Turney Group to sell and support Claydon Opti-Till® crop establishment products

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Claydon Yield-o-Meter Limited, European market leader in direct strip seeding technology, has appointed Turney Group, a long-established, highly respected dealer, to sell and support the full range of Claydon Opti-Till® products in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and South Northamptonshire.

Established by farmer and agricultural contractor Peter Turney in 1948, P. A. Turney Ltd rebranded to Turney Group in 2005 to reflect its growing portfolio and now comprises three divisions: Turney Agriculture, Turney Groundcare and Turney Garden Machinery. A main dealer for leading agricultural, horticultural and arboricultural franchises, it operates three depots which are located at Middleton Stoney and Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire, together with Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. A New Holland main dealer since 1961, Turney Group added the Claydon franchise to further extend the range of products available to its customers.

Designed by farmers for farmers

Designed by farmers for farmers, Claydon products are manufactured to an exceptionally high standard at the company’s factory in Suffolk. At the heart of the Opti-Till® System, the Claydon drill incorporates a unique leading tine technologywhich delivers exceptional versatility in all climatic conditions, soil types and crops. Its simple, robust design and great flexibility allows any crop that can be air sown to be established in any soils. It will handle autumn or spring sowing and cope with wet or dry conditions, can be specified with a split hopper design to enable fertiliser to be applied at drilling, while also being accurate, dependable, and inexpensive to operate.

In addition to a comprehensive range of tractor-mounted and trailed drills from 3m to 8m wide, the Claydon product line includes Straw Harrows from 3m to 15m, the 6m TerraStar® light rotary cultivator and Cambridge rolls up to 12.3m wide. The TerraBlade inter-row hoe in widths from 3m to 8m helps growers to control weeds in band-sown crops more efficiently and more effectively than chemicals alone, with significant cost and environmental benefits.

Farmers thinking long and hard

Daniel Coates, group operations manager for Turney Agriculture, which has been based at Middleton Stoney since 1951, states: “The recent sharp rises in input prices are making farmers think long and hard about how to make cost savings and the equipment which they use. One of the ways to cut production costs is by reducing cultivations, which the government is also encouraging to minimise the release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere. The key is to do so without compromising yields and the Claydon Opti-Till® System provides the ideal solution.

“Adding Claydon to our portfolio is a positive development because we are now able to offer our customers a tine-type drill from a very well-respected British manufacturer. The 3m and 4m Claydon mounted drills are likely to be the most popular with the small and medium-size farms which characterise our trading area, so we chose a 3m model for our demonstration fleet.

“In addition to selling the full range of new Claydon machinery we also provide service and spare parts support to existing Claydon customers in our trading area who purchased new or pre-owned equipment direct from the company before it established a dealer network.”

Rob Dunk, Claydon’s sales manager – UK and ROI, adds: “Claydon are delighted to welcome Turney Group to our rapidly growing dealer network, which is at the heart of our strategy to make Claydon Opti-Till® products available to customers and ensure that they are fully supported by enthusiastic, professional dealers. This is a positive development for existing and potential Claydon owners.

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