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Those readers who play golf will know that every shot pleases someone. Farming, having experienced a fairly widespread drought, is not too dissimilar; the wine industry was not complaining, and actually the tourism industry has had a much-needed boost.
But after a bad golf shot we keep on coming back to prove that we do not like being beaten…
By the time you read this, we will be heading into winter with time to reflect on the effect of the past season on our bottom lines. We have no control over the weather and world pricing or politics - but operational efficiency and crop yield are things we can control.
Technology is the “buzzword” of the moment, along with computers, computerised, GPS and a good few more. However technology is not the only avenue to improving the bottom line. Our last newsletter reported on the introduction of the Orthman Strip Tiller known as the 1tRIPr. Three new 8-row machines were put to work this past season producing results that were certainly not disappointing.
We were not in a position to conduct measurable trials to prove a potential to increase a crop’s yield by this method versus conventional tillage. (However FAR conducted trials in the Waikato comparing conventional tillage, strip tillage and zero tillage.)
What we were able to demonstrate, though, was that the cost of tillage was significantly reduced - and that the Orthman’s shattering effect on the soil is a more sustainable practice than any of the current methods of conventional tillage.
That second observation is illustrated in the photo at left. These are randomly selected samples from two adjacent paddocks on a Wairarapa property.
The conventionally tilled paddock was next to a river while the strip-tilled paddock - with its higher clay content - was next-door to that paddock. The conventionally tilled paddock quite clearly promoted lateral root growth while the strip-tilled paddock most definitely promoted a root mass that was more than 50% deeper.
The significant — and not necessarily obvious— point here being a noticeable reduction of root competition between plants in a row.
The additional root growth promoted by the Orthman strip tiller (left sample) is evident when comparing these samples.
Orthman assembly in Masterton
Supreme widens its market reach
Supreme International has introduced a new product range to make its proven quality more affordable in price-conscious markets.
Trusted Supreme stockfeed processors are the only feed processors available with:
Since you get what you pay for, Supreme machines are generally at a price disadvantage. Supreme has addressed this by introducing a new range of processors that present a more apples-with-apples comparison with the competition.
The new green processors are branded Segue (pronounced Segway). Though they may lack some of the features of the Supreme they share the superior Supreme tub design and the patented Supreme augers.
Competitively priced quality: new from Supreme, the Segue 3820 18.2m3 stockfeed processor
Our field days
We always appreciate the effort that farmers and contractors make to visit our sites at the various field days from Kaitaia to Invercargill. We look forward to seeing a few more prospective buyers and those just wanting to chew the fat at Mystery Creek on 12–15 June.
Dargaville produced some good fine weather for the Northland Field Days and although the numbers attending were down a little, we received some good quality enquiry, with the new Monosem NX2 planter drawing the most (30%).
The Central Districts Field Days in Feilding were also held in fine weather. Again we had some encouraging enquiries with balers and mowers at 20% each, and the Orthman and Monosem with 10% apiece.
Canterbury has not escaped the drought, but that broke in the few days before the South Island Field Days with some atrocious rainy weather from the Sunday through to the Tuesday beforehand but the sun came out on the Wednesday and all ended well.
The most popular machines there were mowers by far; the new BigPack 890XC High Speed medium-square baler also drew good enquiry.
Our stand at the Central Districts field days
South Island field days... A very strange shot of a drought!
Customer experience:Dick Carter, Hawkes Bay
Krone header on a New HollandPictured here is our first Krone EasyCollect 6000 FP maize header to be fitted to a New Holland forage harvester in New Zealand.
Photo competition still open...!We have a few entries in now for the competition but it appears a number of people thought the time was up for entering. In fact entries close at the end of January 2014. So get clicking - or start thinking about how you might compose that perfect shot when the opportunity arises in the coming season.
Business @ Tulloch Farm MachinesYouTube channel takes off
Another successful Relay For LifeTeam Tulloch again supported this very worthy cause by entering a team. Despite a reduced number of teams, the event was a great success and all had a really great time. Overall the event managed to raise over $120,000. Team Tulloch raised over $2,000 of that, and came ninth out of 48 teams in the 18-hour event (4pm to 10am). We would like to thank our German contingent for their contribution. Christian Steichele (son of a contractor in Bavaria) who worked in our service department in January–February was part of the team as was a mate of his from home, Jimmy. Arriving to join Christian at the end of his work contract, Jimmy was picked up at Wellington airport and driven direct to the Relay for Life. Christian has generously offered to host our Grasslands tour to a typical Bavarian Breakfast when we are in Munich in 2014.
Staff profile:John Brogden