A high output, high tech combine harvester and a revolutionary new product to protect potato crops from soil pests, were the winners of farming industry awards presented at a ceremony held near Ipswich, Suffolk in mid-March.
Farm machinery manufacturer AGCO’s leading brands; Massey Ferguson and Fendt were the recipients of the ‘Machinery’ award category for their Ideal Combine, while agrochemical company Bayer CropScience scooped the ‘Arable’ prize for its potato nematicide, Velum Prime.
The ‘Awards for Excellence’, now in their 4th year, are hosted by Ipswich-based national farming magazine Farmers Guide with the specific aim of highlighting excellence within the farming industry – the winners chosen by the magazine’s editorial team.
As well as representatives of Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Bayer CropScience, also in attendance were supporting farm machinery dealers TNS; Chandlers; Peacock & Binnington; RW Crawford and Wilfred Scruton.
Speaking at the event, which also celebrated the magazine’s 40th year, Farmers Guide machinery editor, David Williams, who presented the awards to Massey Ferguson and Fendt personnel, said that while combine design has remained largely unchanged since the 1970s, the Ideal offers new technology offering genuine advantages for users.
“Starting with a pair of wheels at maximum permissible transport width, AGCO’s design team designed the new combine from the ground up with revolutionary new threshing, separating and cleaning technology. It’s relatively simple, offers class-leading performance, it’s very user-friendly and promises low operating costs.
“Since my test-drive report was published last summer I have been astounded at the levels of interest and excitement from potential users, and the dealers who will be selling it. It’s a very worthy winner.”
The event, held at Hintlesham Hall, was boosted by the appearance of an Ideal Combine which provided the perfect backdrop for the post-awards photographs.