31 August 2001
Harvest eclipses Tillage 2001

By Tom Allen-Stevens and Peter Hill

A LATE harvest meant a quiet start to an autumn of cultivation events, which began with Tillage 2001 near Salisbury, Wiltshire on Thursday (30 August).

With the imminent threat of rain, many farmers were kept at home combining. Those that attended had over 100 acres of demonstration plots on the Fonthill Estate to explore.

After a spring and summer devoid of agricultural shows, it provided a welcome opportunity to evaluate cultivations equipment, seed drills and new tractors.

The show saw the first public outing for tractor maker McCormick and its new range of MTX six-cylinder models.

A more versatile Moore Unidrill, a giant tillage train from Amazone, and new disc cultivators from Knight Farm Machinery were also among the highlights.

But for those who missed Tillage, next weeks Lo-Till demonstration staged by Crops is another opportunity to see the kit in an altogether more focused event.

Taking place over 50 acres at Wicklesham Farm near Faringdon Oxon on Friday (7 September), it concentrates on machinery and techniques for minimum tillage.

Event organiser Andy Newbold of Fusion Events reports receiving a huge interest in the event, the first of which last year attracted over 1,000 visitors.

Its bigger than last year, but weve already sold out of demo plots. Weve also had huge numbers of farmers pre-ordering the free tickets on our website.

He says that one of the secrets of the events success is that there is a strong seminar programme with advice from leading minimum tillage experts.

Theres also a lot of metal working ground, but the show is essentially about helping people reduce establishment costs, and thats never been more relevant.

Tickets to the Crops Lo-Till event can be purchased at 5 each on the day, or you can click here to pre-order free and see a full list of exhibitors.

This includes Moore Unidrill, Amazone, Knight, Simba, with its new, smaller Solo, Vderstad and Quivogne.

Dalgety will be demonstrating the Magnascan, while Weaving will be working the stubble with the Bullock No-Till Rake.

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