Valtra won the Machinery Award for the company’s A4 tractors. Being presented with the Award by Farmers Guide machinery editor, David Williams (right), is Valtra national sales manager Mark Broom. Also pictured (left to right) are Valtra’s Richard Miller, Kevin Towers and Gareth Jones.
Amazone won the Arable Award for its WindControl fertiliser spreading system. Pictured is Amazone brand manager Simon Brown receiving the Award from Farmers Guide editor Dominic Kilburn (right) with Amazone’s Rupert Batho (left) holding the certificate.
Machinery category winner – A4 tractors
Arable category winner – WindControl
Valtra’s smallest A4-series tractors were launched to the press in June 2017 and immediately impressed Farmers Guide machinery editor David Williams with their comfortable, well-equipped cabs, generous specification and quality feel, features often missing from tractors in this power class. There are seven models in three sizes with 3- and 4-cyl engines from 75–130hp and the cab is similar to larger models in Valtra’s range providing an attractive operator environment. The engine, transmission and hydraulics were designed especially for Agco’s Global series tractors using state-of-the-art design for reliability and maximum efficiency. “Often smaller tractors in a range can feel slightly neglected in terms of operator comfort and specification,” explained David. “But owner-operators will be more than happy with the level of comfort during long working days and employees will feel well looked after. The Valtra A4 is a worthy winner of Farmers Guide’s 2017 machinery Award for Excellence.” Chandlers’ Gavin Pell said that despite 1980’s predictions that lower hp tractors would no longer be required in modern farming, the sector remains very important to our local market, for example in use on vegetable rigs for produce harvesting, or for diet feeders for precision feeding of livestock. “It is sure to become a modern classic in this hp sector and improves on the outgoing A3 series in almost every way,” he commented.
Amazone’s WindControl was launched last autumn as a system to compensate spread pattern when applying fertiliser where wind is a problem. Working in conjunction with Amazone’s ArgusTwin spread pattern monitoring system on the company’s ZATS mounted and ZG-TS trailed spreaders, a high frequency wind sensor registers both the wind speed, and also the direction of the wind, instantly compensating spread pattern. “WindControl helps farmers deliver the optimum amount of fertiliser to the crop when conditions would normally make accurate application difficult,” commented Farmers Guide editor, Dominic Kilburn. “It means crops and yields will benefit from more accurate applications; it widens the growers’ operating windows; and at a time when environmental scrutiny is reaching new levels, it means that farmers will be ticking all the right boxes where legislation is concerned. “I see a time in the not-too-distant future when a system like WindControl becomes a standard bit of kit for all fertiliser applications. “It’s a deserved winner,” he concluded.
Pictured in front of the Award-winning A4 tractor is (left to right) David Williams; Mark Broom; Gareth Jones; Kevin Towers and Richard Miller.
Amazone’s main regional dealers were in attendance for the Awards. Left to right: RW Crawford’s Hannah Kelsey; Dominic Kilburn; RW Crawford’s Nunzio Rio; Pecks AgriTrac’s Ian Loversidge; from Amazone Chris Bendall, Rupert Batho and Simon Brown, and Suffolk Agri-Centre’s David Eley, Lee Head, Ken Grimwood and Sam Spall.
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