25 July 2021

Harvesting days (II). Cereals and pulse vegetables

We continue with the harvesting works and on this occasion, we focus on winter cereals and pulse vegetables, two types of crops that are the most widely used in our area. 

This year's harvest has been one of the best we can remember. The winter and spring rains have been perfect, so we have had very high yields in almost all the fields. Last year was also very rainy but then again it was such a good yields. Therefore, we can say that the average cereal yield was around 5,000 kg/he and the average pulse vegetables yield (in our case Elton lentils) was around 1,700 kg/ha. Moreover, the price is also quite good and we have already fixed it with the values you can see in this table

As for barley, which is perhaps the most important crop for us, in our area and especially in our village the Hispanic variety has always been sown as the main variety. Since a few years ago, other varieties such as Planet, Nure, Sfera, Lavanda, Traveler, Kalea... a multitude of varieties have taken over and are giving much higher yields than Hispanic. In fields with a healthy crop, where the Hispanic can yield 4,000 kg/he, these new varieties can reach 5,500 kg/he without any problems. For the next sowing time, we have decided to leave the Hispanic variety and sow Nure and Sfera, which have given us very good yields this year. 

As a final point, we had the opportunity to visit our friend Paco, who was harvesting triticale as you can see in the video and pictures with his John Deere T550 combine harvester. A Yellow triticale was yielding very well (around 6,000 kg/he) so the combine was working at full capacity... we hope you like the video and pictures. We really liked the combine harvester.

Versión en español.

13 July 2021

Harvesting days (I). Forage with Fendt

June is the month when harvesting tasks begins in our country, Spain, so we want to publish some posts with the aim of showing you some tasks and machinery that are working in the Spanish countryside at this time of the year and that are very interesting to know... we start with fodder. 

A few weeks ago, we went to Larrodrigo, which is a small village in the province of Salamanca, where our good friend Augusto lives, and he showed us the machines that Fendt has for forage harvesting tasks... we spent a very interesting day where we could see the high quality machines that are on the market. 

In particular, we were able to see the Slicer front and rear mower... it was impressive to see its working speed (around 17km/h) considering that the mower worked without any problems, even though there was plenty of material to mow. Then, we did some swathing work with the Former hay rake. This range of hay rakes can operate from one rotor to four rotors... it will be interesting to see the four-rotor with a working width of 14 metres. Finally, we were able to bale and silage with the Rotana 130 F Combi... a fixed chamber round balers that was hitched to a Fendt 314 Profi+, which we certainly didn't like as much as the Fendt 718 Profi+ on which the Slicer mower was mounted. You have more technical details in our videos.

It was a very interesting day that allowed us to get to know machines in the field that we only knew through catalogues and, in the best of cases, at the dealers. You already know that we are available for working days like these that allow us to learn about new machinery and technology. 

Versión en español.