LAMMA 2018 the Launchpad for new machinery and equipment

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Farmers looking to invest in new machinery and equipment will be spoilt for choice when the LAMMA show returns to the East of England Showground on 17 and 18 January 2018.

More than 850 exhibitors are expected to attend the event, the UK’s largest machinery show.

Many will be using it to launch new kit into the UK market, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to find, compare and contrast items on their wish list and discuss the relative merits with experts on the stands.

Here’s a pick of some of the latest tillage equipment that will be making its debut at LAMMA ’18, to help farmers improve business performance and productivity.

Lemken is showing its new Azurit 9 single seed drill that uses the company’s DeltaRow method to place seed in offset twin rows.

The company says it provides 70% greater area for growth. The operator selects seed type via the operating terminal before starting work. The machine monitors seed flow and automatically corrects singling irregularities.

Kuhn Farm Machinery will be showcasing its new combination seed drill, the Venta 4030 + HR 4040. The power harrow element – HR 4040 – uses straight blades and a Duplex gearbox, enabling rotor speed to be adjusted according to soil conditions.

The drill features an 1,800-litre seed hopper and uses a fluted metering unit. Rates of 1-430kg.ha can be set from the tractor cab and a speed sensing radar ensures precise seeding at up to 15 kph.

JC Machinery will be joined by Vredo as they showcase the upgraded Vredo Agri Twin and Agri Air overseeder range.

Both drills are fitted with the new Crop Drill System that allows the machines to sow arable crops directly on corn stubbles at a 15cm row distance as well as retaining the grassland overseeding feature.

Stanhay is releasing the ProAir precision drill to the UK market at LAMMA, the first new machine from the firm in seven years.

It is 40% lighter and 30% shorter than its predecessor the Star Plus. The compact and durable precision drill is claimed to offer more adjustability than any other unit on the market.

The Farmet Falcon drill is making its first UK public outing at LAMMA. The range includes models from 3m to 8m and features a 4000-litre grain-only tank or 6,000-litre grain/fertiliser version.

Users can select different swappable toolbar options. Two metering units enable two seed types to be sown at different depths and rates.

John Deere’s stand will feature the company’s latest 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvester, equipped with a new generation HarvestLab sensing system.

Several new features have been introduced on the 8000 Series foragers for 2018. Chief among these is the HarvestLab 3000 crop constituent sensing system.

HarvestLab 3000 requires less maintenance, can operate in a wider range of temperatures and features a much bigger data storage capacity of 2GB, compared to the previous 32MB.

Other new John Deere products making their LAMMA debut include the S700 Series automated combine and V400 Series variable-chamber round baler, alongside the award-winning 6250R and 8400R tractors and the latest FarmSight precision farming technology.

Weaving Machinery’s new ultra-low disturbance LD Top Soiler will be on show. The mounted LD Top Soiler’s heaving action relieves compaction in the top 9” (228mm) and is designed to lift the soil while maintaining profile structure, to help preserve soil nutrients and retain moisture.

Väderstad’s new Carrier with the CrossCutter Disc is designed to improve mixing of trash and soil at 2-3cm on stubbles, cover crops and on ploughed land. The shallow disc cultivator can achieve speeds of up to 20kph with a low horsepower requirement.

Widths of 3m to 12.25m are available. The 450mm-diameter discs are individually mounted to a rubber suspended disc arm.

Väderstad is also showing its new universal light tined cultivator with levelling CrossBoard that can create a seedbed in a range of conditions. Ferox 500-900 has 50mm points and is available in 5-9m widths. Its rigid vibrating tines can maintain a constant working depth and shatter cobbly soils.

Claydon is launching its new TerraBlade inter-row hoe, a low-cost, mechanical method of controlling weeds in all types of band-sown crops including wheat, barley, oats and beans.

Four models are available with working widths of 3-6m to match those of Claydon Hybrid drills, with typical hourly outputs of 1.5-3ha. Minimum power requirements are 30-60hp.

A new mid-range, mounted reversible plough from Pottinger, the Servo 45M, is available in four and five-furrow versions, and is aimed at tractors up to 240hp. A six-furrow variant will follow.

An interbody clearance of 95cm and point-to-beam distance of 80cm ensures trash is buried with ease. Servomatic adjustment allows quick adjustment of the front furrow width and plough alignment.

A new wider 5.5m trailed Combi Disc from He-Va will be on show on the Opico stand. The nine tines subsoil to a 400mm depth, while 510mm-diameter scalloped Sabre discs which follow the legs to cut and mix to a depth of 125mm.

The depth of legs and discs are hydraulically adjustable from the tractor seat. The legs can be lifted out and folded, leaving the two rows of discs and the press roller in work, and vice-versa.

Halse South West is expanding its offering of Ovlac kit. The Maxidisc 2 short disc harrow cultivator come in mounted and trailed versions covering 2.5 to 6m. There is a choice of 20” or 24” serrated discs.

A further disc harrow variant, the Eurodisc, will be represented by the 400p 4m folding model. The range has 24” serrated discs, protected by a leafspring protection system.

Nordic Tyres will be launching CEAT Speciality Tyres at LAMMA. Manufactured in a new factory in Mumbai, India, Phase 1 will concentrate on radial agriculture tyres, tractor flotation and row crop tyres with many new sizes coming into production during 2018.

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