Sprayer technology is moving on apace and visitors to Cereals will be able to compare the latest kit being demonstrated in the central Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers Arena.
“The Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers Arena is a key highlight for many Cereals attendees and we are excited to showcase the latest in application technology and innovation for 2022, says Scott Cockburn, Syngenta business manager and application lead.
“The arena will also host the awards ceremony for the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition where we will crown the winner from our six finalists. We look forward to seeing everyone and sharing knowledge on practical application tips and techniques.”
The event is well-known for its emphasis on sprayers, says James Dixon, managing director of spray component and parts manufacturer Cleveland Alliances. “It is a mainstay for us – the best one in the UK because of the real sprayer focus which works for us. And attendance is good too.”
Given the tight cost pressure they are under, arable farmers will want to improve efficiency – and there are plenty of developments in spray equipment technology that will enable them to do just that, says Cereals event director Alli McEntyre.
“Farmers have a second-to-none opportunity to see the latest spraying kit from all the major manufacturers in action and compare it to decide what would work best on their farms,” she says.
Househam Sprayers, a regular exhibitor at the event, plans to demo two self-propelled models; the flagship Harrier and the new lightweight Spirit, says area sales manager Barry Harness.
“We have relaunched the Spirit with the latest generation features. It is fitted with a Claas Jaguar X10 Cabin with excellent panoramic visibility, air suspended seat, 27 litre fridge and full climate control.
“At just over six tonnes dry weight and perfect front to rear weight distribution, we have also lowered the machine to just under one metre ground clearance, making it a more stable, more nimble, light-weight sprayer. We have also switched to Bosch Rexroth wheel motors for higher road speeds and improved torque for hill climbing.”
The Harrier is the largest machine in Househam’s range with booms up to 36m and up to a 6,000-litre tank capacity.
John Deere will be demonstrating several trailed and self-propelled machines including the R740i and R975i and the latest Mazzotti MAF.
This will be the first outing at Cereals for the R975i, which starts production in April 2022. It’s the biggest trailed model the company has ever produced, with boom widths of 24-40m. It has a 7,500-litre capacity – topping the R900i Series line-up, according to Mark James, product sales specialist, sprayers UK and Ireland.
“The machine’s new larger volume will mean farmers and contractors can spend more time in the field spraying, and so increase productivity by covering larger areas with one tank,” he says.
Among the self-propelled models being demonstrated will be the R4150i, a 5,000-litre machine. Built for high output, it features the unique XtraFlex individual wheel suspension for a smooth ride at high spraying speeds. The QuadControl transmission provides more performance and convenience thanks to a new cruise control function and individual wheel slip control.
Mr James says users will appreciate the unobstructed views both ahead and out to the spray boom, as well as the Category IV cab filtration system offering the highest levels of operator protection.
Chandler Fendt will be demonstrating the self-propelled RG600 Rogator sprayer, which is unique in offering variable ride height, explains managing director Gavin Pell. “For a large part of the season crops are short so the ground clearance can be low. This makes the sprayer more stable – its lower centre of gravity also makes it much safer for road transport.
“It also helps when working on hillsides where small sprayers containing a lot of water are much less stable. Having a lower centre of gravity also means the sprayer can travel faster on more even ground with better output.” Sprayer clearance can be increased when crops become taller.
Also gracing the Sprays and Sprayers arena will be the trailed Chafer Sentry, says Joe Allen, sales and marketing executive at the company. “It has a 30m boom with 5,000-litre stainless steel spray tank; Chafer plumbing liquid control; Raven Hawkeye pulse width modulation and Norac UC7 Active Roll boom levelling.”
The self-propelled Chafer Interceptor will also be on demo with a New Holland forage harvester cab; CVT transmission; 30m boom with 4,000-litre stainless steel spray tank; Topcon GPS System with CropSpec sensing; Raven Hawkeye pulse width modulation and Norac UC7 Active Roll boom levelling.
“Cereals is the most important show that most sprayer manufacturers go to and have a successful time,” says Mr Allen. “Visitors can look at the machines together, all at once. It is an important show for them.”
- The Cereals Event will be held near Duxford, Cambridgeshire on 8-9 June 2022. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the relaunched website at www.cerealsevent.co.uk.
Also demonstrating and/or exhibiting at Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers:
Cousins of Emneth, Amazone, Polmac SRL, McCormick UK and Ireland, Knight Farm Machinery, Lynx Engineering, Wilderness Lighting, New Holland Agriculture, Patchwork Technology, Chantry Dammann, Merse Agriculture/Bargam, Precise Solutions GPS, Bateman Sprayers, Sands Agricultural Machinery, UTV Products, Team Sprayers, Billericay Farm Services, Harper Adams University, Altek-Lechler, Topcon Agriculture/RDS MME, Omex Agriculture, OPICO/SKY Agriculture/HE-VA/Maschio Gaspardo, Lemken, Fentons of Bourne, Landquip Crop Sprayers, Pentair Hypro EU, Dual Pumps Ltd, JRH Water Management, Sumo UK Ltd, S and K Sprayer Services, Drone Ag, Enduramaxx, David King Electronics, Lite-Trac Systems, EasyConnect, Stocks AG, Crop Angel, Samagri, TractAir/Michelin, Nitrasol, Karcher Centre JHS, Concept Farm Machinery, Extenda Line, and Alpier Agricultural Machinery.