LAMMA ’18 – a launchpad for new machinery and equipment13 December 2017
Farmers looking to invest in new machinery and equipment will be spoilt for choice when the LAMMA show returns to the East of England Showground on 17 and 18 January 2018.
More than 850 exhibitors are expected to attend the event, the UK’s largest machinery show.
Many will be using it to launch new kit into the UK market, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to find, compare and contrast items on their wish list and discuss the relative merits with experts on the stands.
Here’s a pick of some of the latest equipment, big and small, that will be making its debut at LAMMA ’18, to help farmers improve business performance and productivity.
Lemken is showing its new Azurit 9 single seed drill that uses the company’s DeltaRow method to place seed in offset twin rows.
The company says it provides 70% greater area for growth. The operator selects seed type via the operating terminal before starting work. The machine monitors seed flow and automatically corrects singling irregularities.
Kuhn Farm Machinery will be showcasing its new combination seed drill, the Venta 4030 + HR 4040. The power harrow element – HR 4040 – uses straight blades and a Duplex gearbox, enabling rotor speed to be adjusted according to soil conditions.
The drill features an 1,800-litre seed hopper and uses a fluted metering unit. Rates of 1-430kg.ha can be set from the tractor cab and a speed sensing radar ensures precise seeding at up to 15 kph.
JC Machinery will be joined by Vredo as they showcase the upgraded Vredo Agri Twin and Agri Air overseeder range.
Both drills are fitted with the new Crop Drill System that allows the machines to sow arable crops directly on corn stubbles at a 15cm row distance as well as retaining the grassland overseeding feature.
Stanhay is releasing the ProAir precision drill to the UK market at LAMMA, the first new machine from the firm in seven years.
It is 40% lighter and 30% shorter than its predecessor the Star Plus. The compact and durable precision drill is claimed to offer more adjustability than any other unit on the market.
The Farmet Falcon drill is making its first UK public outing at LAMMA. The range includes models from 3m to 8m and features a 4000-litre grain-only tank or 6,000-litre grain/fertiliser version.
Users can select different swappable toolbar options. Two metering units enable two seed types to be sown at different depths and rates.
Pottinger’s new Novacat A9 triple mower combination has an overall cutting width of either 8.92 or 9.18m, using Pottinger’s own cutterbar equipped with quick-change blades and Tri-Drive gear technology for maximum power transmission, delivering a clean, ground-contoured cut.
The Novacat A9 is available as a plain disc mower, with Extra Dry tine conditioner or RCB rubber roller conditioner.
Kuhn is displaying its new single rotor, mounted grass rake, the GA 4431, at LAMMA, one of three new machines of 4.4-5m widths.
They feature Kuhn’s Masterdrive GIII system, a patented, two-stage gearbox using a bevel and spur gear reduction system as proved on the company’s twin- and four-rotor grass rakes.
Anderson Group, Quebec, Canada is launching its RBM2000 PRO bale-collecting trailer that can pick up wrapped round bales from the field on the move with no risk of damaging the wrapping.
A lifting arm, features a bale detector that initiates the loading sequence when it contacts the bale. The trailer can carry 20 bales, typically at 20 seconds per bale.
Tanco’s 1400-V high speed round-bale wrapper makes its LAMMA debut. It retains the split table of the 1400-EH, designed to allow simultaneous bale unloading and next bale reloading, but now features auto-loading.
John Deere’s stand will feature the company’s latest 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvester, equipped with a new generation HarvestLab sensing system.
Several new features have been introduced on the 8000 Series foragers for 2018. Chief among these is the HarvestLab 3000 crop constituent sensing system.
HarvestLab 3000 requires less maintenance, can operate in a wider range of temperatures and features a much bigger data storage capacity of 2GB, compared to the previous 32MB.
Other new John Deere products making their LAMMA debut include the S700 Series automated combine and V400 Series variable-chamber round baler, alongside the award-winning 6250R and 8400R tractors and the latest FarmSight precision farming technology.
Weaving Machinery’s new ultra-low disturbance LD Top Soiler will be on show. The mounted LD Top Soiler’s heaving action relieves compaction in the top 9” (228mm) and is designed to lift the soil while maintaining profile structure, to help preserve soil nutrients and retain moisture.
Väderstad’s new Carrier with the CrossCutter Disc is designed to improve mixing of trash and soil at 2-3cm on stubbles, cover crops and on ploughed land. The shallow disc cultivator can achieve speeds of up to 20kph with a low horsepower requirement.
Widths of 3m to 12.25m are available. The 450mm-diameter discs are individually mounted to a rubber suspended disc arm.
Väderstad is also showing its new universal light tined cultivator with levelling CrossBoard that can create a seedbed in a range of conditions. Ferox 500-900 has 50mm points and is available in 5-9m widths. Its rigid vibrating tines can maintain a constant working depth and shatter cobbly soils.
Claydon is launching its new TerraBlade inter-row hoe, a low-cost, mechanical method of controlling weeds in all types of band-sown crops including wheat, barley, oats and beans.
Four models are available with working widths of 3-6m to match those of Claydon Hybrid drills, with typical hourly outputs of 1.5-3ha. Minimum power requirements are 30-60hp.
A new mid-range, mounted reversible plough from Pottinger, the Servo 45M, is available in four and five-furrow versions, and is aimed at tractors up to 240hp. A six-furrow variant will follow.
An interbody clearance of 95cm and point-to-beam distance of 80cm ensures trash is buried with ease. Servomatic adjustment allows quick adjustment of the front furrow width and plough alignment.
A new wider 5.5m trailed Combi Disc from He-Va will be on show on the Opico stand. The nine tines subsoil to a 400mm depth, while 510mm-diameter scalloped Sabre discs which follow the legs to cut and mix to a depth of 125mm.
The depth of legs and discs are hydraulically adjustable from the tractor seat. The legs can be lifted out and folded, leaving the two rows of discs and the press roller in work, and vice-versa.
Halse South West is expanding its offering of Ovlac kit. The Maxidisc 2 short disc harrow cultivator come in mounted and trailed versions covering 2.5 to 6m. There is a choice of 20” or 24” serrated discs.
A further disc harrow variant, the Eurodisc, will be represented by the 400p 4m folding model. The range has 24” serrated discs, protected by a leafspring protection system.
Amazone is also showing its WindControl system for the ZA-TS mounted and ZG-TS trailed spreaders. This expands the ArgusTwin spread pattern monitoring system, which monitors and automatically adjusts the spread fan using 14 radar sensors.
WindControl monitors and compensates for the influence of wind on the spread pattern using a high-frequency wind sensor.
Väderstad’s new fertiliser placement kit designed as an attachment for TopDown and Opus will be on show. The fertiliser kit includes a distributor head that distributes the fertiliser, metered out from the front hopper Väderstad FH 2200.
Sprayers and spraying kit
Amazone’s UF 2002 is a newly-developed mounted sprayer featuring a 2,000-litre tank integrated into the main frame to give a favourable centre of gravity. The PE tank allows quick, effective tank cleaning and minimal residual volumes.
The UF 2002 features a 350-litre fresh water tank. The machine can be fitted with any Super-S2 boom from 15 to 30 m and is equipped with a newly-developed 250 or 300 l/min piston diaphragm pump and a new SmartCenter operator station.
Horsch will present its new generation Leeb GS trailed sprayer for the first time in the UK. The Leeb GS builds on the proven formula of the previous models, with award-winning BoomControl Pro boom system and stainless tanks but adds a greater level of equipment and new configurations.
The sprayer is available with a 6,000, 7,000 or 8,000 litre stainless steel tank that allows for easy and quick cleaning. The new Leeb GS line is equipped with the innovative Horsch software and easy-to-handle ISOBUS-compatible electronics.
Chafer has made several upgrades to its Sentry and Guardian trailed sprayers. A new boom suspension assembly offers improved contour following and the advanced ePlumbing system uses CANbus valves providing information of the valve’s status and position, essential during automatic filling, rinsing and general plumbing functions.
Knight Farm Machinery is introducing an optional boom-mounted nozzle check and cleaning station that will enable operators to check, clean and replace nozzles quickly.
It includes a pneumatic system which enables operators to clean out blocked nozzles quickly and effectively.
onTrak, the novel cost-effective tractor GPS system from Agricision, is now available with a new enhanced data service.
The new onTrak.Cloud service will allow customers to gain access to their data recorded and created while using onTrak in simple kml format. Field boundaries and recorded work can be visualised on Google Earth or other mapping software and fields imported into management tools such as Gatekeeper.
Bomford Turner is showing its updated Buzzard Telescopic Variable Forward Arm hedge cutter.
The flagship machine has a reach of 7.25-8.0m while allowing operators to cut close to the tractor as well. A powerful 125 litre/min cutting system produces 74hp at the cutting head.
Sukup Europe will be introducing its range of commercial tower dryers to the UK at LAMMA. These high-output commercial grain dryers, proven in areas like the US and Ukraine, have capacities from 30tph – 300tph and are equipped with QuadraTouch Pro control, claimed as one of the most advanced dryer control systems.
Tong Engineering is showing the latest model of its market-leading Caretaker mobile grader, featuring the new advanced HMI control system.
Available as an option on all its latest equipment, Tong’s Pro-Series controls can be specified as part of the Auto-Touch HMI control system, adding a level of control and system intelligence to produce advanced system monitoring and reporting.
The Haith Group is displaying the new Haith Smart Drier, an innovative packing-line machine that features a bed of heated stainless-steel rollers designed to remove excess moisture from potatoes.
Each roller is adjustable independently and can achieve a surface temperature of up to 100oC, eliminating the risk of bacteria build-up, transfer to the crop and potential storage problems.
Nordic Tyres will be launching CEAT Speciality Tyres at LAMMA. Manufactured in a new factory in Mumbai, India, Phase 1 will concentrate on radial agriculture tyres, tractor flotation and row crop tyres with many new sizes coming into production during 2018.
McVeigh Parker will be demonstrating the unique Clipex pneumatic livestock handling products for the first time in the UK.
The system has a pneumatic operated race and forcing circle and can handle large numbers of stock, quickly and safely, at the push of a button.
The latest trade-legal dual track weighbridge from Phoenix & Shropshire Scales makes its first showing at LAMMA.
The unit is transportable and can be installed easily, owing to its reduced height and weight. Its modular design means it can vary in length.
Keenan will be demonstrating its new InTouch Controller and App, which allows InTouch customers to take control of feed operations from their mobile device. They will be able to create and edit rations and ingredients, change DM of ingredients and update and monitor ration performance data.
Albutt is launching a new Shear Bucket range based on the ultra-high strength design of the Shear King range. Three models are available from 1900mm to 2500mm with capacities of 1.40m3, 1.60m3 and 1.80m3.
A new silage-packer from Holaras will debut on the WM Agri stand. The Stego-Combi is a combination of the company’s MES 470-115 Maize Leveller and the Stego-pro 200 Silage Compactor enabling consolidation and leveling in a one-pass operation.