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Thursday 22 June 2017

Mastering the art of the plough

Kildalton College and manufacturer Lemken have teamed up again for the Plough Operator of the Year competition

Crop yields will suffer and fuel consumption will be higher if the plough isn’t properly set up.
Crop yields will suffer and fuel consumption will be higher if the plough isn’t properly set up.

Lemken and Templetouhy Farm Machinery (TFM) have joined forces again this year to launch the 2016 Lemken Plough Operator of the Year award at Kildalton College. This year the students will get to experience two different cutting edge technology ploughs from the Lemken range, a EurOpal 8 Hydrix and the new generation Juwel 7 MVT plough.

Over the course of the spring ploughing season the students will be receiving expert advice from Lemken and TFM specialists on the theory and practical side of ploughing.

According to Diarmuid Claridge, Ireland sales manager for Lemken, a large emphasis will be placed on the importance of correct plough settings to gain maximum benefit in terms of weed control, soil structure, fuel usage and reduced metal wear.

"Precise plough adjustment is a key factor in both metal wear and fuel usage," said Mr Claridge.

"With the Lemken Optiquick system, it allows for easy and efficient adjustment of the front furrow width and tractor/plough pull line, independently of each other. Both time and money are saved as a result."

At the end of the spring ploughing season the students will each have the chance to test their skills and put what they have learnt into action in front of a team of judges.

The judges are clear in their criteria that the winner will be someone who stands out from the rest in terms of safety, correct maintenance, correct plough settings, and overall ability to perform satisfactory ploughing.

Tips

As the students are set to learn, good ploughing can only be achieved if the plough is set up properly from the start.

The following tips might be helpful for initial plough set up, and are based around a five furrow reversible Lemken plough.

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