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M W Pilgrim & Son choose a deal that makes sense

Manitou telehandlers have been the machine of choice for M W Pilgrim & Son since 2008.

Adrian and Richard Pilgrim farm 800 acres of mixed arable crops including wheat, sugar beet and maize. The brothers, based in Kenninghall, south Norfolk, also sublet acreage for pigs and vegetables, including an organic field of sweetcorn.

Their current Manitou MLT 741 machine is their third, and was an upgrade from their previous MLT 735 models. Full article here

Manitou the choice for over a decade at North Farm Livestock

Manitou telehandlers have been part of the landscape at North Farm Livestock for many years. Michael Baker, Director of the business based in North Norfolk, explains how his machines play an important part of the day-to-day running of the farm and looking after their pigs.

“We have owned several Manitou machines over the years with MLT 735 and 840 telehandlers being our most recent models. Our machines have to work hard as they are used daily to move muck and straw, as well as moving tents that house our animals.” Full article here

Proven drill leads the field

No-till crop establishment is definitely on the up and John Deere’s time-proven 750A All-Till drill led the field in an on-farm trial conducted last season.

Grower David Walston ran the experiment at Thriplow Farms near Cambridge to compare the performance of three different drills sowing wheat direct into stubble. One was the farm’s existing tine drill, another was a New Zealand-designed machine and the third was the John Deere 750A. Full article here

More than fit for purpose

“It does exactly what we want it to do and possibly more,” says David Middleton, R H Merrick & Son’s foreman and lead sprayer operator. He’s referring to the performance of one of the firm’s latest purchases, a John Deere R4040i self-propelled sprayer.

The business farms 2000 acres from its base at Black Lodge, Hargrave in Northamptonshire, which includes 1700 acres of cropping; the farm is also in higher level stewardship (HLS) and 100 acres of permanent pasture support 50 cattle and 60 sheep. The arable ground is typically down to winter wheat, oilseed rape and spring crops split 50/50 between peas and spring wheat. Full article here

New 9RX fronts up in Norfolk

Honingham Thorpe Farms at Colton in Norfolk has chosen a new John Deere 9570RX fourtrack model for its tractor fleet, as it seeks to reduce operating costs while boosting output and efficiency.

Rated at 570hp, the 9570RX is the latest in a long line of rubber-tracked machines that have arrived at Honingham, as farm manager Jamie Lockhart explains.

“Over the years, we’ve had a Cat 85C, Steiger 9380, STX440, STX450, a Challenger 865C and latterly two further STX450s - our latest being a Stage 4 model,” he says. “But we have learnt that twin track machines just don’t work for us. We need horsepower, but we also need weight to make that horsepower work.” Full article here

John Deere machinery boosts morale

First impressions count, and a new fleet of John Deere compact utility tractors and diesel lawn tractors supplied by dealer Ben Burgess GroundsCare Equipment of Norwich is ensuring that visitors to Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk are impressed by the high standards of the grounds.

“Gresham’s is a great school and we wanted the best grounds care machinery. John Deere is a well-respected make and it has always been my aim to get their tractors here, and this year we finally got them,” says Gresham’s School service manager David Olby, after the school took delivery of the fleet this spring. Full article here

Ben Burgess sells its 150th sprayer

Ben Burgess & Co achieved a significant milestone recently when the business sold its 150th sprayer – a 4000-litre capacity John Deere R4040i self-propelled model equipped with 36m boom, bought by E & E J Andrews Ltd of Rockland St Mary, Norwich.

The sprayer was delivered at the beginning of March. After a concentrated induction course by Ben Burgess sprayer specialist Mark Cann, the farm's lead sprayer operator Gary Ellis started work the next day on 300 acres of oilseed rape with a herbicide followed by liquid N. Full article here

School report praises John Deere

John Deere compact utility tractors and ride-on cylinder mowers supplied by dealer Ben Burgess GroundsCare Equipment are playing a central role in Langley School achieving its objective of improving the quality of its sports surfaces.

When Neil Yarham was appointed head of grounds at Langley School in Loddon, Norfolk, his brief was exactly that: to improve all the sports ground surfaces. It was a target that also enabled him to achieve another objective: to use John Deere equipment. Full article here

W540 combines - in the field

Cambridgeshire farmers D & D Reed expect their purchase of a John Deere W540 combine for the 2014 harvest to be a virtual once in a lifetime investment. The five-walker W540 fitted the bill for the acreage to be harvested, but Mr Reed was impressed by the size of the transmission, plus a straw chopper, chaff spreader, yield and moisture meters and a wide comfortable cab.

Over in Norfolk, Michael Robertson has owned his W540 for three years. "We've never had a combine that cuts like this, it's fantastic." Full article here

The S685i provides the performance

A new S685i combine equipped with ProDrive transmission, GreenStar GPS precision farming technology and a 30ft Premium Flow header was the first John Deere combine to be used by David Stennett Ltd near Bury St Edmunds, following a demonstration by Ben Burgess Newmarket in 2013.

"We were very impressed by the combine's performance during the demonstration, and ordered the Premium Flow conveyor header option as we grow up to around 1000 acres of oilseed rape," says Oliver Stennett. Full article here

750A drill cuts costs and battles black-grass

With 1200ha of combinable crops in mixed farming ownerships and contracts near Boxworth, Cambridgeshire, keeping control of inputs is paramount for Martin Jenkins Farming and a John Deere 750A No Till drill is helping to cut fuel, labour and machinery costs.

Mr Jenkins took on farming responsibilities at the Childerley estate nine years ago and has recently focused on tackling a burgeoning black-grass issue. Full article here

Combine change proves positive

The investment required in replacing a combine means changing makes is never an easy decision, given the unknowns involved in design, operation, reliability and dealer back-up.

But in one part of north Norfolk with land more undulating than much of the rest of the county, the minimisation of losses on slopes promised by John Deere's HillMaster system was one of the key influences on the Fletcher family's decision last season, after two decades using machines from another manufacturer, to purchase a new S680 for the 510ha of combinable crops on its 700ha enterprise. Full article here

Twin sprayer set-up gets it covered

A mix of cropping and a spread of farms across north-east Norfolk mean the versatility offered by running a two-sprayer system more than outweighs the cost of such a set-up for contract farming business L F Papworth Ltd.

But while the two machines both come from the same John Deere stable, and both feature 4000 litre tanks and 24m booms, they are different designs - a 5430i self-propelled sprayer and an 840i trailed model. Full article here

New combine boosts efficiency

A new John Deere S685i joined Abbots Ripton Farming Company's combine line-up for the 2013 harvest, and has delivered some impressive results as the farms harvested their way through 2400ha of combinable crops.

Before buying, the Huntingdon-based farming company had extensive demonstrations of other combine makes but soon found the Deere to be the most suitable choice as a replacement for one of three models supplied by a different manufacturer. Full article here

A positive revolution for Thorney Lakes Golf Centre

A revolution has taken place at Thorney Lakes Golf Centre in Cambridgeshire – that is how course manager Sid Matthews describes the switch to John Deere course maintenance equipment. “I've been here 21 years and we never used John Deere before 2010,” he says. “Now, for the first time ever, it's all John Deere.”

Thorney Lakes has three courses: 18-hole and 9-hole pay-as-you plays, both established in 1991, plus The Lakes, an 18-hole members only course built in 1996 to PGA specification. “It's an oasis in the fens,” Sid says. “It's more a links-type course at the moment, but we've planted 8000 trees; as they mature it will become a parkland course, which is the intention.” Full article here

John Deere is the Albanwise choice

Norfolk contract farming business Albanwise Farming Ltd has just taken delivery of eight new John Deere tractors worth in the region of £1 million, from dealer Ben Burgess Aylsham.

These are Albanwise’s first John Deere tractors, and the deal followed what Norfolk farms director Tom Dye describes as “probably the most comprehensive review of the company’s tractor fleet ever undertaken.” Bought on a three-year John Deere Financial programme, the new fleet consists of three 6150R medium frame tractors, two 6190R and one 6210R large frame models, and two bigger 8R Series tractors, an 8310R and an 8335R. Full article here

Jockey Club Estates ride with John Deere

A new fleet of John Deere equipment has been delivered by local dealer Ben Burgess Newmarket to Jockey Club Estates, as part of the organisation’s ongoing investment in the Newmarket Training Grounds and their facilities to ensure that they remain an international centre of excellence for thoroughbred racehorse training.

The 2500 acres of grounds include around 70 miles of turf gallops and 19 miles of all-weather gallops, which are used on a daily basis by over 2500 horses in the care of more than 70 trainers. Training grounds manager Nick Patton supervises two teams of 12 grounds maintenance staff, known as Heathmen, working on the Bury and Racecourse side sites on either side of the town of Newmarket, as well as a foreman at the National Hunt training facilities at The Links, which are also part of the estate. Full article here