John Deere sells 1000th sprayer
Based at Pursley Farm in Shenley, Hertfordshire, J S Hunter & Sons Ltd is a family run arable enterprise growing 3000ac of combinable crops across 12 farm units, including wheat, oats, oilseed rape and beans. The Hunters have been customers of John Deere and Buckles for more than 20 years, since they bought their first tractor, a 3650, at the Hertfordshire Show.
The new 5430i, their third self-propelled machine but their first from John Deere, replaces an 840i trailed model. It joins a tractor fleet that includes a 6506 (used for hedgecutting), a 6920S, two 6930s and two tracked models equipped with John Deere’s AutoTrac automatic steering system, an 8400T and a new 8345RT.
The sprayer features John Deere’s automated i-Solutions spraying package, which includes BoomTrac boom height control, Sprayer Pro section control, the SolutionCommand rinsing and dilution system, FieldDoc documentation and AutoTrac automatic steering.
“With an increasing acreage across the various farms we own and manage, we have more to harvest these days and we are particularly busy through the summer and autumn,” says Jimmy Hunter, who farms with his father Stewart, brother John and their children Hamish, Eveey, Hugh, Sion and Charles.
“Replacing the trailed sprayer with a self-propelled model frees up a tractor for harvest, and the extra clearance also means we can reduce damage in our break crops, particularly when turning at the headlands. In addition, everything on the sprayer is made by John Deere, which makes things a lot more straightforward when it comes to parts and service, and we can call on product specialists for advice or assistance at any time.
“I like the technology on John Deere sprayers too, the ‘i’ package is very useful – once it’s been set up correctly, you can rely on the sprayer to do exactly what you programme it to do, to a high degree of accuracy. You can be confident it won’t spray over boundaries, for example, and it will always apply the right amount of chemical with the right amount of water.
“The FieldDoc automatic documentation system linked to Farmade’s Gatekeeper software also means I can aim for a completely paperless office system, which will make all the necessary record keeping much more efficient.”
The farm has been using John Deere’s AMS GreenStar precision farming technology for about six years, so the sprayer’s AutoTrac system will be making its own contribution to less driver fatigue and increased accuracy in the field. “You can work for longer, and concentrate on other things in the cab without worrying about veering off line all the time,” Jimmy adds. “The combination of the latest technology, a knowledgeable and experienced dealership and fast parts and service back-up made the whole package very attractive.”
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
Butchers in the UK are losing a generation through lack of training opportu...
NASA research has revealed how dust blown from the Sahara desert helps supp...
“In the run up to the Budget 2015 most commentators were predicting that th...
The UK’s first fully operational floating solar panel system has been unvei...
Axing the badger cull in England and Wales will save more than £120 million...
By 2025, solar power could become one of the cheapest forms of energy in ma...
Demand for Scottish farm land remains strong and continues to be better val...
The Welsh red meat industry should aim to increase sales by at least 34 per...
Fears about the impact that a proposed transatlantic trade agreement could ...