Headland Issue 19
Variable Rate Sowing
Welcome to issue 19
High performance seeding with the U-Drill
The complete package Considering the requirements of professional farmers and the decision process they have to go through when choosing what crops to grow, which system to operate and the machinery that best fits their requirements, it is essential that we share the experiences of others using Kverneland equipment. And this edition of Headland News is no exception. It contains many examples from our customers who have made the right decision to invest in our machinery to help them develop their businesses. With technology, the benefits they have achieved are helping to boost productivity with high standards of accuracy and efficiency. Our dedicated dealer network and our products are supported by an extensive team of area managers, service engineers, demonstrators and specialist product managers – all offering vast amounts of product knowledge to help you get the best from Kverneland equipment. And using Genuine Parts offers you the best value for money when it comes to keeping your Kverneland machinery running efficiently.
Joe Bell Managing Director
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High performance and user-friendliness are key features of our new U-Drill. With a 6m working width, the U-Drill 6000 is the first of a new range of universal seed drills that will include hydraulic folding models from 3m-6m. A host of new features now include a fully-programmable management system. Using one button, the U-Drill operator can initiate the headland sequence with wheels, discs and coulter bar all capable of automatic operation in timed stages. As a result, the drill needs only one double-acting spool to operate.
Hopper capacity is 4,350 litres and this feeds two seed metering units, offering half-width shut off. GEOcontrol becomes part of the drill's standard construction, which also includes variable seed rate and section control as part of the software package. Optional weigh cells can be installed beneath the seed hopper to give a live weight of remaining seed in the hopper. Meeting the isobus 11783 standard, the ability to control all main elements of the drill individually and from the IsoMatch Tellus screen (or other iso 11783 compatible screens), will be a considerable advantage.
This new style of drill offers a reduction in overall weight, but without compromising its strength or integrity, and there is a new chassis arrangement offering a simpler layout with fewer moving parts.
New transducer technology integrated into hydraulic rams allows an infinite, on-the-move depth adjustment of all aspects of the drill through the control screen.
The U-Drill 6000 has a central heavy duty box section chassis and a bolted frame construction.
Up to six working zones are available on the U-Drill. These include an 800mm diameter
Isobus enables fullyprogrammable headland sequences to be operated using one button. front wheel packer to level soil. Two rows of aggressively pitched, 450mm conical discs, taken from the Qualidisc cultivator then follow in zone two. Packing prior to seeding defines the third zone, with a large offset wheel packer of 900mm reconsolidating the soil and reducing the draft requirement. The heart of drill is zone four – the coulters. Our new CD coulter uses two steel discs with 12.5cm spacings. Gently profiled, the CD coulter requires less pressure to penetrate and leaves more of the available 100kg coulter pressure to be transferred to depth guidance and press wheels, which are located in the fifth zone. Completing the drill's elements in zone six is a choice of S-type or finger following harrow – you decide which is best for your soils.
New dealers boost coverage Several new dealers have recently joined the Kverneland network or opened additional branches, making it easier for you to find, service or buy parts for your Kverneland equipment. HRN Tractors has expanded its
operation and opened up a new branch at Nipster Farm, Watten, Caithness, giving the company presence at six locations in Scotland. Sharmans Agricultural has recently relocated its Barnack
Road, Stamford depot after 27 years. Its new branch, at Easton on the Hill, Stamford, provides better access, a showroom three times the size of the former depot and a custom built workshop - all allowing for expansion in the future.
Blown away by accuracy
“I like the fact that this machine offers so many 'sections' so it can precisely cut back on spread width without affecting application rate, when fields get narrower,” he says. ““My father has stood behind and watched the sections close down, and said it is very impressive.” From Packington Moor Farm, Lichfield, RH Barnes & Son farms 285ha, of which 202ha are combinable. Field sizes range from 1.5 to 20ha, spread through 30 fields.
With GEOspread, Packington Moor Farm is saving around £2,000 on fertilisers over 202ha of combinable crops. On his first day out with a TL Exacta GEOspread, Staffordshire farmer Henry Barnes said he was 'blown away by its accuracy'. “This spreader has become the benchmark for weighing and section control accuracy,” he says. “It is unbelievably accurate and is saving us between 5-10% on our fertiliser every time I go across the fields.” “We were using automatic stop/start at headlands on our old
spreader, but the GEOspread has moved things up to another level,” he says. ““We wanted more accuracy and variable rate capability, which meant buying the best that was available.” Mr Barnes took delivery of his spreader for Spring 2014, having replaced a five-year old spreader from another manufacturer. He says moving up to GEOspread with section control has given the farm the ability to reduce all overlaps to a minimum.
“One block of 12ha is made up of seven fields, so we have a lot of headlands and a plenty of awkward shaped fields to negotiate,” he says. “There was too much opportunity for waste and overlap.”
are now variable rate drilling,” he says. “Isobus convenience means I just plug the spreader into the tractor and all the GEOspread controls and data pops up on the 2630 screen. It is simple and effective.” “After carrying out a shaker box test on my fertiliser, I use my iPhone to access spreading chart data and simply feed the information into the control box and go spreading,” he says. “It is that easy.” “With so much accuracy and capability, we have now moved into variable rate fertiliser spreading too, using Soyl map data.
Mr Barnes reckons another big plus from buying the TL Exacta was the Isobus capability. “We have recently invested in Greenstar and an AutoTrac Universal steering kit for my 7530 tractor, as we
Henry Barnes reckons he was blown away by the accuracy of his TL Exacta GEOspread.
iM Tellus – the one-box solution For the last 10 years, Worcestershire grower Andrew Symonds has been a firm believer in isobus technology. It is a route that has put him on the road to increased efficiency and higher accuracy with fertiliser spreading at the 300ha Lincomb Farms, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire. After the last few years of plug and play simplicity with a TL Exacta weigh cell spreader and Fendt tractor, he has recently traded up to the range-topping TL Exacta GEOspread. “We've been successfully applying fertiliser using variable rate maps for a few years but wanted to seek further efficiency gains at 24m,” he says. “And the GEOspread certainly does deliver.” Mr Symonds previous Exacta used two control boxes to achieve variable rate spreading – the
standard Focus II and a Blackbox Cruizer. “This time, I switched to the iM Tellus dual screen display and have a true one-box solution for variable rate fertiliser spreading,” he says. “I hate loads of control boxes in cab, and the iM Tellus is the perfect solution for me.” “It neatly integrates into my Fendt 724's cab and plugs in to the roof sockets. There are no wires trailing around either – it looks part of the tractor.” Installation aside, he has particular praise for the GEOspread's capability to perform section control and auto stop/start at headlands. “We are no longer over- or under-applying at headlands,” he says. “Winter barley would show up the slightest discrepancy with spread patterns, yet all our crops
With GEOspread, Andrew Symonds is no longer over-lapping with fertiliser applications. now look totally even. There are no dark patches, no overlaps, no waste.” While financial calculations of savings are yet to be carried out, he believes the farm is saving fertiliser this year. “If we're not over-lapping, we're
not over-applying fertiliser,” he says. “It is a brilliant system.” “And with the simplicity of isobus being plug and play, I'm in no doubt that we're pretty much future-proofed with tractor and implement developments. We couldn't have it any better, or any more efficient.”
GEOseed delivers greater efficiency farmer customers, the company carries out many trials for British Sugar. Its workload is one that demands the very best from equipment – in terms of productivity, reliability and efficiency – and is why M and J Haulage relies on two 18-row Kverneland Monopill SE precision drills to handle the workload.
“I thought GEOcontrol was impressive, but GEOseed takes precision planting to a previously unachievable level,” says operator Roger Parr. As a specialist sugar beet contractor, M and J Haulage is perhaps the largest and most accomplished sugar beet handling contractor in the UK. Based at Home Farm, Snelland, Lincolnshire, the business handles a 2,800ha workload from drilling through to harvesting. The company is at the cutting edge of sugar beet production, and in addition to growing thousands of hectares for its
“Both our drills have GEOcontrol capability, with auto start/stop at headlands and individual electric seed metering drives,” explains operator Roger Parr. “And this has raised the bar in terms of seed savings and efficiency for customers.” “We no longer get any overlaps and this means beet plants no longer compete for space,” he says. Electric seed metering has created endless possibilities with tramline positioning too. “We drill at 50cm row widths, but can accommodate 20, 24, 28, 30, 32 and 36m tramline widths to suit customer's equipment,” he says. “I just key the numbers into the iM Tellus dual screen
terminal and press go – it is so accurate and so easy to use.” However, one drill is now equipped with GEOseed. This patented two-dimensional control allows seeding in parallel and diamond pattern. Using RTK in combination with new hardware on the Monopill SE, the placement of the seeds is controlled in such a way that alternatively parallel or diamond patterns can be created. Patterns are also replicated and perfectly matched, on a pass-topass basis, avoiding plant bunching between bout widths. This ideal distribution pattern will result in the best uptake of nutrients, light and water. In combination with GEOcontrol,
this precisely metered planting regime can also reduce the seed rate, avoid overlapping and eliminate seed windows. And M and J Haulage is trialling 150ha of beet for the 2014 campaign using the GEOseed diamond seed spacing pattern to further improve plant growth. “We are confident that this latest drilling technology will result in yield benefits, smoother harvesting and save on costs,” he says. “When we harvest the 150ha planted by GEOseed – it is part of a 90ha field planted using GEOcontrol – we should see some tangible benefits from the increased accuracy of the latest specification drill.”
iM Farming – savings calculator
Autoset Application An automatic spreader set-up app has been launched to make setting the GEOspread machine even easier. Called Autoset App, it connects the IsoMatch Tellus universal terminal with the spreader and automatically adjusts the spreader according to settings entered into the app by the operator.
After entering data into the terminal (working width, application rate, forward speed, distribution size and density of the fertiliser, and the selection of shape and product type), the operator is given setting advice for the product. This can then be sent to the spreader, which automatically adjusts its settings to suit.
Latest efficiency App available through the iM Farming brand is the savings calculator. This simple web-based tool can help farmers to calculate the savings available from using IsoMatch GEOcontrol or GEOspread to carry out automatic section control with Kverneland spreading and seeding equipment.
fields, working width and fertiliser cost, the calculator can quickly provide an idea of the potential cost savings from switching to GEOcontrol and GEOspread systems to boost application accuracy. The app can be downloaded from Google play's Android store or Apple's App store.
By entering basic operating data such as average field shape, farm The app can also be accessed online at
150B introduces low-cost ploughing At the 1,202ha Flichity Estates Partnership, High Hatton, Shropshire, estate manager Ben Linnington chooses to run the bare minimum amount of equipment in a bid to beat depreciation. “I do use a contractor to fix a lot of my machinery costs and avoid depreciation,” he says. “As a business decision, using a reliable contractor provides a costeffective solution for us with the majority of our machinery needs.” However, 2012's wet autumn saw Mr Linnington delayed with his min-till cultivations strategy, and it prompted a slight rethink with resources to make better use of the farm's only tractor – a New Holland T7030. “The weather stopped us from making the most of our min-till system,” he explains. “But if we'd
had our own plough, we could have carried on preparing some of our ground, instead of waiting for the weather to improve.” It was this thought process that led to the arrival of the recently launched five-furrow Kverneland 150B plough from local dealer Ravenhill. The lightweight plough included mechanical furrow width adjustment and knock-on points. “It was such a good value plough, that I could easily make the costs stack up,” he says. Mr Linnington chooses to plough after wheat for around 120ha of barley, leaving clean seedbeds and tackling a sterile brome problem that is difficult to beat through spraying.
“Ploughing has never been so affordable,” says estate manager Ben Linnington.
challenging sandy soils, the lightweight plough has proved an ideal match for the farm's tractor. With furrow widths set at 45cm (18in) the tractor's 650 rear tyres are easily accommodated in-furrow and quality of work is assured. With No28 bodies, furrows don't roll back when ploughing across sloping fields.
With most of the farm comprising light and
“At 1,400rpm and 12kph, we can easily see off 40 acres/day while burning only 18-20 litres of fuel per hour,” he says. “The 150B gives us the clean seedbeds we need to keep brome under control and ultimately, owning our own Kverneland plough has proved to be a flexible solution that fits into our cultivations strategy.”
Ploughing a high quality furrow Somerset farmer and contractor Robert Cross has recently moved up to a six furrow Kverneland EG plough, to coincide with an increase in tractor power to meet a steadily growing workload.
Robert Cross believes his EG six-furrow plough leaves a superb finish.
Based at Wellington, Somerset, Mr Cross carries out the majority of his ploughing for a local vegetable producer, where the hydraulic vari-width allows furrow widths of 14in to be set to suit customer needs for a high quality finish. “It is very easy to open the plough up when not ploughing
for vegetable production,” he says. “It's also very convenient to straighten up headlands and to get that final pass just right.” “But with a mix of soil types, I rarely set the plough to its full 20 inches,” he says. Pulled by a Fendt 828 tractor, Mr Cross says the plough pulls very easily, allowing the Vario transmission to reward with fuel efficiency. “I can cover 40-50 acres/day quite easily,” he says. Mr Cross has fitted his plough
You might see our latest iM Farming demonstration unit at dealer premises or shows ...if so, take a closer look. We've kitted it out with a host of iM Tellus dual screen displays,
with harder-wearing tungsten tipped parts. “The cost of upgrading isn't much considering how much time it saves me,” he says. “I know I can do a season's ploughing before I need to check or change wearing metal – which is now about 1,800 acres.” “I have been very impressed with the quality of finish that the EG creates,” he says. “With wheels at the back of the plough, it is very easy to set up and simple to match the finish between left- and right-hand bodies.”
control boxes and simulators to make product demonstrations and training so much easier. Spend some time in the iM Farming demonstration unit to see for yourself just how easy it is to use Kverneland isobus equipment.
First self-propelled feeder goes to work The UK's first self-propelled Siloking diet feeder has been put to work by Stephen Potter at Whistley Farm, West Harptree, Somerset. Supplied by Kverneland dealer Uphill & Son, the Prestige-spec 1612 model replaces a 20-year old self-propelled feeder. It will be used to provide the farm's 100head of pedigree blonde cattle, the Whistley Herd, with a high quality ration. “We feed our blondes every day with specific rations, and the use of a self-propelled feeder has many advantages for us,” explains
In addition, he says that compared to using a trailed feeder, using a self-propelled machine does save on the cost of buying an additional tractor, telehandler and a silage cutter. “A self-propelled feeder might appear to be a high initial cost, but if it is kept for 20 years for example, its cost becomes very easy to justify with smaller herds,” he says. “As a result, it is not significantly more expensive than a trailed set-up, because a trailed feeder needs additional machinery in support. And, our set-up is
“Giving all our cattle the same quality of forage stops bullying at the feeders,” says Mr Hodge. “And with our plans to develop herd numbers and develop a high meat-to-bone ratio to deliver higher quality meat, the Siloking feeder will become an increasingly valuable tool here at Whistley Farm.”
Stephen Potter (centre) with Kverneland's Dan Crowe (left) and Rob Uphill from supplying dealer Uphill & Son.
1,000 self-propelled feeders sold
Stephen Potter. “The milling head lets us keep a tight face at the clamp to avoid secondary fermentation. It also has incredible manoeuvrability, with rear-wheel steering and a compact overall size, which makes it very easy to negotiate our traditional farmyard and its buildings.”
based around a one-man feeding system, which is easily achieved using a self-propelled feeder.” Mr Potter and herdsman Pat Hodge believe this latest feeder, with its sophisticated mixing and feeding capability, delivers consistent ration quality for all animals.
1,000 Siloking Kverneland selfpropelled feeders have been sold since the first one rolled off the production line in Tittmoning, Germany, in June 2005.
First shown as an innovation at EuroTier, Hanover in 2004, the overall concept of the Siloking Kverneland self-propelled feeder was awarded a DLG gold medal.
The 3-point chassis design, which affords twin rear wheels for impressive manoeuvrability, includes a range of capacities starting at 12 cubic metres, and using the vertical auger mixing system.
Within the last ten years, our feeding technology has evolved to include additional models in the medium and upper size ranges.
The compact size and generous manoeuvrability represents a design that has set the trend of using self-propelled feeder mixers on medium-sized and family-run farms.
Recently, the Prestige range of self-propelled machines was extended to include a three-axle, 30 cubic metre, three-auger machine to meet the requirements for the largest livestock farms all over the world.
14m tedder shortens wilting times
“Silage making is a time-critical process,” says David Cobb.
Fourth generation family farming business JF Cobb and Sons cares passionately for its cows, and does everything it can to pamper them. It recognises that animals like consistency, and as a result believes its cows should be able to enjoy the perfect day, everyday of the year, come rain, snow or shine.
Crest every day. But the longterm goal is to increase cow numbers across two herds to 2,000 and boost production. While the farm grows a small area of cereal crops, it uses the majority of its 1,400ha to provide high quality grass and maize crops, to ensure cows get consistent forage quality.
Such a focus on quality means the farm often relies on a tedder to help speed up the grass wilting process. And its latest model is a 10-rotor, 14m Kverneland 85140C bought to replace two smaller machines. “Weather is everything with silage making,” he says. “And with such a demanding workload, we
“We want every day to be the best it can be,” explains David Cobb. “That means the best cow health, comfort and welfare; the best feed and the best environmental performance, so we can produce the highest quality milk.”
Current milk production extends to around 60,000 pints of top quality milk supplied to Dairy
It also gives the ability to cover a large area of grass in a short period of time, making the most of weather conditions. Aiming for a 24-hour wilting period, the tedder is usually 2-3 hours behind the farm's triple mower combination. “It is very much a time-critical process,” he says. “If grass is drying too quickly, we'll hold off.” “To avoid too much or too little wilting, we do time our silage making quite precisely in the lead up to forage harvesting,” he says. “Predicting the weather and adjusting your processes to suit, is quite a game.”
Based at West Chaldon near Dorchester, the farm currently has around 1,150 pedigree dairy cows – the Chalclyffe Herd – 800 of which are at Northground Dairy and a further 350 at nearby Newburgh Dairy. In 2008 the farm won the prestigious NMR/RABDF Gold Cup, recognising the high standards achieved with the Chalclyffe Herd.
smaller models to keep up with the mower conditioner, so having one larger tedder now frees up a tractor and driver.”
JF Cobb and Sons demands the best for the Chalclyffe Herd
“Silage is the key ingredient of our feed rations, so we aim to make the highest quality forage possible, with at least 30% dry matter,” he says.
need to make the most of opportunities when they arise.” “Before we bought the 14m machine, we had to use two
With 10-rotors, the Kverneland 85140C spans five 3m grass swaths giving the farm an impressive capacity. Output is a comfortable 10ha per hour. “The wide tedder is a very useful machine and while we don't always need to ted all our grass, we do have the option to cover a lot of ground very quickly, to make the most of the weather.”
Keep it original keep it Kverneland In light of recent comments by some plough manufacturers and parts suppliers, Kverneland would like to make clear that it only manufactures and supplies plough parts for its own implements. “It is quite flattering to think that some of our competitors want to be associated with the Kverneland brand, however tenuous a link it may be,” says Kverneland parts marketing manager Richard Bennett. “But we would like to remind customers that our plough parts are manufactured at the Kverneland plough factory in Norway, exclusively for our ploughs.”
“Any company or supplier claiming to have access to our factory or our parts will be making false claims - the only way you can buy genuine Kverneland parts is to buy from the Kverneland dealer network,” he says. “This is how we keep our special heat treatment and metallurgy processes confidential.” Genuine parts give the correct balance between hardness and
toughness, giving your Kverneland ploughs and cultivation equipment outstanding wear characteristics with points, shares, shins and mouldboards. “No supplier of non-genuine spare parts in the UK has access to any of our individual metal production processes, or our raw materials,” he says. “Nor do they heat treat in quite the same way.” Mr Bennett warns that buying non-genuine plough parts means you are unlikely to get a 100% compatibility fit or an accurate shape. “Non-genuine parts are merely copies of our originals,” he adds. When you buy genuine Kverneland plough parts, you can be sure that you're buying the very best in wearing metal. Keep it original – keep it Kverneland.
“Nor do we buy from anyone else or manufacture plough parts for anyone else.” Kverneland uses its own formulation of Sagitta steel along with specific heat treatment processes that remain a closely guarded secret.
Rob Williams joins parts operation Rob Williams has joined the Kverneland parts business to provide an increased level of dealer support. Working with Kverneland parts marketing manager Richard Bennett, Rob Williams is looking to support dealers and help them develop their Kverneland parts business. A farmer's son from north Wales, 44-year old Rob brings a wealth of experience to the business, having spent a considerable amount of time working in the agricultural industry. “Our focus is to ensure customers can get the spares they need, when they need them,” he says. “This will be a challenging but rewarding opportunity to get a greater involvement with dealers and their customers, and promote the benefits of always using genuine parts.”
Heat treated to perfection When you buy Kverneland genuine wear parts, you're buying some of the very best steel in the World, from the development our very own Sagitta steel formulation. With our own special heattreatment processes to give the correct balance between hardness and toughness, we can give your ploughs and cultivation equipment outstanding wear
characteristics with points, shares, shins and mouldboards. Our single-piece all-steel mouldboard construction, for example, benefits from a particular heat-treatment process that gives them an extremely tough, almost wearresistant exterior layer while keeping a soft core. It means our mouldboards can also flex when they need to.
Our parts perform properly. Even in sticky conditions. And our parts resist failure from high impact loads too. Our share design uses varying degrees of hardness and in different areas too, using an ingenious new method of induction heat treatment. And it's the same quality that is applied to our reversible points, giving you the best performance and maintaining penetration as the points wear.