2015-09-30   facebooktwitterrss

Good Turnout for Tillage-Live

Poor ground conditions and cancelled working demonstrations didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of farmers and contractors eager to invest in new equipment at Tillage-Live, the National Cultivations Event, on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

More than 1350 visitors saw virtually all the main manufacturers in the UK. The Knowledge Trail, now in its fifth year, was well received.

Tillage Live

Ruth Bailey, Director General of organisers the Agricultural Engineers Association said that ’despite weather and ground conditions not being suitable for working (around 20mm of rain had fallen during the previous 24hrs) the event attracted a good attendance of 1351 visitors and although no working took place, many exhibitors reported several enquiries and good discussions with farmers leading to demonstrations of machines.’

“Visitors were keen to see the kit and to get up to date with the latest innovations, including strip-tillage, steering aids and on-board drill controllers, all designed to improve establishment, boost outputs and benefit soil structure,” said Duncan Russell, AEA Services Manager and event organiser.

‘ Whilst disappointing for the demonstrating companies, they have made the most of the situation, and considering the weather, there was an excellent turn out of engaged farmers looking for solutions’ he added.

A reconfigured central arena featured a wide range of equipment alongside static exhibits at the heart of the event.

The importance of cultural weed control was highlighted by BASF in the Knowledge Trail, where participants were brought up to date with the new Drainage Guide launched by AHDB, the Get Pelletwise initiative from the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group to protect this important slug control option, and the latest thinking on cover crops. Additional stations looked at soil structure, the importance of tyre settings, precision guidance and soil structure.

Improving the efficiency of farm operations was another theme, with Knowledge Trail stations addressing soil structure, the importance of tyre settings and selection, auto-steer and guidance systems and precision operations. Operators were also able to get up close to some of the latest sprayers.

Plans for Tillage-Live 2016 are already underway. The event is scheduled for 14th September 2016 in Warwickshire, with a similar format and Knowledge Trail geared to farmers’ needs.


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