Grimme UK promising a British Potato to remember

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Visitors to this year’s British Potato Show in Harogate are expected to make a b-line for GRIMME UK’s renowned hospitality (and to find out about the latest innovations in machinery)

GRIMME UK thinks that 2019’s British Potato Show was its busiest ever, with hundreds of visitors enjoying free food and drink as well as being introduced to the company’s latest in-field machinery.

The company is set to repeat its popular hospitality at this year’s event on 24th and 25th November. As well as having members of its own sales team on-stand, the Gold sponsor will also be joined by sales engineers from Haith Group as part of the two companies strategic working agreement.

GRIMME’s market-leading Varitron 470 four-row self-propelled harvester will be taking centre stage. The latest model offers unparalleled performance and driving comfort and can be equipped with an extensive range of separators. 

The Varitron 470 achieves a high degree of manoeuvrability thanks to its pivoting rear axle which can be fitted with tracks or wheels when ordered. The popular terra trac system gives extreme soil protection in all conditions with very little soil compaction. 

GRIMME has incorporated several automatic features, including Speedtronic and Visual Protect, which can be conveniently controlled from the premium cabin, increasing harvesting efficiency.

The company will also be introducing people to its latest CleanLoader, which is designed to reduce the amount of clod and haulm found in the harvested crop. 

Fully road legal, the CleanLoader doesn’t require an external power source to operate, thanks to an on-board 46KW, four-cylinder diesel engine. This efficient unit provides exceptional fuel economy, using as little as 50 litres of fuel within 12 hours, and can reach 120 tonnes per hour.

Integral to the CleanLoader is GRIMME’s RH24-60 self-emptying receiving hopper, with a generous volume of 21 cubic meters. The hopper automatically feeds onto twin coil units to ensure even and constant crop flow through the machine. The first set of coils separates debris from the soil, with the second coil unit delivering additional separation or pre-grading of the crop depending upon conditions.

Once inspected, the crop is transferred from a picking table onto the 120cm wide cart elevator with high capacity pockets for fast loading times. 

A further benefit of the CleanLoader is that its elevator has a 25 degree (or 6.5 meters) pivot range, removing the need to constantly reposition trailers during filling, and with an impressive seven-metre overloading length, it is possible to leave the trailer out of the field completely, discharging over any small hedges and ditches. 

As well as the Varitron and CleanLoader, GRIMME will also be focusing on spring machinery, promoting its range of tilers, de-stoners and planters during British Potato.

Away from machinery, GRIMME will have a working demonstration of HarvestEyeTM on-stand. Developed in partnership with B-Hive, HarvestEyeTM is a unique system that effectively samples the crop from the whole field at harvest. The insights allow growers to market their crops more profitably and underpins better planning by looking at the whole field instead of conventional sampling.

“We are very excited to be returning to Harrogate in November! It will be great to finally see the potato industry come together in mass and in person,” says Tom Goose , Sales Manager at GRIMME UK. “British Potato is one of the highlights of the year for us and we are extremely excited to return to the UK’s number one potato event. In the light of recent events we’re determined to make sure all guests receive a very warm welcome and make the event one that people remember for a very long time!”

For more information about GRIMME and its machinery, visit British Potato or www.grimme.com/UK, call 01205 822 300 or email sales@gimme.co.uk.

 

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Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is an avid follower of Stoke City.