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Archive Article: 1995/11/17

17 November 1995

Sugar beet comes off the field at Uphouse Farm, South Raynham, Norfolk, where tenant Nigel Joice grows about 62ha (155 acres) of the crop. The field yielded a respectable 49t/ha (19.85t/acre). Like other growers, Mr Joice was looking forward to a final payment from British Sugar for last years crop, due to go out on Thursday (Nov 16). This includes £2.31/t on A and B beet, and £13.14/t for C beet.

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Archive Article: 1995/11/17

17 November 1995

Joining the ranks of reversible plough manufacturers now offering integrated furrow presses is Lemken. The company has launched three and four-furrow versions which are available with either a clod-buster or bar packer. For transport the integrated packer unit is turned through 90 degrees to reduce overall width to little more than that of the plough itself.

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17 November 1995

Massey Ferguson is back in the baler business with the MF190LB, built by Hesston in the US. Making its debut at Agritechnica, it produces a 1180mmx1270mm bale – a direct equivalent of New Hollands Hesston-built 4900. Also due to arrive in the UK for the 1996 season is the MF185MB which produces a 800x875mm bale. Hesston is jointly owned by MFs parent AGCO and Case.

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Archive Article: 1995/11/17

17 November 1995

One of the largest one-day farm sales ever held in the West Country took place last week at Castle Farm, near Dorchester. During six hours of continuous selling, over 400 commercial Holstein Friesians went under the hammer, selling to a top of 1320gns for a second-calver sired by Supersires Blackstar. Buyer was Roskinner Farms. With most of the stock having to be transported to the site, the event was described by the auctioneers as an "organisational marathon". Overall, cows and heifers averaged £770, calves £359, served heifers £632 and bulling heifers £568. (R B Taylor & Sons.)

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Archive Article: 1995/11/17

17 November 1995

Poor seed-beds take their toll

Seed-bed conditions are having a marked effect on harvester losses this autumn, according to British Sugar.

Uneven seed-beds resulting from poor winter ploughing are causing excessive root breakage and loss as the harvesters electronic depth control struggles to find the optimum setting, says BS. Overworked seed-beds which later packed down very tight are also making it difficult to maintain adequate depth.

Last weeks dry conditions compounded such problems to raise harvest losses to an average of 2.87t/ha (1.2t/acre). Some producers lost up to 4.75t/ha (1.9t/ha), notes BS. But welcome rain has returned conditions to "near perfect in most areas" this week, it adds.

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Archive Article: 1995/11/17

17 November 1995

More length, height, width and those radical oval headlights are incorporated on the new Mercedes E-Class, launched last month. Engine options are similar to those of its predecessor – 2.0-, 2.8- (early 96), and 3.2-litre petrols, and 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre naturally aspirated diesels. The 2.2-litre petrol 220 is now dropped in favour of a new 2.3-litre model. Prices start from £23,500. A new 2.9-litre turbodiesel, already on sale on the Continent, could be available in the UK within two years if Mercedes can adapt it to rhd cars.

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