With just under 400 hectares on chalk loam, the cropping plan includes around 80ha of potatoes (salad and maincrop), 50ha winter beans, 40ha winter oats, 170ha winter wheat, 17ha forage maize and 25ha oil seed rape. Tractor power has been John Deere throughout and the enterprise still runs their 1995 model 6400 in the yard - with 13,400 hours on it, their 1996 model 6800 with 14,300hrs, a 2005 model 6820 with 10,840hrs, a 2011 model 6930 with 9,530hrs and the new 6155R that arrived this Spring. They also run a John Deere 732i trailed sprayer which integrates perfectly with their tractor fleet.
Farm Manager, Graham Cotterill commented, “We’ve found the John Deere’s to be really reliable and they just keep on going, which is why we keep them because in reality it’s cheap horsepower. We used to hire-in a tractor during the busy period which would cost us around nine thousand pounds, but because the older tractors keep on going, we just added a new one to the fleet and that negated the need for hiring. It’s turned out to be a far more cost effective decision.”
Hatfeild Farms took delivery of the 6155R from Burden Bros Agri - it was the very first model of its type with the new CommandPro control on AutoPowr transmission - for the 6155R range. They have also installed John Deere RTK integrated solutions on the 6155R to work alongside the SF1 system which they have kept on the 6930 - which is mainly used for fertiliser and chemical applications.