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Kuhn Farm Machinery (stand 529) will be using Cereals to launch a cover crop seeding unit for use in combination with the firm’s own stubble cultivator range.

Called the SH, the seeding unit comprises a hopper, metering roller and an electrically driven pneumatic seed distribution system with eight outlet hoses.

It can be fitted retrospectively to Kuhn’s Optimer and Mixter stubble cultivation ranges, in addition to the Discover disc harrow models.

Two metering rollers are available, to suit small and larger seeds.

These can be changed quickly without tools, says the firm, and a variator that controls the rotation speed enables precise adjustment of seed quantity.

The seed metering unit is driven by a skeleton wheel, that ensures a positive drive at the different working speeds often adopted by cultivators.

An electric blower — controlled from the cab — is used to transport seed through the distribution hoses.

Each hose is fitted with a regulator plate to ensure an even distribution of seed across the full working width of the machine.

The SH has a seedrate distribution capacity of up to 25kg/ha for a 6m working width, operating at 10km/hr.

Hopper capacities can be 150 litres (SH 150) or 400 litres (SH 400).

The French equipment maker is also extending its CD combination tine harrow range with the launch of 3m (CDM 300) and 4m (CDM 400) working widths.


Kverneland (stand 614) has revised its Accord MSC (Multi Seedbed Combination) drill with a new hydraulic folding frame and hopper profile, which is available in 4m, 4.5m, 4.8m and 6m working widths.

With fewer moving parts arranged in a simpler combination than previous MSC models, the new folding drill has a greatly reduced power requirement and brings an efficiency boost to min-till operators.

At the rear, spring-loaded CX-type mulch-coulters offer a pressure loading of up to 160kg/disc to assist penetration in hard soils, while serrated edges also provide a positive turning action for each coulter disc, when operating in trashy conditions.

The folding frame carries a revised, low-profile hopper with a capacity of 3000-litres, but a 900 litre hopper extension gives additional output between refills.


Claas (stand 130) is using the event to showcase the new tracked version of what is claimed to be World’s highest capacity combine harvester — the Lexion 600.

The Lexion 600 is said to have the output to clear around 1600ha (4000 acres) a year as a result of its crop processing capacity of 200 tonnes/hour.

And mindful of the level of compaction that such a heavyweight harvester can create, particularly given its 12,000-litre capacity grain tank, Claas has put the machine on tracks.

As a result, ground pressure is reduced to around 10psi, which is less than half that of a similar sized combine fitted with 1050 wide tyres.

The Terra Trac system has the advantage of creating an enhanced hill climbing ability and a reduction in transport width when compared to tyres.

The firm says that for the second year running, sales of combines on Terra Tracs have exceeded those of tyres — and 62% of Lexion 580s have been specified on tracks.

Claas is also using the event to introduce the Lexion 570+.

It fits between the 570 and 580 models, and differs primarily in the engine department.

Compared to the Lexion 570, which has 427hp engine and is said to be capable of harvesting up to 720ha/year, the higher capacity 570+ brings 454hp to the mix, giving it the ability to handle a 1000ha workload.


Dowdeswell’s fully-mounted TDC3 machine will make its first appearance at a working event in the UK (stand 701).

Designed to work a complete bed of soil in a one-pass system as a primary cultivator or as a secondary machine following a plough, the TDC3 uses the company’s Mixa-Disc to incorporate trash and residues from its wave-edge profile.

Two rows of Mixa-Discs follow winged tines with a packer roller at the rear.

The machine can also be equipped with seeding equipment such as the Stocks Turbo Jet.

Dowdeswell will also be using Cereals to show its largest fully mounted plough, the 10-furrow 170 series, carried on a Challenger 855 tractor.

After a successful season with nine furrows, the firm believes there is scope for the 10-furrow version.


The latest Sulky seed drills will be shown at the event on the Reco stand (724) along with a selection of power harrows and other cultivation equipment.

Sulky recently introduced solo drills in 3m and 4m working widths along with a new mounted model for using in combination with a power harrow.

The solo machines are the Tramline SE with a 450 or 700 litre hopper and two heavy-duty Tramline SX models, which have hopper capacities from 800 to 1350 litres.

Both types use twin land-wheel drive, a split drive-shaft for half-width working and double peg-wheel metering system for small and standard seeds.

Sulky has also expanded its range of combination drills with the addition of a 3m CE model with 550-litre or 800-litre capacity hoppers for medium-sized tractors.

It joins two heavy-duty Tramline CX models with 3m and 4m widths and 800 to 1350 litre hopper capacities for larger-scale operations.

John Dale

John Dale Drills (stand 810) has engineered a new tine assembly, which is said to offer a more accurate seeding depth and seed placement.

The revised tine carrying system uses a parallel linkage so the tine is always held at the same depth in relation to the depth control press wheel that runs behind it, regardless of ground contours.

Dale has added a hydraulic ram to provide adjustable pressure for tine penetration and packing force for the press wheel and a pivoting linkage allows two rows of seed to be sown from the same parallel linkage, and allowing generous trash clearance between tines.

The firm says its new tine assembly suits min till and no till applications where ground is not level, and where trash clearance and penetration are important.

They can be retro-fitted to existing Dale drills where users are looking to improve upon seeding accuracy, gain trash clearance and reduce the draft requirement.