- Since its inauguration in 1983, AMAZONE Ltd has participated in the Cereals Event as it toured around the country in those early years before settling in the A1 corridor
The shape of the machines on show over those 40 years has certainly changed when we considered the ZA-U 1001 twin disc spreader and D7/30 EC-N conventional drill in combination with the REV 30 reciprocating harrow as the state-of-the-art products at that time.
Nowadays we have the 15 metre wide Condor 15001-C direct tine seeder, the ZA-TS spreaders capable of spreading up to 54m, work rates up to 60 ha/h and with spread pattern accuracy monitored by radar along with wind speed and direction catered for during spreading. Spraying moves rapidly towards plant by plant application with the realisation of spot spraying and DirectInject.
As part of their 40 year anniversary celebration, and to compliment the usual array of cultivation, seeding, spraying and fertilising kit, this year’s Cereals Event will see AMAZONE open up its Stand 948 to an exhibition of its machinery development over the last 40 years along with an open-house seminar programme starting each day at 11am and running throughout the middle of the day. These seminars, given by industry-leading experts, will offer visitors to the Stand the chance to catch up on the latest thinking behind crop establishment and crop care demands.
Amazone will showcase Schmotzer hoes at the Cereals. Schmotzer has been manufacturing quality hoes for almost 100 years and, following its takeover, is now part of the AMAZONE Group. The Cereals Event will mark the launch of the brand in Britain where the new Venterra 2K series hoes will be on the Stand.
The key feature of the Venterra is its ability to be used over longer periods due to its deep underframe clearance and increased lift out height enabling the continuing use of the hoe during the growing season in crops of up to 50 cm high; even when coming out of short work into the headland and using GPS SectionControl to lift out each tine element individually. The machine is compact, with a close centre of gravity, to reduce soil com-paction, both in work and when turning.
The new KE 02 Rotamix rotary harrows span working widths from 2.5 m up to 4.0 m rigid and for tractors from 150 hp through to 240 hp. Now, new on the stand for first time will be the flagship KE 6002-2 400 Rotamix folding rotary harrow. Designed for solo use only, the 6 metre KE 6002-2 is for tractors up to 400 hp. High out-put in the field, and the machine quickly folds to a 3 m transport width for rapid and safe transport between fields.
Along with the rest of the KE 02 models equipped with the Rotamix system, the KE 6002-2-400 rotary harrow has four tine carriers per metre working width across which the incoming power is distributed. The trailing tines produce a very good crumb structure, even on heavy soils making the new rotary harrows therefore very well suited for seedbed preparation, particularly following the plough.
At the Cereals Event for the first time, AMAZONE is extending its range of pneumatic harrow-mounted seed drills with the Centaya Special. The new model in the Centaya range replaces the AD-P Special harrow-mounted seed drill.
The Centaya Special is offered in hopper sizes of 1,000 l and 1,500 l and in working widths of 3 m, 3.5 m and 4 m. The pneumatic harrow-mounted seed drill can be equipped with the RoTeC single disc coulter or with the TwinTeC Special double disc coulter.
The segmented distributor head on the Centaya Special is mounted behind the seed hopper directly above the coulters. This arrangement ensures a short conveying time for the seed. The hopper is positioned well forward and thus offers an optimum centre of gravity close to the tractor. The distributor head can be reached easily via the loading board and can then be regularly checked. Setting the tramline system is also easy to carry out as a result of the good accessibility.