Normac – the Norfolk Machinery Club’s biennial cultivations equipment demonstration – is on 9 September and will give visitors the chance to see all sorts of tillage tackle in action.
Work is never held up because the ground is too wet and heavy equipment is never bogged down. The easy-working soil also reduces the tractor power needed on such a big acreage.
An outdoor pig unit with 2500 sows has its own tractors plus two telehandlers, and the other 1220ha (3050 acres) has a permanent fleet of just three tractors totalling 555hp, which are supplemented by an extra 133hp tractor hired to help with the harvest.
The light land also simplifies the cultivation needs. Some of the sugar beet land is ploughed, but soil preparation for the rest of the arable acreage consists of one or two passes with a 5m-wide tined cultivator followed by a cultivator drill.
Amazone’s wide-span Catros 7500 will be working on the demo plots.
The problem with tillage machinery here is not the power requirement, but high wear rates caused by lots of stones in some fields.
Efforts to spread the cost of big machinery items, include sharing the ownership of a 36m self-propelled sprayer with another farm and the six-row sugar beet harvester, helps to earn its keep doing contract work. As well as dealing with barley and wheat with a 9m header, the farm’s combine also harvests the herbage seed using a stripper header.
Cropping is dominated by the barley acreage, split between winter and spring varieties to spread establishment and harvesting workloads. The rotation on much of the arable acreage is two barleys followed by sugar beet and then herbage seeds. An alternative is two years of grass for the pigs followed by sugar beet and then barley.
Even if it rains during this year’s Normac cultivations event, visitors are unlikely to need wellies.
Most of the 1400ha (3500-acre) Brettenham Manor Farm is on light, free-draining sandy soil that absorbs the heaviest rainfall without becoming muddy.
There is also a large area of permanent pasture, much of it on water meadows and some of it rented for grazing. The pasture, plus field headland strips, are part of a long- term conservation policy, which reflects one of Peter Wright’s personal interests, and his successes include a build-up of stone curlew numbers to about seven pairs plus 170 skylark plots.
“One of the fields for the Normac event is on what we call a medium soil and the other field is lighter,” says Peter Wright. “Generally, it will be quite a contrast to some of the heavier soils they have used for the event in the past and I think it will be interesting to see how different types of machinery perform on this land.”
Host: Brettenham Manor Farm, Brettenham, Thetford, Norfolk.
Soil: 16ha (40 acres) clay, 1384ha (3350) medium to very light sandy soil over chalk.
Crops: 180ha (450 acres) grass for 2500-sow pig unit, 230ha (575 acres) permanent pasture including river meadows and some land under HLS schemes, 233ha (585 acres) winter barley, 135ha (337 acres) spring barley, 27ha (68 acres) wheat, 170ha (425 acres) sugar beet, 100ha (250 acres) perennial ryegrass for seed, 66ha (165 acres) rented to a potato grower and 57ha (142 acres) of game cover.
Based on the HE-VA’s Fanterra Vector disc drill, the Opico Kulti-Seeder can be used in min-till systems or on ploughed land.
But it comes with a gravity-fed box drill rather than the pneumatic system used on existing Fanterras. Shattaboards, disc coulters,
then a set of harrow tines and a rubber roller and another harrow finish the job.
Tractors and principle machinery (excluding pig unit equipment)
New Holland tractors – 2 x T7040, 1 x TM155 plus TS125A hired for the harvest.
Tillage machinery: Lemken six-furrow plough and press, 5m Horsch Terrano 5FX cultivator, 6m Horsch Pronto 6DC cultivator drill.
Other machinery: New Holland CX880 combine with 9m header and Shelbourne Reynolds stripper-header, half share in Sands 36m self-propelled sprayer, Vervaet six-row beet harvester, Hesston big baler, Spearhead 6m rotary cutter for headlands.
Kongskilde will be showing off its mounted VibroFlex 7400 stubble cultivator range, which runs from 2.5m to 7m.
When Tuesday 9 September 2008
Where Brettenham Manor, Brettenham, near Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2RP
By kind permission of Shadwell Estates
Admission and parking Free
Contact www.normac.uk.com or 01986 788 209
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