Lamma has always been famous for its line-up of tillage equipment, and this year’s show was no exception.
The Campaign 900S is an all-new trailed cultivator drill from J Brock and Sons which offers a 9m working width. A 1200S is currently under construction.
Available as a grain and fertiliser variant, the Campaign 900S features an innovative chassis heater to keep the integral airways in the chassis free of moisture. This ensures dry airflow to ensure fertiliser continues to flow freely through the machine, says the company.
Designed with high output in mind, the drill packs a 5,500-litre hopper, which increases by a further 800 litres when the grain tank lids are opened. Two additional 400-litre tanks are available for micro-granules and slug pellets.
Control is courtesy of an LH Agro Topcon system, affording half-width shut off.
The Campaign 900S, as shown, costs £130,000.
J Brock and Sons’ drill portfolio has been extended with the introduction of the Farmet Falcon 600 Pro, a 6m modular cultivator drill which offers flexibility and versatility, says the firm.
Complete with a structural 6,000 litre tank – 4,000 litres for grain and 2,000 litres of fertiliser – the Falcon can have its two rows of disc gangs replaced by tines.
Fertiliser is distributed and incorporated by straight disc ahead of a full width tyre packer, with seed coulters following behind.
Row widths can be 12.5cm or 25cm. A grain tank partition enables the drill to be used to simultaneously sow companion crops with the main crop.
This 6m version, as shown at Lamma, carries a £100,000 price tag.
Walter Watson’s latest cultivator uses a clever floating headstock to allow the mounted cultivator to travel on its own front- and rear-mounted crumbler rollers.
It is a principle which enables the machine to behave as a trailed implement. Available in 4m, 5m and 6m working widths, the cultivator uses S-tines, which are depth adjustable in relation to the crumbler rollers.
Watson says it is suitable for use on ploughed or cultivated land, and a front levelling board takes care of clods.
A high forward speed is favoured, says its maker. Prices start at £8,250.
Kockerling has added a new range of disc cultivators including a 12.5m version which would fit into a CTF system.
Using two rows of discs plus the company’s STS packer and a following harrow, the Rebell is designed for chitting directly behind the combine.
The range starts with a 3m mounted model and includes 5, 6 and 8m trailed versions. The 12.5m model has a power requirement of 350-400hp.
Weaving Machinery introduced the LD soil loosener, which uses two rows of low disturbance tines ahead of a 700mm diameter razor ring packer – the rings are positioned to work either side of the legs.
Designed with a relatively low power requirement at 160-180hp for the 4m folding version, the LD can also be specified with a double disc oilseed rape coulter to the rear.
The narrow leg increases versatility, says Weaving – the LD has been successfully used in grassland without the addition of discs. Models are 3, 4, 5 and 6m.
Latest addition to Pottinger’s plough offering is the Servo 45 M, a lighter high specification range from four to six furrows, designed to be used with tractors up to 240hp.
Using Pottinger’s high strength beam section, the 45 M can be specified with auto-reset stone protection on four and five furrow versions, and the model shown also features hydraulic vari-width and a hydraulically controlled depth wheel.
Pottinger expects the 46W body, which can accommodate tractor tyres up to 710mm wide, to be the most popular.
Kverneland showed two new implements brought into the range as part of the group’s acquisition of Great Plains.
The DTX cultivator will initially be available as a 3m rigid model, and adds the disc section from Kverneland’s Qualidisc which gives two more discs for increased soil mixing.
A more compact disc assembly also minimises the risk of the loosening legs fouling the discs as they break back, and Kverneland’s side levelling plates have been added to contain soil. A DD packer is the initial press offering, with the Actipack to follow.
The Flatliner subsoiler will initially be supplied in three and 3.5 metre, three or five leg forms with DD rings and shearbolt stone protection.
Aimed at min till operations looking to tackle compaction without disturbing weed seeds, the Low Disturbance Loosener from Grange Machinery is available in three or 4m versions with six or eight legs respectively.
Depth control is via land wheels and the leading discs can be powered in or out. Designed to create a ‘bow wave’ in the soil to remove compaction to 20-25cm, the LDL is generally used without a press behind to maximise loosening.
The telescopic toolbar also allows the legs to be moved to act as wheel track eradicators. First seen at Cereals, the company’s Low Disturbance Toolbar has been used in a number of configurations, and Grange Machinery now has an agreement with Stocks to supply its seeders for this subsoiler which can be fitted with a choice of outlets for uses from seeding oilseed rape to establishing cover crops.
With a modular construction, Alpego’s Matrix cultivator can easily be configured as a rotavator or stone burier, or the two sections on the 7.2m version split to use with a smaller tractor than the 500hp unit required for the full width.
Centre drive gives 50:50 power distribution across the working width and avoids having a protruding gearbox to one side, and construction from SSAB Swedish steel gives the durability needed for tasks such as mulching Brussel sprout stalks after harvest, it says.
The stone burier is said to be capable of producing a seedbed from stubble in one pass with the stones at the bottom for drainage.
The Sly Boss drill is designed to direct seed cereals using a double angled disc coulter which pulls itself into the ground to open the slot ahead of a choice of press wheels.
Up to three seed crops or seed and fertiliser can be accommodated in the 1,200 litre pressurised tank, with seed then blown into a diffuser before dropping down into the seed boot via gravity.
Working widths are from four to 9m, with the option of a front tank for liquid fertiliser, and power requirement for a 6m version is put at 140hp.
Lemken introduced its Azurit precision drill, shown as an eight row, 6m version, designed to plant maize, soya and sunflowers in twin rows to make best use of nutrients.
The drill is designed to be used with a front mounted fertiliser tank, or can be paired with the company’s Solitair 25 or Compact Solitair drills using the seeder tank for fertiliser. The Solitair 25 was also shown in production format and will be available for this season. A development of the company’s existing grain drills, Solitair 25 can be used with a power harrow, disc harrow or tined cultivator or solo, and features a four-section metering system for increased accuracy when tramlining.
Lemken’s implements can now also be controlled via the latest CCI 1200 IsoBus terminal which offers a larger screen, viewable in portrait or landscape format and able to control two implements – for example the Solitair and Azurit to be controlled on the same screen.
Stanhay has updated its vegetable seeder offering with the Pro Air, which features revised row units with a simpler and tidier layout.
Depth control can be adjusted individually to 0.1mm accuracy, and the use of a flexible drive shaft is designed to be slip free and avoid the need for chains, sprockets and tensioners. A vacuum emptier improves seed hygiene and minimises wastage, says the firm.
Each unit can sow one to four lines of seed and popular crops include carrots, onions and herbs. A range of working widths are offered, plus fertiliser systems including microband applicators.
Aiming to offer a more flexible machine, Guttler has revised its Supermaxx cultivator.
Highly configurable, the firm says the Supermaxx can be used for encouraging blackgrass growth, working on stubble or seedbed prep.
Its design is based around a spring tine section of five or seven rows and a consolidating roller, with the option of fitting front paddle boards and a following tine harrow. Unlike the previous model, a larger 450mm version of the firm’s Synthetic-Ultra roller can be fitted.
Available in three to six metre mounted formats, and seven to 12m trailed, a fully specced 6m model costs £21,484.
Extending its cultivation offering, UK importer AMIA showcased Valentini power harrows and rotovators at the event.
Its power harrow line up comprises seven ranges, spanning 1.4m-9m working widths, and capable of being mounted to tractors up to 400hp. On display was a mid-range 4.6m hydraulic folding model, which can handle up to 220hp, can be fitted with quick-fit tines and hydraulic depth control. AMIA also says a seeding system could be fitted to create a combi-drill outfit.
Retail price for the Diablo 4600 is £22,000.
Extending its range of Spanish-built Ovlac cultivation equipment, UK importer Halse South West launched a range of disc harrows at the event.
With three ranges offering working widths up to 5m mounted and 8m trailed, standard serrated discs are 6mm thick and 610mm diameter, with the option of fitting smaller 510mm variants. The two rows of fixed discs have their bearings mounted inside the disc, which the firm says helps to prevent trash build-up.
Disc protection on the smallest Maxi range is via rubber damping, while larger Euro and trailed GC feature leaf spring protection.
Weighing in at four tonnes, the Euro model has a power requirement of 200hp-plus and a retail price of £30,400.
From its 3m working width, fully mounted Eco S drill, up to its trailed 13.5m wide Eco XL machines, Dale Drills was keen to show off the virtues of its range of tine-based drills, which is now available in four different layouts, each suitable for different farm sizes, it says.
As well as layout differences, the drills come as standard with an adjustable row spacing of 12.5cm or 25cm. as an option, 50cm spacing can be specified. A cover crop cutting disc has also been developed which is said to improve residue flow through the drill in green covers, by cutting a path for the tine to follow.
Another development is a banded seed coulter, which fits straight onto the back of the existing seed knife, designed to place seed over a 100mm-wide band. This allows either liquid or granular fertiliser to be placed in the centre of the band, at a slightly greater depth.
Mzuri’s latest drilling innovation is claimed to combine the seed placement accuracy of a precision seeder with the benefits of a one-pass strip-till drill.
The Xzact precision element is an optional extra which can be fitted to most of Mzuri’s Pro-Til standard drill models, expanding their versatility to allow crops such as forage maize, sunflower and soya to be planted. The firm says the drill can be soon switched back to a cereal drill.
The Xzact conversion features an electronic precision seeding unit and coulter assembly to deliver single seed placement. Mzuri says the system uses adjustable-pressure vacuum metering to accurately space crops, regardless of seed size.
Each unit contains a metering disc and a singulator to prevent skips or doubles and is driven by an electric motor which maintains the same seeding distance at variable speeds.
Unlike conventional precision seeders, the mini hoppers on the Pro-Til 3T Xzact drill are automatically replenished by a bulk fill mechanism on each metering unit directly from the Pro-Til’s main tank.
Showing a second generation prototype of its Vaxio cultivator, Sumo says it is applying proven tool concepts to a more versatile implement, which, due to popular demand also features the Tillso diamond packer which firms to an increased depth.
Discs and loosening legs can be taken out of work if required, and the Vaxio can be used for tasks from shallow chitting passes to levelling up ploughed land after winter.
All working depth adjustments can be made from the cab using a single hydraulic block which covers four functions. The levelling discs can also be swapped for a levelling board if required.
Available in four working widths from three to six metres, the Vaxio folds to 2.8m and a 4m model can be handled by a 250hp tractor, it says.