Impressive customer support at Lancs sprayer demo day

A Kuhn sprayer and spreader demonstration day by Malpas Tractors in late March featured the latest mounted and trailed models and precision farming technology.

Malpas Tractors demonstration day

The event, on a Saturday morning at Burscough, near Ormskirk, was organised by the dealer’s Lathom branch and featured models from across the Kuhn agricultural sprayer line-up, from the 1,000-litre, 12m Optis to the Metris 4,200-litre trailed sprayer. The latest mounted Aero 32.1 pneumatic boom fertiliser applicator was also on show.

Malpas Tractors demo day
The demonstration day weather was dry enough for machines to travel on the field, but extremely strong winds meant that some sprayer features couldn’t be demonstrated as effectively as the dealer and manufacturer teams would have liked.

Dealer attracts a good crowd

“We were very lucky with the weather as, although it was cold and windy, ground conditions were dry enough for machines to travel on the field so that customers could see the boom suspension and height control systems in action, and watch the section control operating,” explained Kuhn non-inversion and sprayer specialist, Marcus Ainley.

“Events organised by the Malpas Tractors team always attract a good crowd, and more than 100 new and existing customers, including farmers and contractors, attended this quite specialist demonstration. I think that most customers got more from seeing everything in action in a field than they could have done on a stand at a show and the response was extremely positive.”

Precision technology in action

Malpas Tractors demo day
The latest Kuhn Aero pneumatic boom spreader allows accurate application of lower-cost fertilisers that might not be evenly spread by central disc machines.

Along with the Optis and Metris sprayers, additional models included the 1,500-litre Delta, a 2,000-litre Alta partnered with a 1,500-litre front tank giving 3,500 litres of total capacity, and a 3,000-litre Deltis. “There are many vegetable growers in the local area, and spray accuracy is essential for these high value cash crops,” Marcus continued. “Most sprayers we displayed featured the latest precision farming technology, including nozzle by nozzle section control and automatic boom height adjustment, but we were able to show that everything remains easy to operate and user-friendly, especially when linked to the tractor’s Isobus system.

Tractors with section and variable rate control functions unlocked can control application direct from the tractor terminal and multi-function joystick, and with Aux N compatibility users can assign preferred controls to a range of sprayer functions. We also demonstrated our own CCI 1200 terminal which provides full sprayer system functionality for tractors without Isobus, but it’s so easy to use and popular with operators that many customers specify it as a second screen dedicated to sprayer operation, while the tractor terminal provides GPS steering.”

Accurate fertiliser applications

The Kuhn Aero pneumatic boom spreader has reappeared in the product line-up after a break of several years. Advantages over disc spreaders include improved accuracy in windy conditions, as well as when applying lower cost fertilisers of variable quality and density that might not be applied consistently from centrally positioned discs. Extremely accurate section control by outlet is possible.

Points-based discount

Kuhn is currently offering a points-based discount incentive for sprayer purchases. Specifying particular upgrades and options relating to precision technology earns extra points towards the purchase, unlocking discounts for buyers of up to £5,000.

Showcasing full range of sprayers

“In such a strong arable and vegetable farming area, we were keen to showcase the complete range of Kuhn sprayers along with the latest Aero spreader,” explained Malpas Tractors sales and product support specialist, Oliver Knowles.

“It was well attended by contractors as well as arable and grassland farmers. Many who came were local, but others travelled from throughout the North West. Winds over 40mph made it difficult to demonstrate the machines as fully as we would have liked, but customers were able to see sprayer control systems in action and found the event useful.

Malpas Tractors and Kuhn employees
Members of the Malpas Tractors and Kuhn teams at the event: (l-r) Kuhn UK parts and specialist sales, James Fox; Malpas Tractors sales, Oliver Knowles; Kuhn UK specialist sales, Rupert Greest; Malpas Tractors managing director, Paul Reeves; Malpas Tractors sales, Sam Chambers and Mike Hogg; Malpas Tractors branch manager, Alison Shacklady; Malpas Tractors sales, Alan Wade; Kuhn UK specialist sales, Marcus Ainley; Malpas Tractors service technician, Ryan Evans; service manager, Andrew Talbot; and service support, Chris Ollerton.

“The sprayers were mounted on our Valtra tractors, which also attracted plenty of interest.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Wilson family for allowing us the use of their land at Brandreth Farm, Burscough for the demonstration, as well as the Kuhn UK team for all their support on the day, and their help the preceding week while we were setting everything up,” he concluded.

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