To be held in the German city of Hanover from Sunday 8 to Saturday 14 November, this year’s Agritechnica farm machinery exhibition is set to be the biggest to date, making additional use of two new buildings constructed in the Hanover Exhibition Grounds. That takes to 23 the total of the site’s vast halls in use for the show, which will play host to approximately 2,800 exhibitors from 52 countries.
Much of the show layout has been improved to make equipment groups easier to find. Tractors will now be on display throughout the exhibition grounds, while soil preparation and cultivation equipment now covers all of Halls 9 to 12, with the first of those now also hosting fertiliser application and plant protection equipment.
Special features at this year’s show will include a focus entitled ‘Digital Cropping: decode your site, understand your yield’. The ‘smart farming’ themed area will help farmers find digital solutions to help them analyse and interpret the data collected, say organisers, with manufacturers presenting relevant technologies and systems. Forum presentations will explore current topics in more detail.
Another feature will be the sixth edition of the ‘Workshop LIVE’ special area, organised in cooperation with the German LandBauTechnik Association. Hourly demonstrations of maintenance and conversion work on today’s machinery and equipment will illustrate the skills and competences required at the different qualification levels (apprentice, service technician and master craftsman) for agricultural and construction machinery mechanics.
After each 30-minute demonstration time will be given over to discussion with those involved. One of the key target audiences is school and college leavers looking to further their learning and develop a trade.
In Hall 2 there will also be a new international dealer and service provider centre, organised by the DLG, the German LandBauTechnik Association and the European umbrella federation of agricultural machinery dealers (CLIMMAR) 2015. Aimed at agricultural machinery dealers from all over the world, it will feature service companies from areas including finance, insurance, logistics, used equipment exchanges, freight forwarders, customs and HR services.
A number of tractor manufacturers are expected to give new tractor ranges their full European debut. These include the RX four-tracked versions of the top three models in John Deere’s 9 series articulated tractors, spanning 470, 520, 570 and 620hp, McCormick’s brand new 250-300hp X8 machines, and the fourth generation 105-165hp four-cylinder N series from Valtra, which draw on the styling first seen in the T4 tractors.
As in the T4 series, in the fourth generation 105-165hp N models specified with powershift it’s possible to operate the transmission in the same way as a stepless gearbox. There’s also a hill-hold feature, a patented ‘hydraulics assistant’ and Automatic Slip Regulator (ASR) to govern and control acceptable wheelslip levels. ASR, claimed to be a completely new innovation in the tractor industry, limits engine power if wheelslip/wheel speed exceed a set level. This is said to help the driver maintain the best pulling ratio and fuel efficiency while avoiding damage to the ground. There is also a stepless transmission option.
New implement introductions will include the first range of European-made AGCO trailed sprayers, which will be sold under the firm’s Challenger brand and made at its Grubbenvoorst facility in the Netherlands. Said to share two-thirds of their components with the existing range of RG600 self-propelleds onwhich they are based, the RoGator 300 trailed range will comprise RG333 and RG344 models with respective capacities of 3,300 and 4,400 litres.