The 2012 NORMAC demonstration sees a return to Brettenham Manor, Thetford and with the 2010 demonstration seeing crowds of almost 4,000 coming to see the latest cultivation equipment around, this year, with its free parking and free entry, should prove to be no different.
The Catros compact disc harrow offers the best opportunity
to get on top of blackgrass problems through cultivation
Many questions are going to be asked of cultivation equipment manufacturers at this year’s demonstration as farms across East Anglia are starting to suffer more and more from increasing blackgrass populations. The traditional move in Great Britain away from ploughing to a one pass, deep cultivation system with tines that lift the ground followed by cutting discs and then a rear packer land is being proved again and again as the route to increasing grass weed problems.
Amazone have been at the forefront of the ‘shallow & often’ approach to autumn cultivations. A pass with a specialist shallow stubble chitting tool such as the Catros compact disc harrow, unique on the market with its adjustable stagger between the front and rear row of discs, makes sure the total surface is completely moved at a depth of just 5cm. This gives the best stale seedbed possible and, to make sure the maximum time is utilised between combining and drilling, this first pass is done with the combine. If necessary, a second pass can be done with the Catros after a dose of glyphosate. The Catros+ 4001-2TS, on show with a mounted GreenDrill 200 catch crop seeder, will be working to show off how to get the perfect stale seedbed.
The deeper soil structure pass, which also ensures that the crop residues are thoroughly mixed and the soil not just loosened, is carried out prior to drilling to maximise soil moisture retention and maintain weather-safe drilling. This secondary pass is done with the Cenius three stagger mulch cultivator. At NORMAC the Cenius 4002-2 Super mulch cultivator will be in use making the perfect seedbed ahead of AMAZONE’s Amazing new trailed drill range of Citan and Cayena-C.
The Citan 6000 is the first drill to offerThe drift away from cultivator drills is driven by the need to leave seedbeds as undisturbed as possible prior to drilling. The narrow chisel opener on the Cayena or the RoTeC+ Control 25 coulter on the Citan 6000 means that the amount of soil being moved by the drill is kept to an absolute minimum. End users of the Cayena have commented on the fact that there is less weed carryover following the Amazone tine seeder. Plus that, coupled with the low draft requirement of the drill makes it especially economical to run.
automated headland shut-off with GPS-Switch
And another first for Amazone at NORMAC will be the option of the GPS-Switch automated headland shut-off system on the Citan 6000 making this drill the first of its kind to offer an automated stop and stop of the metering system when approaching the field headland.
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