Ignoring what is going on under the vines is all too easy, but forgetting to subsoil every few years will have a detrimental impact on soil health and thus vine productivity. Continue reading “A subsoiler for the South East”
Having planted a premium plot of Pinot noir and Chardonnay on an exceptionally steep six-hectare plot three years ago, the team at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey recently invested in a New Holland TK70-FA tracked tractor which was delivered on 23 April 2018. Continue reading “Tracking down the machine”
Maintenance between rows can have a big benefit within the vineyard and by shredding the pruning residues, Kuhn Farm Machinery says that growers can fight weeds, pests, diseases and speed up the transformation of organic matter into humus. Continue reading “Shredding in the vineyard”
A strong practical background in agriculture coupled with an interest in the early vineyards popping up in the South East of England inspired David Sayell to become one of the first viticultural equipment suppliers in the UK. Continue reading “Vitifruit Equipment: Right machinery for the job”
A new trailed mist sprayer specifically designed for applying crop protection chemicals in vineyards has been launched by Kuhn Farm Machinery.
The ANTIS sprayer, which was on display at South East England’s machinery show Agri-Expo (SE), is available in three tank sizes (1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 litres) with each version equipped with either a round or v-shaped mist blower using an inverted suction turbine to provide accurate and comprehensive mist coverage.
Fitted with 14 double rotary misting jets, there are three versions of the round turbine available (720mm, 820mm and 920mm diameter) with the v-shaped ‘tower’ blower equipped with either 18, 20 or 22 jets (72, 82 and 92 model versions) to deliver a ‘blade’ of mist to a height of up to 7.6 metres.
On all models the inverted air intake is positioned at the front of the machine to minimise the recirculation of sprayed products. Its location towards the front of the sprayer also prevents the pick-up of debris and foreign objects such as vegetation which could obstruct air intake and reduce the machine’s operational efficiency.
The ANTIS’ v-shaped stack blower has been tested on apple and plum trees on farms in Kent and Herefordshire. At both locations, the trials proved that the ANTIS is capable of applying an accurate and consistent coverage of chemicals to a height of up to 7.6 meters on trees with and without leaves.
The new machine’s spraying controls are grouped together at the front of the machine for quick access, with the sprayer unit’s suction and pressure filters also positioned in front of the tank for efficient access and maintenance.
Spraying functions are controlled via an in-cab control panel, with an optional DPAE Bravo regulator enabling operators to continuously adjust the flowrate according to forward speed, and to operate left/right section control functions.
The ANTIS is based on a galvanised steel, corrosion resistant chassis which features all the necessary design elements to comply with the latest spraying standards and traffic regulations (DREAL 40km/h approval). The ANTIS is also supplied with a pre-approved National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS) certificate.
An optional Cat I and Cat II articulated/pivoting drawbar, with a wide-angle driveshaft for improved reliability, enables easier turning on the shortest headlands. Other options include a stainless-steel mixing sieve, stainless steel bottle rinser and low-pressure wheels and tyres.
The all-new Landini Rex Rex 4 Series tractors made their UK farming debut at the LAMMA show last month, representing a new range of compact but powerful and durable power units suited to applications where space is limited. Continue reading “Fingertip control: Landini Rex 4-100 V”
In summer last year, New Holland Agriculture launched its cleaner, quieter, more efficient T4 FNV tractors to the UK. The updated specialist tractor range benefits from more power and performance matched with economy and precision. Four models offer a choice of engine sizes and three different widths, alongside a new best-in-class cab, providing superior operator protection and comfort. Continue reading “Quieter and more efficient: New Holland T4 FNV.”
Frost protection systems and the technology behind them are not new. Indeed Agrofrost has been producing its machines since 2001, with the number of machines sold per year now exceeding 500. Continue reading “Frost protection by phase transition”
It is well-known that water is the carrier to effectively distribute agricultural chemicals to obtain complete and targeted coverage. Continue reading “A different approach: Venturi Air Sprayer.”
Massey Ferguson has announced its introduction of the MF 3700 Series, a specialist tractor range designed to offer solutions for vineyard and growers. Continue reading “Solutions for vineyard growers: Massey Ferguson 3700”