14 June 2017

Harvest 2017. Year to forget

In our area farmes have begun to harvest cereal and pulse... this year is being really bad. March was very cold and April was really dry (it didn't rain anything from 23rd Marz to first days of May). This situation has caused one of the worst years of the last decade for rain-fed crops. The average yields are about 2,000 kg/he of barley and 800kg/ha of pulse. Some wheat fields will not even be harvested.

Our friend José Enrique (from Valdanzuelo in Soria) told us that his yields will be really poor this year. They have a farm of 530he with 1,000 sheep as well. Some crop like vetch or alfalfa are usually harvested for forage. The performance of forage vetch is about 3.500 kg/ha and this year it will be about 1,000kg/he. Normally, they can do 4 harvesting per session of alfalfa and this year they will only have 2 harvesting session. Some grain vetch will be to forage too... the harvest came early this year for about 15 days.

We are in a globalized world where a year with low production in Spain doesn't influence the price because in other countries can have good harvest, where the machinery tends to be bigger and bigger, we noticed that José Enrique has a small baler... the fantastic Massey Ferguson 139 SB. This type of baler isn't very common in Spain. José Enrique said it really works very fine.

They have a small mill and they work with small bales (356x457mm) because it is more comfortable (they make about 13,000 bales per year). Besides, they have an automatic bale wagons so they can put bales in mill easily to prepare the feed (straw and grain) that they will use throughout the year.

How much harvest do you have? 

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01 June 2017

Hydraulic Top Link

Some weeks ago, we decided to buy a hydraulic top link for our Agrotron tractor. It is a good tool when you have heavy implements... if you would like to regulate your implements it could be a hard task when you use a mechanical top link. For small tractors, we think that hydraulic top link is not so important. Nevertheless, it is a good help if you need to move the implement when you are working. For us, when we use our seed drill or chisel plough we had problems with our mechanical top link.

When tractor has mechanical hydraulic valves and you have to fix your hydraulic top link it is a really complicate task. Firstly, you have to fix the implement on tractor's arms and after that, you need to move implement using lifting rear system. However, if your tractor has electronic hydraulic valves, working with hydraulic top link is truly easy. As you can see in our pictures, when tractor has electronic hydraulic valves, they has buttons on the fins which allow us to fix the hydraulic top link easier. We would like to highlight Valtra tractors have an independent hydraulic pump for working with hydraulic top link as you can see in our pictures number 19 and 20.

In the moment that you decide to buy a hydraulic top link you need to know a few important parameters. Of course, the main parameter is the tractor power and you could buy it with only this information but if you know more details your purchase will be more satisfactory.

The most important parameters are listed below:
  • Tractor power: 100CV, ...
  • Swivel bolt: 25mm, 32mm, ...
  • Category: 2nd, 3rd or 4th
  • Stroke: 200mm, 250mm, 300mm, ...
  • Stem: 35mm, 40mm, 45mm, ...
  • Diameter cylinder: 90mm, 100mm, 115mm, ...
  • Distance closed: 600mm, 650mm, ...
  • Distance swivel to cylinder: 55mm, 65mm,
  • Length of hoses: 700mm, ...

In our case, we bought a CBM hydraulic top link (CBM is the most common brand) and it is the 102036ARTE32 model. The price is about €400 and its most highlight are:
  • Tractor power: 200HP
  • Swivel bolt: 32mm
  • Category: 3rd
  • Stroke: 200mm
  • Stem: 45mm
  • Diameter cylinder: 100mm
  • Distance closed: 650mm
  • Distance swivel to cylinder: 65mm
  • Length of hoses: 700mm

You can information about hydraulic top link on these shops: Traxco, Alternativaagricola and Repuestos Fuster

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12 May 2017

Demoagro 2017

The 3rd edition of Demoagro closed its doors (over 15,000 visitors) yesterday and we think it was the best farm fair again. For us, as in past editions (Demoagro 2013 and Demoagro 2015), it was held for three really interesting days and we could enjoy a lot of fashion machinery. This edition was located in our area (San Clemente - Cuenca), to only about 9 km of our village, reason why it was a little more special for us. The weather was good but it rained... the raining was a good news for Spanish farmers.

The organization of this show is really appropriate and visitors could check it with a proper distributions of fields, all access to farm fair without traffic jams, free internal transport, good restaurant and relax areas, ... the farm fair of 56he was smaller than in previous editions (20 he less) and it was an advantage, e.g., to walk but a problem for large implement or fast disc harrowing with small fields.  

The 60 exhibitors (with more than 100 brands exposed) shown all the potential they have available to the Spanish farmers ... in some cases too big machinery for our poor agriculture... professional farmer can find all type of machinery to make his work more comfortable and simple.

The fair was divided into three zones: Demoviña, Demosuelo and Demorecolection. Each of them with specialized machinery in that segment, which certainly helps the visitors to find and try more quickly what they are looking for.

In the area of Demoviña we spent the first morning, and we could see how the machinery of General Agricola stands out above its competitors. We really liked the tractor New Holland T4. Regarding Demosuelo, we spent a very interesting afternoon with our friends from Gascón Internacional and Ovlac. Undoubtedly, we have national manufacturers of implements that own products of the highest quality for the most demanding professionals. Finally, we dedicate a full day to the Demorecolection zone. Throughout the demonstration we could find over 700 tractors running and no doubt a lot of them were in the Demorecolection area .... Without no doubt it was a fantastic show.

During the next few days we are going to publish all our videos and pictures. Stay tuned on our YouTube channel, our Facebook and Twitter account.

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