Countdown to Cereals, now just 5 days to go
09 June 2017
TwinTeC+ double disc coulters for Cirrus 6003-2
On top of the new Cataya conventional drill combination that has been stealing the news recently, Cereals will also see a major development for the Cirrus trailed drill range. Running alongside the RoTeC pro coulter system, which is designed to cope with a wide variety of drilling conditions, a new double disc coulter is brought over from the Cataya conventional drill onto the trailed Cirrus 6003-2. However, here, instead of the 340mm diameter TwinTeC coulter, the Cirrus receives the uprated 380mm TwinTeC+. The TwinTeC coulter system is ideal for working in dry, cloddy conditions on heavy land with the main differences between the two coulter types is that the heavier-duty TwinTeC+ can be set from 15kg through to 100kg of down force depending on the application and, alongside the two narrower depth control rollers, a 80mm wide roller is also available. The scrapers, coulter harrows, seed guidance system are maintained from the Cataya. The depth control is simply set on the crank handles and the oil flow going to the fan drive is used to maintain the coulter pressure and provide live, on-the-move contour following ability in undulating ground. The TwinTeC+ comes with a standard row spacing of 16.6cm only.
Catros compact disc harrow range extended yet again
The concept of creating an early stale seedbed directly behind the combine by shallow working stubbles with a purpose-built tool that ensures full surface disturbance yet at a minimal depth of soil movement is fast becoming one of the main drivers in grass weed control. To help provide a solution for all farm sizes, the existing range has been supplemented at the top and the bottom by 6 new models of either mounted or trailed compact disc harrow.
So the introduction of the smaller 2.5, 3.0 and 4.0 metre rigid Catros Special helps provide this type of specialist cultivation tool at a price which is affordable to the smaller grower. Thus it gives them the benefits of the uniform contour following for shallow, even depth control, the high-quality, oil-immersed life-long disc bearings with slide seals and the optimum rear consolidation roller for maximum weed seed/volunteer/soil contact. The Catros Special is available in either a 460mm smooth disc option for shallow stubble chitting work or as the Catros+ Special with a 510mm serrated disc for areas of heavier organic matter levels such as for grass-land renovation or after cover crops or maize stubbles.
Completing the range at the upper end is the all-new Catros+ 7003/8003/9003-2TX trailed harrows in 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 metre working widths respectively and which then fill in the gap between the Catros 6002-2 and the monster 12.0 m Catros+ 12003-2TS. The TX designation signifies centralised running gear which provides the balance for comfortable high-speed road transport and a short overall length for maximum manoeuvrability. A choice of braking systems, either via air or hydraulic, makes the machine exceptionally safe on the road. Once in the field the machine folds out easily and the rear consolidation roller, of which there is a choice of 9 different options depending on soil type and application, provides the depth control in work. Working depth of the discs is controlled hydraulically from the tractor seat and an optional Crushboard can be fitted either ahead of or behind the cultivation element depending again on application. The Catros+ x003-2TX comes as standard with the 510mm serrated discs.
The Argus automatically-regulating spread pattern project reaches maturity
Argus first hit the headlines in November 2007 when it received a Gold medal from the Agritechnica innovations jury. Argus then was attached to a ZA-M Profis Hydro spreader where the only adjustment of the spreader on the move was the increase or decrease of the disc speed. Only one side of the spreader was monitored and this was filmed using a high-speed camera. This lack of remote machine adjustment and the dusting up of the camera lens meant it was back to the drawing board for a year or two. And so then fast forward to Agritehnica 2015 and now we see the then, all-new ZA-TS with all the settings done via the ISOBUS terminal without leaving the tractor cab and now a new radar-based spread pattern monitoring system.
For the 2017 commercially-available system, we have 'Argus Twin' to constantly monitor the spread fan and automatically regulate the lateral distribution of each individual disc. The new system is based on radar technology that is independent of dust and pollution and which provides reliable results in practice. It is known as Argus Twin because it features 7 radar sensors mounted above each disc that constantly monitors each individual spread pattern from both the right and left hand sides of the spreader. If the spread fan is wrong then the system can readjusts the electric delivery system independently to each other if necessary.
The system functions by entering into the ISOBUS terminal the predetermined ‘throw-off angle’ which is specific to that fertiliser. On the basis of this value, Argus Twin constantly checks whether the predetermined direction of throw for the fertiliser is in fact being maintained by the spreading disc. When the actual spreading angle deviates from the “desired” spread pattern due to inconsistencies within the fertiliser, worn spreading discs, travelling on slopes or the starting and stopping procedures, the ZA-TS spreader readjusts, on its own, the delivery system – and that of each side individually. The precondition for use is the electric delivery system as Argus Twin can be utilised on both mechanically-driven ZA-TS Tronic spreaders or with a ZA-TS or ZG-TS Profis Hydro spreader with hydraulic spreading disc drive.
For the TS spreaders, the Argus Twin system always guarantees, due to the constant on-line monitoring and the subsequent re-adjustment of the delivery system if necessary, the optimum lateral distribution of the fertiliser. This ensures the most effective use of fertiliser and is the basis for optimised crop management.
The system gets going immediately and operates even when border spreading and when part-width sections are switched off and on. In hilly terrain Argus even provides a slope compensation of the spread pattern via the automatic readjustment of the delivery position of the fertiliser. A truly great way to take the stress out of fertiliser spreading.
To see all of these innovations and much more then come and find us on Stand 2, we are next to the Sprays & Sprayers ring - the build up of the stand you can follow in detail on Facebook.