Lamma has always featured a strong lineup of arable equipment, and this year is no exception with all the latest machines and techniques on display.
The role of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture continues to evolve, and the latest application could be for spraying drones.
That’s the view of Norfolk-based Crop Angel, run by agronomist Matthew Kealey, who is importing large-scale drones from China, said to be capable of carrying out precision spot spraying roles.
“Aerial spraying drones have great potential for hitting pockets of weeds, for bracken control among mountainous terrain, for spraying tree canopies, soft fruits and golf courses,” says md Matthew Kealey.
Crop Angel is importing two models to the UK – one with a 2.4m span equipped with a 15-litre spray tank, the other is a smaller 1.5m drone carrying a 10-litre spray tank. Both machines are equipped with a spray nozzle mounted beneath each motor, and both offer flying times of 8-15 minutes depending on payload.
“Draught from the rotor blades will help to push chemical into the crop canopy,” he says. “The spray tanks are also demountable, allowing granular applicators to be fitted in their place, for those looking to apply granules of pellets.”
Mr Kealey is not planning to sell the drones, of which the larger of the two carries a £15,000 price tag. He is looking to franchise the Crop Angel aerial spraying system to contractors and sprayer operators.
Knight Farm Machinery has extended its self-propelled sprayer range with a forward-control conversion based on JCB’s latest 4000-series Fastrac.
Developed specifically to meet the contract spraying needs of Agrii – and with full approval from JCB - the Fastrac 4220 conversion is claimed to be the first self-propelled sprayer to feature a hydro-mechanical continuously variable transmission.
By moving the cab to the front, Knight created a larger platform area onto which a 4,000-litre spray tank and 30m boom could be installed.
“We’ve achieved close to a 50:50 weight distribution when fully laden, explains Knight’s David Main. “But getting the conversion completed has required a lot of new thinking with packaging. We wanted to maintain as much of JCB’s components as possible. Though new fuel and oil tanks had to be designed to fit available space.”
It is one of two Fastrac forward control sprayer conversions bought by Agrii for its 37-machine contracting fleet, and they will replace two MultiDrive sprayers.
“We wanted a high efficiency sprayer with a mechanical transmission and the ability to fit 380/90 R46 Michelin SprayBib tyres,” says Agrii contracts support manager Neil Millar.
“The sprayer also had to be capable of towing a 12,0000-litre bowser,” he says.
Amazone added the new AD-P Super IsoBus power harrow combination to its drill range, available in 3 or 4m working widths, and with a base hopper of 1,500 litres that can be increased to 2,000 litres.
Electric metering now comes as standard and features the same blower fan that is seen on the Cirrus trailed drills, designed to offer quieter running and requiring less oil for reduced tractor power requirement.
Speed source is either via radar, guide wheel, GPS or tractor source and is all controlled by a choice of either the Amadrill terminal or IsoBus.
Calibration can be done at the press of a button in the cab, says Amazone, and on IsoBus models, the new Comfort-Pack TwinTerminal 3.0 offers a secondary terminal at the metering roller so that the calibration procedure can be done from ground-level.
The firm’s new RoTeC pro coulter is also now an option for the AD-P Super, designed to cope with higher drilling speeds. The coulter has a new seed entry pipe and furrow former for improved seed placement.
Challenger showed its new Rogator 300 trailed sprayer, destined for the market in 2017, and incorporating much of the technology from its self-propelled cousins.
Aimed at the premium end of the market, Challenger suggests that the trailed machines may appeal to customers who already have a self-propelled Rogator but need to boost capacity.
A high standard specification includes load-sensing hydraulics, pneumatic suspension, recirculation system and Pommier aluminium booms from 24-30m, although Challenger is also embarking on its own boom project.
Its single beam chassis has a 35 degree steering angle giving an inner turning circle of 7.6m while spacers between the wheel hubs and the chassis offer track width adjustment from 1.5 to 2.25m.
A 400 litre clean water front tank is positioned at the front of the sprayer to add more weight to the tractor’s rear wheels, maintaining traction as the main tank empties.
Initial models are 3,300 and 4,400 litres capacity, with longer chassis versions due in 2018 giving capacities up to 6,600 litres and booms to 45m.
Claydon introduced the TerraStar, designed to complement the Claydon Straw Harrow to provide farmers with a low-cost, low disturbance, shallow cultivation option.
Operating at 15km/h, 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 should be used behind a tractor with at least 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.
Designed to sow directly into uncultivated stubbles or into min-till and conventional seedbeds, Dale Drills introduced a new 12m version of its flagship Eco Drill.
With a daily output of 100 hectares, the new EcoMax needs a tractor of ‘just’ 240-300hp to pull it, says the firm.
Low draught, 12mm wide, long-life tungsten carbide tipped boron steel tines are designed to cause minimal disturbance, helping to maintain good soil structure.
The drill, which is equipped with 96 seeding tines mounted on 48 drilling assemblies, are attached to the chassis in three rows of 16, and can work to a depth of 100mm.
Drilling tines are attached to a new A frame which is 275mm longer than that of the Eco Drill, giving inter-tine clearance of 750mm and allowing crop residue to flow through easily, while row spacing can be adjusted from 125mm to 250mm for cereals and up to 500mm for oilseed rape.
Eco Max drills come with a 5,500 litre hopper – the equivalent of about four tonnes – which can be split between seed and fertiliser. Its four metering units can be switched on or off as required, giving the drill 3m sectional control, depending on options.
Hardi showed a number of updates including the Navigator Echo, a limited spec trailed sprayer with the competitive price tag of £27,500 for a 24m 3,000 litre model.
Features include full electric control, turbo filler and the Delta boom, with a couple of options such as steering drawbar.
The new Delta Force boom is available as standard on the Navigator and Commander sprayers in 27, 28, 30m bi-fold versions and a 36m tri-fold. All booms fold to 2.5m using the ‘Stack fold’ design and offer hydraulic anti-yaw and the ‘stop lock’ physical lock to protect the boom in work.
Boom construction is of high tensile Domex steel with a new ‘cross weld’ system for strength. The boom is designed to be lighter in weight and offer greater strength and a 24m version will be added later this year.
Horsch launched its first direct disc drill, the Avatar SD, available in 4, 6 and 12 m working widths.
It uses a single disc coulter, pressurised to 200 kg for improved 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. Arrangement of the single disc coulters is in two bars 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 167mm (6m) and 200mm (4 and 12m version). Control and monitoring of the machine is carried out via a standard IsoBus terminal.
The Avatar SD uses a number of designs tried and tested on the Pronto drill, including depth control of the coulters via rubber suspension upgraded to take account of the high coulter pressure.
Claimed to be the first new British-built plough for 40 years, the Hubert plough has been developed as a result of Suffolk engineering company Agri-Hire’s long association with Dowdeswell.
After the manufacturer went into liquidation in 2015, Agri-Hire saw continued demand for ploughs from its customer based and Managing Director Tim Hubert decided to build a new range of ploughs using Dowdeswell wearing parts from DPS and adding modern technology.
From five to nine furrows, the plough range will be available in fully mounted manual vari-width format, with a choice of Dowdeswell bodies mounted on a high tensile box section beam.
The Hubert AF2145 on land/in furrow 6F plough shown is priced at £22,000.
Kellands latest MultiDrive, the M380-4, appeared at Lamma 2016 with a 225hp Cummins 6.7-litre engine that meets EU Stage IV emissions requirements, taking the firm away from Deere Power Systems.
In addition to a 32hp increase in power and a torque peak of 950Nm, the sprayer gets a revised cab, which shares the AgriBuggy’s control console and screen.
The change in engine, along with plastic interior trim panels replaced by material covered items helps to lower in-cab noise levels by 5dB(A), to 75dB(A).
Specification changes include electrically adjustable mirrors, a revised front axle suspension system and the integration of sideways-looking cameras on the restyled bonnet – using the direction indicators activates the cameras.
Expect the new MultiDrive to cost around £15,000 more than the outgoing model.
Updates to Kuhn’s Axis fertiliser spreader range have resulted in the introduction of Axis 2, for the 20, 30, 40 and 50-series.
The biggest changes include a larger hopper capacity – now 3,200-litres, up from 3,000-litres. Other improvements include revised lighting, which brings LED’s, offering greater durability.
Kuhn has extended its Optimer range of cultivators with the 503R – a 5m wide, linkage mounted model, equipped with hydraulic folding.
As an alternative to the existing trailed models of Optimer, the 503R is suitable for use with tractors up to 250hp, and uses two rows of 510mm diameter scalloped discs – 20 per row - in front of a packer roller.
Developed for shallow stubble cultivations at high forward speeds, the Optimer 503R is priced at £30,559.
As IsoBus systems continue to develop, so to do the possibilities of how to control machinery. And the latest Kverneland 2500 plough series, with its flagship iPlough is no exception.
Available from four to six furrows, IsoBus control allows almost complete set-up of the plough from the tractor seat. In addition, its vari-width function can be automated via the use of GPS, essentially enabling the plough to steer itself to maintain a straight furrow. While on-land ploughing can achieve this through automatic tractor steering, in-furrow ploughing means the tractor’s direction is at the mercy of the last furrow and powerless to intervene when a furrow wants straitening up.
The plough can be operated in four main modes; transport, work, park and mark. Switching between the modes, sees the plough configure itself automatically, reducing time and increasing convenience, says the manufacturer.
In transport mode, a hydraulically split headstock design allows the plough to be towed like a semi-mounted machine. With it you get 35 degrees of steering angle.
Lamma hosted the first UK outing for Lemken’s first trailed sprayer to be fully developed by the company itself, the Vega.
Available this year in limited numbers, customers will have a choice of three tank sizes; 3,000l, 4,000l and 5,000l, and booms from 15m to 24m.
A twin pump system – one for spraying and one for mixing – offers outputs of 200l/min or 260l/min depending on spec. Pumps are mounted on the drawbar and pto driven.
As standard, it is fitted with mechanical suspension, with air suspension as an option. A steering drawbar is also an option, and thanks to its modular design, the machine can be upgraded at any time to get these features.
Booms comprise the same aluminium construction as found on the firm’s mounted Sirrius 10 sprayers, featuring vertical folding. Booms offer sufficient space for five-way nozzle bodies to be fitted, and as an option individual nozzle section control is possible.
To maintain spray height in undulating conditions, Vega uses boom-mounted gyro sensors to electronically control boom angles, with a range of plus 16 degrees to minus eight degrees.
Opico launched a new combination of the He-Va Disc Roller and Variocast 16 designed to establish cover crops.
Shown in a 6.3m version, the Disc Roller’s two rows of discs and V profile press are designed to shallow cultivate and consolidate at speed providing a shallow stale seedbed for blackgrass control.
It has two rows of discs, a soil mat and a 600mm V-profile press roller. The mat is positioned behind the discs but in front of the seed outlets and roller to give the seed a clear passage to the soil surface.
The Variocast 16 small seed broadcaster with 400 litre hopper has now been integrated into the design allowing farmers to optimise the timing of cover crop establishment.
Its metering unit is ground-speed radar-controlled, has electronic seed rate adjustment and is GPS compatible to provide variable rate sowing as required.
Seed metering rollers are interchangeable depending on the rate required - running from 0.5kg/ha up to 80kg/ha with an accuracy of +/- 0.1kg/ha.
Working widths are 3-8m and are available in trailed and mounted formats with various specifications of Variocast for seed sizes ranging from mustard to peas.
Lamma marked the first UK public showing of Opico’s latest addition, Sky Agriculture’s range of direct disc drills and cultivator drills.
For Opico, the new machines compliment its range of He-Va cultivation equipment and fill a gap in the firm’s portfolio which has been sought after by dealers and customers.
The Easy Drill direct disc 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.
Designed to create as little disturbance as possible and not encourage weed seeds to germinate, each disc is angled to 3.5 degrees and leant over by 1.5 degrees.
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.
Designed to be a more all-round and versatile performer, Pottinger has added a new plough to its Servo family, the Servo 45S.
Available as a six-furrow Nova or Nova Plus version, it can handle up to 350 hp, says the firm.
Nova versions feature a frame pivoting cylinder provided as standard, while Nova Plus versions are supplied with a furrow width memory cylinder. Inter-body spacing is 95cm and under beam clearance is 80cm.
Pottinger says the use of high tensile materials enables higher driving speeds and a longer service life. As standard, the six-furrow version is also fitted with double bearings on the mounting axle/cross shaft.
For set-up, its front furrow width and plough alignment can be adjusted individually without affecting each other. In addition working width is hydraulically adjustable.
Several mould boards are available from short turning to long drawn-out mould boards to slatted bodies.
As an option, a weight transfer system can be specified, increasing traction when working.
Ryetec Engineering is now distributing the Ma/Ag range of drills which can direct seed or work in min till or conventional seedbeds.
The Italian manufacturer has a background in precision drills, and the manufacturer says this unit is designed to offer generous clearance and be easy to pull – the 4.5m model on show being suitable for a 150hp tractor.
A leading cultivation disc is followed by an angled drilling disc with notched press wheels to the rear, and coulter pressure can be adjusted hydraulically.
Hopper capacity is 2.5 tonnes and the drill can also place fertiliser down the spout. Versions are from 4-6m folding to 2.5m and the price of the 4.5m version is about £40,000.
Sulky-Burel UK, the new British subsidiary established to distribute the French manufacturer’s drills and fertiliser showed its latest X50+ IsoBus mounted spreader and XT 130 trailed spreader, both with the firm’s Econov section control.
Econov provides six-section control within the crescent shaped spread pattern produced, said to give accurate control at spread widths up to 50m and offer fertiliser savings up to 15 per cent.
As a result, under or over dosing applications on headlands are eliminated, says Sulky, and the system offers automatic readjustment of rate/ha according to the number of boom sections closed.
It can be activated via an IsoBus terminal or the Sulky Vision non-IsoBus system plus the Sulky Matrix 840 GS guidance bar and GPS antenna.
The X50 is available in capacities up to 4,000 litres while the XT 130 bulk spreader offers a 12,500kg payload; both come with Sulky’s established Tribord 3D border spreading system as standard.
Adding to its Tempo precision drilling family, Vaderstad showed a new three-point linkage model with vertical folding.
With versatility in mind, the new tool bar design allows operators to configure the drill, accommodating for different row spacing requirements. This can vary from 12 rows at 450mm to eight rows with 750mm spacing. Odd numbered rows, such as nine rows with 600mm spacing, can also be handled with the same drill, says the manufacturer.
In addition, the machine is fitted with new aluminium seed metering units, featuring an emptying hatch for easier cleaning. A new and narrower fertiliser coulter has also been developed, allowing for narrow row spacing.
For fertiliser application, a front mounted hopper has been developed for the Tempo V featuring a 2,200 litre capacity, or 2,700 litres with extensions.
Fertiliser rates can be up to 350kg/ha for an eight row, 750mm drill configuration, working at 15kph.
The hopper’s design also includes a wide opening hatch for easier filling with a loader, and a sloping front to aid visibility.
Completing Vicon’s sprayer range, one of the headline grabbers at the event was the announcement that the manufacturer was to re-enter the self propelled sprayer market.
Available with either a 4,000 or 5,000 litre tank, aluminium booms up to 30m or steel booms up to 40m, the iXdrive is largely based on a Mazzotti skid unit, built in Ravena, Italy.
Using tried and tested components, the powertrain includes a 240hp Perkins engine, Sauer Danfoss hydraulic pump and Poclain wheel motors. Upfront, the operator gets Claas’ Vista pressurised level four cab while Mazzotti’s own chassis design incorporates Vicon sprayer technology including a central filling station, automated filling and cleaning cycles and boom design.
All sprayer functions are controlled via Vicon’s Tellus Terminal offering section control up to 15 sections on any size of boom.
Three height clearance variants of the sprayer are available; 1.3m, 1.5m and 1.7m – all stay under a 4m transport height. Hydraulic track width adjustment is also available offering 1.8-2.25m adjustment on the 1.3m high machine and 2.25-2.95m of adjustment on the 1.5m and 1.7m high machines.
Designed for chitting weed-seeds and volunteers, Weaving Machinery introduced an 8m trailed version of its Short Disc shallow cultivator.
The Short Disc 8000T features 64 scalloped discs followed by a full width 'V' ring roller. Transport lights, hydraulic brakes and BKT flotation tyres coupled with a compact three metre transport width make for easy road transport, says the manufacturer.
Power requirement is 250hp and the 8000T can work at depths between 12-76mm.
The cultivators come with a 12 month guarantee on non-wearing parts and have a low maintenance requirement, says the firm, with boron steel discs mounted on maintenance free fully sealed bearing hubs. The powder coating surface treatment inhibits corrosion and extends working life on all metal components.
Its heavy duty, horizontally folding universal tool carrier allows operators to interchange implements to utilise the machine to its full capacity throughout the year.
Great Plains has updated its Spartan direct drill. Key changes include a rework of the drill’s seed tower configuration, which sees seed towers now located on the centre section.
Benefits of the new tower design include tramlines with auto rate adjust, integrated seed block sensors and an individual row shut-off option.
Seed calibration has been simplified, and is carried out remotely at the push of a button, from the back of the drill; weight packages have been relocated to improve access – this helps with coulter pressure adjustment, says the company, to achieve up to 250kg of pressure for no-till systems.
Mechanical, variable rate seed metering has been replaced by hydraulic seed metering drive, which affords rate adjustment from the cab, in addition to using variable rate seed maps.
This 6m version, the Spartan 607, is priced at £112,000.
Kongskilde has developed a longer mouldboard, to suit in-furrow ploughing with wide tyres.
Called the XLD, the board is mounted to a larger frog, creating a wider furrow bottom.
Suited to deeper ploughing, the extended mouldboard length is also said to aid soil inversion when working in heavier soils.
Opico showed a new version of the 3m He-Va trailed Combi-Disc featuring a minimal disturbance disc opener designed to cut a slot in the soil ahead of the subosoiler legs, and reduce soil burst, helping to keep blackgrass seeds buried.
The Combi-Disc offers deep soil loosening and surface cultivation in a single pass and the depth of both the subsoiler legs and discs can be adjusted hydraulically.
Five hydraulic reset tines subsoil to a 400mm depth, followed by scalloped Sabre discs and a V profile press roller for consolidation. Price of the 3m Combi-Disc is £24,017 with the minimal disturbance disc openers adding £3,943.
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 330mm, with all the tines in place, to 660mm with half the tine lifted out of work.
Cereal crops planted at 330mm 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.
Updates to Amazone’s ED maize drill are geared towards improved efficiency and higher output.
Seed metering is now hydraulically driven, and affords individual row control using the firm’s GPS switch or IsoBus controls, while fertiliser metering is now electrically driven.
Seed hopper size has been increased by 25 per cent, the drill also includes a modified seed singling system and drill calibration is now a push-button process.
Amazone’s ED maize drills are available in 3m, 4.5m and 6m working widths, offering four, six and eight rows respectively.
Cultivating Solutions has expanded its RapidLift product line with solutions for a number of drilling systems.
The latest RLS600 features the RapidLift low disturbance legs at 500mm spacings on a split chassis which allows a precision drill to be fitted on a linkage behind to give a one pass seeding strip till system.
The back of the chassis can simply be dropped off to allow the front section to be fitted to a grain drill, extending its range of use.
Working widths are 6 and 8m, with power requirement expected to be about 40hp/metre.
A new version of the RapidLift drill attachment is now available for the Horsch Pronto and Sprinter drills with an amended v-shaped tine layout to fit the drill, and designed as a result of customer feedback. A limited number will be available for 2016.
Sly Agri is trialling a prototype direct drill based on a design by Australian firm Boss Engineering, and now being manufactured in Sly’s factory in France.
The system is based around acutely angled discs paired with a roller wheel which prevents soil being thrown and cleans the disc.
Depth control is set on the rear press wheel and the disc angle is said to give soil penetration without excessive weight, making it easy to close the furrow without compaction.
Aimed at minimal soil disturbance for improved weed control, the drill can be operated at up to 10kph. Contour following is individually controlled for each seeding unit so that the drill can work in variable conditions.
Initial hopper capacity is 1,700 litres with versions up to 3,000 litres to follow; models will be from 3.0 to 9.0m with mounted units up to 6m putting the hopper in front of the tractor. Power requirement is from just 100hp.
Suffolk sprayer maker LandQuip has developed a new version of its demount sprayer for use with JCB’s Fastrac 4000-series.
Called the Demount VPA, it uses a four-point circular locking mechanism – similar to that used by shipping containers – to locate the sprayer on the Fastrac’s chassis. As a result, demount times are said to be about 15 minutes.
Spray tank capacity is 2,500 litres, and boom options now include vertical folding Pommier aluminum booms from 18-30m wide.
Switching to an Arag induction hopper sees a circular plastic hopper now replace the previous stainless steel fabricated version. LandQuip says the smoother finish, devoid of corners, prevents pesticides from sticking and shortens cleaning times.
LandQuip’s new demount system is priced from £42,000.