RVT will be demonstrating the capabilities of the John Deere 750A minimum tillage drill at the forthcoming Arable Event at Weston Park on the 22nd June. With the 740A Min-Till drill and the 750A All-Till drill, John Deere has two machines to cover the range of drilling systems from conventional to zero tillage.The 750A All-Till seed drill is available in 3, 4 and 6m versions. This versatile drill has a field proven Accord air seeding system, and is designed with large clearances for no-till drilling into stubble, working after minimum or conventional cultivations, and single pass operation for grassland and rough pasture renovation.Single pass drilling offers several advantages over a conventional ploughing regime, including lower establishment costs, reduced nitrate leaching and increased conservation of moisture within the soil. In addition, the 750A’s no-soil disturbance at the point of drilling offers huge benefits for the control of blackgrass.The 750A requires a minimum of 80 to 140hp and can work at up to 6ha/hr, depending on conditions, at seeding depths from 13 to 90mm. Seed is applied at a rate of 1 to over 400kg/ha via a central 1000-litre hopper and single metering system on the 3m version, 1800-litre hopper and single metering system on the 4m unit, or a 2300-litre hopper and twin metering units on the 6m model, which folds down to 3m for transport.A single 46cm angled disc opens the furrow at 16.6cm row spacings, and has a depth gauge wheel mounted alongside to provide excellent seeding depth control. A semi-pneumatic press wheel pushes the seed to the bottom of the furrow for perfect seed to soil contact, and a cast iron closing wheel completes the job. There are 18 openers on the 3m model, 24 on the 4m and 36 on the 6m version.There is also adjustable hydraulic down pressure of up to 250kg on each furrow opener, to handle the toughest soil and crop residue conditions – typically this would be below 50kg for most situations. This means the drill delivers consistent seed depth and excellent seed to soil contact for maximum germination. Fore-to-aft clearance is 1.2m, and under-frame clearance 60cm, to allow a virtually unobstructed flow of crop stubble and soil residues through the machine.In operation, the 750A creates very little soil disturbance outside of the small slot opened by the single disc. This makes it ideal for drilling into stale seedbeds created for blackgrass control, where unnecessary soil movement could encourage further competitive weed seed germination and subsequent yield loss.Other features include row marker and automatic tramline systems, micro metering for fine seeds, and an integral two-point hitch. All models incorporate hydraulically actuated brakes or an optional air braking system. The 750A All-Till drill also features the Signus electronic seeding control as standard, with all functions operated and monitored from the tractor cab.The tractor monitor assists with calibration and gives a variety of readouts including forward speed, area worked (field and total), area worked per hour and tramline rhythm control, which is triggered by the drill coulters lifting out of the ground. This tells the operator which tramline run the drill is on as it moves across the field.Deere’s optional AMS GreenStar ISOBUS precision farming system offers all the same features plus up to 16 memory fields, electronic calibration, variable seed rates and extra tramlining controls that allow the operator to lock the rhythm control on and off, for example. With a StarFire satellite receiver fitted to the tractor, the operator can utilise GPS guided parallel tracking or AutoTrac automatic steering for even greater accuracy, without the need to use the drill’s hydraulic tramline markers.The 740A Min-Till drill is available in working widths of 6, 8 and 9m, with hopper capacities of 2300 or 3500 litres and a common transport width of 3m. Use of this drill can save farmers time and free up larger tractors for other, It also features an active hydraulic system and John Deere’s patented double disc openers. The drill can be used with lower horsepower tractors for high output drilling at working speeds of 8 to 14kph in minimum tillage conditions, as well as in more conventionally prepared seedbeds. Row spacing is from 15 to 15.3cm depending on model; the 6m version has 40 openers, the 8m version has 52 and the 9m has 60, staggered for better residue flow through the machine.The double disc openers are made from cast aluminium and feature 1.25cm offset high-strength steel disc blades to cut the seed slot, with large dimension rubber press wheels to accurately control seeding depth. A simple, tool-free adjustment provides working depths of 12 to 70mm, and there is adjustable hydraulic down pressure of up to 50kg on each opener, ensuring good soil penetration.All models feature track eradicators, to take out the tractor and drill wheelings so that the machines can drill into a more even seedbed. In addition, the two larger models' floating flex wings feature a dual or triple gauge wheel option for extra stability and to prevent the drill digging in at headlands.
Vaderstad will launch their new Spirit R300S drill on the RVT stand at the Arable Event at Weston Park on the 22nd June. A new three and four metre Spirit R 300-400S drill with 125mm or 165mm row spacing that goes into production in 2016, has been re-designed from the ground up and includes new innovations and technological developments such as E-Control, SeedEye and Gateway.Spirit R is also equipped with System Disc Aggressive. The front tool with conical 450mm discs provides intensive soil cultivation and produces an even soil structure. The machine runs straight behind the tractor as the discs are mounted in an X-pattern. The working depth can easily be adjusted from the control panel. The drill frame’s central beam provides easy access for service and adjustments. OffSet support wheels with large 400/55-15.5 radial tyres roll lightly over the surface and provide good consolidation and cultivation, enabling the machine to drill in all types of soil. A new corrosion resistant 2800l seed hopper with integrated fan is made from rotational moulded plastic. The design makes it easy both to fill and empty with a working platform located at the side of the seed hopper, making all parts easily accessible when filling. The fan is located high up and integrated into the front of the seed hopper to minimise dust intake and protect sensitive components. The air distribution system has low oil requirements and is adapted to smaller tractors.A completely new electrical feed system – Fenix III – is designed for smaller working widths and provides even seed distribution in each seed coulter. The system can handle seed rates from 1kg-500kg/ha and at speeds up to 15km/h. With two distributor heads, it means half the machine can be switched off. Accurate seed placement is achieved with a 380mm, offset V-disc and 380x65mm consolidation wheels. Following harrows are available in two versions, a light version with harrow tines on each seed unit or a centrally suspended following harrow. Following harrows and coulter pressure are easily controlled from the operator panel with active regulation of the set value.
South Staffordshire College and Rea Valley Tractors extend invitation to ‘Grassland Demo Day’ this June.South Staffordshire College and Rea Valley Tractors have teamed up to deliver a grassland demo day this June. The event, which takes place from 11am - 4pm on 8th June 2016, will be held at the College’s stunning rural Rodbaston Estate and agricultural businesses and employees across the region are invited to attend.The event will provide visitors with the chance to enjoy demonstrations and test drive a range of machines including the new John Deere 6155R and L1534 large square baler. There will be a huge range of John Deere grass equipment including mower conditioners and round balers, alongside toppers, aerators, rakes and tedders from Joskin and Kverneland, Bailey silage and flat trailers and Tanco bale wrappers.Guests who attend the event will also have the opportunity to find out more about South Staffordshire College’s new AgriSTEM Academy, enjoy a tour of the site as building work progresses and try out our new Tenstar Tractor simulator. Opening this Autumn, the AgriSTEM Academy is set to transform the scale and quality of industry relevant training for the agricultural engineering & technology (AgriTech), agriculture and manufacturing sectors. The Academy will provide businesses with a unique opportunity to upskill and train their staff and will see further expansion of the range of training opportunities. New Apprenticeships in Land based Technology, Agricultural Engineering and Engineering Technology will bolster the range of existing programmes that include Apprenticeships in Agriculture and a full range of NPTC and short courses including Tractor driving, forklift and spraying.The AgriSTEM Academy, which has been designed by Architects Maber and is being built by Contractor G F Tomlinson, will see a multi-million pound refurbishment of the historic Granary buildings alongside the addition of over 1000m2 of additional new state-of-the-art workshop space.South Staffordshire College’s dedicated Employer Engagement Team will also be on hand to offer expert advice on the College’s range of bespoke training and answer any questions about the extensive range of training facilities on-site at Rodbaston Campus.South Staffordshire College’s Rural Estates Manager Graham Holt says “We’re really excited about this event and together with Rea Valley Tractors, are delighted to be able to provide local farmers with the opportunity to put some of the latest agricultural machinery to the test and tell them more about the incredible new AgriSTEM Facility here at Rodbaston. The day promises to be fantastic and we look forward to welcoming businesses from across the region to our campus.”Light refreshments will be available and those interested in attending can arrive at any time between 11am and 4pm . Guests should use the Penkridge Drive entrance to the Rodbaston Campus, where free parking will be available.To find out more, please contact Rea Valley Tractors on 01743 289104 or call South Staffordshire College on 0300 456 2424.Keep up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via social media:Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege reavalleytractorsTwitter: @southstaffs @RVTractors