Ploughs & Land Presses
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The changing trends in cultivations Having dealt in second-hand machinery for more than 50 years, J Brock & Sons reckons its seen ploughs lose and regain popularity at least three times in that period. The team have witnessed straw burning, burning bans, straw burying, Bettinson direct drilling, minimum tillage programmes and, now, zero-till systems. Through it all the plough has not gone. Vast numbers are still sold annually, with many big players still investing in the ploughing arena, says Brock. However, the land presses that are now taken for granted have transformed seedbed preparation over the past 20 years, whether in ploughing, minimum or deep tillage systems, by conserving moisture, reconsolidating and increasing weathering of soils and crop residue to form natural friable seedbeds. With today’s main topic being resistant black-grass, along with well-publicised views on low disturbance, the company has listened to interesting views from its
customers. For example, black-grass has been blamed on continuous wheat programmes, and growers should look more at rotational cropping. With a broader spectrum of crop rotation, the important thing is which cultivation is best for the crop. Cultivation options should be kept open to benefit the crop in question. A good crop is essential, with a high-seed rate smothering crop leaving black-grass plants weak and producing less virile seed. Others say that black-grass germinates best, like any other seed, in a perfect seedbed. To produce a good flush ready to kill before seeding, make a perfect seedbed even down to double rolling is their advice. Then there are those that say they will always direct drill. However, they add, they cultivate deep after harvest, getting it down to a seedbed as soon as possible and then leaving it completely until drilling, whether autumn or spring, and then drilling
Pressing ahead with new branding The Terra C plough press.
Kongskilde ‘Red’ ploughs are now in full production following the introduction of the company’s onebrand strategy late last year. Designed and developed at the Överum factory in Sweden, the new Red range builds on the knowledge and experience accumulated over more than 150 years of plough production there. From conventional to modern reversible with on-land/in-furrow and semi-mounted variants, there’s a plough to suit almost every farm in the UK, says Kongskilde. Aside from the new branding, there’s a brand-new XLD mouldboard for those needing to plough to a depth of 10–14in. The XLD body creates a wider furrow bottom to accommodate the larger tractor tyres that are now commonplace. For even bigger tyres and tracked tractors, on-land/in-furrow models are the optimum choice, the
company says. Shear-bolt and hydraulic triprelease models are available for stone protection. Indeed, Överum was the first to introduce hydraulic triprelease. Meanwhile, Terra C plough presses for front mounting are gaining in popularity. This Kongskilde design incorporates two rows of interlocking large-diameter wavy discs that cut and press the soil ahead of drills and/ or power harrow combinations points out the company. Front-mounted hydraulic adjustable levelling boards are a common optional extra chosen in the UK. Available in 3.0m rigid and 4.0, 4.5 and 6.0m hydraulic folding models, the Terra C is a step up from conventional cat ring presses, says Kongskilde, which adds that zero per cent finance is available across its soil range. ■
A Brock Super Disc 6.6m double disc, levelling paddle and double DD packer machine at work on heavy ploughing.
direct into that seedbed. J Brock & Sons normally stocks more than 40 ploughs and 30 presses in its traditional second-hand portfolio, along with a full spectrum of tillage tools and seeders. The company also franchises a new range of farm machinery from Farmet in the Czech Republic. This includes the Kompaktomat, which provides closely-controlled depth of seedbed preparation with consolidation. It has been working
well in all UK soil types that the importer has trialled so far, it says. This year also sees a Cambridge roll evaluation, with a 3-row heavyduty 16mm sprung harrow in front of it, which would appear to have many uses on the seedbed preparation front. The parts department at J Brock and Sons is also currently promoting a low-disturbance drill coulter from Bourgault, featuring both fertiliser and twin-row seed placement. ■
Making machine hire easy With the launch of its hire division, Empire, in 2014, Warwickshire-based Ellis Machinery further enhanced its range of cost-effective solutions for farmers. Every day, more and more farmers are realising the many benefits of hiring equipment from Empire, the company says. Sometimes customers that are thinking about investing in equipment like to ‘try before they buy’ to ensure it’s the machine they really want. Others like to quickly and easily add to their machinery fleet during peak periods, ensuring that no job is too great for them and their teams.
Empire says that its staff members are committed to providing the equipment that’s needed when it’s needed. It is constantly upgrading and adding to its range in order to provide the most reliable equipment, while its rigorous cleaning, servicing and testing further ensures reliability and efficiency. The company says it makes hiring easy, with flexible hire periods and simple no-frills contracts. Plus it is committed to making hiring a more-thanworthwhile, and profitable, experience for its customers from start to finish.
Hire this Kverneland LD85/300 5F plough (or similar) – prices starting from £4.75 per acre, says Ellis Machinery.
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