Kverneland’s Exacta CL GEOspread fertiliser spreader won the Dr Alban Davies perpetual trophy at the recent Royal Welsh Show.
The prize is awarded to the machine, implement or device, which is likely to be of most benefit to Welsh farming.
The GEOspread system addition to Kverneland’s medium sized segment of weighing spreaders makes it possible to manually or automatically adjust the working width very quickly and accurately, via an ISOBUS terminal.
For example, in a wedge or irregular shaped field, GEOspread will start to adjust the working width step by step, without the driver changing any settings on the spreader or the ISOBUS terminal.
Based on previous coverage, field borders, headlands and task data, and using GPS positioning, the automatic section control of the spreader adjusts the working width and dosing system for overlap and coverage, with minimum over-dosing and under-dosing.
By keeping a constant disc RPM and accurately adjusting the discharge point, GEOspread allows the spreader to accurately switch off section by section of the 14 sections of only two metres wide in which the working width is divided.
These medium-sized spreaders have 1,100–2,450 litre hoppers.
For accurate spreading by matching fertiliser quality and litre weight with the machine’s spreading charts, a checklist helps the operator achieve consistent accuracy by selecting fertiliser type, determining granule size and distribution, determining litre weight, and selecting spreading table and field settings.
The Weelysafe is a handler attachment to help safely remove or replace tractor and implement wheels in the yard or the field. It is made by AW Engineering, Hereford.
According to AW, the invention was inspired by a local farmer’s accident.
He was swapping from standard rear tractor wheels to row crop wheels, when one of the wheels fell on him, and he required some hospital treatment for his injuries.
The Weelysafe attachment fits most tractor loaders and handlers, and enables an operator remove, carry, store or refit most large tractor or combine wheels of up to two metres in diameter.
Keenan have won a number of awards over the years for the PACE (Performance Acceleration and Control Enhancement) system on their mixer wagons.
Following the purchase of the company by Alltech, Keenan is working with Intel on improving how PACE sends information back and forth between the wagons and Keenan nutritionists in their InTouch centres in France and Ireland.
Compared to the machine which was highly commended at the Royal Welsh Show, the new PACE box will speed up the flow of information, and connect it better with devices such as phones, to transmit milk information from dairy farms, or weight recordings from beef farms.
There are plans also to add near-infra-red (NIR) feed analysis to machines.
The Logic CTM600W Weed Wiper is fully hydraulic, with a six-metre working width, and in-cab controls for all operations, including chemical application.
Requiring a 100 horse power tractor and two double actuating hydraulic valves, it carries a 270-litre chemical tank.
The brush wiping height adjusts from 400mm to 50mm, and options are available for crops or grassland.
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