Exceeding Expectations:By Charlie McCarron

 SHOWN AS a static display earlier this year at Cereals, the Farm Force Discleader cultivator will go into production early in 2005.

A prototype machine has performed above expectations on test over more than 200ha (500 acres) on the Yorks Wolds, according to Farm Force.

The DiscLeader was conceived as a multipurpose machine and shares many design features with the Ringleader press, launched last year.

Designed to tackle primary cultivations in a fast, shallow min-till manner, the cultivator uses two rows of hydraulically adjustable discs to create a seed-bed.

It is claimed to be equally capable of secondary cultivation tasks, either to break down ploughed ground or to freshen up a stale seed-bed in front of the drill.

The two rows of discs are interchangeable which means the DiscLeader can be configured for a number of functions.

Screw adjustable levelling boards can be chosen to level ploughing and heavy duty rigid tines are available with a choice of wide or narrow points depending on soil conditions.

 Available in working widths from 3m to 8m, standard spec comprises a double row of discs, a double row of rings, a rear wheel transport kit and a pivoting rear hitch.

Requiring 110hp to 120hp, the 3m folding version is priced at 12,400. The larger 4m version priced at 18,600 requires 140hp to 150hp.