As this week’s Royal Highland Show gets into full swing, we take a look at the event’s Innovation Awards. A real highlight of the show, the awards recognise outstanding technical achievement in the field of agricultural machinery and technology.
This year, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is to award one gold, six silver and four certificates of commendations for technical innovation. The awards will be presented on Saturday June 22 at the Royal Highland Show.
Gold awards are presented to previous silver award winners for continuous outstanding merit. Picking up this year’s only gold award is Kverneland for its clever 2500 i-plough. As IsoBus systems continue to develop, so to do the possibilities of how to control machinery. And the latest Kverneland 2500 series iPlough is no exception.
Available from four to six furrows, IsoBus control allows almost complete set-up of the plough from the tractor seat. In addition, its vari-width function can be automated via the use of GPS, essentially enabling the plough to steer itself to maintain a straight furrow.
The plough can be operated in four main modes; transport, work, park and mark. Switching between the modes sees the plough configure itself automatically, reducing time and increasing convenience, says the manufacturer.
As well as software, pretty much all of the plough is brand new, save for the mouldboard design. A new, rounded profile leg design helps with trash flow and reduces ware, while a new centralised skimmer adjustment system sees skimmer set-up time slashed in half.