2018 Agromek show

By: Chris McCullogh

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Robotic technology was the star of the 2018 Agromek show, the largest of its kind in northern Europe. Chris McCullough was there to see more

- Big Deutz 9340 Warrior TTV stands out
- Big Deutz 9340 Warrior TTV stands out

Held every two years in Herning, Denmark, the 2018 Agromek show attracted over 40,000 visitors at the end of November – visiting to see the latest in farm and construction machinery.

Taking a trip around the halls it is clear to see robotic technology, in all its forms, is becoming more popular within both the construction and agricultural sectors.

With specific focus on seeding, weeding and planting in agri circles, robots that can cut verge side grass and brush roads were also on display.

Australian fruit and vegetable farmers finding it difficult to source enough seasonal backpacker labour could potentially benefit from this latest robotic technology, albeit if it is cost efficient.

In clover

Robotic developments from Agrointelli, Naoi Technologies, Bomford Turner and Lely were on display at the show, some of which were at a more advanced stage than the others.

In fact, Denmark’s Agro Intelligence received the Agromek Award 2018 within the grain treatment, energy, knowhow and service category for one of its innovations, the CloverCam. This innovation applies a camera and an app to measure the relation between grass and clover in the field. The photographs and the resulting field chart are then applied to optimise the correct spreading of nitrogen.

The judges said: "There are almost limitless possibilities to include further parameters to the software. The camera has a much better definition than any other camera known to us. It is also extremely easy to set up and is available at a moderate price. It also involves a small amount of data due to the fact that the data is continuously stored in Cloud."

Weeding accuracy

Also at Agromek, Danish company Yding Smedie received the Agromek Award in the field implement category for the company’s new mechanical weeder.

Used to clear weeds from potato fields, this mechanical weeder has a patented steering unit that ensures accurate steering, even on undulating surfaces. The operator does not require manual steering due to the guide wheel steering the weeding unit precisely over the ridges. The roots are thus not damaged, even when the unit can achieve speeds of 15 kilometres per hour.

The award committee also noted that the new steering unit enables the clearing of eight rows despite the fact that these have been laid with a four row unit. This can be accomplished with GPS to the middle section or without.

The committee said: "It is great to observe the developments which are happening in weeders. With increasingly larger capacity, we can carry out accurate mechanical weeding and thus reduce pesticide consumption."

 

Intelligent harvesting

Another award went to New Holland Agriculture in the tractors and harvesting machinery category for the automatic adjustment system, IntelliSense, installed in New Holland’s CR10.90 Revelation combine harvester.

The committee stressed the importance that this new automatic system makes it easier for operators to exploit the new properties of advanced combine harvesters. This is imperative in a situation where it is difficult to find operators with sufficient experience in operating modern combine harvesters.

Judges recognised that the system is easy to instigate when the crop has been selected. It adjusts automatically during threshing and it reacts promptly to changing conditions.

 

Crimpless gatherer

Pottinger Scandinavia received the Agromek Award in the field implement category for the company’s new disc swath layer with Cross Flow swath gathering equipment without crimper.

The Cross Flow swath gathering equipment consists of a helical that gathers the grass when it is cut and transports it into the middle for placing in swaths, which normally requires the installation of a crimper.

Justifying the award the committee said this swath layer is gentler to the crop and can therefore also be applied for harvesting whole crop, clover, grass, etc. The lighter construction and swath gathering without crimper means that the effect requirement is much lower and that smaller tractors can be used with this swath layer.

The committee also noted that, when broad spreading, the helical makes the grass shift direction so that it is not merely placed in the drive direction. This means that the grass is easier to collect or rake together.

In the construction machinery side of the show all the big names were present including Hydrema, Hidromek, Manitou and Mustang.

Same story goes for the agri side with Claas and John Deere having significant presence alongside some other interesting exhibits from Pitbull, Ropa and Gehl.

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