Every 2 years the Sima show is on in Paris. While only a fraction the size of agritechnica in Hanover Germany ( which is on later this year ) I find it a nice show to go to . One day can see the show but you would be a little rushed . With an early start we flew to Paris , Sima run free shuttle buses to the venue which is only 15 mins away from the airport.
It's really a larger version of the farm machinery show here but it attracts a lot of international vistors .Some of the bigger machinery brands would have stands as big as the main hall in punchestown .
There would always be new machines from most manufacturers launched at it.
New Holland and Case had their driver-less tractors on display, which is an interesting concept but I don't think it will ever catch on in Ireland with our smaller fields.
John Deere had their battery powered concept tractor there. They also had most versions of their tractor cab range with different transmission options at ground level, which made them easier to study. They have a new joystick control and armrest on vario tractors which I thought was very nice.
Jcb launched their replacement for the 418s loading shovel, its now the 419s which has a slightly longer wheelbase and a new style cab with lots of visibility. All worklights are led, and there are plenty of them for farmers who work late into the night. I was told production is to start in April and will hopefully be available in Ireland by mid June.
Horsch had their new grain placement coulter on display. The idea is to be completely accurate, much the same as maize seeders with every seed placed equal distance apart. I'm not too sure of a yield benefit but it seems a good idea. They also had their range of sprayers on display and I think they are super sprayer, they also come with a super price tag.
Sprayers in Europe are just getting bigger and bigger. One manufacturer had a self propelled sprayer with a 52 m boom, that's 173 ft of boom. For some of our fields you want plenty of section controls to handle the short ground and narrow fields.
Some grass equipment that caught my attention was a 4m mounted Krone mower. Kongslide had a set of triples with 3m up front and two rear trailed 5m mowers. They also had a large trailed harvester on display, with the right tractor in front I think it would clear as many acres as a small self propelled machine .
Led lighting is a big market now with lots of company's with a large range of lights on display.
One concept that we spent a little time studying was a German company who had a pto cover that was linked by wi fi to the operators phone. It would send information like greasing intervals and if a certain part of the cover was going to fail or needing servicing. The cover profiles had one flat surface meaning, only one chain was needed on the machine to stop the cover from spinning. I thought this a good idea as often it's the chain that fails on the tractor end causing the cover to fail after time.
While health and safety improvements are always a good thing I think the idea of technology like this in a pto shaft cover is a little over the top and the cost won't make it practical.
With the weather unsettled again this week we are not too busy. We drew some more farmyard manure and also spread a large proportion of it.
While there are some heavy bursts of rain at times the wind is helping dry ground quickly. It is looking like the start of next week will be an improvement, hopefully this will happen as I'm eager to start getting compound on winter crops.