Machinery manufacturers were out in force at this year’s Lamma event with stands rammed full of the latest and shiniest bits of cultivation kit.
See also: All our Lamma 2015 coverage
Here are a few of our favourites:
Brock Cross Consolidator 650 cultivator
Essex firm J Brock and Sons is well known for its second-hand sales, however Lamma saw the company launch its machinery brand, simply called Brock.
A range of cultivation equipment is now being offered, including the Cross Consolidator 650 cultivator.
This British-made unit is designed to be used behind cultivated land and employs a series of rotors that pushes down crop residue and consolidates the ground leaving a good surface for the following drill.
A packer with 12mm Hardox flutes is easily replaceable if it becomes worn and a clever patented internal scraper system avoids blockages.
Cost goes from a CC450 4.5m unit at £14,900 to £33,700 for the giant double-folding CC1250 12.5m.
Covenbrook tine drill
Flashy, high-tech drills have a habit of hogging the limelight, but there’s still a healthy market out there for simpler, lower-cost machines.
Hence the Covenbrook tine drill. Built by Essex engineering firm Covenbrook Fabrications it is designed to be simple, tough and easily pulled by a mid-sized tractor.
Up top there is a 1.3t hopper that feeds into a tried-and-tested Accord metering system, fan and distribution head. Seed is then placed in the soil using a standard set of pigtail tines.
A tined following harrow is standard issue and there is the option of adding a set of front-levelling boards and wheel eradicators.
It also comes with an RDS Artemis control box capable of variable rate seeding and there’s a GPS speed sensor, too.
The Tineseeder is available as a 3m ridged machine as well as 4m, 4.8m and 6m hydraulic folding versions. The 6m drill costs £26,950.
Edwards Farm Machinery ultra-accurate oilseed rape drill
As oilseed rape drilling gets ever more precise there could be a market for this ultra-accurate disc drill imported by Worcestershire firm Edwards Farm Machinery.
The Italian-built Agricola Italiana SN2D-1-200 uses a vaccum-metering system to make sure just one seed is delivered at a time at a precise distance apart. This should avoid plants bunching up the row and competing with each other.
At ground level the drill has been fitted with an adjustable metal blade that cuts a slot for the seed. This is followed by a set of double discs with depth wheels attached that open the slot for the seed to fall into. A press wheel then consolidates the seed-bed.
The drill also comes with a compressor to keep the metering system clean and an additional hopper for adding micro-granular fertiliser.
A 3m drill fitted with 6-rows has a list price of £15,400, including the compressor and fertiliser applicator.
TWB reveals specialist oilseed rape drill
Converting subsoilers to designated oilseed rape drills has been standard practice over the past few years, but dropping a seed behind a long subsoiler leg still means you’re compromising on the consistency of sowing, says Terry Birch of TWB.
Instead, he has built a specialist oilseed rape drill that should improve the uniformity of the crop.
Front cutting discs lead a line of TWB’s low draft legs that work from 150-350mm deep. Trailing that is a heavily built packer that runs behind each leg to consolidate prior to drilling.
Buyers can pick between tine or disc coulters to sow the seed, before a roller on the back presses the soil back down to improve seed contact. You can also have a liquid fertiliser system, seed hopper or slug pelleter bolted on top.
The model on stand was 4.5m wide and weighs in at 7.5t, so it’ll want at least 350hp on the drawbar. Price for that model is £32,500, but TWB will make anything from a rigid five-leg 3m to a folding 6m, 12-legger.
Philip Watkins adds seeding kit to Quad-till
Philip Watkins was one of several cultivations manufacturers showing kit to get oilseed rape in the ground more consistently.
It has rearranged its horsepower-hungry Quad-till cultivator to accommodate a seeding the kit. The reshuffle has seen the two rows of heavy-duty tines behind the wheels replaced by a combination of wavy cutting discs and seeding units.
The front two rows of cultivating discs can also be lifted completely out of work so that seeding set-up works just like a strip-tiller. Doing this also sees horsepower requirements tumble from 100hp/m to 70hp/m.
Subsoiler legs run behind the front discs, before the new wavy discs loosen up the surface to create a tilth ahead of the A-shaped tine coulter. Levelling boards tidy things up ahead of a heavy press, though in an ideal world users would run over with a cambridge roll as well.
The 5m model on shows costs £58,000 as standard, while a nine-row seeding kit including a Stocks hopper adds another £13,600 to the sticker price.
Polish maker Unia brings disc cultivator to UK
Yorks company Manterra, which mainly specialises in RTK implement steer guidance systems and liquid fertiliser, was showing a range of products from Polish company Unia.
Unia isn’t much known in the UK, but it’s Poland’s biggest machinery maker and has 1,500 people working in five different plants. There’s a big range of products, including balers, wrappers and drills, but Manterra says it is concentrating on cultivation and fertiliser spreaders at the moment.
Prices look pretty reasonable. A 4m Ares TXL disc cultivator with two rows of 560cm discs and rubber-cushioned spring disc holders, plus a finger rake and rear roller, costs £6,995. Or you could go for a Kos semi-mounted 3m tine and disc cultivator for £7,995.
Moore builds trailed Unidrill seeder
Irish drill maker Moore has built a new trailed version of its Unidrill to work with high-horsepower four-cylinder tractors.
By fitting the drill into a frame the maker says it can be used with tractors that don’t have the lift capacity to cope with the 3m mounted machine.
To make the trailed version Moore has altered the frame, fitted a drawbar and slung a set of hydraulic-folding transport wheels at the rear. These tuck completely out of the way when working in the field, but can be left down to act as pre-emergence markers.
Another upgrade allows the drill to be switched from 32-row grass seeding to 16-row cereal drilling in about 15 minutes. All you have to do is remove four bolts.
The hopper, metering system and in-cab box is still a Kverneland/ Accord unit that feeds into Moore’s own disc coulter arrangement.
The 3m trailed Unidrill costs £28,000.