30,000 tillage farmers expected at Cereals 2016 in England

Next week, many Irish tillage farmers will make a pilgrimage to Cereals 2016 in Cambridgeshire in England.

30,000 tillage farmers expected at Cereals 2016 in England

They will join an expected crowd of almost 30,000 farmers, agronomists and industry professionals for what is described as the arable industry’s leading technical event.

One of the unique aspects of this event is the working demonstrations. The event boasts over 10 hectares of working demonstrations where exhibitors put kit to the test.

Some of those lining up to work in this arena are Agri-Linc, Claydon, George Moate, J Brock & Sons, Quivogne UK, Ryetec, SUMO UK and TWB Engineering.

There is of course a full exhibition of tractors, sprayers, cultivators, drills, subsoilers and further arable related machinery on display.

Quadtrac tractors

Case IH is using Cereals 2016 to introduce a number of new features for its flagship Quadtrac four-tracked tractors.

Speed of shifting in the powershift transmission fitted to Quadtrac tractors has been improved for next season through the installation of a new range hydraulic valve and enhanced electronic control logic.

Transmission efficiency is further boosted by way of a redesigned oil reservoir, relocation of the PTO drain, and a new tandem transmission oil pump, resulting in the time taken to shift from first to sixteenth gear being cut by approximately 20%.

At the same time, forward/reverse shuttle shift response has been made faster and smoother, to improve headland turning, resulting in a 38% increase in shuttling speed.

Quadtrac tractors now come as standard with a new 360-degree LED lighting package, providing 3,000 lumen of illumination to improve night-time working conditions.

Methane Power

New Holland’s T6.180 Methane Power tractor will be seen by many for the first time since it was unveiled at Agritechnica.

The second generation prototype is based on a New Holland T6.180 standard tractor and features a 175hp Nef 6 engine developed by FPT Industrial.

The tractor carries nine gas cylinders that have a total capacity of 300 litres (52kg) of compressed methane, sufficient for approximately half a day of normal tractor operations.

This tractor is an important step in achieving New Holland’s goal of energy-independent farming, as the methane is generated from renewable biomass. When using biomethane, the machine’s carbon impact is virtually zero.

The new machine also has 80% less polluting emissions than a standard diesel tractor, and is already capable of fulfilling future greenhouse gas targets, which include a 20% reduction in emissions across Europe by 2020.

3,000 litre crop sprayer

KUHN Farm Machinery will officially launch a new 3,000 litre crop sprayer to its range of trailed machines at this year’s event.

Previously unveiled at Agritechnica in late 2015, the LEXIS 3000 is now available on these shores.

Kuhn say the LEXIS sprayer is designed as a lower cost, simpler machine, but one which still offers the same efficiency and ease of use as KUHN’s high end models such as the Metris and Oceanis.

The new machine features a 3,150-litre polyethylene tank, and a 320-litre rinsing tank with folding aluminium booms, ranging from 18 to 24 metres in width.

A centralised maintenance area provides easy access to key filling, suction and bowl filters as well as the spraying pump.

Tracked combine harvester

Massey Ferguson will showcase the tracked version of its MF Delta 9380 combine harvester, the first time it will have been seen in the UK or Ireland.

The machine will be equipped with the new 30ft (9.2m) Powerflow cutting table along with Superflow auger, which are also being shown for the first time.

The Atrak low ground pressure track option spreads weight over four individual support rollers to give a huge area of contact and better flotation.The overall width of machines fitted with tracks remains within 3.5m.

The machine’s seven cylinder, 9.8 litre 496hp engine is equipped with third generation Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to meet the latest Stage IV/Tier 4 Final emission regulation.

Vicon self-propelled sprayer

On show at next week’s Cereals 2016 in Cambridgeshire in England, above, Vicon the iXdrive self-propelled field sprayer.
On show at next week’s Cereals 2016 in Cambridgeshire in England, above, Vicon the iXdrive self-propelled field sprayer.

Vicon is entering the self-propelled sprayer market and completing their full range in field sprayers, with the introduction of the iXdrive self-propelled field sprayer.

The iXdrive 4240 and 5240 were launched at Agritechnica 2015.

The iXdrive comes with the Vicon iXclean Pro automatic valve management system as standard.

This means that all functions can be controlled from the cab.

Switching between filling, agitation, spraying, diluting, priming, rinsing and tank cleaning is achieved by the push of one button.

Premium arable rollers

McConnel will showcase its new Consolidator range of premium arable rollers at Cereals 2016.

Since its merger with Twose of Tiverton, McConnel can now offer a comprehensive choice of three, five and seven-gang rollers with working widths from 6.4m to 18.4m.

Each section centre-pivots independently for a smooth and even reaction to undulating ground conditions.

The heavy-duty frame design allows for excellent contour following when the hydraulic system is in the float position.

The rollers boast robust design, with triple sealed bearings and 65mm steel shafts.

The rollers come with a wide range of options including spring-mounted levelling boards to break down clods and plough ridges.

Carbon fibre boom

John Deere’s new R4050i self-propelled sprayer, with a 5,000-litre spray tank.
John Deere’s new R4050i self-propelled sprayer, with a 5,000-litre spray tank.

John Deere’s new R4050i self-propelled sprayer, makes its UK and Ireland show debut at Cereals 2016 in Cambridgeshire.

Not due for full production until 2018, it features a 5000-litre spray tank and a new ultra-lightweight but extremely strong carbon fibre boom (five times lighter than a steel equivalent, the boom improves weight distribution by removing around 900kg from the rear).

Unique cultivation system

Mzuri Ltd have announced plans for the newly updated 6 metre Pro-Til Select strip-till drill to be on show at the company’s demonstration plot.

Pro-Til Select 6T is a unique 6 metre one-pass soil cultivation system that allows users to seed in a choice of 353mm or 706mm widths in order to maximise on light penetration all the way down to the root of the crop.

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