The Agrosalon-2012 dedicated agricultural exhibition brought together more than 300 manufacturers of farm machines. They introduced Russian farmers to the newest and "smartest" equipment. AgroCentre used the exhibition to show off the results of its work and plans for the future. True to tradition, it arranged for customer visits to its partners' stands.

Russian agriculture functions in conditions where practically every third year is droughty and every fifth unpropitious or adverse. The fixed assets of the country's irrigation systems are 70% worn out. How can we lessen the dependence of agricultural production on the chance developments of climate, firstly drought? AgroCentre Company sees the solution to this problem in deployment of  US-made Valley modern irrigation systems which we started to present in the previous issue.

AGCO presents a new generation of tractors, the series MT500D Challenges, on the Russian market.

Among the Russian regions, the Belgorod oblast leads in the production of meat and poultry. At the BelgorodExpo exhibition, AgroCentreLiski specialists presented the JCB 531-70 farming loader and its "smaller brother". The two machines do the complete range of loading and unloading jobs on stockbreeding and poultry farms.

A little over a year ago, AgGrowth Industries, the world-famous manufacturer of post-harvest equipment, opened a new plant in Canada where it builds the Twister silos, the biggest in their class. Company experts say this is a move to address farmers' needs. One of the first shipments of these gigantic silos has left for Russia.

Christian Kowalczyk is deputy director for production and chief agronomist of the R L Bryansk LLC, which was established in 2008. This spring the fleet of the company's farming equipment has been replenished with an AEROSTAR 1200 Einbock machine. Christian shared his impressions of the row crop harrow as used in the first season and spoke about the farm.

At the Agro-Chelyabinsk 2012 exhibition of agricultural equipment, the AgroCentreZakharovo company stand presented a complete range of modern farming machines from Challenger, Vaderstad and JCB. The MT685D tractor and 647 Challenger combine harvester were the principal exhibits demonstrated by AgroCentre. 

AgroCentre has facilitated gathering of intelligence by arranging a demonstration of agricultural equipment at the country's agricultural enterprises. Presently "the gathering of intelligence" is proceeding at Penza enterprises where the TopDown stubble cultivator is undergoing trials. TopDown is a product of Vaderstad, a leading Swedish manufacturer of tilling and seeding equipment.

This year, AGCO will present at the Agrosalon 2012 international agricultural exhibition a new series of Challenger RoGator 1100 self-propelled sprayers designed expressly for Russian agricultural enterprises.

Since olden times, The Netherlands has been considered the model setter in potato production. For centuries, the Dutch have been selecting potato varieties and developing methods of growing the plant. More than 160,000 hectares of farmland in the country are devoted to this crop. Its average yield is 40 t/ha. AgroCentre and the Kolnag Company provided an opportunity for Russian farmers to learn the secrets of potato production as it is pursued by foreign farmers. For this purpose, they arranged a trip for them to Holland’s leading agricultural enterprises and to the Miedema plant, which specialises in the manufacture of potato production equipment.

At the YarAgro 2012 agro-industrial exhibition, specialists from the Yaroslavl branch of AgroCentreZakharovo introduced farmers to Challenger and Kverneland equipment, the globally renowned machines for a variety of agricultural operations. They also held consultations on various farming jobs and technologies.

Vaderstad Seed Hawk presented the world’s largest seed drill recently at the Farm Progress Show in Canada. The cart for seed and fertiliser can hold an astounding 46 cubic metres, weighs over 15 tonnes empty and is over 15 metres long. The weight of the hopper is distributed over four tracks in order to minimise soil compaction.