OPICO is introducing two new trailed drills into the UK market following its appointment as UK distributor for French machinery company Sky-Agriculture. The EasyDrill and MaxiDrill will be launched at LAMMA 2016.
OPICO’s MD James Woolway explains: “Sky-Agriculture is a relatively new company: it is a partnership between David Guy, a farmer and agronomist, and Julian Burel of Sulky. It was established in 2013, and is based on a farm – ‘La Conillais’ – just north of Nantes in north-west France. Here, both machinery and cropping trials take place, and new techniques have been evolved over a number of years. So Sky’s products draw on Sulky’s decades of experience in seeding techniques and agricultural machinery manufacturing, together with practical on-farm trials.
“Sky is a new brand which has made a huge impact on the European market in a very short time. The new thinking and superb engineering behind the machinery allows farmers more flexibility, and to employ a more weatherproof strategy than other machinery on the market at present.”
Sky drills will be available through OPICO’s network of HE-VA dealers and the two ranges will be one of the strongest combinations on the market.
Mr Woolway explains: “Over the past 10 years, OPICO has provided a lot of input into product development with HE-VA. The result is a market-leading range of cultivation machinery, specifically designed for UK conditions and cultivation techniques.
“However, our customers and dealers were missing a drill range which would complement HE-VA’s cultivations machinery. With the new agreement with Sky-Agriculture, they now have two innovatively-designed trailed drills to choose from: the EasyDrill which gives the flexibility to drill in a range of ground and weather conditions, and the MaxiDrill which is designed to keep working in marginal conditions in late autumn when other machines have to head back to the farm.”
Mr Woolway adds: “In the current climate, investment in new machinery may have dropped from some farmers’ minds but I believe that investment in certain techniques and technology is critical to retaining and improving profitability of arable farms, large and small alike.”