yellow fever as czech cultivators hit ireland
New range of equipment from continent offers alternative to established brands
New to Ireland from the Czech Republic is the STROM range of agricultural equipment, which is now being imported by Andrew Wheelock, based just outside of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
The striking yellow range of STROM products includes a broad range of cultivators and subsoilers in different combinations and widths, plus trailed toppers, trailers, dung spreaders and slurry spreaders.
Particularly suitable for use in Ireland are the STROM Disc-land and Ecoland cultivators, which Andrew says offer an alternative to the established brands on the market here.
Available in either mounted or trailed configuration, the Ecoland is available in 3m and 3.5m-mounted or 3m, 4m, 5m and 6m in trailed. The Discland is available in 3m and 4m mounted or four up to 12m trailed.
Andrew himself uses a 4m trailed STROM Ecoland leg cultivator for min-till cultivation on the family farm.
"With vertical, spring-loaded legs this is a non-stop system," states Andrew. "This machine has four rows of cultivator legs. The norm is three, so it has an extra pair of legs compared to much of its competition. The extra legs are working closer together, which means the legs don't need wings and less power is required to pull it."
Construction appears robust as well, as Andrew points out: "A six-inch box is used throughout the Ecoland and there is a big, heavy chassis down the middle. All the welded joints are gusseted for extra strength as well."