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Thursday 27 July 2017

Big hitters wow crowds with new baler models

The Variant round baler from Claas can discharge a bale in less than six seconds
The Variant round baler from Claas can discharge a bale in less than six seconds
Massey Ferguson's 2200 series big square balers working at Grassland and Muck 2017 in Stoneleigh Park
Deere's Manure Sensing System adjusts slurry spreader application rates to match field conditions
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

The recent Grassland & Muck 2017 event in the UK played host to a wide range of live demonstrations and grass plots, along with advice and technical forums over a 190-acre site in Stoneleigh Park near ­Coventry. Derek Casey looks at some of the models unveiled by Claas, Massey Ferguson and John Deere

MASSEY FERGUSON UPS CAPACITY ON 2200 SERIES BALERS

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Massey Ferguson's 2200 series big square balers working at Grassland and Muck 2017 in Stoneleigh Park
 

AMONG the new balers being demonstrated was the class-leading Massey Ferguson 2200 series big square balers.

Designed to provide farmers with improvements in capacity, bale density and operating efficiency, the MF 2200 series covers all of the common sizes of large square balers required by today’s farmers, contractors and hay and straw merchants.

The 2200 series on show featured the double knotter system which is standard on all ranges and can safely tie up to 30pc higher density bales than a single knotter system.

The balers have a built-in hydraulic pump and oil supply, making connection to any tractor easy and also ensuring bale chamber doors are not affected by any changes in tractor hydraulics.

The built-in knotter blower is also powered by the on-board hydraulic pump and oil supply. With 30 ball twine capacity, the balers are available with tandem axle and pre-cutter.


A range of Massey Ferguson disc and drum mowers were also on show, including the Professional Series disc mowers, ­featuring individual compact angular gears that provide smooth power transfer to all discs.

This results in less wear than a conventional gear drive and ensures a longer and more reliable cutter bar life.

The wedge-shaped bar provides the added benefit of a low cut and the ‘Big Disc’ design ensures a large overlap, which results in a clean cut even when faced with high volume and difficult crops.

CLAAS ADD MORE VARIETY TO THE VARIANT RANGE

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The Variant round baler from Claas can discharge a bale in less than six seconds
 

The Variant round baler from Claas can discharge a bale in less than six seconds.

Claas worked their new Variant variable chamber round baler for the crowds at the show. Four models and two bale sizes are available in the Variant 400 range.

With the Variant 460RF and 465RC, the bale size can be varied from 0.90m up to 1.55m, while bales up to 1.8m can be created using the bigger 480RF and 485RC models.

Standard on all models is a 2.35m wide pick-up, fitted with a dual roller crop press. This has four height settings so that it can be quickly adjusted for a more uniform and even crop flow, so allowing the baler to be operated at a higher forward speed. Also standard is the hydraulic drop down floor, which allows blockages to be quickly and easily cleared from the cab.

The floor will also lower 30mm automatically to allow large lumps to pass through and be drawn into the baler. In the event of a blockage, the operator simply lowers the floor so that the blockage can be forced into the baling chamber and the floor raised again to commence baling.

The bale chamber has been strengthened, in particular the front frame which has been reinforced, as has the tailgate. This has been redesigned so that it opens and closes faster, meaning that bales are now discharged in less than six seconds. Belt guidance has also been improved for greater reliability and reduced wear.

Another standard feature on all models is the redesigned net spreading system.

This incorporates a stainless steel plate over which the net is fed into the bale chamber.

This has the benefit that net coverage across the full width of the bale is improved and also allows dust and dirt to fall away easily, resulting in more reliable netting.

JOHN DEERE REAP AWARDS WITH HarvestLab TECHNOLOGY

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Deere's Manure Sensing System adjusts slurry spreader application rates to match field conditions
 

Another development that is now commercially available from the John Deere dealer network and was on show at the event is the new Manure Sensing system.

Based on the same award-winning HarvestLab near-infrared (NIR) sensor technology used on the 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvester range, the system was demonstrated on a Joskin slurry tanker working in the muck spreading area at the event. It is designed to adjust slurry spreader application rates to match field conditions, which helps to increase productivity and crop yields while minimising input costs.

Based on complementary data from yield mapping, soil sampling, nitrogen sensors and other sources, the required application rate (eg, target or maximum rate) can be set in the GreenStar in-cab display before starting work.

The sensor is able to measure the key constituents of the slurry being applied (dry matter, total nitrogen, ammonium, P and K) in real time. The system then automatically adjusts the final flow of slurry to deliver exactly the quantity of nutrients required.


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