SULKY has released CULTIDISC 3, a new drilling toolbar for the flagship XEOS PRO combination drill, which offers faster drilling and a greater capacity to work through crop residues and challenging soil conditions.
The third generation CULTIDISC 3 coulter unit is more robust and agile, with spring-loaded blades and a treatment on the steel improving workflow through heavy trash and stony soil. The unrivalled 560mm clearance between rows brings versatility, including the ability to work a variety of soil types from silt to clay, and through significant crop debris.
Wet autumns and challenging soil conditions following late harvests are no barrier to the XEOS PRO. The CULTIDISC 3 is able to drill without its press wheel even in the most extreme of conditions, allowing operators to prioritise fields for best crop establishment.
The 415mm diameter notched disc with a 4 degree angle facilitates trash removal and clean furrows, even at high speeds, giving excellent soil/seed contact in minimum tillage conditions.
Up to 100kg of individual pressure from the coulter unit provides optimum drilling quality by depth control in almost any conditions. This is an increase of 20kg on the previous CULTIDISC generation and enables fast drilling on tough crop residues in late autumn conditions, plus the option for deep drilling of beans.
Adjustments to the toolbar, including drilling depth, are made simple with a parallelogram linkage between seed drill chassis and the drilling toolbar. All the coulter units are identical and a single adjustment to the parallelogram provides equal pressure on all rows, guaranteeing a consistent seed depth for fast, even emergence, and optimal crop establishment.
Accuracy of seed placement at the bottom of the furrow is helped with a vent to release the air pressure above the coulter unit, allowing gravity descent with no rebound. Secondly, a ‘skirt’ guides the seed along the disc to the bottom of the furrow to prevent any ejection in case of contact with the rotating disc.
Flanged press wheels prevent any build-up of soil on the row, especially at high speeds. The wheels can be adjusted for optimal soil/seed contact according to the soil conditions and seed type.
The CULTIDISC 3 also benefits from minimal maintenance thanks to lubrication-free double row ball bearings and the absence of articulations in the suspension of the spring-loaded blades. An anti-wear carbide plate fitted to each seed coulter provides protection and guarantees a well-traced furrow throughout the life of the drill.
New Holland Agriculture’s new flagship model the FR920 which extends its forage cruiser range encompasses high capacity and productivity, which the company says comes from its powerful new engine, improved feeding, and HydroLoc™ technology.
A choice of three ranges of crop processors, all available in different roll configurations, covers every requirement from Biogas applications to shredded silage. This big forage harvesting performance comes with outstanding operator comfort.
Lars Skjoldager Sørensen, Head of Harvesting Product Line, said: “New Holland has been at the forefront of forage harvesting for more than half a century. Over the years we have introduced a host of pioneering innovations and industry firsts. Today, with the new flagship FR920, we are offering forage harvesting on the largest scale combined with excellent durability resulting from the new heavy-duty drives and processors. The FR920’s productivity and best-in-class chop quality comes with outstanding Total Cost of Ownership.”
This new flagship model features the all-new FPT Industrial V20 engine developed for forage harvesting applications. It delivers a 670 kW (911 hp) maximum power at 1600 to 1800 rpm, 4,095 Nm maximum torque and a productivity-boosting 44% torque rise at 2100-1600 rpm.
The power curve specifically mapped to match the precise requirements of foraging applications ensures the best transient response, so that the FR reacts fast to changing load. The V20 engine delivers a fuel-efficient performance in the 1600 to 1900 rpm working range. This, together with the low maintenance costs, which results in the machine’s excellent Total Cost of Operation.
The overall feeding system has been improved and now features a 12.5% bigger intake channel thanks to higher lifting potential of the intake rolls delivering ultimate capacity at any given condition.
Lynx Engineering, the sole UK distributor for Ireland-based Dromone Engineering’s range of pick-up hitches and coupling systems, has announced the release of new hydraulically operated push-back hitches for John Deere’s new 5R Series tractor, the new T5 Utility tractor from New Holland and the new Farmall C HD model range from Case IH.
Lynx says that the push-back hitch offers superior visibility of the hook and trailer ring from the cab, which makes changing implements a quicker, easier operation, while the distributor claims that the low-profile Dromone design offers the best ground clearance in its class, comparable with that of standard mechanical hitches.
Other features of the hydraulic hitch include a heavy-duty tow hook, drawbar and keeper plate capable of handling increased loads and weight, an easy-to-access drawbar storage pocket and a push-back feature that allows the hitch to dig into the ground. The product is fully compatible with Dromone’s 80mm ball hitch and a cab integrated handle and cable kit is also available.
iXtrack T3 the first of a new generation of high-tech trailed sprayers from Vicon is on show at this year’s LAMMA 2018. Available with 2,600 and 3,200-litre tank capacities, this all-new range has been engineered to deliver a low, short and highly manoeuvrable trailed sprayer.
Key to the design is a central frame produced from high strength, low alloyed heavy-duty steel. This affords a low centre of gravity with higher flexibility and durability than previous designs, making it more suited to the stresses of field work, and high-speed road transport.
Specification includes a suspended parallelogram rear frame that also remains active on the road, in addition to the field. This innovative design combines stability with soft boom balancing to minimise spray height deviation above the crop canopy and improve application accuracy.
A revised tank design, new chassis and rear frame all combine to deliver an overall width of 2.55m and an overall height of 3.2m. The steering axle provides adjustable track width in 5cm increments from 1.5-2.25m. Tyre choices extend up to 1.9m in diameter, giving a longer footprint for reduced compaction.
Developed with operator-friendliness in mind, iXtrack T3 is fully ISOBUS compatible and with new iXspray hardware and software, operators can take advantage of an intuitive touchscreen with smart electronics. IsoMatch Grip adds further control, with up to 44 fully customisable functions available from a single joystick.
ErgoDrive headland management is part of the standard specification, and allows boom raise/lower and axle steering to be managed by a single button press. Optional GEOLIFT with the advanced IsoMatch Tellus Pro terminal can transform this into an automated function, taking its commands from a GPS signal.
Nozzle control includes pneumatic or electric operation, suiting those using GPS for automatic section control and auto start/stop at headlands. The introduction of GEOSPRAY takes this a stage further, and brings individual nozzle control to the iXtrack T3. Boom options include the HSS steel boom from 18-30m, and the HAS aluminium boom from 21-24m.
LAMMA 2018 will be the first opportunity for UK farmers to see Sulky Burel’s latest updates and improvements to its flagship X40+ and X50+ fertiliser spreaders plus the DX30+ range. The stand will also feature its seed drill range – XEOS TF and XEOS PRO EVO.
The X40/50+ ranges of fertiliser spreaders now feature two additional pieces of equipment; a hydraulic drive solution for the spreading discs, and two low-level sensors. The hydraulic drive solution means spreading discs work independently of engine speed keeping spreading disc rotation speed constant. Adding the hydraulic drive solution to the X40/50+ improves performance and usability, making coupling simpler, ensuring even spreading and reducing fuel consumption when spreading with a lower engine speed.
The DX30+ is now ISOBUS compatible so users can benefit from the same connectivity functions enjoyed by those with X40+/X50+ machines.
The XT trailed spreader Is capable of achieving accurate, high output fertiliser spreading up to 50m wide with up to 15,500KG capacity, the XT’s curved pattern distribution, six-section control and variable rate treatment provide savings in time and input costs, while optional lime discs for humid bulk add even more flexibility.
Visitors to LAMMA can also view a selection of Sulky’s leading drills including the XEOS PRO EVO, which has been updated with a rubber roller for improved seedbed consolidation.
Completing Sulky’s line up at LAMMA is the XEOS TF, which boasts a high capacity front tank that counters the drill weight, consolidates seed bed and offers duo hopper capability.
Pottinger announces at LAMMA 2018 the arrival of its new mid-range mounted reversible plough for tractors up to 240hp. The SERVO 45M is available in 4 and 5 furrow versions at present with a six-furrow variant to follow later in the year. This robust new model offers a host of features only previously found on larger SERVO models.
A generous interbody clearance of 95cm and point to beam distance of 80cm ensures any harvest residues or trash is buried with ease. Available in PLUS (hydraulic variable furrow width), NOVA (hydraulic auto reset) and PLUS NOVA (combined hydraulic variable width & auto reset).
The SERVOMATIC plough setting and adjustment centre allows simple and quick adjustment of the front furrow width and plough alignment. Optional hydraulic front furrow allows for easier adjustment in difficult conditions.
The turnover shaft on the SERVO 45 M has a diameter of 130 mm and the beam link is a cast, rather than being a welded component. This makes the design stronger from the headstock to the turnover shaft and plough beam. The proven inner beam reinforcement inside the plough beam increases the flexing resistance by up to 25 percent. This unique feature thus offers high strength and an extended service life.
On hydraulic variable width PLUS models the previous memory function when reversing the plough is now replaced. A straight forward alignment cylinder which vastly reduces the number of moving components during the reversing cycle is now available. This process involves moving the plough beam to a central position rather than shutting down and opening back up the furrow width during every cycle.
Ultimately wear and tear is reduced extending the service life of the plough. Pottinger’s traction control system is now available on this new model. Transmitting force through this simple hydraulic system optimises the ground tracking of the plough while applying a permanent load to the rear wheels of the tractor.
As a result, wheel slip is minimised and fuel consumption reduced by up to 2 litres per hectare. Additionally, any harmful smearing action of the rear wheels is reduced and the soil protected. All this can be achieved whilst still utilising the slotted top link hole position to allow the plough to perform effectively. The weight applied to the rear axle of the tractor is infinitely variable and can be adjusted hydraulically between 600 and 1,500 kg without leaving the cab.
A wide range of plough bodies are on offer with the bestselling wide furrow bottom 46Wc body accommodating a 710 tyre in the furrow with ease. Purchasers can select from a full range of plough accessories to suit their particular needs as required.
Following hot on the heels of the launch of the Pottinger Novacat A10 triple
mower combination the all new Novacat A9 model shares many of the innovative features
of its larger sibling.
An overall cutting width of either 8.92 or 9.18 mtr can be manually configured. Cutting is taken care of by the Pottinger manufactured cutterbar equipped with quick change blades and “Tri-Drive” gear technology. This unique gear design sees three gear teeth fully engaged for maximum power transmission to the adjoining gear.
Pottinger claim that even in the heaviest of British crops and conditions this technology really delivers a clean ground contoured cut. Resultantly excellent even re-growth is ensured, power and fuel consumption are reduced thanks to this clean-cut technology.
The patented “Y Drive” gear train offers vibration free PTO shaft drive along with externally
mounted slip clutches that can easily be accessed for maintenance. Housed in the central
main frame the heavy duty central.
Available as a plain disc mower, with Extra Dry tine conditioner or RCB rubber roller
conditioner Pottinger expect the new Novacat A9 has every base covered for all large farming operations and contractors.
Compact overall dimensions in transport ensure that the mower can be transported safely
even on the narrowest of country lanes and fully integrated parking stands allow for leaving
the mower on site if required.
A simple in cab Direct Control controller allows full functionality of the selected operation
such as independent mower lift and sequenced transport position folding. Conveniently
mounted in cab the clear LCD display offers the operator precise control.
Call in and see the machine for yourself on the Pottinger stand in Hall 5 at LAMMA 18.
The Kverneland DTX is an all-new deep loosening cultivator, and is available with a 3m working width. It joins the range following the recent acquisition of Great Plains, and is produced at the Kverneland Group’s LLG factory in France.
DTX gets a host of improvements including the use of Kverneland’s Qualidisc cultivation disc assemblies and the inclusion of hydraulic depth adjustment. However, DTX does retain its Pro-lift tines with either shear bolt or auto-reset protection, and the DD rear roller option.
The fabrication processes employed at the LLG facility have enabled several additional upgrades to be implemented to the DTX. Among them are headstock improvements, while better frame durability also results from the manufacturing practices in place at LLG.
In addition, the Kverneland cultivation range is also bolstered by the Flatliner – a V-format sub-soiler available in 3m and 3.5m working widths, with three or five-leg options. Its Pro-lift tines use bolted clamps, allowing adjustment of leg spacing across the main frame to suit different farming systems.
Pro-lift tines are also available with three different wing sizes, to achieve different fracturing among many soil types. A 600mm DD roller affords depth control and consolidation.
The new HE-VA Evolution rape seeder will be launched on the OPICO stand at LAMMA [B10] in 3m, 4m and 5m widths, offering an armoury of techniques to ensure the best possible establishment and early growth of the crop.
Originally shown at LAMMA 2017 as a prototype 3m machine, fine-tuning, expert input and product development have resulted in the Evolution drill which is now available in mounted 3m and trailed 4m and 5m versions.
With flea beetle, blackgrass and slugs making conditions very challenging to establish a strong and viable rape plant, the new rape drill will provide a fully-loaded machine which can achieve precision drilling and seed placement, soil and nutrient management and pest control in one pass.
The seed bed is prepared by the low disturbance, medium-depth sub-soiling legs and points which alleviate compaction and improve soil structure, with minimal surface disturbance. This encourages good rooting with resulting early, vigorous spring growth. A V-profile roller then re-consolidates, creating a micro-tilth ready for seed placement.
A front disc works ahead of each leg, slicing through the soil surface to ensure minimal soil disturbance. This prevents blackgrass seed being brought to the surface.
The well-established HE-VA Accu-Disc double-disc coulter enables seed placement to be controlled precisely and consistently to a required depth, ensuring no seed is visible on the surface, providing ideal conditions for germination. The rear wheel then closes and re-consolidates ensuring good seed to soil contact.
Slug pellets can be accurately applied in the same pass as the rape seed is drilled, using HE-VA’s twin multi-seeder operated by a single control box, preventing slug damage in the early stages of growth.
An optional Nitro-Band or Nitro-Jet can also be added to put on granular or liquid fertiliser exactly where and when the young plant needs it, giving an initial growth boost pushing the rape seedlings ahead of any pest damage.
Commenting, James Woolway, OPICO Managing Director said, ‘Establishing oilseed rape has been difficult again this year with flea beetle hammering crops at cotyledon stage. This, combined with blackgrass and slug pressures, is making it very challenging to get a currently profitable crop out the ground. The new Evolution seeder throws all our best technology at the plant getting it off to a good, strong start and able to withstand any pest pressures.’
The 3m machine starts at £34,952+ VAT.
AS Communications (UK) Ltd are now able to offer customers increased functionality within their precision farming operations with the introductions of the all-new Trimble GFX-750 display system.
The system comes with a high-resolution 10.1 inch Android-based display and NAV-900 guidance controller with integrated multi-constellation GNSS receiver.
Built-on Trimble Precision-IQ software the display can interface with autoguidance systems on tractors from most leading manufacturers using the Trimble Autopilot automated steering system with both hydraulic and electric installation options available.
Universal ISOBUS compatibility further allows the display to work with other ISOBUS compatible implements and machines allowing operators to standardise control settings and simplify data exchange.
Revolutionary to the system is the NAV-900 guidance controller which combines steering control with a GNSS receiver. Simple-to-install, the roof mounted controller is the most advanced receiver ever developed by Trimble and uses a combination of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou satellites together to enable increased signal coverage and accuracy for Trimble RangePoint RTX, CenterPoint RTX and CenterPoint RTX Fast correction services.
LAMMA 2018 will be the first opportunity for UK and Irish farmers to see New Holland’s next generation methane-powered tractor, NHDrive autonomous tractor technology pack, and the latest conventional engine technology, alongside updates to its flagship tractor ranges, rotary combine and forager models.
New Holland will showcase its game changing, second-generation; Methane powered Concept Tractor on its stand at LAMMA. The Methane powered Concept Tractor has proven itself to have the same operational capacities of any conventional tractor, whilst demonstrating the performance and durability of its diesel equivalent. Operating costs are reduced by 30% and it produces only 20% of the pollution emissions compared a conventional diesel-powered tractor.
Michelin’s X Tweel SSL airless tyre and wheel combination will be making its UK public debut at this year’s LAMMA Show.
For several years, Michelin has sold its range of Tweel products for mowing, agricultural and industrial applications in North America – but the tyre giant’s fitment for skid steer loaders will be the first Tweel to arrive this side of the Atlantic.
The X Tweel SSL will be available in two versions – the All Terrain (AT), which features a deep, open tread for off-road applications and use on varying surfaces, and the Hard Surface Traction (HST), with its smooth tread featuring a 100 per cent contact patch, for frequent use on hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete. Both tyres are expected to prove popular within the UK farming sector, on applications ranging from scraping yards and clearing slurry to moving bedding and animal feed.
Commenting on the launch, Gordon Brookes, Customer Engineering Support Manager for Michelin’s agricultural division, says: “We are very excited to be introducing the X Tweel SSL. This is a proven product which has transformed the way skid steer tyres are specified across North America. Its introduction into the European market means users in the agricultural and construction markets can benefit from the X Tweel SSL’s excellent performance – and without any risk of a flat tyre.”
The product performs like a pneumatic tyre, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with penetrations and impact damage. It can increase productivity because its outstanding stability enables a skid steer to work rapidly with more comfort for the operator, reducing driver fatigue as a result.
Also making its UK debut at LAMMA ‘18, ahead of its international release in February, will be Michelin’s ‘2 in 1’ EvoBib tractor tyre – which features a smart tread pattern that evolves to match the application.
The tyre – which was awarded the prestigious SIMA Innovation Gold Medal last year – was designed to support farmers who increasingly opt for larger machinery to be driven both in the field and on the road.
When set at high pressures for road work, the tyres’ central band grips the road providing the flexible fitments with a road-optimised profile. The adapted tread pattern gives a smoother vibration-free ride, while saving farmers fuel and improving safety.
In the field, working at low pressures, the tyres’ footprint spreads across a wider and longer surface, helping to boost traction while preventing soil compaction.