This week we take a look at:
Case IH, Tong Engineering, Challenger, Amazone, and Martin Lishman
Case IH will be exhibiting a number of key new products at Cereals 2015, including the new Magnum Rowtrac and Stage IV Puma tractors, together with a tracked version of one of the latest 240 Series Axial-Flow combines, an Axial-Flow 8240 with the company’s new 30′ (9.144m) Draper header.
The Axial-Flow 8240 on display at Cereals will be feature a 30′ (9.144m) version of the company’s new 3152 Draper header. Featuring a belt-type design, it increases operating speed, provides excellent, constant feeding of the rotor and being less susceptible to crop moisture extends the working day by making it possible to start harvester in the morning and run later at night.
Tong Engineering, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of quality vegetable handling equipment will be showcasing a new custom-built mobile handling system, and revealing its new branding at this year’s Cereals show.
The custom-built mobile system has been commissioned for Elveden Farms in Thetford, and is based on Tong’s FieldLoader machine. It will be used by Elveden predominantly for use on onions and carrots but is also suitable for use on potatoes. It has been specifically designed so it can be used in two parts – as a Storemaker-style machine comprising of hopper, coils and end cross conveyor, or as a FieldLoader, with the addition of the second chassis, incorporating a ‘bit remover’, inspection table, and EasyLoad extending elevator.
“Elveden Farms approached us with a requirement to handle their post-harvest onion and carrot crop more efficiently,” explains Charlie Rich, Export Sales Manager at Tong Engineering. “Once they have received delivery of the machine after Cereals, Elveden will use the mobile system in its Storemaker format for handling their onion crop into store, alongside new Tong stand-alone duo conveyors EasyLoad elevator.
Visitors will also see the changes to the company’s branding for the first time as Tong Peal reverts to Tong Engineering.
When Challenger launched the all-new RoGator self-propelled sprayer range almost five years ago, there was industry-wide acknowledgement that the rulebook had been completely re-written. Since then, large-scale growers and contractors in many countries have come to appreciate just how big a leap forward these machines represent.
The brand will be represented at Cereals and Stephen Sampson, Manager, National Sales for Challenger, believes the machine’s significance and appeal lies in the combination of specification, performance and capacity, together with the cost of ownership.
“Our target market clearly is the high-end grower or agri-business,” he explains. “In fact, the owners of Challenger tracked tractors, or similar, represent the target audience – the top 10 per cent of growers and contractors.
“Without doubt, this is the best sprayer available across Europe,” he says, with not a little pride. “In addition, it has unrivalled back-up from a mature dealer network, well used to the demands of high-profile customers”
Amazone will use Cereals 2015 at as the launch pad for some major new bits of kit.
The new Certos heavy compact disc harrow, available in working widths of 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0 metres, comes into the range alongside the existing Catros and the Catros+ compact disc harrows which are designed with shallower work in mind. The Certos, with its 660 mm diameter scalloped discs, staggered with an offset of 350mm, offers an angle of attack of 22° in the first row and 17° in the second to ensure a very aggressive operation, an intensive mixing and a good penetration force into the soil.
The new AD-P Special combination drill, in 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 metre working widths, brings over the new metering system, air venturi and fan from the now well-established Cirrus trailed drills.
The new blower fan runs much quieter and requires a fraction of the oil needed from the out-going model. The sealed venturi system conveys the seed from the metering roller to the coulter without air loss and even the entry-level AD-P Special is equipped with electric metering drive as standard. Speed source is either via radar, guide wheel, GPS or tractor source and is controlled by a choice of Amadrill+ or Amatron 3 depending on circumstances; calibration on either can be done at the press of a button in the cab.
Martin Lishman Ltd, celebrating their 40th year of trading this year, and are “taking something for everyone” at this year’s Cereals event.
Bourgault Tillage and Drilling Tools features the unique ‘Speed-Loc’ quick change system, which combines the speed of a knock-on point with the security of a bolt-on point. The ‘Speed-Loc’ adaptor ensures consistent depth and the spring-loaded pin prevents any loss.
Used as standard fit on many UK and European tine cultivator manufacturers, Bourgault Tillage and Drilling Tools have also been retrofitted to a variety of other machines including Horsch, Rabe, Vaderstad, Kongskilde and many more. Over the years Martin Lishman Ltd have been distributing the range, special versions have also been developed to suit specific requirements.
The FloorVent system developed from the original concept of Pile-Dry Pedestals, is simple to install and vents hot air for optimum cooling. It comprises fixed pedestal sections spaced out across the store, which are linked by an under-floor vent to fans located outside the store wall. These draw warm air out and discharge it to atmosphere, so it can be replaced by cool air drawn in through the building’s louvres:
“This avoids the risk of warm air being drawn back into the grain, which helps make cooling more efficient. The system is already proving to be highly effective”, says Ian Clayton-Bailey, Martin Lishman Sales Director.
Introduced to the Martin Lishman range last year, Grain Gauge is designed to accurately monitor the level of grain in bins and silos. The system is easy to install and requires no electricity.
“Previously the only manual way to determine the level of grain was for staff to physically climb the bin. The Grain Gauge indicator is clearly visible from ground level which saves times and money but most importantly increases farm safety”, comments Dr Gavin Lishman, Managing Director.
The full range of crop and potato quality monitoring equipment will be on display at the Martin Lishman stand in the post-harvest area (stand 1032) , including the TuberLog electronic potato to locate and eliminate potential damage. The range of building ventilation systems including the StockVent system, specifically designed to provide livestock farmers with products that maximise animal productivity, efficient and health will also be on display.
You can see a live demonstration of Barn Owl Wireless, specially commended in last year’s International Machinery Manufacturers Awards. The comprehensive and reliable system enables store managers to monitor crop temperatures and ambient conditions and manage ventilation systems in stores remotely via a unique combination of radio signals, GSM data transmission and cloud computing. Come and speak to our sales representatives to find out the latest developments and how Barn Owl Wireless can save you time and money in your grain store.
Also on display will be the Growing Solutions Compost Tea Systems. Most recently, Real Madrid Football Club purchased the 2000 litre system and are already benefitting from the installation of the system.
To view the full range of Compact Spraying Systems visit Martin Lishman in the Sprays & Sprayers arena (stand 105). The range includes ATV Mounted, Tractor Mounted, Trailed and Demount versions. Tank sizes vary from 70 litres up to 600 metres with boom lengths from 1 to 8 metres.