One of the great things about the Agritechnica show is that every type of machine and product is represented, from a new type of hand-tool to a sugar beet harvester that’s bigger than a semi-detached house.
Inevitably, there are far too many machines for us to cover comprehensively. But this quick online whizz through the new machinery aisles will give you a flavour of what’s on offer.
One thing that is striking is the increasing size (and cost) of machinery on offer to farmers and contractors. Horsepowers, too, keep pushing upwards, as do weights, widths and price-tags.
So here is some of the new forage kit on show at Agritechnica 2015…
Holaras touts ‘perfect’ clamp
Dutch firm Holaras was showing its buckrake and rotor combination, which it reckons will help build the perfect silage clamp.
The two galvanised, tubular rotors level out material behind the 3m buckrake, and the unit can be ordered with brackets to fit a tractor three-point linkage, telehandler headstock or even a loading shovel. You can also get them without the buckrake section if you want to use it solely as a spreader on the clamp, and the asking price is €17,600 (£12,500).
Goweil LT Master has silage wrapped
There’s a lucrative market for exporting silage that us Brits haven’t tapped into just yet – particularly to the Middle East, where wealthy sheikhs like to feed their camels and horses the best crops money can buy.
The easiest way to get maize silage, sugar beet pulp, alfalfa and TMR fodder over to Asia is to wrap it using a machine like this one from Austrian baler maker Goweil.
With an asking price of €230,000 (£165,000) it’s a specialist bit of kit, and sits on truck axles to speed up the transport process between farms.
Once there, the static system is unfolded and crops can be loaded into the 12cu m intake hopper. A combination of conveyors feeds the variable-chamber baling unit, which throws bales on to a twin-arm wrapping system.
Weigh cells help keep tabs on total output, which can reach 60t/hour, and a returns system runs the length of the machine to take any loose material back to the intake elevator.
Remarkably, Goweil says the machines are sold out until 2017 so you’ll have a bit of a wait on your hands if you want one.
Agronic Multibaler wraps maize on the move
If the cost of Goweil’s system is a little too tough to stomach, Agronic sells its smaller, Finish-made version for a comparatively modest €130,000 (£93,000).
Unlike the Goweil, you’ll need a loader to feed the 4cu m hopper, but the rest of the system works in largely the same way and it will need a 95hp tractor on the front to keep it running.
Agronic claims it can also be fed on-the-move by a forager, but in reality you would have to be travelling at crawling speed through a wafer-thin crop to give it any chance of keeping up, considering the output is likely to be around 45 bales/hour.
Russia’s Rostelmash forager to appear in the UK?
The UK self-propelled forager market might be dominated by the likes of Claas, Krone, Deere and Fendt, but there are other options out there.
Russian maker Rostelmash has been building foragers since 1985 and its current RSM1403 model has been in production for the past five years.
As yet it hasn’t made it to the UK, but with Lincolnshire importer JPM Agricutural now bringing in the combines there’s a chance we might see one.
For those that are interested, power comes from a 12-litre, 500hp Mercedes six-potter and it has a ZF hydrostatic transmission on board.
The rest is Rostelmash-built including the 6m maize header and grass pick-up.