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Agrimec To Source Tractor Spare Parts

As we have access to the whole Kramp catalogue of products (many with next day delivery) we have been able to offer people access to tractor spare parts for 50 different makes of tractor and hundreds of different models.

We have found tractor filtration to be particularly popular and can even cater to some vintage models.

We currently have an offer on tractor filters: Buy four together and we will give you 20% off (not in addition to the 5% YFC discount). This is a limited offer.

Our New Agrimec Shop Open Day

Welcome to the Agrimec Shop

Welcome to the Agrimec Shop

DSCN0780We held our open day at the beginning of the month and were so pleased with the turnout and enthusiasm from our customers and suppliers.  Thank you to everyone who came and supported us in our new venture.

Our shop will be open daily and stocks a wide variety of products and supplies needed by farmers and small holders alike.    We also have a selection of products that would be suitable for gardeners and presents for small people!

If you need tractor parts please get in touch with us and we will source these for you.

And lastly don’t forget that we offer 5% YFC member discount in the NEW shop!

 

Future of Pesticides – and our future!

combine in corn fieldAs some of you may know the Andersons report has been written to establish the probable effect on crop production by the banning of more active pesticides. The final report is now available. It makes for grime reading!

Whilst the implications for the feeding of the world are great, the effect of the EU and UK economies would be affected but perhaps more importantly farmer and growers could be possibly faced with a 36% drop in profit. This must surely have grave implications for a lot of you and consequently me as well!

The link to the report is www.nfuonline.com/Andersons-final-report

Guy Hickman

Sprayers- Information for the forward thinking farmer

We have this summer sold three 24 metre Hardi Master sprayers with varying sizes of tank from 1,200 litres to 1,800 litres. These are performing well for our customers. There are two more available for delivery now.

As a result we have two very good second hand crop sprayers available both with rate controllers.

  1. Hardi Master 21 metre, 1,500 litre with HC 2500 rate controller. It is in extremely good condition and is only 4 years old.
  2. John Deere 20 metre, 1,000 litre with John Deere rate controller. In very good condition.

In addition, we can offer you some very competitive prices on the excellent range of Hardi mounted, trailed or self-propelled sprayers. Hardi have a wide range of specifications to suit all sizes and types of farm and size of pockets too!

We have had some very encouraging experiences of pest and disease control in cider fruit with the high air flow Hardi mist blowers. These machines have managed to get the chemicals into the tops of the taller trees giving a very good control of scab and other pest problems.

Further good reports in desert fruit have been received from customers using our Florida sprayers, with or without diffusers fitted. If you are interested in a Florida sprayer we have a new one in the yard come and look or ask for a demonstration

If you are thinking of changing your crop sprayer please call Rich on 07773 357899. Early orders are essential to allow delivery on time for the start of the spring spray program.

 

New SFM self-propelled apple harvester

We are delighted to say that the new self-propelled apple harvester designed this year to our customer’s individual requirements has been delivered and already started to harvest apples.

Michael Keene and Son Ltd just outside Newent have been very pleased with the performance of the harvester, in particular, the efficient way the machine picks up the fruit and the quality of the harvested sample. Operator comfort has also proved to be very good.

The machine is a ‘one man’ harvesting solution, as it collects and cleans the apples depositing them in a hopper and unloads into a 14 tonne grain trailer. This can be done with one driver until the grain trailers are full and ready to tip.

As is often the case with a new design of machine, the Keene’s have spotted one or two improvements, which will be incorporated in to the machine as and when time allows.

NSTS update

Most of you, with crop sprayers, already have to get your sprayers tested under the National Sprayer Testing Scheme, to conform to various crop and livestock assurance schemes. Growers of cider apples have not been asked to do so by the cider producers (rather surprisingly in our opinion!). However, the rules under The Sustainable Use Directive are changing and three main points are as follows.

Farmers and growers need to:

  1. Demonstrate ‘Integrated Pest Management’ is followed on their farm.
  2. All sprayers require an NSTS certificate by 26 November 2016. The only exemptions are handheld and knapsack sprayers, but these should be inspected annually and the results recorded. There is a knapsack checklist on the NSTS website.
  3. Grandfather rights run out on 26 November 2015 (those who were born before 31 December 1964 and had not completed the PA1 and PA2 modules were allowed to spray their own land). Anyone who was operating under this exemption will now require a specific qualification rather than doing PA1 and PA2, which I am sure most operators will get through quite comfortably. There is guidance on the NSTS website with a link directly to the NPTC website. Many local spray service companies, colleges and independent training bodies are holding training courses specifically for this. Operators will then have to gain the appropriate qualification through NPTC.

Some farmers consider this test to be an inconvenience where as others are happy to have it done, as they really want to know about any problems found with the sprayer so they can be put right. If you think how much the chemical costs you really ought to be putting it onto the crop correctly! We have seen some farmers and growers with thousands of pounds worth of harvesting equipment and a very old leaky sprayer. Just remember the sprayer directly influences the yield of any crop whereby the harvester only collects the results.

Remember service, maintenance and testing can all add profitability to your business.

Below are some interesting facts:

  • Total sprayed area in the UK carried out by NSTS tested sprayers = 84% of crops grown
  • 57% of sprayers tested requiring repair
  • The 5 most common faults found –:25% – DCV’s not working correctly
    25% – Filter problems
    20% – Leaks stood not working
    18% – Leaks under pressure
    17% – Contents gauge illegible/graduation problems

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact us on 01531 632171.

If you would like to book a test please contact us and take advantage of our winter service offer – below.

Out in the orchards by Sales Manager, Rich

Rich has been visiting the farmers who have started harvesting this year and reports back.

After talking to several growerswith the new apple varieties there seems to be a bumper crop and many farmers under estimating their tonnage, thus creating some difficulty with extra loads to the mills but there will be no waste.

In addition, some of the smaller mills are reporting that pressing is not producing a huge amount of juice, which they are attributing to the growing conditions this year.

Cider apple trees go through some diverse weather conditions that affect the crops year in year out and we have had good weather for September.  It is definitely better than trudging through mud. At present I and many farmers are enjoying the atmospheric early mornings with heavy dew, developing into pleasant summer days. This is definitely better than the harvest three years ago when in November, the Apples were frozen to the ground, and, two years ago, which was one of the wettest harvests. Let’s hope this harvest continues in this vein.

The weather conditions have a domino affect even with us – at the moment customers picking young orchards get through more webs and bars as a lot have stony ground. Our stocks have diminished to the point we have had to reorder stock twice already. We have been a victim of our own competitiveness on harvester webs and parts but are keeping up with demand.

Agrimec supply any webs, no matter what size you need just give us a call and we will quote. These will not be off the shelf webs so please allow time for manufacture when you ask. If you think you will need parts, ring as soon as you can and, if it is not a standard size, please give us the full details and we will give you a delivery date.

Agricultural spare parts store comes to Herefordshire

Agrimec are looking forward to the opening of their new Kramp retail store in Ledbury, which will open in the Autumn.

Offering an extensive range of technical spare parts the shop will stock high quality products and top brands specifically chosen for the agricultural user.

Offering our customers additional convenience they will benefit from having everything needed under one roof.

Whilst machines are being serviced in our workshop customers can browse the shop to pick up new work shoes, specialist gloves, pruning equipment and sprayer parts.

Guy Hickman, Director says “the Kramp store offers our customers an invaluable enhancement of the range of services that we currently offer” he continues “offering all technical spare parts and accessories under one roof means that you don’t have to shop around wasting valuable working time”.

The spare parts service counter will continue in the existing building, where John will continue to offer service and advice.

Excellence in machinery and a new website!

Farmers now have access to an extensive range of products available to research and view on the new website.  It offers quick, easy access to information on all of the products that we currently supply for harvesting, pruning, sprayers, mowers and Suzuki quad bikes.

There will also be used machinery for sale on the website so make sure that you check regularly to see what great deals we have on used and refurbished agricultural machinery.

The website boasts a modern, up-dated look maintaining our corporate colours of green and yellow that are highly distinguishable for the Agrimec brand.

Our refreshed logo keeps with the corporate colours and mimics the original design of the simplified impression of the Hardi sprayer that was first sold as part of the Agrimec product range.   We believe it is a strong logo that symbolises our expertise in this field and that will serve us for many years to come.

The website’s user friendly nature provides users with more efficient access to our products.

New features include videos, news, twitter feed, daily weather updates and the ability to search for products by brand name of product type.

In the future we will provide full e-commerce access for the stores and spare parts on the website.

To get in touch with us to buy or for advice call us on 01531 632171 or email info@agrimec-ledbury.co.uk