Yamaha gets US approval for spraying drone
Yamaha has recently received permission in the United States to fly a helicopter-type of crop spraying drone, called the RMax.

Drones may becoming more widely used for reasons of providing entertaining Facebook videos, but the real world of unmanned aerial vehicles is about to change with the news that Yamaha has recently received permission in the United States to fly the RMax. This is a helicopter-type drone designed to spray crops.

The European agricultural market is the next focus for Yamaha, as the company aims to boost drone manufacturing output from 320 this year to 500 by 2020.

Yamaha has been developing this helicopter drone for over 30 years. There are over 2,600 of them working, mainly in Japan, and now also in South Korea and Australia.

Over 2.4 million acres of Japanese crops are reported to be treated annually by the Yamaha RMax. It has proved ideal for spraying in difficult areas and a further help in reducing soil compaction.

The RMax costs about €70,000, weighs 64kg and can carry a load of 28kg, either as 16 litres of spray or 26 litres of fertilizer. Its 246cc two-cylinder petrol engine runs on a two-stroke oil mix. With over 3 metres in wingspan width, it is normally moved from farm to farm behind a 4x4 and trailer.

See the RMax in action below

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Auction fever: strong trade at machinery sale
Peter Thomas Keaveney reports on the latest Euro Auctions sale that recently took place across the water in Leeds.

Euro Auctions, based in Dromore, Co Tyrone, is renowned for its sales of industrial plant, machinery and construction equipment. Peter Thomas Keaveney followed its most recent sale in Leeds

All prices listed are applicable to 20% VAT and 2.5% commission plus VAT.

This 2017 Claas Arion 430 tractor sold for £37,500 (€41,571)

This 2010 Deutz Fahr K610 came with cab suspension, three spool valves and A/C. It sold for £18,500 (€20,508).

This 2014 New Holland T7.200 fitted with an MX T412 loader, front and cab suspension, air brakes, four spool valves and A/C fell under the hammer for £27,000 (€29,931).

This 2016 JCB Fastrac 4220 came equipped with front linkage, front & cab suspension, four spool valves, air brakes and A/C. It sold for £65,000 (€72,056).

This 2013 New Holland T7 200 fitted with front suspension, front linkage, cab suspension, four spool valves, air brakes and A/C sold for £28,000 (€31,040)

This 2012 Kubota M108S fitted with a Kubota loader was sold for £17,000 (€18,846).

This 2014 New Holland T7.210 equipped with front linkage, front and cab suspension, three spool valves and A/C was knocked down under the hammer for £25,000 (€27,714)

This 2010 Valtra T162E came with front linkage, front and cab suspension, air brakes, five spool valves and A/C. It sold for £25,000 (€27,714).

This 2006 Massey Ferguson 6499 fitted with front and cab suspension, front linkage with PTO, four spool valves, air brakes and A/C sold for £12,500 (€13,857).

This 2009 Claas 840 Axion c/w front linkage & PTO, front and cab suspension, air brakes, five spool valves, and A/C. It sold for £19,000

(€21,063)

This 2008 Case 105 fitted with a Case LRX1100 loader sold for £16,500 (€18,291)

This 2008 Deutz Fahr Agrotron K120 was sold for £13,500 (€14,966)

This 2006 John Deere 7920 c/w front suspension, front linkage and PTO, and A/C. It sold for £23,000 (€25,497).

This 2014 New Holland T7.210 c/w front linkage, front and cab suspension, three spool valves and A/C. It sold for £25,000

(€27,714).

This 2003 New Holland TM120 c/w cab suspension, four spool valves and A/C. It sold for £14,500 (€16,074)

Machinery news: Farmhand's new dealer and Cork baler open day
Farmhand has appointed Swaine Agri in Co Offaly as a new main dealer, while a baler open day is planned in Cork.

Farmhand, the Irish distributor for Krone, Amazone, Quicke, Zuidberg and APV, has appointed Swaine Agri In Rhode, Co Offaly, as a new main dealer. “Liam Swaine and his team have really impressed us with their commitment to after-sales and their new purpose-built premises,” said Farmhand managing director Paul Scrivener.

“Liam Swaine has been 20 years working in the farm machinery industry and prides himself in being service-driven and customer focused”

Swaine Agri managing director Liam Swaine said: “We are delighted to be working with Farmhand. Our premises is nearing completion and we believe there is a big demand for Krone/ Amazone machinery in the area.”

Cork baler open day

Cork Farm Machinery is holding a baler open day on Tuesday 18 December from 10 am to 5pm. Cork’s new baler centre is responsible for the distribution of Kuhn and Massey Ferguson balers for the county.

The day will see a selection of balers from both Kuhn and Massey Ferguson. Some of which will include:

  • Award-winning Kuhn FBP Combination Baler
  • Kuhn IBIO Bale in One.
  • Kuhn FB3130 Standard Baler.
  • MF RB3130 Standard Baler.
  • MF 2270 Square Baler.
  • Protec MF Combination Baler.
  • The Kuhn FBP 3135 combination baler features the unique barrel wrapping procedure. Two rolls of 750mm silage film are fed into the chamber at the front, wrapping the bale with standard bale wrap instead of net. Upon reaching the wrapping table, a further two layers of film are applied to the bale both horizontally and vertically as the dispenser arms rotate through 90° on the satellite wrapping arms. The recently unveiled Protec MF combination baler, an updated and revamped version of the Lely Tornado, is set to be on show. It features a completely different design to the other combination balers available on the market today. The RB 3130F Protec makes bales with a diameter of 1.25m, with the option of selecting 13, 17 or 25 knives. It weighs 6.45t offering full Isobus compatibility.

    Both MF and Kuhn personnel will be on hand during the day to answer all questions.

    Swath merging with no conditioner
    PÖttinger's Cross Flow auger technology merges the swath immediately after mowing.

    PÖttinger have introduced mowers capable of mowing and merging swaths for the first time without the use of a conditioner,

    The Cross Flow auger technology merges the swath immediately after mowing. This technology is now available on the Novacat 352 and Novacat A10.

    The enclosed design prevents forage losses. Working without a conditioner results in a lighter mower, lower power required for operation and also savings in fuel. According to PÖttinger, the Cross Flow auger design uses 20% less power compared with cross-conveyor-belt merging systems.

    According to Pottinger, the Cross Flow auger design consumes 20% less power compared to cross conveyor belt merging systems.

    This innovative solution still provides a conditioning effect, however, because the auger turns the flow of forage to accelerate the drying of the mown crop, according to PÖttinger. For a more intensive drying, the rear flap is opened to place a wider and airier blanket of forage.

    When mowing along the field boundary, the Cross Flow auger can transport the crop to the inside. This is done by closing the rear flap on the Novacat 352 Cross Flow or closing the rear flap on one side of the Novacat A10 Cross Flow butterfly mowers. This method ensures the forage remains within the boundary during tedding.