New machinery at Cereal 2012

Many new machines were on show last month at Cereals 2012, the UK arable sector’s leading event.

Kubota UK showed its new M110GX and M135GX tractors, including high comfort cabs, 24x24 speed semi-powershift transmission, and fully suspended front axle.

McCormick distributor AgriArgo UK unveiled a five-model range of six-cylinder tractors, the X70 series from 150 to 232hp.

John Deere’s new 6R Series small- and medium-sized tractors were also present, with transmission options, including the newly designed 24-speed DirectDrive.

The ECOBlue SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) NEF engines, with up to 10% lower operating costs featured in New Holland’s recently introduced T6 and T7 tractors.

The latest Agco Sisu Power engines were put through their paces in the new Massey Ferguson six-cylinder tractors , which also have three transmission options.

Two new MF 7300 Activa S combine harvesters were shown, with Selective Catalytic Reduction engines.

Several new one-pass drills were shown at Cereals. The Mzuris Pro-Til4T Trailed Strip Til Drill has 360mm row spacing with 120mm band sowing coulter and variable seed metering, across its 4m working width.

The new 5m Claydon oilseed rape drill, the V Rape Speed, establishes oilseed rape directly into uncultivated stubble.

Weaving showed a smaller zero-till drill for small to medium-sized farms. With a 1.5t hopper, it is available in 3m or 4m versions, and only needs 100hp to pull it. It can plant all seed sizes.

Amazone’s new 15m tine coulter Condor 15001 direct drill has a hopper capacity of 8,000 litres, and will require at least a 270 hp tractor, but the company claims a work rate of up to 150ha per day.

Amazone also launching the Citan 6000, a 6m solo drill for cultivated land, with a low horse power requirement.

Vew cultivators on show for the first time at Cereals, including Teagle’s trailed 4m folding version of the Multidisc Vario; and Gregoire Besson UK’s Helidisc cultivator with hydraulically adjustable front and back discs, independently control for a more level finish.

New Opico rotary cultivators and rollers; Brevi power harrows and cultivators (with five-year UK warranty; and new Sulky power harrows were at the show.

Krone had a number of new baler features on show, including the low-maintenance Bellima fixed chamber round baler with camless 1400mm EasyFlow pick-up.

New Holland chose Cereals 2012 to launch the successor to the BB9000 big baler.

Among the state-of-the-art precision farming tools seen was Techneat’s Intelli-Rate controller, to increase the precision of OSR seeding, sending information from mapping systems direct to GPS-guided variable rate seed-metering mechanisms.

Agrisem front-mounted seed and fertiliser hoppers with variable rate electric drive and GPS; and Horstine’s Airstream pneumatic fertiliser applicator with updated software for variable rate application were shown.

New steering guidance systems also featured widely.

There was considerable interest in John Deere’s multi-brand satellite guidance system AutoTrac Controller, now that it is available for other makes of tractor and older John Deere models, with John Deere claiming it can increase productivity and machine efficiency and cut fuel bills 10 to 15%.

TeeJet Technologies introduced the UniPilot assisted portable steering system, designed for use with the Matrix Pro guidance system and several GPS signal options.

CLAAS UK has expanded its UK real time kinematics signal network, increasing the signal strength, and introducing a new base station providing an open signal.

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