All articles about Root crop equipment

Potatoes, carrots, sugar beet and other root and vegetable crops play an important role in farm crop rotation, so our machinery pages cover latest developments in hoeing, weeding, seeding, planting and harvesting, highlighting latest techniques to save costs and improve efficiency.

Advice and tips

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Tips for buying a second-hand self-propelled beet harvester

Although the second-hand self-propelled beet harvester market has suffered as the sugar beet area and price slumped, there’s still a steady demand from budget conscious buyers. While machines are still…

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Case studies

ROOT CROP CHASERS

Root crop transfer trailer slashes potato harvesting costs

A Norfolk potato business has purchased a Brettmeister K3 transfer trailer for this year’s harvest in the hope of adding some extra slickness to an already efficient harvesting operation. Over…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Two mechanical weed pullers to save on hand rogueing

Hand rogueing is the established but tedious means of cleaning sugar beet crops of tall weeds that have survived inter-row cultivation or a herbicide programme. So it will come as…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Cambs farmer develops controlled traffic system for potatoes

Controlled traffic farming may be an established way of managing compaction caused by heavy machinery on combinable crop fields, but finding a way to adapt it to work on potato…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Modified planter offers precise nematicide application

To take his nematicide application to another level of precision and safety, one Lancashire spud grower has modified his planting system to ensure every granule is placed exactly where it…

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Insights

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

How to decide between trailed or propelled spud harvesters

As the potato harvest rumbles on, the efficiency and reliability of the kit being used to get the spuds out of the ground is undoubtedly being scrutinised. With a shortage…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Haulage logistics considered after bumper sugar beet crop

This year looks like a bumper crop for British Sugar, with an estimated total yield of 1.4m tonnes of sugar. This is up 0.5m tonnes on last year thanks to…

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News

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Labour-saving vegetable machinery transforms staff reliance

A small agricultural importer is hoping to revolutionise vegetable planting and harvesting tasks with a selection of new machinery aimed at hacking back the sector’s labour dependence. Reliance on foreign…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Scotts reponds to diquat ban with bigger haulm toppers

Scotts Precision Manufacturing has added a wider model to its haulm topper line-up in response to the burgeoning demand caused by the banning of diquat. The Trinity 30B will be…

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

DeWulf builds first three-row mounted belt planter

Potato and root crop specialist DeWulf has launched what it claims is the world’s first three-row mounted belt planter. It is a variation on the firm’s Structural 30 trailed planters…

ROOT CROP CHASERS

Vredo mounts beet box on self-propelled tanker

To limit the effects of tractors and trailers compacting soggy beet fields and help existing customers make the most of its huge machines, Vredo has teamed up with Hawe to…

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Test and reviews

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Potato haulm toppers: What are the options?

The loss of broad-spectrum contact herbicide diquat didn’t come as a surprise, but the months of speculation finally ended when its scheduled withdrawal was announced late last year. While a…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Four-row planter and rotavator combo speeds up spud planting

A gang of six companies led by root crop specialist Niagri has co-operated to produce one of the most impressive potato planting rigs in the UK. The combination of a…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Root-crop chasers take the headache out of harvest haulage

One company making a root-crop chaser bin is interesting, two could be a coincidence, but when five begin building them it can safely be considered a trend. The reason for…

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High-spec root crop loader speeds veg harvesting

Farmers aren’t being deterred by the huge asking prices for high-spec cleaning and haulage equipment for veg and root crops Grimme’s latest field loader, which costs £250,000, demonstrates that technology…

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Video

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Two mechanical weed pullers to save on hand rogueing

Hand rogueing is the established but tedious means of cleaning sugar beet crops of tall weeds that have survived inter-row cultivation or a herbicide programme. So it will come as…

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