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Our Louth branch is hosting an open event on Thurs 16th February 10am-6pm, and you are invited!

Come along, meet the team and enjoy some refreshments.

The Martin Lishman team will be joining us from 10am-4pm for the annual grain clinic. Bring your moisture meters to test them against known moisture samples and recieve a certificate suitable for grain assurance schemes. £15 per meter, £5 additional probe.

The open event is free to attend with no booking required. We hope to see you there!

Our New Year Show is back for 2023!

Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th January, 10am – 5pm

Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ

Now in its 19th year, the 2023 Ripon Farm Services Show will kick start the New Year, showcasing the latest technology, agricultural machinery and ground care equipment available from industry leading manufacturers and suppliers.

Product specialists will be on hand to discuss and provide advice on machine choice, setup, optimisation and job management. Explore the latest innovations, speak to experts and see the products up close – all in the warm and dry!

Free entry, ample parking and refreshments available.

See & Spray comes to Europe

At this year’s SIMA, John Deere will present See & SprayTM for the first time on its European sprayers built in Horst (Netherlands). Following the introduction of See & SprayTM Select and Ultimate in the USA, John Deere is taking the next important step towards precise crop protection.

The See & SprayTM system for Europe is based on the See & SprayTM Select technology already introduced in the USA. It uses camera technology to detect colour differences in the field. The cameras and other hardware components are integrated directly into the boom or chassis of the machine. One camera is mounted per metre of working width, which captures green plants at lightning speed. Processors handle the images and the nozzles are triggered individually for spot treatment. The green detection on the field soil enables a targeted application of pre-emergence herbicides. All weeds that are also visible to the naked eye are detected by the cameras.    

See & SprayTM is not only suitable for pre-emergence treatment – it can also be used in row crops after emergence. The crop rows can be extracted by the sprayer and thus the weeds between the rows can be targeted and treated. This application is possible at all stages and for all row crops before the canopy closes, allowing the customer an additional treatment for See & SprayTM in the growing crop.

Tested under different conditions  
See & SprayTM has already been tested on about 120,000 hectares worldwide. The success in application is comparable to broadcast spray, but with a saving of up to two thirds of consumption. First tests in Europe showed the same results. In addition, the system could be optimised to adapt See & SprayTM to European conditions.

See & SprayTM supports agronomic decisions   
The See & SprayTM system can document the application of herbicides using the in-cab Gen 4 display. In this context the display creates a coverage map with information on where the herbicide was applied. The documentation can be transferred via JDLinkTM to the John Deere Operations Center. Among other things, this would allow sub-areas with increased weed pressure to be identified and future measures to be optimised.

Availability and machine         
See & SprayTM Select is already sold with the self-propelled sprayers in the USA. These machines will be the first on the market in Central Europe this year. From spring 2023 See & SprayTM will be available on a limited basis for the European R900i series trailed sprayers with 36- and 39-meter booms and will then be offered as an option for various John Deere sprayers from Horst in the future.

The following components are required for use on the R900i trailed sprayers:      

  • The PowrSpray System
  • Pressure Recircualtion Booms
  • TerrainCommandTM Pro
  • Individual Nozzle Control
  • The agricultural management system solution JDLinkTM  
  • The Gen 4 Display
  • StarFireTM 7000 Receiver

John Deere celebrates 30 years training the talent of tomorrow

John Deere is marking the 30th anniversary of its renowned apprenticeship programme with an open day to recruit the next generation of technicians to work across its agriculture, turf and parts business.

Well in excess of 1,000 apprentices have qualified since 1992, and the company is keen to showcase the exciting career path that lies ahead of those who complete the course.

On 6 October, John Deere and the scheme’s training provider, ProVQ, will open the doors of its new training centre in Upper Saxondale, Nottinghamshire, where candidates will be offered guided tours, practical demonstrations and driving experiences. 

Classrooms and workshops will be staffed by instructors and apprentices, providing a unique opportunity to view the state-of-the-art learning facilities on offer and talk to those who know all about the programme.

John Deere’s apprenticeship programme sees technicians work within the company’s dealership network as a paid employee while completing either a two or three-year course comprising on-the-job practical learning and classroom studies.

Three courses make up the programme; Ag Tech – focusing on agricultural machinery, Turf Tech – focusing on professional turf equipment, and Parts Tech – focusing on parts service and support.

“It’s a hugely exciting time to be part of the agricultural and turfcare industries – they are evolving and becoming more technologically advanced than ever before,” John Deere Branch Training Manager Allan Cochran says.

“The job is so much more than just servicing and fixing things. The machines and parts our apprentices work on and with are some of the most advanced in the world, many capable of levels of automation or operating at capacities we could only dream of a few years ago.

“With exam results now known and young people planning their futures, we’re encouraging them to join us for our open day to find out how John Deere can ignite their careers.

“It’s not just for people who love tractors – if you want to earn while you learn and be part of a huge, global brand with a reputation for ground-breaking innovations, then a John Deere apprenticeship could be the perfect start to your career.”  

The open day will be held on 6 October, with three sessions being run at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and entry is free, although pre-booking is a requirement as places are limited.

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Ripon Farm Services (RFS) has moved into a new depot at the 30-acre Eden Business Park near Malton.

RFS has taken possession of a high-quality 22,000 sq ft building at the multi-million pound business park, which is located immediately off the A64 by the Pickering Road (A169) junction by Eden Camp.

Richard Simpson, commercial director of RFS, commented: “The opening of our new Malton depot is a major milestone for Ripon Farm Services and signals our intention to ramp up the investment in our long-term future.

“This new building reflects the importance we place on serving the North and East Yorkshire farming, equestrian and ground care communities. We will be providing the full range of services that you would expect from a John Deere main dealer and will also be moving our Ifor Williams trailer dealership into our new depot.

“In addition, we will have a huge range of ground care equipment for both Groundscare professionals and homeowners alike. We can’t wait to get going”, he added.

RFS will start trading from the Malton depot in late August and are organising an Open Day for all their customers on Thursday October 27 between 12 noon and 8.00pm.

The new flagship building will feature offices, training suites and meeting facilities for staff and customers and has been specially designed to accommodate rapidly growing combine harvester business, including the John Deere X9. The new Malton location will be the company’s twelfth depot in all.

Richard Simpson added: “We are especially pleased to be making such a big investment to improve our facilities in Malton, which has the enviable – and entirely justified – reputation as the food capital of the north. It is at the centre of North Yorkshire’s extensive agricultural community, which we are looking forward to serving,” said Mr Simpson.

Join us at the open event! Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new Malton branch. Come along, meet the team and have a tour around our new state-of-the-art depot. Hog roast and refreshments provided. No booking required.

We hope to see you there!

New features for John Deere forage harvesters: More power and high throughput

John Deere is revising its 8000 and 9000 series forage harvester portfolio for the model year 23. The focus is primarily on the smaller models of the 8000 Series, but the 9000 Series also receives important updates to further increase performance. A new top-of-the-range machine is also being added to the pick-up model range – the 30R – which increases output, especially in the upper horsepower segment.

The new 8000 Series forage harvesters  
In addition to a facelift, the 8100, 8200 and 8300 models receive additional horsepower. The 8100 harvester with the 9-litre engine now delivers a maximum power of 431 hp and replaces the current 8200. For 2023 the 8200 forage harvester receives the larger 13.5-litre engine and therefore increases its output by 34 hp to 465 hp. The power increase of the smaller 8000 models is rounded off by the new 8300, which now has a maximum output of 505 hp instead of the previous 490 hp.

To further enhance the performance and reduce operating costs, the Dura LineTM Kernel Processor has a new coating, the Busa®CLAD. This coating has been specially developed for highly stressed machine components and is available for all 8000 and 9000 Series models. In addition to a longer service life, it allows lower wear costs per tonne to be achieved.

The 9000 Series – What’s new?      
Like the 9500 and 9600 forage harvesters before, the 9700 model now also gets the JD18X engine, which does not require DEF (DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID). This 18-litre John Deere engine increases the performance of the forage harvester. It also introduces HarvestMotion Plus, which provides an exceptional torque increase and even more power at low engine speeds. As a result, the 9700 forage harvester now delivers up to 825 hp.

Furthermore, all self-propelled forage harvesters in the 9000 series are now equipped with the newly designed discharge chute, which is 20 cm longer than the previous version. Thanks to its optimised contours and design, it enables a higher throughput and provides a better overview during chopping. Additional openings facilitate maintenance here.

The new 30R – High Throughput Pick-Up          
To utilise the full John Deere power, Kemper has developed the new 30R Grass Pick-up with a working width of 2.7 metres. Equipped with a large 80 cm diameter auger, deep 20 cm auger flights and 6 tine bars with 6.5 mm tines pick up, the new R-series pick-ups are designed for high throughput. To ensure the full John Deere power is used during the upcoming chopping season, the 30R features a chainless drive and heavy-duty wear parts that reduce maintenance costs.

AutoSetup – Fast and Easy Work Planning       
John Deere offers a range of solutions to increase operator comfort in the tightly-timed chopping season. One of them is AutoSetup. If the machine is equipped with a JDLinkTM modem, data can be exchanged wirelessly and free of charge with the John Deere Operations Center TM. This allows workflows to be set up, planned and monitored in a single online portal. Using John Deere AutoSetup, it is then possible to send this information to forage harvesters directly in the field. The pre-planned work schedules then automatically appear on the Gen 4 display when the machine crosses the boundary of the designated field. This gives the driver direct access to the correct lanes, work settings and field boundaries.