Lamma 2013 was regarded by many farmers and stand holders as an excellent event
Lamma 2013 was regarded by many farmers and stand holders as an excellent event, almost every stand boasting something new, and farmers keen to hear about new products to improve efficiency and save money, but the most talked about topic at this year’s show was undoubtedly the weather, the sub-zero temperatures of both days taking its toll on visitors and exhibitors. David Williams attended.
Early indications are that attendance was similar to last year, the first day slightly busier than the second. Approximately 860 companies were exhibiting, up by about 120 on last year’s total, and persuading organisers that the time has come to find a new site, almost all the available space having been taken at the current venue. “There are many more exhibitors attending both from the UK and overseas,” commented Lamma event director Cliff Preston.Lamma event director Cliff Preston.“There is a lot of business being done at the event and interest is continuing to grow. A first-time exhibitor from Poland was delighted, having found a distributor for his products in the UK, as well as returning to Poland with an empty lorry, all his products having sold from the stand. If comments on Twitter are anything to go by, they reflect a very good show with visitors having enjoyed it, generally very positive.”
The 2014 event will be at a new location; the East of England Showground near Peterborough, and Cliff said organisers are confident this will be an ideal site, with room for continuing expansion. “Many long-standing exhibitors want to have larger stands and some were keen to move their location within the show, but with no space available we could not accommodate this as we would have liked. We have been aware too that for visitors travelling to and from the show at its present location traffic congestion has been an issue, and we believe access to the new site will be much better with fewer delays. Parking and admission next year will again be free of charge as we know this is popular with exhibitors and visitors.”
New products displayed by Opico for the first time included a new range of Maschio hedge cutters, a simple slurry injection system and a wheeled rotary cultivator. The hedge cutters are manufactured by GLI in Italy, a company part-owned by Maschio. Three models are available; Carla, offering 5.0m reach and equipped with a 1.3m cutting head, described as a good all-rounder and with features and a price tag which will appeal to farmers and contractors. Camilla, with reach options of 4.5-6.0m, and Katia which has a forward reach and is designed for more intense contractor-type use. Pictured is the Carla model, a feature of which is the high arm pivot point which Opico explained allows its use in situations with limited space where the tractor is forced to travel very close to the hedge. Maschio OEM product specialist Matteo Piazza (left) with Opico managing director James Woolway.
McHale used Lamma to launch its C460 combined feeder and bedder. A 48-blade rotor, driven through a two-speed gearbox, rotates at either 280rpm to chop silage or hay, and 540rpm to shred and spread bedding. A hydraulically driven chain and slat conveyor pushes the bale toward the cutting blades and the machine will deal with both square and round bales. The discharge chute will rotate through 300 degrees to distribute feed or bedding where needed up to 18m from the machine. Minimum power requirement is 70hp
Landquip was showing its new Condor sprayer fitted with the company’s first rear-fold boom. The Condor sprayer is available with tank capacity up to 1,800 litres, and currently the boom is manufactured from steel for maximum strength, although in time the company expects to replace some of the steel with aluminium to reduce weight, starting with the outer sections. “We still see a large demand for the traditional side-fold booms but we are asked more frequently for rear-folding, with the advantages they offer for transport” said managing director Richard Abbott (pictured with the new Condor sprayer). Other features of the Condor include a new narrower tank, which keeps the weight in closer to the tractor and the Landquip chemical induction bowl with its side opening lid which forms a handy draining tray for empty chemical containers, the lid section forming a shallow bowl which catches the drips, and is automatically washed out as soon as the lid is closed. All Landquip mounted sprayers are also fitted with an A-frame mounting system, allowing easier hitching of the sprayer to the rear linkage, and making it easier to keep the sprayer weight in closer to the tractor. The new Condor displayed was also fitted with single nozzle switching, controlled through a Canbus electrical system, which Richard commented offers significant advantages; “The accuracy offered by individual nozzle switching provides accurate application, ensuring all the crop is treated without overlapping. We feel it is the way to go,” he explained.
Prices for the new Condor sprayer start at approximately 24,000 for a 1,000 litre 18m version. Tank capacities are 1,000, 1,300, 1,500 or 1,800 litres and boom width options are 18, 21, 24 and 28 metres.
Also on the Landquip stand was a pre-production example of the company’s new Cropmaster sprayer, due to be launched at Cereals later this year, and in response to increasing demand for additional capacity, as well as for use with implement-mounted chemical application equipment, a new range of front tanks. The Vision front tanks are available in 1,100 and 1,500 litre capacities and features include a clean water tank for rinsing, and electric valve switching. “Electric valve switching is a big advantage,” said Richard, “making them suitable for use with Nitroband applicators where they can be linked in to GPS systems for automatic operation.”
Opico’s slurry injector will work with an umbilical supply, or behind a tanker, and is described by Opico managing director James Woolway as being; “Better than a trailing shoe system, and at the right price, the right running costs and practical.” Mounted on the back of a 6m slitter the slurry is injected down in to the slot left by the blade. “Because the slurry runs down into the slot there is less nutrient loss than when spreading on top and it can penetrate the ground down to four or five inches. We have seen increased demand for wider slitters for increased work rates, and with this system the slitter is available just for slitting when needed, or for slurry injecting. It will appeal to larger farms but we expect the greatest demand to be from contractors,” he added. The 6m slitter displayed is priced at 8,534 and the injector costs 11,978.
Tong Peal was displaying its latest Storemaker hopper cleaner/ field loader. Claimed by the company to be ideal for cleaning root crop into store or for loading into bulk lorries it has been re-introduced due to demand from growers because of the wet weather during the autumn. The new version can be ordered with either the company’s Easyclean separator or with a coil cleaner, although Tong Peal marketing co-ordinator Carole Metcalfe (pictured) said the company expects the Easyclean version to account for most of the sales. “It’s great for in-field use as it is very portable and for those who don’t need or can’t justify the grading capability of our Caretaker grader it is ideal,” she said. “It feeds to a cross-conveyor which can be used for box filling or to feed an elevator for loading direct into lorries in the field. It is very reasonably priced and we believe it will appeal to growers, providing an additional option for cleaning, particularly in difficult harvesting conditions.” Carole is pictured at the show with a 2.4m wide Storemaker with a 4.3m hopper and 4-row model of the Easyclean separator. Krone used Lamma as its official UK launch for many new green harvest products. The main attractions on the stand were the Swadro 1400 Plus rotary rake, and new wider triple mowers, with a cutting width of 10m. The EasyCut triple mowers (pictured), comprise a 3.2m ECF320CV front mower and two rear mowers, both B1000CV units. All have Krone’s SmartCut beds, using uneven disc spacing between outward and inward turning blade pairs, designed to provide an efficient crop flow in both light and heavy working conditions. The mower is Isobus compatible and will be available this spring. Krone said a test machine has been in use with a contractor in the UK this year, and has cut in excess of 10,000 acres, performing well. With several units already sold for the coming season interest has been from farmers and contractors needing improved efficiency and higher work rates.
A new version of Garford’s Robocrop InRow weeder was shown for the first time. The original Mk1 design was in production from 2008 until 2012, and the new model has several improvements including a more open frame providing easier access for the operator, a new sensor system and a new computer management system. It is also said to be much easier and quicker to manufacture.
“Designed for working predominately in transplanted salad and vegetable crops, we have also had successful trials of the machine in sugar beet,” explained sales export manager Chris Lunn. “This is expected to prove attractive to those producing organic sugar beet. It will weed 3-5 plants per second depending on the crop and travelling at an average speed of 3kph and with a 2m working width it will weed 2.5-3.0ha per day, equivalent to 100 people with hoes. We manufacture versions up to 6m which will weed up to 10ha in an eight hour day.”
The weeder uses a single camera, which will monitor up to six rows of plants over a 2m width. The camera is capable of working in dusk conditions, using infra-red, and in the dark, tractor lights are claimed to be perfectly adequate to allow continued operation.
Chris is pictured with the new Robocrop and the price of a new 2m four row machine is from 62,400.
Case IH has produced a limited number of special edition Magnum tractors, marking 25 years since the launch of the range. Only 25 of the Silver Edition Magnum 340s will be coming to Europe, and only one, shown at Lamma, is coming to the UK. Powered by an 8.7 litre 6-cylinder 374hp (max) engine with SCR (Adblue) to meet the latest emissions regulations, the tractor has powershift transmission and is equipped with the Case IH automatic productivity management system which automatically selects the most efficient combination of engine speed and transmission ratio for the task being carried out.
Also from Case IH, and at the lower end of its power range was this Farmall A which is now available with a factory-fitted loader. With 1,400kg lift capacity the loader features mechanical automatic levelling. As well as providing an added benefit during work, increasing productivity and reducing the chance of spillage, a Case IH spokesman explained that the levelling system is fitted as the Farmall A has no cab. It reduces the likelihood of material falling backward from the loader when it is at its maximum height, which could endanger the operator. The price is 5,500 including the bucket.
Another company specialising in equipment for handling slurry or digestate products at the show was Vogelsang. Its X-Till tillage system was being displayed for the first time, and the company explained that its most likely use would be on the rear of a tanker or self-propelled applicator. Designed to reduce costs it will till and inject in one pass. In front an opener disc makes a slot and a pair of angled trash clearing discs follow. The liquid is injected down the rear of a subsoiling leg, and a pair of angled discs, running alongside the tine fill the slot. A pair of angled press rollers then consolidates the surface. Vogelsang explained that the result is a bead of digestate below the surface. The company explained that the design will lend itself to the addition of a rape seeder and is considering this as a future development. Trials of the design in Germany have proved very successful and the unit on display is intended for a UK customer.
A new direct drill was launched by Mzuri at the show. The Zip-Til strip tillage drill is a lighter weight version of the company’s existing range, the more compact design making it better suited to use with smaller tractors than the original drills. A leading disc cuts a slot, splitting the soil ahead of a leading tine. A vertical tine follows, creating a ‘bursting’ effect, and then a seed coulter spreads the seed across a 125mm band, a rubber press wheel then filling and providing consolidation. The bursting tine is protected by a hydraulic break-back. Overall working depth is adjusted on the main wheels with coulter depth adjusted on the packer wheels at the rear of the coulters. Coulter pressure is easily adjusted from the cab. Available now, the 3.0m drill is priced at 32,800, and wider 4.0 and 4.8m fully mounted versions are expected to be added to the range later, the two larger models folding for transport.
Willow Farm Machinery offers products from manufacturers including Duncan, Carre, Ino and Rozmital, and after a busy year during which managing director Sean Stanfield (pictured inset) took over ownership of the company, and the business relocated into larger premises, it was promoting a wide range of products from all its brands. Pictured is the Carre Pentasol 5-row seedbed cultivator which is available in 3.3m rigid, and 4.1, 5.9, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.1 folding formats. Various tine designs are available and rear packer options include coil, roller and Crosskill roller types. “It has excellent under-body clearance, strong tines and it is a simple design which is popular with farmers,” commented Sean. “For those looking for a simple machine with great resistance to blocking and which is capable of working in wetter conditions in most soil types it is very effective.” Sean explained that although Carre has manufactured the cultivator for several years, this is the first season he has had it available. “We also sell its sister machine, the Polysol, which instead of the third row of tines has a centre packer option, and although it has created a lot of interest, we expect the Pentasol to remain the most popular,” he added.
The Tridec trailer chassis was being shown by K-Two, for its Roadeo range of trailers. Designer, Ashley Knibb said there is a demand for a heavy-duty top specification chassis which can have various bodies fitted for use all year round. “Hydraulic suspension allows for a narrower chassis permitting full steering axles and maximum axle oscillation, while providing improved stability particularly at higher speeds. Additionally, the hydraulic suspension allows the trailer to be levelled for safe tipping, or to feed a conveyor, and in the field it can be angled in toward the harvester providing the operator with an improved view of the trailer filling process and a lower loading height for root crops. It will also improve safety on the road, particularly at higher speeds. For manual levelling the two right hand and two left hand actuators are linked, but for suspension the system links the actuators diagonally, so, when cornering, increased pressure on the outside wheels causes the actuators on the inner wheels to react, resulting in a levelling effect and improving stability. Air brakes are standard with ABS optional, and the hydraulic suspension gives greater accuracy to self-adjust sensitivity of the brakes using load information from the hydraulic circuits. We expect the trailer to appeal to those who need a high specification year-round trailer and can supply it with various bodies including bulk tippers, ejector unloaders, spreaders and tankers.”
Soil repair solutions was the theme on the Simba Great Plains stand. “A lot of damage has been done to soil structure during the wet autumn,” explained Simba Great Plains UK sales director David Holmes. “There are potentially a large number of farmers who haven’t previously had a problem but are now seeing the need to consider subsoiling or other repair methods. We have had a lot of calls coming in regarding soil structure, and tine design and wing options best suited to helping affect repairs, and as well as displaying products which provide solutions, we have soil specialists on the stand to provide independent advice. Identifying the cause is the first stage of the solution process; is it weather inflicted or self-inflicted? Then looking at what will repair the structure and considering various tine options. Pulling the tine through the ground is expensive, so it is important to ensure it is operating at the correct depth and providing the required result,” he added.
Simba Great Plains has expanded its range of packer rollers, offering more solutions to leave different soil types more weatherproof. “We have a wider range for the X-Press and TL cultivators, and the range will continue to increase with further packer options for more models,” said David. “Our products are extremely versatile and it is when conditions are as difficult as they have been this past autumn that the extra features we provide on Simba Great Plains products really show their worth. For example, we have retained the ability to adjust the working angles of the discs across all our machines, allowing the user to get the best from the implement even in wetter conditions,” he said.
Assisting on the stand was soil structure specialist Philip Wright of Boston-based Wright Resolutions Ltd. “I specialise in soil structure and cultivations and I am on the stand to provide independent advice for those with soil problems. The first stage of rectifying any problem is to get the spade out, and that will help identify the problem and the depth of the problem. It has been interesting checking fields this autumn as often soils which appear waterlogged haven’t been waterlogged right through, and it has just been a localised depth issue, due to compaction or some other factor. It is worth checking.
“Often the simple things are missed. It might be too wet to get on the fields and correct issues there, but there is plenty of opportunity to take a spade and check field drains are working, to clear around the outfalls and check they are all running,” he advised.
Pictured (l-r) Simba Great Plains product support specialist for the south Julian Hadlow; machinery operator Stuart Maynard who is employed by Will Thompson, next in line, a farmer and share farmer from Goudhurst, Kent; Philip Wright and David Holmes.
Bauer’s Green Bedding Separator was launched at the Dairy Event last year, but is now available for sale. Its auger, driven by a 7.5kW gear motor, and using a 1mm screen to separate liquid from fibrous solids, is designed to extract the maximum possible moisture, resulting in bedding of 35-36 per cent dry matter said to be ideal for optimal cow comfort. Bauer area sales manager for UK, Scandinavia and the Middle East and Far East, Klaus Ferk said the separator will appeal to dairy farms with more than 80-head of livestock, and has the potential to save a considerable amount of money on bedding costs compared to using sawdust or similar material.
John Deere new products on display included a Gator utility vehicle with power steering. Only available on the XUV855D model, power steering will be standard on models supplied in the olive and black livery and optional on the traditional John Deere green and yellow version. It features anti-kickback as well as speed-sensitive steering and is only available factory-fitted. It adds approximately 500 to the cost of the standard green and yellow XUV855D.
Also being shown was a cab for the new 5E series tractors. The range includes models with 55, 65 and 75hp and the cab has been introduced in response to demand from users. Two cab versions are available; one with basic roof-mounted heater/ventilation outlets, and there is a higher specification version, with air conditioning. The cabs also have opening front, rear and side windows. Price for the cab is yet to be confirmed.
Knight was displaying a selection of its cultivation products and sprayers, and sales manager David Maine explained that the 2045 SP sprayer pictured is the smallest to date that the company has produced in its large 20 series. “We have manufactured the 20 series sprayers with 5,000 and 6,000 litre tanks but this is the first 4,500 litre version. This one has been ordered by a contractor for applying suspension fertiliser for Omex, and it has a high capacity 1,100 litre/minute pump, and two inch pressure and three inch suction pipes. It has a 30m boom and like all the other 20 series sprayers has a 200hp engine.”
The 20 series sprayers have been in production for approximately three years but the range was updated in mid-2012 with a new cab, and David said there was a lot of interest in the latest specification. “We have been very busy, the 20 series has proved very popular and demand is growing for larger sprayers with bigger capacities to provide higher output. David is pictured (left) with engineering manager Darren Bentley.
Lincolnshire-based Stripe Agriculture was showing the Massano Rotostone de-stoner which is manufactured in Italy. A contra-rotating rotor lifts soil and stones over the rotor assembly to a row of vertical spring tines. Larger stones hit the spring tines and drop down to the bottom of the cultivated area, and soil then covers the stones. A level surface or raised beds can be formed. The model shown was a 5.4m version but smaller single-bed working width models are available as well as larger machines up to 7.2m. Area sales manager for Lincolnshire Darren Stevens said the Rotostone is expected to appeal for use preparing land for potatoes, and likely customers include farmers and contractors. “The first day of the show we had a lot of interest. We have a lot of growers keen to try it and will run this machine as a demonstrator.” The price of the 5.4m version displayed is approximately 35,000.
Kubota introduced its M-series tractors 10 years ago, offering up to 94hp, and allowing the manufacturer to expand its sales into the agricultural market. Last year, the company previewed its M-GX tractors with 110 and 135hp at Cereals. “We had a queue at times with show visitors keen to get in the cab, both dealers and users, and they were impressed with the space and visibility the tractors offered,” said Kubota UK general manager David Roberts. “At Lamma, we tend to have more operators visit and they have been keen to inspect the range. Local dealers are here on the stand helping deal with enquiries, and we have had others visit from all over the UK, many bringing prospective buyers to see the tractors.
“We now offer a range of seven agricultural models from 60-135hp and expect to introduce more variants as well as more powerful models in the future. Dealers have stock now, they are running demonstrators and selling tractors. Last year we took on three new dealers, we have taken on another from the start of this year and at least two more will be taken on later this year. We know how important it is to the agricultural market that effective after-sales back-up is in place and have a busy service training programme in operation to make sure dealers are fully qualified to work on the latest fuel systems and transmissions, as well as hydraulics, all of which now have electronic control systems. Our agricultural dealers also handle the popular RTV utility vehicle range, as this has proved very popular with professional agricultural, forestry and gamekeeping users, the same sort of market for which our larger tractor range is ideal,” he explained.
It is not often that a completely new tractor brand appears at a UK show, but Lamma saw the launch of the Turkish Armatrac range. The parent company, Erkunt Industries, has been making castings for transmissions and engine blocks since 1953 for some very respected manufacturers and began manufacturing tractors in 2004. The tractors are sold under the Erkunt brand name in Turkey, where it claims to be number three in the very competitive market, but it sells under the Armatrac name elsewhere, the brand formed in 2007 with sales now in Bulgaria, Serbia, Algeria, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Northern Cyprus, Jordan, and Yemen, through a network of distributors. For the UK, seven models will be available between 50 and 110hp, and there will be two specification levels offered; standard and Lux.
Engines are Deutz and Perkins and the company explained that it is currently waiting for the exact engine specifications to be confirmed, to meet Tier 4 interim emissions regulations, where required within the range.
Buyers can select between Carraro mechanical 12×12 or ZF 8×8 or 16×16 transmissions, the ZF 16×16 having two-speed powershi