.
It works with Knight’s Distance Control II system which senses the height of the boom above the ground and makes constant small adjustments to maintain the required level.
All 36m booms in the Knight range can be specified with the 4D system.
Designed as a lower spec alternative to its bigger budget machines, Kuhn introduced the Lexis trailed sprayer.
Initially available with a 3,000 litre polythene tank which has been designed to empty from the front for improved balance, boom widths are 18-24m.
The sprayer is 4.05m long for easier turning in smaller fields, and can be specified with Kuhn’s Equilibra 3-D suspension as an option.
Prices are from £34,700.
Team Sprayers has introduced the Leader 4 trailed sprayer which features a new tank design said to be easier to wash out and reduce the centre of gravity.
Available in 3,000 to 6,000 litre tank capacities, specification includes steering axles and air suspension, along with GPS section control, boom levelling and individual nozzle control.
Great Plains has expanded its family of Centurion cultivator drills and Saxon minimal disturbance drills, with both ranges now available up to 6m in working width and the option to specify seed/fertiliser variants.
For seed/fertiliser models, an adjustable partition in the hopper enables a percentage grain to fertiliser division of 60:40 or 50:50. Hopper capacities are 3,000 litres as standard on 3m and 4m models. A 4,000 litre hopper is offered as an option on 4m drills and is standard on 6m models.
For versatility, both the Centurion and Saxon cultivating elements are interchangeable – in effect, you could have one drill and swap the cultivating part depending on desired results.
Retail prices for the Centurion CDA400 4m grain and fertiliser drill start from £71,644. Prices for a 3m Saxon grain and fertiliser model start from £53,015.
Making their Cereals Event debut, Opico showed off its latest drill additions; Sky Agriculture’s range of Easy Drill direct disc drills and Maxi Drill cultivator drills.
The Easy Drill range is made up of eight models; 3m and 4m working width rigid box drills, and 4m and 6m trailed, folding air drills.
All drills can be specified with twin hoppers allowing two types of crop or seed and fertiliser to be applied. In addition, a third hopper for micro-granules or slug pellets, for example, can be fitted.
Following a press roller upfront, each seeding element comprises a single disc, behind which is a skim coulter. Following this is another adjustable seed/fert tube, with a chamfered press wheel to seal and consolidate the seed slot. The configuration is said to allow for multiple, independent drilling depths for different seeds.
Six trailed models make up the all air drill Maxi Drill range, which includes models from 3m wide up to 6m. Each can be specified as single or twin hopper, and like the Easy Drill, an extra hopper can be added.
Complimenting its existing straw harrow, Claydon showed off its new TerraStar, shallow cultivator.
Operating at 15kph, it is designed to create a tilth which encourages volunteers and weeds, including black-grass, to chit, while also assisting with drainage.
It is equipped with two knife bars on each side and, as its name suggests, incorporates 68 rotating 'star' points which pluck 80mm-square divots from the top layer of soil on a 200mm grid pattern to create a shallow cultivation effect.
Weighing 1,750kg and with a working width of 6m, the TerraStar can be used behind a tractor with 150hp to achieve the forward speed required for optimum results, suggests Claydon, which puts the machine's hourly work rate at approximately 9ha/hour.
The Terra Star can also be used as a mechanical weeder, with multiple passes reducing the need for glyphosate, making stubble management much easier and reducing slug populations, says the firm.
Folding to 2.8m for road transport, the Claydon TerraStar costs from £15,000 plus VAT.
Following the closure of UK importer Reco, Weaving Machinery has taken on distribution of Brevi power harrows and rotovators.
Built in Italy, the power harrow range includes machines with working widths from 1m to 8m and gearbox ratings from 50 to 450hp. Hydraulic folding machines are available from 4m wide.
All Brevi machines are issued with a three year warranty, and a full range of spare parts for existing machines will be immediately available from Weaving’s Chadbury depot.
Debuting at the Cereals Event was the rigid 3m MekFarmer 230T equipped with Weaving’s mounted tine combi-drill.
Dale Drills has boosted the options available on all its drills including a new following harrow, a link arm drawbar and a deeper tine setting.
The new following harrow features two rows of tines which the firm says results in a more even emergence of crops, better distribution of crop residues, and if rolled after drilling, more consistent firming.
Operators have the option to drop one row of tines if necessary, or leave the attachment completely lifted out of work. The angle of the tines is adjustable using a pin and hole system with 10 different positions.
Available as an option on new drills or retrofit-able to older drills, the new link arm draw bar option enables users to hitch to the drill using the lower link arms of their tractor, affording a much tighter turning circle.
A new deeper tine option is also available for all drills, which can be set to run 76mm below where the seed is placed to create a drainage channel and loosen the root zone for 'lazier' rooting crops such as OSR, helping the plants establish more quickly.
An angled plate prevents the seed from travelling to the bottom of the channel but the coulter can be mounted lower on the leg to place fertiliser further down or sow larger seeds at a reasonable depth.
Designed to meet the demands of customers looking to establish cover crops and other small seeds, Pottinger has added a new range of broadcasters to its portfolio.
Able to work with its line-up of Terradisc and Synkro stubble cultivators, the new Tegosem is available in either 200 or 500 litre hopper capacities, offered with a choice of electric or hydraulically powered fans dependent upon model.
Seed is distributed via eight outlets positioned in front of the rear roller. For larger machines, outlets are doubled via ‘T’ pieces.
Other features include a loading platform with steps and a handrail, along with electric metering control.
Available now, a Tegosem 200 retails at £5,544.
Featuring a new chassis design, improved drive systems and upgraded components, Standen Engineering showed off its latest de-stoner, the Uni-Plus.
Replacing its Unistar and Uniweb models, the new machine is available as several different versions to suit various growing conditions and bed specifications. Spec choice includes the firm’s double-action stars over under web system with the option of a front web, or it can be specified as an all-web machine with four separating webs.
All Uni-Plus models are available in 1,500 or 1,700mm working widths.
Chassis-wise, the machine is set at a slightly steeper operating angle compared to previous, which is said to improve performance, and steering angle has been increased to 30 degrees to help with manoeuvrability.
Following its merger with Twose, McConnel has extended its product offering, which now includes a range of rollers.
The Consolidator range includes a choice of three, five and seven gang rollers with working widths from 6.4 to 18.4 metres.
Featuring castellated roller rings, each section centrally pivots to follow ground contours. For robustness, triple sealed bearings and 65mm shafts are used on each section.
Four different roller configurations are available with a choice of 56 or 61cm diameter Cambridge rings, or 56 or 61cm Cambridge rings with Cambridge breakers.
Options include spring-mounted levelling boards, 8mm spring tines and a commercial-spec braking system.
Designed as a versatile option allowing Mzuri’s Pro Til, strip tillage drill to accommodate different row spacing requirements, the firm has come up with the Select system.
As the name suggests, the system allows the operator to lift alternate cultivating tines and coulter tines out of work, changing the row spacing from 353mm, with all the tines in place, to 706mm with half the tine lifted out of work.
Cereal crops planted at 353mm row spacing are planted in a band width of about 200mm. For crops such as OSR, winter beans, cover crops and even maize, the larger row spacing, but with a narrower sowing band can be used.
And it is the large row spacing which Mzuri claims is the key to maximum light interception allowing plants to thrive. Coupled with the ability to plant in a timely fashion due to the drill’s one pass establishment process, apply fertiliser and able to drill into chopped straw and heavy trash, Mzuri says the Select option allows the drill to support all crops.
The Select system is available for all its Pro Tils drills, starting from £60,000 for a 3m drill fitted with the system.
Available in six to 12m working widths, Horsch showed of its first direct disc drill, the Avatar SD.
It uses a single disc coulter, pressurised to 200kg to aid soil penetration with a following press wheel to close the seed furrow and consolidate the seed row.
Its coulter frame has been designed to eliminate sideways movement, says the manufacturer, maintaining consistent sowing depth on uneven soils. Arranging the coulters in two rows is also said to reduce power requirement.
Hopper and metering systems are taken from the Pronto DC and tank capacity is 1,500 litres for the 4m wide model, 3,500 litres for the 6m version and 12,000 litres for the 12m wide machine.
Row spacings are currently 250mm, and control and monitoring of the machine is carried out via a standard IsoBus terminal.
For a top-spec 6m model with grain and fertiliser capability, retail price is about £90,000.
Previously only available with shear bolt protection, Amazone now offers its range of five and six furrow reversible ploughs with auto-reset protection.
Using a hydraulic ram to tension a con-rod, which pulls the body into a mounting socket, the body, once tripped, is free to move vertically by 45cm and laterally by 20cm.
Trip pressure can be altered by one of the tractor’s spool valves, with the pressure shown on a dial – 80bar gives 800kg of release force while 180bar gives 2,000kg.
In addition, the ram on the front furrow is 15 per cent bigger than the others, as it takes more punishment.
On a five furrow unit, the optional extra costs £5,690.
Replacing the Heliodor 8, Lemken introduced a new range of disc harrows, the Heliodor 9.
Available in working widths from 3-16m, the firm predicts the 12m model to be one of the most popular, given its compatibility with controlled traffic farming systems.
Disc diameter has increased from 465mm to 510mm along with the new ability to set the discs in-line with the tractor wheels at a deeper working depth to take out wheelings.
In addition, the Heliodor 9 is optionally available with hydraulic depth adjustment.
Models up to 7m metres fold in a traditional style for transport, while 8m and above machines are required to be mounted on the manufacturer’s Gigant tool carrier.
Available now, the 12m wide machine on show retails at £77,893.
Aiming to grow the Carre brand in the UK, Importer TRP, showed its latest range of tined cultivators, the Onatar.
Concentrating on mounted machines first, which range up to 5m working width, the firm also has trailed machines up to 7m in the pipeline.
The cultivators comprise three rows of tines, a set of levelling discs and a choice of rear rollers, although the firm does recommend its ‘U’ profile rollers for a soil on soil type consolidation.
Shearbolt tine protection is standard, with sprung loaded tines as an option. the latter’s trip force can be adjusted from 550-750kg.
A choice of tines and points is also available, along with an optional following harrow and side deflectors.
Available now, a 3m, auto-reset machine retails at £14,700.
Now available in working widths of 3m and 4m, Vaderstad has extended its trailed Spirit drill offering with the addition of smaller models.
However, they are more than just a scaled down version of the current Spirit range which goes up to 9m, says the manufacturer, and have been redesigned from the ground up with a lighter frame using a central beam design, more suited to this size of drill.
Like their bigger brothers, the new R 300S and R 400S (R for rigid) can be equipped with the firm’s tablet-based E-Control system and its newly developed SeedEye automatic calibration system.
Comprising a row of levelling paddles, two gangs of discs, a tyre packer and disc coulters, row spacing can be either 125mm or 167mm.
The two gangs of discs are configured in an ‘X’ formation, designed so that they pull straight and true behind the tractor. Disc diameter is 450mm and their working depth adjusted hydraulically on the move.
Following the demise of Dowdeswell manufacturing, one of its biggest dealer’s, Suffolk-based Agri Hire has decided to keep the green plough spirit alive with the development of a new plough.
Using Dowdeswell parts, which are still being produced, Agri Hire is now building its own ploughs under its founder’s surname, Hubert.
Made up of about 50 per cent Dowdeswell and 50 per cent Hubert parts, the ploughs feature an all-new main beam and headstock.
All ploughs are fully mounted which range from five plus one models up to nine plus one. The latter can cope with 600hp plus tractors, says the manufacturer.
Various Dowdeswell plough bodies can be specified as well as other makes of bodies which can also be fitted.
Features include shearbolt protection, manually adjustable furrow width, hydraulically adjustable offset, alignment and front furrow width, and a heavy duty transport wheel.
Following on from last year’s launch of a new tine drill, KRM has now introduced a disc version capable of minimal soil disturbance.
Based on a Sola Ares drill, its double disc coulters are mounted on parallelogram linkages which are said to offer more consistent contour following with even pressure and seed placement.
Discs are also angled at only four degrees for minimal soil disturbance, with the aim of not encouraging weed seeds to germinate.
Using the same plastic hopper as its tined counterpart, working widths are 4, 4.8 and 6m – all fold to 3m for transport. Power requirement for a 6m working width machine is a lowly 150hp.
Mechanical seed metering is standard, with electrical drive available as an option which also has the ability to vary seed rate on the move.
With markers and following harrow, the new disc machines start at a retail price of £26,850.
Seen in the UK for the first time, this second generation prototype is based on a T6.180 standard tractor and features a 175hp (129kW) Nef 6 engine developed by FPT Industrial which delivers 740Nm torque.
The tractor’s nine gas cylinders have a total capacity of 300 litres (52kg) compressed methane, sufficient for approximately half a day of normal tractor operations. Fuel savings of 20 to 40 per cent compared to conventional fuels are claimed by the company.
New Holland says when using bio-methane, produced by an AD plant for example, the machine’s carbon impact is virtually zero, with 80 per cent less polluting emissions than a standard diesel tractor.
Availability is still a way off yet, with New Holland using the next 12 months to gauge market demand.
Possibly spurred on by a new competitor on the market, Case IH has given its Quadtrac tracked tractor a few tweaks.
In particular, speed of shifting in the powershift transmission has been improved for next season through the installation of a new range hydraulic valve and enhanced electronic control logic, providing a smoother, faster shifting action, says the manufacturer.
Whether the operator chooses to use the transmission in manual shift, skip shift or Automatic Productivity Management mode, the time taken to shift from 1st to 16th gear has been cut by approximately 20 per cent, says the firm. In addition, this package of improvements is calculated to save between 2 to 5 per cent engine power.
At the same time, forward/reverse shuttle shift response has been made faster and smoother to improve headland turning, resulting in a 38 per cent increase in shuttling speed.
Other 2016 Quadtrac updates include an automatic differential lock. Similar to that already used in Magnum tractors, it provides full drive to all four tracks at all times, and is engaged via a button on the Multicontroller armrest. Lock is disengaged automatically if forward speed exceeds 25km/hr or a pre-set steering angle is exceeded.
With a stand full of new loaders, including two new M series wheeled loaders and a whole range of new telehandlers, it is fair to say Cat are on a mission at the moment.
New from the ground up, C Series telehandlers now migrate to D Series designation and bring with them Stage 4 compliant engines, a new cab, chassis and a redesigned boom which affords better rear visibility.
Five models make up the range, all specifically designed for agriculture with lift capacities ranging from three to four tonnes and lift heights from six to 10 metres.
Depending on model, either a hydrostatic or powershift transmission can be specified. Other features include hydraulic cylinder dampening, dual axle braking and a weigh load system.
Massey Ferguson used the event to showcase a tracked version of its MF Delta 9380 combine.
Supplied by Atrak, the tracks spread their weight over four, individual support rollers. The units also feature integrated final drives specifically designed to handle heavier loads and a progressive integrated block suspension for better traction and contour control at high working speeds, says MF.
Overall width of machines fitted with tracks remains within 3.5m.
Also new, the combine on show was equipped with the firm’s 9.2m Powerflow cutting table along with Superflow auger.
Available up to 10.74m working width, PowerFlow cutting tables provide a continuous flow of crop, via belts, cuts table losses and presents an even ‘heads first’ feed to the elevator, says the manufacturer.
In addition, the size of the clean grain elevator has been increased by up to 50 per cent - helping to further improve overall output, while the 12,500 litre grain tank has an unloading speed of 120 litre/sec.
Mainly aimed at Agco tractors, Zuidberg’s latest front linkage solution, brought into the UK by Lynx Engineering, is designed to have a much more integrated design.
Sporting a modern, rounded look, options include electric linkage control, two double acting spools and electric socket.
Increased ground clearance is afforded by the new linkage, plus more space for larger front pto gear boxes.
In addition, Zuidberg is also working on a new, front pto gearbox which sees the clutch placed at the top of the box in line with the input shaft. This means the gears are not constantly turning when the pto is disengaged, as they do with current designs, wasting power.
Expect the linkage to be available later this year, however, the pto is still in a prototype phase.
With a big focus on running gear, engineering firm and distributor CTM showed Bergmann’s latest grain chaser bin.
Designed to run smoothly at speed, the 43cu.m capacity GTW 430 features a tri-axle running gear which uses a hydraulic axle compensation system offering 300mm (12in) of axle travel. Should the front axle have to ride over a bump, for example, oil is displaced from the front axle’s cylinders and fed into the two following axles, transferring weight and maintaining stability. Rear axle steering is an option.
Thanks to a 600mm diameter unloading auger, transfer capacity is 1,100 tonnes per hour. Plates positioned above the floor auger allow flow rates to be adjusted.
Transfer auger height can be hydraulically adjusted from 3.8-5.8 metres.
An optional weighing system can be specified which affords the ability to pre-set unloading quantities. For example, if unloading into a 16 tonne trailer, you can set it to unload 16 tonnes only.
Brought into the UK by Master Farm, Elmer’s Manufacturing made its presence felt with a tracked, 42cu.m/32 tonne chaser bin.
Canadian-built, it features a folding, 560mm diameter unloading auger which pivots to alter its unloading height.
A wireless weigh scale option means you can use a smartphone or tablet, via an app, to monitor loads along with the ability to automatically create full job documentation. The latter can be be stored on your device or saved online.
For cleaning, the underside section of the floor auger drops out.
Available in a choice four colours, it retails with full specification from £88,000.
Not to be outdone, Irish firm Cross Engineering launched its largest chaser bin to date.
The 46cu.m machine rides on three axles and features a 45:55 split hopper. This is said to increase versatility and allow it to carry two different products, such as seed and fertiliser.
Each compartment features its own unloading auger, with all augers directly driven from the pto for maximum power transfer.
Electronically controlled clutches allow the operator to choose which augers to engage. This can also be performed using a remote control – handy if filling a drill, for example.
Other features include air brakes and suspension as well as the ability to vary flow rate via movable plates above the floor auger. Rear axle steering is an option.
Available now, it retails at £120,000.
Suitable for tractors up to 250hp, the mowers feature a 219mm diameter, 12.5mm thick, high capacity rotor with heavy duty hammer flails each weighing in at 2.2kg.
Capable of mulching a wide variety of vegetation from grass to 10mm diameter trunks, it is supplied as standard with a 1,000rpm drive line protected by a freewheel in the gearbox. Belt tensioning is also automatic.
Other features include a hydraulic side shift as standard, height adjustable rear roller, Hardox wear resistant skids, and an adjustable rear discharge hood.
A weight alleviation system for adaption to ground contours is also available as an option.
Getting into the realms of fertiliser spreader technology, Bunning has extending its suite of muck spreader control options with a new, flagship controller.
Based on TopCon’s X25 touch screen terminal it can handle guidance, variable rate application, automatic headland shut-off, mapping and job documentation.
As long as the spreader is fitted with weigh cells, the new controller can be pretty much used with Bunning’s entire spreader offering.
As the top controller in a four model range, the X25 controller with full weigh cell system adds about £14,000 to the price of a spreader.
Getting its UK debut, Joskin showed off a new model in its Tornado 3 rear discharge muck spreader range.
Designed to fit into tighter spaces and narrow gateways, the new model slots into the high specification Tornado 3 range as the smallest model.
Now 5m in length (the body), the 5011/11V has a capacity of 11cu.m and a sidewall height of 1.1m.
Features include retractable flails, interchangeable beater tips and a bolted slat floor. For maintenance, the galvanised bolted floor can be removed and replaced when worn.
Options include electronic control box for bed speed, a weighing system and hydraulic pop out rear lights.
Riding on 650/75 R32 tyres, it retails at £27,000.
Making a return to the muck spreader business, Larrington has done a deal with French firm Sodimac, which will see an exchange of products between the two companies.
Sodimac is no slouch when it comes to muck spreaders, with a claimed 55 per cent market share in France.
Already sporting an orange livery, a full range of machines will be available from 10-27cu.m. Standard body machines will feature a single axle, while wide-body variants can be specified with tandem or triple axles.
Options include hydraulic drawbar, automatic slurry door, auto feed rate control, weigh cells, deflector door, and vertical or horizontal beaters.
A mid-range 15cu.m machine has a retail starting price of £41,238.
This new system no longer needs a prescription map to be loaded into the control box, nor is it restricted to a specific machine type. This latest version uses a front-linkage-mounted scanner which reads the soil profile before processing and sending information to a machine control system.
The machine control system can be installed on any implement with hydraulic depth control, which then affords automatic depth adjustment while on the move.
Soyl’s David Whattoff says: “The system works with immediate effect, as you pull the cultivator through the field. As long as your cultivator has hydraulic depth adjustment, this latest control system can be easily implemented.”
Developed by German firm GeoProspectors, the 1.8-metre wide TSM uses electro-magnetic induction, a single transmitter and four receivers to analyse compaction, water content and soil texture, down to a maximum depth of 1.1m.
Using this data, TSM then processes data to make implement adjustments.
“TSM does not have to be used when cultivating,” he says. “It could be used when spraying or spreading, to gather data and allow prescription maps to be created ready for cultivations – this gives greater flexibility to use TSM as a management tool.”
TSM is priced from £22,000, with automatic depth control costing a further £6,750.
Patchwork continues to extend the usefulness of its BlackBox precision farming system. Its latest functionality includes BlackBox Pulse and BlackBox Multiview.
BlackBox Pulse has been developed for slurry applicators, and reads volumetric data from a large bore flow meter as slurry is spread, to provide a coverage map.
BlackBox Multiview lets you see on your BlackBox in-cab screen what others working in the same field have already done – it avoids duplication and improves efficiency, says Patchwork, when multiple machines work together on the same site.
The firm is also rolling out a soil sampling service where farmers dig and send in their own samples based on their chosen sampling grid. Patchwork can then create and send nutrient maps based on a customer’s additional input requirements, such as crop type and fertiliser application rates.
Northumberland-based DroneAg used Cereals to launch a spraying drone, which it sees as a cost-effective alternative to helicopter-based spraying services.
The DJI Agras MG-1 is an octocopter complete with an underslung 10-litre spray tank and four nozzles – the currently latter installed to provide a three-metre working width.
Pilot and DroneAg director Jack Wrangham says: “The aircraft uses a downward facing radar to maintain a constant height over the crop canopy while following ground contours. Application rate is managed automatically depending on forward speed, to prevent over- or under-dosing.”
Mr Wrangham says flight time is about 10 minutes per battery – the equivalent of spraying a tank of pesticide. While the firm is looking to add remote spraying to its existing aerial mapping services, the firm is also looking to sell the DJI Agras MG-1.
Manterra used Cereals to show the GeoPlough furrow control system. The firm claims it can be used to ‘steer’ any plough equipped with hydraulic furrow width adjustment, to maintain straight furrows and improve ploughing efficiency.
The system links into Trimble’s auto pilot system and uses its GPS signal to manage the plough through a supplementary valve block and a potentiometer.
A joystick on the GeoPlough in-cab control box allows manual over-ride at any time. Manterra says the system costs £2,950.
Soil Essentials is extending the range of precision farming services it offers for customers, as a result of the surge in UAV (drone) use.
Its image processing service, called EssentialsMap allows growers to upload their field and crop images collected by their own drone to cloud-based services.
Data collection then follows, with Soil Essentials generating application maps for customers to access. The service is expected to go online later this year.
Rothamsted Research stepped in to give show goers a taste of practical drone technology. Using its own DJI S900, pilot Andrew Riche demonstrated the aircraft to spectators, highlighting its use of GPS to provide stable flight and manoeuvrability.
Rothamsted uses its hexacopter to carry out pre-programmed flights over trial plots on a weekly basis, as part of its research, carrying out thermal imaging and aerial photography to collect crop data.