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Better quality, reduced costs

2019.07.04

The Kaluga Agricultural Research Centre has hosted the annual agrotechnical exhibition Kaluga Field Day 2019. The event featured both the exhibition of the machines and their demonstration show.

By Aleksandr KUTISHCHEV

Kaluga branch office of EkoNiva-Tekhnika has presented to the visitors a number of models of farm machinery from the world leading manufacturers.

‘ROC RT 1000 continuous merger has captivated the guests,’ says Eugeniy Chubykin, Manager at Kaluga branch office of EkoNiva-Tekhnika. ‘Apart from high capacity compared with the traditional raking systems (which means fewer windrowers and tractors are used on the field), its other strength is a sophisticated system of lifting and transportation of the prepared swaths, which forms large swaths at substantial distances. It ensures maximum efficiency of the subsequent forage harvester operation and reduces their operation costs.’           

Thanks to the accurate pick-up and transportation along the conveyor belt the leaves are not separated from the stem. It helps preserve maximum amount of nutrients in the plant. Tests have shown that particles of soil and pebbles are almost absent in the swath, while underneath them hardly any areas of excess moisture are found. All the crops are lifted from the ground, turned upside down and evenly dried.          

ROC RT 1000 is a conveyor belt-type of swath maker, which provides for one of the key advantages of its use - the low level of product loss: crops are lifted on the belt and are not dragged on the ground, which is typical of the way the conventional raking systems operate.

‘The little stems and leaves are also preserved,’ comments Eugeniy Chubykin. ‘In normal conditions some kinds of crops produce fresh growth in just a couple of days after harvesting (for example, alfalfa). Rotating raking systems normally damage the stems leading to slow growth of the crop and consequently a delay in harvesting. If the crops from the field are harvested several times in a season, the end of it is postponed by a few weeks. We cannot afford such a ‘profligacy’.’

The ROC RT 1000 implement follows precisely variable terrain, while the hydraulic system prevents the structure from hitting an obstacle.

The continuous merger is coupled with a tractor with a capacity of 90 hp to form a windrow with a 10 m interval. It saves energy consumed by the machine and reduces the cost of the consequent harvesting if the yield per ha is less than 2 tonnes. Maximum efficiency, better yield quality year after year and reduced amount of man-hours are the results of the use of ROC RT 1000.

Kaluga branch office of EkoNiva-Tekhnika has also introduced an exclusive self-propelled John Deere W235 windrower in the course of the demonstrational show. The 6-cylinder 6.8L engine windrower can speed up to 30 km/h on even terrain. The model was coupled to a 5-meter rotary header with a modular cutterbar. The cutterbar structure allows, if necessary, for substitution of only the part needed without removing the whole implement, which saves time and resources for repairs.    

‘The hydraulic platform drive allows to maintain constant windrower speed independently of the terrain,’ says Andrei Klimenko, Manager at Kaluga branch office of EkoNiva-Tekhnika. ‘Its independent float suspension ensures smooth operation, which increases the general durability of the machine.’

The standard equipment of the windrower includes AutoTrac system. It is designed to prevent the operator from diverting his attention to adjust the movement pattern and take full control over the operation.  

The engine cooling system is powered by a variable frequency drive similar to the ones used in John Deere 8 Series tractors, which is another advantage in terms of economic efficiency. The system is responsive to temperature change adjusting the fan speed, saving the fuel and reducing the load on the engine.

The forming shields adjust the width of the swath from a narrow 91.4 cm to a wide 234 cm, depending on the type of the baler used afterwards.

An outer cross auger serves for even feeding of the material to the rollers. It results in smooth and well-balanced operation of the whole system and eliminates variations in speed and intensity, which reduces junction wear and offers a comfortable operating experience.   

The John Deere W235 model presented at the event with a 5-meter cutterbar ensures the efficiency of 10-12 ha/hour.    

The new but well-reputed John Deere 8300 combine harvester with a capacity of 490 hp together with John Deere 639 hay pickup demonstrated their performance at the show. The key advantage of the John Deere 8300 compared to other combine harvesters is its high harvesting efficiency due to increased flow capacity thanks to the full synchronisation between the hay pickup and the feed rollers as well as an improved system of feeding the crops to the cylinder with minimum losses. A wide range of cutting widths, homogeneous crop chopping deliver better forage quality.

The farmers emphasise that 8 Series John Deere combine harvesters are immensely efficient, reliable, user-friendly and ensure high harvesting quality with minimum operational costs.

'Every year I visit the Field Days, I wonder what EkoNiva-Tekhnika has prepared this time,’ says Maksim Babukin (M.A. Babukin Farming Enterprise, Medyn district, Kaluga oblast). ‘We’ve been EkoNiva’s long-standing partner and friend. The company unfailingly presents really effective solutions, which enable us to decrease costs and improve product quality. My impressions are overwhelming, there’s a lot to think over. Thank you!’