Agco dealer Essex demonstration day A spring cultivations demonstration day in mid-Essex provided an opportunity for farmers and contractors to view and try out the latest Valtra, Fendt, Challenger and Massey Ferguson tractors working with Amazone ploughs, cultivators and drills. David Williams was there. The location, at Writtle near Chelmsford, was chosen because it is adjacent to land secured by main Agco dealer RW Crawford for a brand new purpose-built depot, which will allow the company to provide top-level support to customers across Essex and into Hertfordshire.
Keen to view Valtra At the demonstration were models from each of the tractor ranges, and a large number of current and potential users attended the day but there was particular interest in the Valtra brand, which was taken on by RW Crawford for the Essex and east Herts areas in January this year. From Fendt, the flagship 1050 Vario with more than 500hp available was attracting considerable interest at the start of its first full year of availability and from Massey Ferguson the 6718, which is the world’s most powerful 4-cylinder tractor also generated enquiries. Amazone’s latest Cayros plough, based on a Vogel & Noot design following Amazone’s acquisition of the company, performed well alongside the premium Cayron plough which was introduced in 2013 with a host of innovative features. Also attracting considerable interest was the Cayena drill. This is designed for flexibility, capable of direct drilling into hard, stony soils or as part of a conventional establishment regime.
low horse power requirement and competitive price. “As a family business we pride ourselves on service, and together with some of the best franchises in the industry we are positioning ourselves across the south-east to achieve steady growth but continue our top level support,” he added. ” Our new partnership with Writtle University College, which owns the land used for the demonstration, will provide students with access to the latest technology and help support the next generation entering the agricultural industry.”
The Cayros plough was demonstrated for the first time in the UK, following its display at Lamma. The demonstration event was well timed for first deliveries of the new plough, which is available with a wide range of mouldboard options to suit all soil types and is priced competitively to appeal to traditional family farms.
Valtra tractors were a particular attraction. This was the first public demonstration since RW Crawford took on the brand and dealer staff believe some of its unique features will prove ideal for users in the area. Pictured (l-r) Wes Crawford, Dave Redford, Nunzio Rio, Hannah Kelsey, Toby Bacon and Charlie Boon.
The Cayena drill was surrounded by interested spectators all day. Available only in a 6m version, it is proving increasingly attractive for its lowdisturbance capability, helping reduce opportunities for black-grass and other grass weeds to germinate. It has three rows of tines with a 0.75m stagger allowing it to cope easily with large amounts of trash. Optional front discs ahead of the tines cut through straw and other vegetation, and create a slot for the tines to follow. The efficient tine design ensures a low power requirement and Amazone claims only 130–140hp is needed in many situations, allowing smaller, lighter tractors to be operated reducing fuel costs and helping protect soils from compaction. The drill is available with a seed-only 3,600-litre hopper, or for seed and fertiliser with a 4,000-litre pressurised hopper to ensure even feed to the coulters. A rear harrow is an option.
Superb offering ” We have been really pleased with the level of interest and support for the day with a hint of optimism for the year ahead,” said Wes Crawford “As an Agco dealer we have a complete product range to suit our farmers, contractors and now forestry customers. ” The Amazone cultivations range complements our premium tractor line-up. We have had exceptional success with the Cayena drill with its
More over page... Pictured with the Cayena drill are members of the Crawford and Amazone teams; (l-r) Charlie Boon, Toby Bacon, Hannah Kelsey, Nunzio Rio, Rupert Batho, Dave Redford and Chris Bendall.
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