Farm Ireland

Saturday 16 December 2017

New Holland's T6 and T8 ranges will be unveiled at this year's show alongside cutting-edge technology from all big names

machinery giants t0 launch latest kit at cereals 2013

Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Farmers on the lookout for new and updated kit will have access to many of the biggest names in agricultural machinery at Cereals 2013, which will take place in Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, tomorrow and on Thursday.

The event, which has always attracted a good few Irish visitors, has earned a reputation for being a key shop window for many of the leading machinery manufacturers.

As well as cultivation kit and drills to suit every soil type and system, there will be a wide choice of tractors on show to operate such equipment and combines to cut crops.

The 10ha working demonstration area returns again this year so visitors can see some of the machinery being put through its paces. Tickets cost £23 (€27) or £19 (€22) for students. Here, we take a look at some of the new machines being launched at the show.

Cultivation kit

Opico is introducing what it claims is a lower-cost machine – a shearbolt version of the HEVA triple tiller – a high-speed stubble cultivator with three rows of tines. The option is available on all three sizes: three, four and five metres. The company is extending the Maschio power harrow range with a four-metre-wide Aquila folding version. This smaller machine will be easy to transport and demands less hp than its bigger variants.

Vaderstad is revealing its new Carrier XL with large discs at Cereals. The 61cm discs are better at penetrating thick layers of crop residue or manure. Capable of shallow cultivations of down to 15cm, the XL is available in 9.25m and 12.25m widths.

Meanwhile, the new four-metre Cenius 4002-2T folding trailed mulch cultivator from Amazone features a three-row staggered time arrangement set at 28.5cm spacing and followed by levelling discs. It can undertake shallow stubble cultivations or deep loosening of the topsoil. Lemken's newly-introduced Flexpack helps to close furrows, ensuring weed seeds are properly buried while crushing clods and preserving moisture retention. The press mounts on the plough and fits 4-6 furrow Juwel 8-shearbolt ploughs.

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Pottinger is showing its Terradisc compact disc harrows designed for shallow tillage. The 1001 series is available as mounted and trailed versions in working widths of three to six metres. Thicker and larger discs are claimed to extend the service life of this new-generation machine by up to 45pc.

Kuhn is highlighting its new minimum tillage options. The four-to-six-metre trailed Cultimer L has three rows of twin spring-loaded, non-stop, mechanical tines that operate at a pressure of 600kg. A row of levelling discs and a roller follow.

Different shares and points enable shallow or deep cultivations down to 35cm. The firm's Optimer Plus is designed for shallow work. It has two rows of curved 510mm-diameter discs, levelling tines and a choice of rollers. Trailed options range from four to 7.5m.

Tractors and combines

John Deere's new single-fuel 6M Series tractor range will be represented at Cereals 2013 by the 150hp 6150M model. The 115-170hp range provides more power and operator comfort than its 6030 Series predecessors. The tractors are powered by 4.5-litre four-cylinder or 6.8-litre six-cylinder PowerTech PVX engines.

Also on show will be John Deere's new direct drive tractor, in the form of the top-of-the-range 210hp 6210R. The newly designed 24-speed transmission is said to deliver the handling of an infinitely variable shift transmission with the power efficiency of a mechanical transmission. It is available on all six-cylinder 6R Series tractors.

The company's revamped XUV 855D Gator 4x4 utility vehicle has several new features. These include a digital instrument cluster, a bigger capacity 55A alternator and a larger 27.6-litre fuel tank.Engine braking has also been improved.

New Holland has chosen Cereals to unveil the T6 and T8 ranges of tractors. They are equipped with Auto Command transmission and complement the existing line-up of T7 models.

This gives the brand a comprehensive range of tractors with a variable speed transmission from 110 to 230 rated engine horsepower. Also on display for the first time will be a new roll belt baler to add to the current offering of round balers and combination wrappers.

Visitors will be able to meet product specialists to learn more about the products.

Case IH is introducing the Maxxum CVX EP, the first four-cylinder Case IH tractor to offer a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The range includes three models powered by 4.5-litre efficient power engines with rated outputs of 110, 121 and 131hp.

An additional 32hp is available through power management in transport, hydraulic and PTO use. Another addition to the Case IH CVX range, the Magnum 370 CVX, further extends the CVT option. Featuring an 8.7-litre engine, with power management boosting maximum power output to an impressive 409hp at 1,800rpm, the model also has automatic productivity management to match engine speed and transmission outputs to changing working conditions.

New features to boost productivity on the Case IH's Axial-Flow combines include a redesigned cab, said to set new standards in convenience, comfort and ergonomics, and new unloading technology to include a folding auger and a pivoting spout option to improve trailer filling accuracy. Other improvements include upgraded choppers and spreaders.


Amazone's EDX Precision air seeder will be on show, fitted with metering drums with hole diameters of 1.2mm and 1.6mm.

Those sizes are suitable for single sowing of rapeseed which can produce a more manageable crop and higher yields. Sumo will be airing its new deep tillage seeder.

This machine is a one pass strip till tine drill designed to work straight into previous crop residues and cover crops.

As reported recently in the Farming Independent, Horsch will be highlighting the resurgence in seed and fertiliser drills. The firm claims advantages include better crop establishment, reduced input costs and improved weed control.

Drills including the Horsch Pronto and Sprinter are available in working widths from 3m to 12m using the Duett coulter to place a band of fertiliser about 30mm below the seed.

Fertiliser spreaders

The new Sulky Econov X40 and X50 fertiliser spreaders will be shown. Using GPS technology, internet links and automation, precision application is possible even on irregular-shaped fields. These machines offer working widths of 44m and 50m respectively.

Amazone is showing its new hi-tech ZA-TS mounted fertiliser spreader, which can precision-spread its payload of 4,500kg up to 54m. It features the firm's boundary spreading system that allows fertiliser to be spread more accurately and closer to the field edge.

Kuhn's 36m trailed pneumatic spreader has a 6,300-litre hopper capacity and can operate at 15km/hr while spreading at rates of up to 250kg/ha of urea. The machine is fully Isobus compatible.

Precision agriculture

Finally, Patchwork will show the latest developments to its class-leading Blackbox range of GPS systems for agriculture.

Both Patchwork's Blackbox Go and Advance models have all electronic components housed in the display so they are now easier to install and move.

On the Advance model, section control for up to four sections is also included.

This saves customers €750 compared to previous solutions, enabling accurate control for older sprayers without the need for a major investment.

A built-in modem on the Blackbox Advance model enables remote support, data transfer and tracking for the price of a SIM card.

Irish Independent