Featuring close to 1,000 exhibitors showcasing everything from grease guns to combines, Lamma 2018 was the place to be to see all the latest farm machinery and technology developments.
Jane Carley, Geoff Ashcroft, Richard Bradley and James Rickard report.
Pictures by Marcello Garbagnoli and John Eveson.
iXtrack T3 is the first of a new generation of high-tech trailed sprayers from Vicon.
Available with 2,600 and 3,200-litre tank capacities, the T3 features a revised tank design and a high strength, low alloy central frame which delivers an overall width of 2.55m and an overall height of 3.2m.
With new iXspray hardware and software, iXtrack T3 is IsoBus compatible.
On the machine, it features touchscreen control terminal, while IsoMatch Grip adds further control, with up to 44 fully customisable functions available from a single joystick.
Pneumatic or electric nozzles, auto section control and the option of GeoSpray for individual nozzle control add to the iXtrack T3’s sophistication, says the manufacturer.
Boom options include 18-30m HSS steel or 21-24m HSA aluminium.
FarmGem has revealed a new range of trailed sprayers, following the factory’s relocation from Hungary to Greece.
“We had an opportunity to redesign and update the range when we moved production,” explains sales manager Cliff Buck. “And the level of specification has improved considerably.”
FarmGem’s trailed range includes the Innovator, Pioneer and Atlas models, with booms ranging from 18-36m and tank sizes from 2,500 to 4,400 litres.
Specification now includes an 8.5in DGPS-ready colour screen terminal, LED boom lighting and fill area lighting, with optional extras which include auto boom section control, auto boom levelling and drawbar steering.
Expect to pay £44,000 for a mid-spec Pioneer 24m model.
Building on its ArgusTwin radar spread pattern monitoring system, Amazone is to offer an additional system to keep fertiliser spread patterns in check.
Via WindControl, the influence of wind on the spread pattern can be constantly monitored and automatically compensated for, it says.
It works by using a high frequency measuring wind sensor, fitted to the machine, which registers both the wind speed and also the direction of wind.
This information is transferred to the machine’s ECU which then calculates, in conjunction with the information from ArgusTwin, any new settings for the delivery system and the spreading disc speed which are automatically acted upon.
For side winds, the disc speed to the windward side is increased and the delivery system advanced whereas, at the same time, the opposite happens on the other side of the spreader.
This, says Amazone, allows the spreader to more accurately apply fertiliser and increase working windows.
WindControl is available this year for Amazone’s ZA-TS mounted and ZG-TS trailed spreaders.
Chafer has updated its Sentry and Guardian trailed sprayer ranges with a new, wider mast designed to increase stability and allow the operator to hold the boom at a desirable 50cm above the crop.
Boom rollers now have sealed bearings which minimise friction, which along with the use of an isolator on the accumulator gives more immediate boom positioning, says Chafer.
The firm’s new E-plumbing system allows the operator to choose filling and mixing settings from a monitor rather than rotating levers, and by using CanBus valves gives improved liquid control.
Higher spec machines now use accelerometers on the steering to sense tractor movements, making for easier manoeuvring.
The Agribuggy A280 has been a familiar sight in its bright red Kellands livery.
But with parent company Alamo Group wanting a larger slice of the self-propelled sprayer market, the A280 can now be had in McConnel’s vivid yellow livery.
Power comes from a 148hp Cummins engine, with power sent to all four wheels via a four-speed, automatic transmission with two-speed transfer box, offering a 50kph road speed.
Spray equipment includes aluminium boom widths up to 30m, along with a 2,700-litre spray tank capacity.
Kellands’ version of the Agribuggy will continue to be available alongside its Multidrive range of load carriers.
UF2002 is Amazone’s latest tractor-mounted sprayer. The 2,000-litre, 12-30m series uses a new frame which integrates Cat II and III balls, and includes a quick-attach frame to simplify hooking up to the tractor.
Features include a transparent suction filter housing, higher capacity pumps, greater flow control and better plastic mouldings – the latter delivering better protection against dirt and debris, along with a fully enclosed induction hopper.
Expect prices to start at about £35,000 for a 24m UF2002.
Lime spreading has been given the precision farming treatment by the latest Bredal trailed spreader from KRM.
Called the Bredal XE, the spreader has had its twin discs replaced by a wide spreading unit, which increases the distance between the discs to 6m.
This gives the potential to spread lime up to 30m from 12-15m, and with a change of disc, granular fertiliser up to 48m making the machine suited to tramlines and controlled traffic systems.
Material leaving the hopper is dropped onto two conveyor belts, which feed out to the left-hand and right-hand spinning discs. Rate control and Isobus connectivity add to the sophistication, and models include the single axle 8600-litre 105XE and the tandem axle 12,500 litre 135XE.
Prices start at £79,495.
Those who have suffered blocked sprayer nozzles might appreciate the simplicity of Knight Farm Machinery’s remote jet check.
Available as a £495 option, remote jet check is essentially a boom-mounted cleaning kit. But how do you remember which nozzle is blocked? This is easy, says Knight, you just press one of four buttons located on a 24m boom, to briefly activate nozzles in a 6m section, making identification of a blocked nozzle much easier.
The offending nozzle can then be removed from its body, and fitted onto a dummy holder ready for cleaning. An air supply located on the holder can then be pushed onto the nozzle, to blow the item clean. In addition, a pair of toolboxes are located on either side of the boom, to house spare nozzles, cleaning equipment, nozzle bodies and rubber gloves.
Landquip has developed an air sleeve boom system for its demount, mounted, trailed and self-propelled sprayers, using a self-contained hydraulic system with 120 litres of oil supplied to a pto driven pump for a purpose-designed fan.
Manual adjustment of the fan blades matches air volumes to oil flow or rpm and the boom manifold revolves from 0-35deg to direct the spray either straight down to penetrate the crop canopy or at an angle to minimise drift on a less established crop.
Booms from 18-30m can be fitted, and the system adds 450kg to the weight of the sprayer, while requiring an additional 25-45hp. Initial enquiries have included applications for growing roses and daffodils, while Landquip suggests the potential chemical savings from improved spray targeting and timeliness from drift reduction could be of benefit to larger scale potato growers.
Aiming to improve the accuracy of its section control fertiliser spreaders, Kuhn has given its top-spec machines an update.
Unlike its previous models, which use electrically controlled actuators to control the rate and position of fertiliser dropping onto the vanes, sealed speed servos are now used. According to the firm these operate 2.5 times faster than actuators, improving shut-off accuracy for its VariSpread system, and also allow for greater control of sections. This sees the spreader’s working width split into 1m sections, reducing overlap compared to the previous setup where only eight sections were possible.
Another new feature is the ability to run different application rates out of the left and right spreading discs, which Kuhn says is made possible by using its Electronic Mass Flow Control (EMC) sensor rather than a weigh cell setup.
Retail price for a 4,200 litre Axis 50.2 model is about £30,000, and the system is also available on smaller 40.2 models.