Designed for larger farms, the largest model in the PTO-powered Magna range - the 2000QF - is claimed to be capable of drying 21% moisture content (mc) to 16% mc at a rate of 10t/hour.
Four years ago, a 12 metre wide OPICO Comb Harrow was introduced as a replacement for chemical weed control for all the vegetable crops. A multi-purpose tool, the Comb Harrow consists of fine spring tines, mounted on a contour flexing frame. Designed specifically for weeding crops and reducing chemical costs, it can also be used to break up capped soil or as a conventional harrow for seedbed preparation and harrowing.
A new high output, one-man system for soil levelling and rolling in one pass is saving farmers time and money by reducing the machinery and manpower costs involved in seedbed establishment.
Bought for their easy installation, relatively low cost and ease of use, portable batch driers can provide a quick-fix for a shortfall in drying capacity.
Adopting a new one-pass system for seedbed preparation has not only significantly reduced fuel and labour costs for a major Peterhead contractor, germination in the cereals he has drilled has shown a marked improvement too.
Brothers Mike and Brian Salmon of Trewinick Farm, Rymford, Saint Ervan, Wadebridge bought a set of OPICO 6.3m extra heavy-duty HE-VA Rolls equipped with a Shatta-Board spring levelling board from local dealer Cornwall Farmers in February.
How refreshing. How different. Been down the lo-till route, got the T-shirt, got the resistant black-grass and gone back to the plough. That's where John Collen found himself after almost fifteen years of 'minimal-discing' at White House Farm, Gisleham, near Lowestoft, Suffolk.