Mobile batch dryer keeping pace with wet crops and drying grain
If you thought mobile dryers were just for small farms, then Devon farmer Steve Lee would tell you to think again. With arable operations that cover some 750 hectares (1,850 acres) at Nethercott Farm, Chawleigh he puts almost everything through his 20-tonne capacity Opico Magna 2000 QF Automatic dryer.
Ground cracks from drought no substitute for subsoiling in grassland
Dry weather may have created cracks in the ground but this won’t have resolved areas of compaction in grassland, warns OPICO’s James Woolway. These need to be addressed by autumn subsoiling to restore drainage and allow air interchange in the grass root zone to benefit grass growth in the spring.
OSR yields increased by 4.1% when fertiliser applied in bands at seeding
Further evidence that applying fertiliser in bands in line with oilseed rape seed will boost yields has been demonstrated following analysis of crop performance data at Masstock’s SMART farm at Lincoln. Trial plots fertilised in bands using OPICO’s Ferticast produced yields 4.1% higher than plots where the granular fertiliser had been broadcast.
Conference held by OPICO about oilseed rape
OSR growers can halve the costs of establishing a new crop simply by switching from a traditional plough-based system costing around £140/ha, to a one-pass till-seeding system which will cost between £50 and £75/ha. Further cost-savings and/or yield boosts can also be achieved by applying fertiliser in bands at the same time as seeding using a Nitrojet liquid fertiliser applicator or a Ferticast.
Kubota M5740 Front Linkage & PTO
OPICO has further expanded it range of tailor-made front-linkages for kubota tractors with a 1.5 ton capacity unit for the Kubota M5740 series. an eccentric pin design gives a choice of three link arm working positions, fixed, semi and fully-floating, and a vertical fold system tacks the arms clse into the tractor.