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2018 Autumn Newsletter

16/11/2018

2018 AUTUMN NEWSLETTER For more information on our open days, case studies of 2018 projects and general information on service please click HERE


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Meeting the drought challenge

10/09/2018

Many UK growers will remember the summer of 2018 and some will wish they could forget it. The intense focus on water and irrigation has also resulted in some excellent examples of the way growers have 'risen to the challenge' and we can report on two who have done just that. Below we look at the steps taken by Lincolnshire farmers LCJ Mountain Farms while in our case histories you can read about the strategy adopted by fenland farmer David Hoyles. Water where its needed  Based near Sleaford on the edge of the fens, LCJ Mountain Farms Ltd have recently turned their attention from chipping to pre-pack potatoes in partnership with one of the main packhouses. This season 164 acres have been grown as part of a nine-year rotation with wheat and OSR.  The transition to growing for quality rather ...


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Understanding new rules on spreading slurry and dirty water

01/05/2018

New rules on spreading manure, slurry, digestate, inorganic fertilisers and other forms of “agricultural pollutants” came into effect early in April. The Farming Rules for Water fulfil the UK’s obligations on diffuse pollution under the EU’s Water Framework Directive. They set out “reasonable precautions” to prevent runoff, soil erosion and pollution of water courses. The new rules have the force of law and are part of a bigger 25 year environment plan. We believe farmers who already adopt best practice have little to fear from the new regulations. Forward planning, sensible risk assessment, following guidelines on when and where to irrigate and regular monitoring are all that is required. Our equipment has always been designed to help minimize risk. However, we asked defra to provide clar...


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R46 road ready

21/02/2017

Our new range of R46 hosereel mounted booms fold easily around the hosereel for transport but on the road the total width may need to be reduced further.We have therefore introduced an optional set of extra brackets which allow three of the boom sections on either side to be uncoupled and stacked vertically, as shown in our latest video.Its a simple job for two people and takes just a few minutes. The kit includes the lever arm ‘tool’ used to swing the second sections into position.With a 2.2m wide centre section the narrowest width is 3.1m, while with a 2.5m centre section the narrowest width is 3.4m.


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New options for using layflat hose

28/01/2016

A new VR Hosereel drag fitting is now available that allows layflat supply hoses to be ‘dragged’ to the next run without disconnecting them from the hosereel. Available for VR4, VR5 and VR7 machines, the connector enables the supply hose from the main to be dragged easily and quickly to the next run, making it a simple but effective time saving option that has already proved popular on several farms. With more and more customers using layflat pipeline to deliver water from the pump to the field, we have also introduced hydraulic front or rear mounted hose winders for layflat irrigation mains.  Layflat offers a number of advantages over aluminium mains including a higher pressure rating, fewer joints and the ability to go round bends and through hedges without needing extra fittings. One pe...


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New 76m boom & seasonal service offers

03/11/2015

We have launched our largest UK-manufactured boom to date, a 76-metre version of our four-wheel chassis series. The new R76 can achieve irrigated widths of 80 metres up to a maximum of 96 metres without using spray guns at either end, thus providing accurate, uniform, low pressure irrigation across the entire width. The new model requires a hydraulic lift system to allow the arms to be opened manually by one person before the boom is raised to ensure adequate ground clearance along its entire length. The boom is also fitted with a self-leveling mechanism to limit lateral movement during the run. The machine is thus 12 metres wider than the largest boom we have offered to date, giving farmers who have large, level fields the option of reducing the number of passes and thus the amount of man...


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Coping with uncertainty

15/05/2013

As uncertain weather patterns appear to be the one certainty in UK farming, the industry’s supply chain has increasingly been found wanting. Supplying agrochemicals on a “just in time” basis when the “time” might be tomorrow or is for just two days in two month’s time is always going to be a high risk strategy; at least without the benefit of a crystal ball - or an accurate long range weather forecast. As rain can’t be turned on or off like a tap, irrigation “when it’s needed” is the best alternative and that means having enough of the right equipment at the right time. “Methods of monitoring and mapping water requirements are becoming increasingly sophisticated and last year’s early drought focused attention on maximizing irrigation efficiency. Soil water monitoring and water balance mode...


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