Technology news: Irish product highly commended in IMMAs

Extra spray days, due to the reduced risk of damaging spray drift, is one of the advantages claimed for the Syngenta Defy 3D Nozzle, winner of one of the annual International Machinery Manufacturers Awards’ 2016 Innovation Awards (IMMAs) at the recent Cereals event in the UK.

Technology news: Irish product highly commended in IMMAs

Development of the nozzle has made conventional flat fan design obsolete.

It reduces spray drift risk as much as 75%, and Syngenta application specialist Ben Magri says it maximises productivity and results with modern high capacity sprayers.

He said there is more uniform spray droplet distribution from the new nozzle, and enhanced coverage of the target, when using angled nozzles, alternated to face forward and backwards along the spray boom.

In field trials, a 6% increase in black-grass control using a Defy-based herbicide treatment was demonstrated.

The runner-up in the IMMAs sprayers awards was the Vicon iXdrive self-propelled sprayer, praised by IMMA judges for its spacious cab and good visibility.

In cultivation and drilling, the award winner is the Great Plains Saxon CDA300/400/600, for its minimal disturbance drill, which allows it to cut through high volumes of residue.

This makes the drill ideal for use in cover crop rotations, where minimal soil disturbance is necessary to help prevent the emergence of yet-to-germinate grass weed seeds.

The awards runner-up is the Kverneland i-Plough, for its Aero-Profile leg and new skimmer design.

In harvesting machinery, the winner is the Vicon Fastbale baler/wrapper, for its two-chamber innovative system that enhances throughput.

The runner-up is the Irish-made Ken Graham Maxi combine threshing kit.

Made by Ken Graham Eng Ltd in Stradbally, Co Laois, and priced at €195 plus VAT, this counter threshing system can be easily fitted to the concave of a combine harvester, and is designed to increase threshing capacity by 10-15%.

The company found in their research that combine harvesters use only 80-85% of the threshing area of the concave.

Their kit increases the capacity of the concave to thresh grain crops, and spreads the crop over 100% of the threshing area.

The benefits include faster combine harvester ground speed and a cleaner crop sample.

In tractors, the IMMA award went to New Holland, highly commended for its T5, T6 and T7 ranges’ power, kit, and cab upgrades.

Independently judged, the IMMAs recognise and reward innovation and development of arable machinery products.

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