Shifting trends in crop establishment with the desire to up soil organic matter levels, improve soil health and increase traffic carrying capability has seen a move towards the use of more cover crops, stale seedbeds, targeting the use of fertiliser with the seed, reducing disturbance during drilling and a change in timing with later drilling choices.
Amazone has always been the harvest to harvest specialist, concentrating on soil tillage, seeding and planting as well as crop care through fertilising and spraying. Soil tillage has seen both extremes with soil inversion and mechanical weeding systems being added to the range whereas, on the planting scene, then high-speed grain singling with the Precea precision seeder for maize, rape and sugar beet is an expanding area of expertise.
Seeding still encompasses a huge diversity of operation from the conventional soil inversion/ drill combination systems, which offer so much flexibility in warming soils, drying soils and cleaning up difficult weed issues, through to the no-till spectrum of the tine seeder working in min-till or unmoved stubbles.
Cereals will see Amazone continue to promote the Cirrus triple-shoot concept drill, with its three seed hoppers and three 'coulter' systems giving flexibility of seed only, multiple seed varieties at different planting depths and the addition of fertiliser either between the rows or in the row. The Cirrus 4003-2CC will also feature the low-disturbance, Cirrus MinimumTill Disc which is ideal for establishing a cash crop after a cover crop. Also on the stand will be the 12m Condor and 6m Cayena tine seeders with their slim-line chisel opener and the Primera direct drill will be working in the direct drill demo area.
On the stubble cultivation theme, this year sees the launch of the new Cobra shallow cultivator. The Cobra is available in 6 & 7 m working widths and features 6 rows of ECO leaf spring tines on a 13.3 cm row spacing. The Cobra is designed for top shallow stubble cultivation, or for seedbed preparation following the plough. The ECO tines can be fitted with either a narrow point or the 22 cm wide, Duck foot share depending on depth of work and the level of the intensity required. Following the tine element will be either the double tine straw harrow or a reconsolidation roller depending on the application whereas, up-front, the Cobra can be equipped with the knife roller or Crushboard.
The new Precea 6000-2CC precision air seeder, with its large-capacity, rear-mounted fertiliser hopper will also be shown on the stand. The Precea has gained an excellent reputation for accuracy of spacing at high forward speeds and for its easy set up and flexibility when it comes to seed size and choice - the drill perfectly happy in sugar beet or oil seed rape. SmartControl looks after the stripper finger adjustment ensuring that only singles are placed with the PreTeC sowing coulter embedding the seed into the pre-formed seed groove for perfect seed to seed spacing.
With the increasing trend towards larger capacity trailed sprayers, Amazone will also be demonstrating in the Sprays & Sprayers ring one of the new long bodied, UX 8601 Super. The new UX comes with a choice of either 8,000 or 9,000 litre capacity and in boom widths up to 42 m. The UX 8601 Super features the new operator station with the easy to use Comfort-Pack plus touch screen and high-power induction bowl.
The new Centaya-C drill combination has a 2,000 l twin-chamber hopper. This makes it possible to apply several materials in one pass. The drill is available in working widths of 3, 3.5 and 4 metres.
The new shallow tine cultivator comes in working widths of 6 m and 7 m and is designed for intensive stubble mixing and seed bed preparation