AGRICULTURAL CONTRACTING

Serving clients within a 30 mile
radius of Okehampton, we offer
a full range of Agricultural
contracting services.

From Ploughing to combining, drilling with choice of 6 drills, baling, raking, bale wrapping, fertiliser and Lime spreading, Telescopic handler work, haulage, Spraying, Straw Grinding, and a host more services, we are there to service the needs of the modern farmer in the south west. Creating partnerships with landowners and farmers is important to our business. All our staff are trained for specific machines that they operate. GPS is at the heart of our main services, with the sprayers, fertiliser spreader, drills, all operated and controlled through GPS equipment.

Agricultural Contracting

Cultivation Services

Drilling Services

Cultivations and Tillage usually represent approx 35% of machinery and labour costs on any arable farm, and it is an area in which savings can often be made with a little bit of careful thought. We operate a range of equipment in our contracting business and on our farms, and try to match soil type and conditions to the various machines we have, for the best economic advantage.

Ploughing

The year starts with the plough, and unless a good job is made here then it becomes more difficult and expense afterwards. The ploughs we operate are Vogel and Noot 6 furrow auto reset. Sometimes we drop the last furrow off depending on the topograghy of where we are working.  Working on the New Holland or Fendt 724's they are well matched and capable of covering all our workload.

Subsoiling

A 3 leg subsoiler is available where required. The photo here shows our older machine in action. This has now been updated with a flat lift. Maize fields are the main area for our work with this machine.

Cultivations

Power harrows are available where needed to cultivate ahead of a drill, for grass seeds or maize seedbeds. We use 3m power harrows c/w packer rollers.

6m Air Drill

The 6m air drill will drill up to 150 acres per day and will put in 12, 18 or 24m tramlines. Very good for grass seeds. Tends to be used in the autumn until the weather breaks, then the combinations play more of an active role. Photo shows wheat being drilled on by Tim Honey with the 818 Fendt.

3m Combination Drills

We run three of these units. All the drills are identical and are used with a front press. These are ideal when the weather is catchy and for small contract jobs, so avoiding travelling with two machines.

4m Weaving Tine Drill

Used where conditions are good on lighter soils where you don't need the expense of the power harrow. This drill compliments the others very well.

Rollers

The rollers seen here can be used either on ploughing, in which case with the cultivator tines in the ground, or behind the drill, with the tines raised. In the right conditions a seed bed can be created in one pass on ploughing. On our soils rolling after drilling with cereals in the right conditions will aid germination.

Spraying

We have specialised in crop spraying and fertiliser spreading since the business was formed in 1987. This was the first service we offered, and at the time we had the only self propelled sprayers in North Devon.
Coming from the original L&K Hilite sprayer, we now operate 2 Bateman RB26 Sprayers. These are 24m machines , 4 wheel steer, row crop and Terra tyres, 3000L tank, hydraulically adjustable axles, and have all the other usual Bateman features including full GPS auto shutoff section control. We are currently running a third RB15 to take care of all the small jobs and to keep us on top of the workload at the peak time. We like to think that anyone who rings for spraying will have it done within a couple of days. Our team of operators, are very experienced, and have a good knowledge of the chemicals they are using. We try as far as possible to have the same operator returning to each farm throughout the season, so a rapport builds between the customer and farmer. Full records are kept for every application. Our agricultural spraying prices vary from £4.00 - £4.75 per acre depending on the size of the job. We have a minimum charge of £60 per visit.
 

Bowser

Our Bowser supports the above machines when required. This increases the sprayer output considerably and helps us keep up to date with chemical applications at peak times.

Dung Spreading

We have a Rowlands 14cu metre rear discharge dung spreader for hire with tractor and operator for solid semi solid muck.

For slurry we have a 3000 gallon twin axle rear steer tanker, on wide LGP tyres. With a 11,000 litre pump and a 50k tractor for quick turnaround between loads.

Combining

This years harvesting machinery line-up is as follows:-

• CLAAS LEXION 550 4WD c/w 22ft header
• CLAAS LEXION 460 c/w 25ft header

We have further capacity supplied from two outside contractors, to keep our customers happy in difficult weather periods.

Trailers

We run a fleet of trailers from 8 to 18 tonnes, to support the combines.

Baling

CropMech can provide a complete service from mowing to stacking. We're currently operating modern mowers with a Claas Tedder and a Fella Rake.

MASSEY FERGUSON 2260 BALER

Operated on our MF8450, this baler produces a straw or Hay bale 120cm * 70cm bale weighing between 350 and 400kg, depending on the material. They have 6 strings and will stand more abuse than a 4 string bale, and due to their shape are easier to transport.
For Haylage the baler is supported by a McHale wrapper to ensure the best quality bale available. Our Merlo is available to stack and handle the bales where required.

NEW HOLLAND ROUND BALER

A high density New Holland belt baler is available for hay and straw. This will produce bales up to 6ft diameter.

Tub Grinding for hay and straw

Our latest addition to the machinery line up is the Haybuster Tub Grinder. This machine is available for grinding hay and straw to imporve the use of these feeds in diets, and also for grinding wheat, Barley and maize. Grinding of the grains as opposed to rolling brings many benefits including the reduction of starlings, as they can’t pick up the finer processed material.

Fertiliser Spreading

We have specialised in crop spraying and fertiliser spreading since the business was formed in 1987. This was the first service we offered, and at the time had the only self propelled sprayers in North Devon.

We operate a Kvernland spinning disc spreader c/w weighcells and GPS Auto steer for guidance and accurate applications of all granular fertiliser products. The tractor is fitted with either row crop or floatation tyres depending on the crop and ground conditions. A crane is mounted on the spreader to make it a self sufficient operation, eliminating the need for a loader to be tied up.

Liming

Our spreaders are all on low ground pressure tyres, and we use GPS positioning for accuracy in the field. Our Latest spreader this spring is fully equipped to provide computerised spreading to GPS maps. If you have had your lime requirements mapped out on GPS co ordinates, we can upload the information and spread according to the spreading plan.

All our spreaders are pulled with Fendt tractors equipped with loaders for loading themselves on site. This means we are self sufficient when arriving on farm, and don’t need the customer to supply a loader.

We provide a full soil testing service either just for PH, or for full nutrients using NRM laboratories. (Pic of ATV and testing equipment here).

Maize Drilling under film

We have introduced a new service with the purchase of our 4 row Samco maize under film drill. This was a new machine this spring, and at the moment is the only drill of its kind in the UK, being the new designed high speed disc drill. The drill has gone really well, with the results looking encouraging at the moment.

Advantages of planting the maize under film is as follows:

• Earlier Harvesting, allowing the next crop to be established in good time in the Autumn
• Higher yield in terms of MJ of energy and higher starch per acre.
• Spreads the work load at planting and harvcesting times.
• Better for the environment in terms of less risk of run off during the winter if the next crop has been established.
• Can enable the farmer to benefit from the £111/ha payment for committing to replant after maize before the 15th October.


DV Grain Samplers

The DV grain sampler provides the fastest, easiest and safest way to sample grain from an open trailer, essential for large farms, Grain Stores and Mills. The sampler allows safety and ease of testing all cereals, flours, rice, seeds and straights with extreme rapidity without altering the quality of the product during sampling.

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