In the final part of our preview we take a look at:
Gregoire Besson, MDT, Standen, George Moate, Mzuri, Mconnel and Micron Group
Gregoire Besson, will launch its new Crossland range of mounted and semi-mounted stubble harrows. The new harrows come with a range of accessories that are designed for levelling and finishing and can be adapted for use in various conditions.
The new 3m mounted Crossland is versatile and comes with a choice of tines that are available in 230mm or 306mm spacing. It offers high clearance with 800mm spacing between the rows of tines and an impressive 700mm under beam clearance. The tines are the second generation of the Eurochisel tine with individual height adjustment (patent GB), all new cast and moulded parts and protection of the lower nut in the tine (patent GB).
The tine is capable of working to a depth of 300mm and has a trip loading of 450kg at the point as standard with an available option of 340kg. A wide range of wearing metal is available with a massive choice of wing and point options. Rear accessories include a single or double crumbler roller, following harrows or the new IMPAK roller. The IMPAK roller leaves a perfect consolidated finish in one pass with a choice of scrapers options to suit any soil conditions. As an option there is also a row of levelling tines or discs available to go in front of the rear roller. On the 306mm spacing a large wing and point are standard to achieve maximum soil movement in one pass.
MDT, the popular wearing parts provider, is launching new parts ranges for tractors, combines and sprayers at Cereals this year, as well as a comprehensive lubricants offering. The company covers the country through its phone and web-based next day service, and its team of regional representatives.
“We can now give farmers across the UK a cost-effective, high quality alternative for parts and accessories,” says Mark Donsworth, MDT’s managing director. “Come and have a chat on stand 406.”
Genuine and non-genuine parts are now available for all major brands of tractor and combine harvester at competitive prices – including classic and vintage machines. With new tie-ups with Billericay Farm Services and a major hose supplier, MDT states it can now support any sprayer, self-propelled or mounted.
Another new arrangement means that MDT can provide Gulf and Shell oils and greases. MDT’s move to larger outlet premises in Framlingham, Suffolk has made the expansion possible.
The ZENO Series is an all-new STANDEN Potato Planter range, and will be launched on the company’s stand 213. Designed, developed and manufactured in-house at STANDEN, the manoeuvrable tractor mounted ZENO features new belt planting technology known as the Z-System, due to its unique ‘Z’ formation seed metering flow pattern.
This new technology features lower seed drops and greater seed flow control than
competitors, allowing the ZENO to offer increased planting precision and gentler seed
handling at high outputs. Operator control is from a newly developed Z-Pad touch screen
console, with simple, custom developed user friendly software. The screen itself is just
slightly larger than a typical smart ‘phone, taking up very little space in the tractor.
The Z-System belt planting mechanism is supplied with seed from a 1.5 tonne hopper,
equipped with a precision controlled moving floor. Seed is transferred to a Singulating
Conveyor, comprising a pair of angled belts forming a ‘V’ channel. Running at different
speeds this pair of belts ensures that only a single line of seed is presented to the following
The unique design of the ZENO Series planter has enabled Standen engineers to
incorporate many desirable features including exceptionally narrow ridge opener profiles,
offering the benefit of minimal soil disturbance; ideal for high output precision planting. The
ZENO format also makes the possibility of multi-row planters easy to achieve by expanding
its modular system.
Initially the ZENO will be offered as either a 2-row (ZENO 21) or a 3-row machine (ZENO
31); both are highly manoeuvrable tractor mounted machines, with a range of options
developed specifically for the series. ZENO wheel tracks are fully adjustable; 60-80 inches
George Moate Ltd will be exhibiting again , and will not only have a working demo of thier unique Tillerstar but we will also be running their Tiller for you to see in action.
The Tillerstar is a one-pass machine that tills, de-stones and makes a bed for the planter to follow. It offers those farming potatoes, carrots, onions, daffodils, etc, savings of up to £300 per hectare in time, fuel and labour.
A 6m, 17-row version of the Mzuri Pro-Til strip tillage drill being unveiled at the Cereals Event will cater for larger growers wanting to exploit the performance of 300-400hp tractors for one-pass crop establishment.
Despite its wider working width and larger seed/fertiliser hopper, the Pro-Til 6T has the same layout and sequence of soil treatments successfully established by the 3m and 4m versions.
But it does introduce some new features, not least a new electronic monitoring, alarm and control system, double-acting hydraulic cylinders on the soil-loosening tines as well as the coulters, and separate storm-proof hatches for the seed and fertiliser compartments in the new hopper.
“One of the biggest challenges was to keep the central axle to maintain the successful relationship and balance between the soil loosening tines, consolidating tyres and coulter arms,” says Martin Lole of Mzuri. “We’ve achieved that, whilst building in generous trash clearance, strength and a folding mechanism that reduces the transport width to 2.9m ”
McConnel will unveil its new 2015 SEEDAERATOR at Cereals – showcasing a package of upgrades to enhance accuracy, durability and performance. Key new features include: Hydraulic auto-reset legs, A new seed distribution system, More robust coulter linkage, A new twin-shot coulter, and an additional rear harrow option.
Precision sprayer specialists, Micron Group have announced they would be launching not one but two new sprayers. Visitors will be able to see the Varidome S3 100HiFlo model for cereals and Varidome S3 Hybrid complete with Micron’s Modular Tank System for work in asparagus.
Backed by years of research and development, Varidome S3 100HiFlo represents the culmination of Micron’s innovation for growers. Specifically aimed at cereals and other narrowly planted crops such as onions and carrots, the sprayer features a 6.2 metre hydraulically folding toolbar with ground following carriages fitted with the new innovative Varidome 100HiFlo spray shields.
The machine on display will have eleven carriages with triple configuration shields which will boast a patented double membrane skirt around the base. Being revealed for the first time, Micron’s unique double membrane has an inner section that prevents spray coming into contact with the outer section and being transferred onto the crop. Furthermore, the outer layer of the membrane is tapered each end to push the crop away from the area being treated, thus further minimising the risk of crop damage. Proving their DRT (Drift Reduction Technology) credentials, these innovative shields have attained the prestigious 3 star accreditation from LERAP – the highest rating achievable in the UK.
The working width on each individual hood can now be easily adjusted to spray bands from 100mm to 450mm wide which makes the sprayer suitable for work in a wide range of applications and crop stages.
Visitors will also be able to see the recently developed Varidome S3 Hybrid mounted on Micron’s new Modular Tank System. The machine on display will be specifically configured for inter-row herbicide application in asparagus and feature a hydraulically-folding boom fitted with a combination of rigid, fixed position hoods (Varidome 170HiFlo) and circular, freely rotating shields on a breakaway mechanism (Varidome UD600HiFlo) to allow users to spray right up to the base line of the crop. With the boom width of 3.6m, the sprayer can treat two asparagus beds at a time.
However, the appeal of Micron’s innovative Modular Tank System does not end here. Thanks to its highly flexible design, the chassis can be mounted with a number of Micron sprayers including shielded equipment for banded weed control, CDA atomisers for low volume overall spraying or air-assisted spray heads for foliar treatments. As such, the same platform can be successfully used for herbicide, insecticide or fungicide applications in a whole host situations including arable and vegetable row crops, vines and orchards to name but a few.
In addition to its latest innovations, Micron Group will be exhibiting the Weedswiper, a non-drip weed wiper for weed control in grassland and environmentally sensitive areas, as well as a range of equipment for manual applications.