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2019.08.02

In late July, a Field Day which gathered over 100 farmers from different districts of Kirov oblast took place at the premises of Doronichi farming enterprise in Karinka village, Kirovo-Chepetsk district. The managers and specialists of agricultural companies discovered cutting-edge farm machinery, discussed production tasks and solutions to them, as well as examined trial crops. EkoNiva-Tekhnika was among the organisers of the event.

By Aleksandr KUTISHCHEV

A demo show presenting farm machines of the world’s leading manufacturers – John Deere, Vaderstad, JCB, Haybuster – became one of the key features of the programme. The Field Day was held on a large scale – Kirov branch of EkoNiva-Tekhnika and Doronichi farming enterprise showcased 11 units of machinery to the guests.

Close attention was devoted to the updated model of the John Deere 8245R tractor powered by the 6-cylinder John Deere PowerTech diesel engine with the volume of 9 litres and the rated capacity of 245 hp. The machine is fitted with the PowerShift transmission (PST) with 16 forward and 5 reverse gears. During the demo show, this tractor was coupled with the Vaderstad Carrier trailed disc cultivator with the working width of 8.2 m and 64 innovative CrossCutter Discs.

‘This machine is used for high-speed primary tillage and seedbed preparation and significantly reduces fuel costs’, explains Sergey Zykov, Director of EkoNiva-Tekhnika Kirov branch. ‘A wide range of front implements, discs and packers enables the Carrier to handle both ultra-shallow cultivation and deep incorporation.’

Such versatility allows to reduce the number of passes, which decreases machine cost per hectare and provides the best start possible for the coming crop. The disc spacing is 12.5 cm, and the recommended working speed can be up to 15 km/h.

‘We constantly update our machinery fleet, and this cultivator has caught our interest today’, shares Sergey Boyarintsev, Manager of Noviy Put LLC, Orlov district. ‘The opportunity to see machines in operation is an important factor in making a decision on selecting the optimal model. We are very grateful to EkoNiva-Tekhnika’s team for the great demo show and extensive consultations.’

Two more machines also impressed the guests of the festival with smooth operation in tandem — the John Deere 8430 wheeled tractor and the Vaderstad Swift 720 tine cultivator, the latter being specially designed to perform at peak level. The spacious design of the cultivator provides handling large quantities of crop residues, while the narrow tine spacing of 19.3 cm ensures an intensive and uniform mixing down to a 20-cm working depth. Since the tines vibrate with the frequency of up to 100 times per second, they produce a very fine soil. An additional benefit comes from the fact that the vibrations result in less wear on points, which means a considerable saving in maintenance costs.

The Vaderstad TopDown multipurpose cultivator with the working width of 5 metres won the greatest acclaim from the audience at the demo show. The model is designed for primary tillage of medium and heavy soils without overturning at a 30-cm depth. It performs a wide range of tasks — grinds crop residues, cuts weed roots, loosens the lower soil layers, levels and consolidates the top soil. The machine requires a 280-300 hp tractor for operation and cultivates six hectares per hour at the working speed of 15 km/h.

The John Deere R4050i, the flagship of the latest self-propelled sprayer range, was also showcased at the festival. This 252 hp machine is equipped with a 6-cylinder engine having a volume of 6.8 litres. The capacity of the solution system is 5,250 litres and of the rinse tank — 400 litres. The 36-metre boom is made of carbon, therefore it is six times stronger and five and a half times lighter than the steel one. The spraying height is adjustable in the range of 50-250 cm, and the track width — 1.87-2.57 m. With the maximum speed of up to 30 km/h, this model is extremely manoeuvrable thanks to several control modes — ‘coordinated steer’, ‘crab steer’ and conventional front-wheel steer.

‘One of the advanced solutions embodied in the sprayer is the PowerSpray system with two pumps: one with the capacity of 1,200 l/min allows to fill the sprayer less than in five minutes and mixes the solution, the other with the capacity of 1,000 l/min actually provides spraying’, says Sergey Zykov. ‘Thus, the performance of the machine is 700 ha per shift.’

Working at a high speed, the John Deere R4050i featured the AutoTrac system which ensures accurate movement along the given path without the machine operator’s participation. AutoTrac gives the opportunity to reduce the input costs such as labor, chemicals and fuel.

The section control system could prevent double spraying of the treated surface. Thanks to the settings ‘Minimum Skips’, ‘Minimum Overlaps’ and ‘Allowable Percentage of Overlaps’, the system saves time and minimises production costs when working with all types of crops under any conditions.

The PowerSpray flow control option promptly responded to any speed variation or section switching while maintaining the prescribed application rates. In case of a differentiated application rate, this means virtually zero delay. The integrated JDLink system provides remote estimation and optimisation of various machine parameters, as well as testing of the performance of the entire fleet.

As for grain harvesting machinery, the guests had a chance to look at the John Deere W650 combine with the engine capacity of 305 hp. This 6-walker model is equipped with a 660-mm threshing drum, has a large separation area of 8 sq. m. and a discharge rate of 125 l/sec.

The John Deere 6195M with the 6.8-litre PowerTech engine and maximum capacity of 210 hp – the tractor which is widely known among many Russian farmers – was coupled with the Haybuster H800 chopper at the demo show. The latter is used as a stationary unit for shredding grain, hay, various types of straw, fodder preparation and distribution of the processed mass. High performance and shredding quality are provided by a 660-mm beater drum with 48 hammers.

Obviously, the festival would not be complete without machines of the British brand JCB. Under the operator’s skillful control, the JCB 155 skid steer loader demonstrated all its advantages. By the way, it is the only model in the world which has a side door making the machine as safe as possible. The presented loader has an operating capacity of 703 kg, a lift height of more than 3 m and a tipping load of 1406 kg. This compact farm assistant is highly manoeuvrable, as it reaches the speed of 20 km/h and its turning radius with a standard bucket is only 2,090 mm.

Afterwards, everyone's attention was refocused onto another popular representative of the brand – the JCB 531-70 Agri telescopic loader fitted with the DieselMax, JCB’s own 100 hp diesel engine. The maximum lift height of the machine is 7 metres with the operating capacity of up to 3.1 tonnes. Undoubtedly, among the particularly impressive achievements of the engineers who developed this model is the U-shaped design of the boom which is rightfully considered to be the most powerful and reliable in the market. It has one-piece head, no weld seams in critical load points and is lubricated with a dry composition eliminating contamination. Besides, three control modes can be used – front-wheel, coordinated and crab steers.

Apart from the powerful and high-performance machines, the Field Day presented some trial crops. For more than 10 years, Doronichi farming enterprise has been purchasing seeds from EkoNiva-Semena. At the festival, the plantings of the wheat varieties Triso and Liсamero, barley varieties Calcule, Crescendo and Paustian and pea Rocket were demonstrated to the visitors.

‘We are satisfied with the crops’, sums up Vladimir Goman, Manager of Doronichi. ‘Besides, the outstanding features of the machinery showcased at the event have really impressed us. I am sure that everyone at the demo show could realise how efficient farming industry can be today with the use of all the cutting-edge technologies.’