6 September 2002

PLENTY OF NEW TACKLE

EXPECT a bumper crop of new cultivations and drilling kit at this years Tillage 2002 events in Cambridgeshire and Fife. Many of the companies demonstrating their machinery on the working plots have models that have either never been seen before or never been seen working before in the UK.

Forfar firm AM Philips will have the Finnish-made Simulta drill on its working plot. This 3m min-till drill can be used straight into ploughed land or into cultivated stubble. A set of semi-rigid tines runs ahead of two banks of disc coulters and the whole drill is supported on a row of chevron-treaded tyres.

Stanhay Webb, meanwhile, will be showing its interesting new precision drill for cereals or pulses. Available in 3m and 4m widths, it is claimed to be the first precision drill capable of handling all combinable crops. Seed savings of up to 60% without loss of yield are the main attraction.

Opicos Vari-disc Giant cultivator is also aimed at minimum tillage enthusiasts. Built up of a combination of tines, discs and rollers, it comes in 4.5m and 6m widths.

Concept cultivator

Amazone, meanwhile will have its new 3C concept Catros cultivator and Cirrus drill on show, Konsgkilde will have a new Variflex six-furrow heavy-duty reversible plough as well as a new disc coulter assembly for its Demeter multijet drill.

Finally Stirtloe Enterprises will be showing a 4m version of its direct drill that is capable of drilling wheat at very low seed rates.

Well have more news of new machines at Tillage 2002 over the coming weeks as details come in.