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in the armrest where they are clearly laid out. The armrest
and the CEBIS terminal can be adjusted independently of
each other to meet the operator's needs. For an optimal
view of the front attachment, the terminal can also be
moved all the way to the right where it is out of the field
of view. A new steering column also allows the steering
wheel to be adjusted optimally to suit the operator. The
operator has three ways of adjusting the machine settings:
via the CEBIS touchscreen, with the rotary/push switch
on the CEBIS control panel, or by using the side buttons
on the armrest for direct access. The new, ergonomic
C-MOTION ground speed control lever places all the
principal functions for the front attachment and the
unloading process at the operator's fingertips. It is also
possible for the operator to switch between different
CEBIS views without having to remove their hand from
the lever.
The new LEXION can, of course, also use TELEMATICS
for optimal integration in the farm management software.
The new drive concept of the LEXION is designed for
maximum reliability. It requires fewer belt drives, all the
variators have been reinforced and can be connected to
the central lubrication system. DYNAMIC COOLING is
standard in all new LEXION models and provides uniform
cooling while reducing the cleaning effort required for the
air filter.
With the exception of the LEXION 7400, all new models
are available with suspended TERRA TRAC crawler tracks
and a 40 km/h top speed for maximum soil protection and
comfort in the field as well as fast transport. All models
can be supplied as wheeled versions which can be fitted
with tyres up to a diameter of 2.15 m (42 inches) on the
front axle and up to 1.75 m (34 inches for LEXION 8900
and 8800) on the rear axle.
Stats, shows and local news
Well readers, there is nothing I like more
than a few statistics to get the blood
flowing on a cold winter's morning. An
interesting one I picked up a few weeks
ago was based on farmer numbers
in Europe. We have lost four million
farmers between 2005 and 2015 in
Europe: this equates to 1,000 farmers
per day over a 10-year period and this
number is unfortunately rising. The
number of farmers in Europe stood at 15
million; now there is less than 11 million.
This has a serious knock-on e ect to
business selling in to this sector.
This report came from the new
incoming Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural A airs
Janusz Wojciechowski from Poland, who replaced our
own Phil Hogan at the beginning of October. Farmers in
Europe want to know what the future will hold for them
going forward. They are facing the same problems on a
daily basis as their Irish counterparts, citing low prices and
uncertainties in the markets, both in Europe and worldwide.
It is reported that a record number of farmers have made
TAMS applications a total of 3300 applications were made
in the latest tranche. The closing date was on the 4th of
October. Based on an average payment rate to date the
value of investment is 47 million. The Department of
Agriculture has reminded applicants to submit payment
claims quickly. It is not yet decided if applications will be
rolled over into another tranche; the total outstanding
payment claims outstanding are valued at 145 million. This
is a great boost to the machinery industry.
It has been announced that agricultural shows taking
place across the country in 2020 will have access to
funding worth 660,000 from the Department of Rural and
Community Development. The fund will provide money
for approximately 220 shows. Each show that qualifies
will receive a payment of 5,000 through the Irish Shows
Meanwhile, Agritechnica kicks o on November 10th
until the 16th in Hanover, Germany. On display will be the
latest farm technologies new machinery launches and the
announcements of the tractor of the year for 2020. Out in
the fields only 30 per cent of the national potato harvest
has been collected. Normally 60 per cent would be lifted
by now. Due to wet conditions, harvest losses will be much
higher this year resulting in lower yields. The maize harvest
is also under pressure with operations at a stop start all over
the country. On the cereals side, winter cereals are under
pressure around the country with some tillage farmers
scaling back their winter seeding because of the bad
weather. Teagasc has warned that overly neat and cropped
hedges are not good for biodiversity and have asked
farmers to not cut hedges lower than 1.5m. This will create
a better environment for birds to nest and bees to pollinate
with extra berries and food being available in the autumn
for birds and small mammals. Local news in the machinery
trade, Murphy Motors have opened a new sales service and
parts business at the mart in Cillin Hill, Co. Kilkenny and
Buckley Agri Ltd, Listowel, Co. Kerry have been appointed
new New Holland dealers for Kerry, and Clare. A full report
on these appointments will be in our December issue.
So, until next month, farm wisely and farm safely.
Noel Dunne,
Machinery Editor