Now that the potato planting season is upon us, we have a newcomer in the field. Potato machine manufacturer AVR is launching the trailed Ceres 450 combined potato planter. The Ceres 450 is a 4-row trailed potato planter with a hopper capacity of up to 3,500 kg (4×75 cm) or 4,000 kg (4×90 cm).
The Ceres 450 in a nutshell
The Ceres 450 is a 4-row trailed potato planter with a hopper capacity of up to 3,500 kg (4×75 cm) or 4,000 kg (4×90 cm). Each individual potato row assembly can be disconnected manually (electrical also available as an option).
The total wheel movement from left to right is 30° (+15°, -15°). The clever mechanical design ensures that the rotation axis always remains vertical, and that the wheels constantly remain in contact with the ground.
Advantages of the trailed assembly
When planting potatoes, the main advantage of a trailed machine besides the weight distribution is the fact that the user can also combine the Ceres 450 with tilling equipment, such as the specially designed AVR GE-Force C ridge cultivator, the basic AVR GE-Force and with other brands.
Culti Control Option
The Culti Control is a useful option. It ensures that the GE-Force C always maintains a constant cultivation depth, enabling the user to avoid double passes. The potato planting depth is always set independently.
Straight or round-sided ridges
To obtain a good ridge, it is vital to not only select the correct ridging hood, but also to set it correctly. The 4×75 version is therefore equipped with a narrow top ridging hood with round sides or a wide top hood (wear plates with special coating made from Boron 27) with straight sides. The 4×90 version is equipped with a wide top ridging hood (also made from Boron 27 wear plates) and straight sides.
The ridging hood is operated as standard by means of an automatic pressure control. The accumulator in the hydraulic circuit ensures that the hood is always kept under constant pressure. The user can also opt for the well-known PDC system (Proportionally Distance Controlled). This system uses two ultrasound sensors to measure the amount of soil in the hood. Based upon this input, the pressure on the hood is adjusted in order to maintain even ridging.
The tipping hopper on a potato planter without a ridging hood can be lowered to such an extent that a trailer full of seed potatoes can be unloaded straight into the hopper of the potato planting machine. This only requires dismantling the wooden beam.
Soil and crop protection
Protecting the soil during the potato planting process? The anti-erosion option moves up and down to create small terraced levels between the earthed up ridges. This terracing prevents the soil from being washed away during heavy rainfall.
The potato planting machine can also be fitted with a fertilizer, a powder, grain and/or spraying system to protect the crops.
The control panel of the Ceres 450 is designed in the same way as all the other AVR machines. The user can use the 7” touch screen to programme the macro functions, e.g. to ensure that the row can be started and finished in the same way, with just one push of the button. The associated joystick is ergonomically designed.
If the tractor can be equipped with a GPS system, it will be able to control two aspects: on the one hand, switching the potato planting channel feeders, their vibrators and jets on and off, and on the other hand, the spray path system.
The AVR Ceres 450 will be exhibited for the very first time on the AVR stand at the Potato Europe exhibition in Emmeloord. Exhibition dates: 13 & 14 September 2017.