16 August 2016

Harvesting using the Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB Combine. Demo Tour 2016

When we visited FIMA 2016 in February, we asked SDF Ibérica staff about the next harvesting demo tour. Then, they told us that during summer they will be harvesting with the Deutz-Fahr C9026 TSB combine in the north of Spain and they will be able to give us information about their combines.

The combine used has been a cutter bar of 7.2m working width,  Mercedes Benz 6R1000 7.7 litres 24 valve common rail engine with high injection pressures (2,400 bar) Tier 4 Final (395HP max. power) and the grain tank has a 9,500 litre capacity. It has chaff spreader, multi-segment concave 14-14-14 (600 mm diameter and 1.27 m wide threshing drum for 5 straw walkers and 1.52 m for 6 straw walkers has 8 threshing rasp bars and 6.32 s.q.m. of total ventilated sieve area), four-wheel drive and rear-view camera. It is Balance model, that keeps the combine harvester stable and leveled automatically compensated for lateral gradients up to 20% and longitudinal gradients up to 6%.

Harvesting days were in June and July and farmers didn't have any limitations or conditions...the farmer only had to refuel the fuel tank after the testing journey. Those are the most important comments about Demo Tour 2016:
  • In the first week, they were working with the Import Galiano 2012 S.L. a dealer of Lérida. The farmer Juan Sitja (from Terrelameu) harvested irrigated barley and yield was of 9,000 kg/he.
  • Next, they were in Gimenells on 29th and 30th of June. It rained and they could only harvest some hours per day in irregated fields with yields over 8,500 kg/he.
  • In the second week, the combine visited the Ejea de los Caballeros (Zaragoza) area where Luis Alberto Laborda harvested in Orés (among mountains). The Demo Tour continued on 6th of July in Tauste with Juan Carlos Cardona harvesting in irrigated fields with yields about 10,000 kg/he.
  • After that, The Demo Tour went to Segovia (Castilla y León) where they worked with Talleres Barrio Gómez dealer in Escalona del Prado Village. There, Julio Marcos (from Abades) and Roberto Valverde and Roberto Montes (from Hontanares de Eresma) could work with the combine. The average yield in these area was about 4,000 kg/he.
  • The next week, the Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB worked in Vallelado (Segovia) with Sebastián del Ser and Fresneda de Cuellar with Antonio Mozo. The yield was 6,000 kg/he.
  • Finally, the Demo Tour travelled to Álava. A few farmers could test the combine: Pablo (from Txintxetru), Cesar (from Salvatierra) and Iñaki (from Mendijur). The average  yield was about 8,000 kg/he.
The result was really impressive because the average consumption was of 24.5 l/h and the combine's performance was of 2.6 he/h. We have to indicate the straw chopper was working 20% of hectares worked.



You have to know the combine is not working 100% in this type of tests because drivers need to adapt it in the first hours. The most significant data about the test were gotten with De la Vara Bros. becuase they are proffesional harvesting farmers using Deutz-Fahr combines and they could work three consecutive days... in this case, you can see the performance was of 3he/h.

Versión en español.

Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB
Deutz-Fahr C9206 TSB

02 August 2016

New shoes

As you can see in our pictures, our Agrotron has new tyres. The tire choice was easy because Mitas had offered a really good deal what, together with the quality of these tyres, which is one of the best in the market, left us no other option. We chosen the Mitas AC70T Series of radial tyres, covering a power range from 90hp to 200hp tractors. In our case it was the AC70T 520/70 R38, with speed and load index 150 B (148 B), which is able to move at 50km/h with a maximum load of 3,350kg in each tyre. This model is enough because the maximum weight that our tractor can support on the rear axle is 6,500kg.

The most important features of the Mitas AC70T Series are described below (from here you can see the complete Mitas brochure):
  • Traction - Deep lugs (55mm) provide greater traction in the field even with wet field.
  • Self-cleaning - Outstanding self-cleaning between lugs reduces slip and improves pulling power.
  • Economy - The high durability and excellent traction make this a very economical tyre.
  • Versatility - Also suitable for low power tractors as narrow tractors. It covers a power range from 90hp to 200hp.
We would also like to point out some recommendations on agricultural tractors tyres, along with the use of the tools that Mitas offers on its website (right side of the web) to calculate the correct inflation (pressure) and the tyre that best fits your tractor and your needs.
  • You have to remember that the tractor to work on fields, such as plowing, must work with the lower possible pressure to ensure traction and prevent slip if they are very inflated.
  • When tractor works on road, the inflation should be higher than for traction works.
  • Ballasting is important. The weight of the tractor must be distributed in the ratio 40/60 between front and rear axle respectively.
  • You have to add counterweights to get a net weight of 50 kg/hp. Slippage working must be between 4 and 10%.
  • Our recommendation is you shouldn't use water as ballast. It gets a permanent overweight because nobody puts or removes water when it is needed.
  • The water causes the tyres were more rigid and susceptible to breakage. In addition, "to take a walk" with hundreds of kilograms of water permanently it makes diesel consumed unnecessarily steadily.
  • The counterweights must be added and removed according to the needs of your works.
  • Finally, the choice of tyre for the main tasks is important. For example, if the tractor works with plough within groove with wide tyres and they are wider than the groove they may damage inside and outside of the tyre. In this case a narrower tyre is recommended.

Versión en español.

Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres
Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres
Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres
Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres
Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres
Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres
Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres
Neumaticos Mitas AC70T - Mitas AC70T Tyres

22 July 2016

The first fertilizer task for a new vineyard

A few weeks ago, we showed you how a new vineyard is planted. As we commented, vineyard is a crop that needs a lot of works so many tasks are carried out during a year. This time, we continue to work with new vineyard to do the first fertilizer task after planting.

One of these new vineyards is near our cereal field and we could see as Florencio and his father were working. They were fertilizing with an orgnanic fertilizer (80% organic and a small part of mineral fertilizer 5-4-5). This type of fertilizer has advantages for new vineyards because plants can get it very slowly. They require a special machinery to spread it, which needs to have some pipes of large diameter to avoid obstructions (the dose used is about 2,000kg/ha). We used this type of fertilizer, e. g., for garlic before planting them.

On the other hand, if you use this dose, you will have a lot of big bags so transporting tasks will be complex. In the end, almost all farmers choose manure because spreading work is easier. If it doesn't rain, they will have to irrigate after spreading this organic fertilizer (it is pellet format) to begin its dissolving under ground.

Finally, farmers have to be careful with its storage because it has an intense smell and if it is wet it will begin to be compacted and farmers would have an important problem to spread it.

Versión en Español.