Marvellous though it may be in many ways, television does not offer much in the way of material for farm machinery fans. The odd
tractor may chug across the set in Emmerdale, perhaps, and whenever programme makers want to raise a scare about pesticides they show a sprayer doing its stuff.
That is about it.
But if you tune to Channel 4 at 6pm this Sunday you will be in for a bit of a treat. Scrapheap Challenge, the series that has teams of
people constructing quite complex bits of machinery, like mini-submarines and powered battering rams,
from bits and pieces found
in a scrapyard, has
agriculture on its mind.
Two teams of mechanically minded people had 10 hours to construct a machine that will cut, gather and transport whole-crop wheat from scrap. Once built, it went up to Silsoe Research Institute in Bedfordshire and was let loose on an actual crop.
Sounds difficult? Absolutely, especially when you
remember that the teams are not from an agricultural
background, though each had an agricultural adviser
to steer them through
the complexities of
Our article in this issue
outlines what was involved. To see who won you will need to watch the Channel 4 programme or see our
follow-up piece next week.