Tillage-Live 2016 review Monks Kirby, Warwickshire was the venue for the annual TillageLive cultivations demonstration in mid-September. One large field with undulating ground provided a good demonstration site for the latest ploughs, cultivators, drills and sprayers. David Williams reports. Feedback from exhibitors at the event suggested visitors were in positive mood, with most having completed harvest several weeks previous although for those west of the venue weather conditions had been more challenging, with frequent showers
slowing progress. There were plenty of enquiries for follow-up including requests for demonstrations but potential buyers appeared cautious and demand was mainly for machines capable of operation in a variety of conditions and crops.
Mzuri used the demonstration to show its latest low-disturbance single band coulter in action. Available for all Pro-Til and Select drills, this provides row spacings of 333–353mm on Pro-Til and 666–706mm on Pro-Til Select versions. A new dual-row coulter provides seed bandwidths of 140mm between the two rows and varying inter-row width between the bands; 193mm for Pro-Til 3T and 566mm for the 6T Select, depending on model. Advantages offered by the new dual-row coulter include a finish similar to that of a conventional cultivator drill, particularly when used on the Pro-Til 3T. The new Lexis trailed sprayer from Kuhn can be supplied with Isobus control, but a base specification is available to suit the needs of smaller farms. Capacity is 3,000 litres and boom widths are 18–28m. Control options are RPB, PEB3 Visioreb or Isobus and prices are from £34,400 for a 3,000-litre 18m. Pictured with the new sprayer are Kuhn northern area product specialist for sprayers and non-inversion tillage and seeding Marcus Ainley (left) and sprayer product specialist Sam Green.
Attracting considerable attention on the Vaderstad working area were the new Spirit R drill and the Opus cultivator. Marketing manager Andy Gamble (pictured), said the Spirit R is proving popular due to its simple design allowing excellent performance on ploughed and min-tilled land. Working speeds of up to 12kph offer faster work rates than power harrow combination drills, with lower fuel consumption and adjustable coulter pressure up to 80kg ensures excellent establishment, even in hard, dry conditions. “It’s got the benefits of a big drill and allows adjustments to be made on-the-move and features such as half-width shut-off and iPad control are popular,” he said. “It’s the right size and price to suit mixed and smaller arable farms up to 200ha (500 acres), and with margins under pressure there is demand from users keen to move from other systems for fuel and time savings.” A new Economy Incorporator was demonstrated by Philip Watkins. Designed to create ideal chitting conditions for weed seed and volunteers after harvest, the highspeed cultivator displayed was a 6m model, but any width is available, said Philip. “We believe the 6m version will suit most farms, offering high work rates behind just a 100hp tractor and More over page... this will easily keep up with large modern combines.” Price of the 6m version is £11,500 but additional options include depth wheels, a seeder kit and following harrows. Pictured with Philip and the new cultivator is office and sales administrator Stephanie Ward.
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