Farmers have begun having their say on machinery improvements required for controlled-traffic (CT) systems. Peter Walsh, Kondinin Group research and development manager, University of Queensland Gatton College mechanical engineer Jeff Tullberg and consultant Wayne Chapman, of WaySim Ag Services, have GRDC support for research into the specific machinery needs of farmers using CT, raised beds or derivatives of these systems. Dr Tullberg says while almost all Australi an machinery manufacturers now offer CT-compatible implements, overseas-sourced tractors and harvesters still require expensive modifications in many cases. "Farmers have issues with compatibility between harvester and planter widths, as well as warranty problems with the common modifications which allow tractor and harvester to run on the same set of wheel tracks," he said.
Contact: Kondinin Group 1800677 761 or www.kondinin.com.au.