Turf show features latest kit and working demonstrations

The biennial Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) Show in Grantham, Lincolnshire, last week (9 July) attracted more than 250 visitors.

They viewed the latest products and equipment for quality turf production and saw working demonstrations of field-scale specialist equipment, including mowing with the Trimax X-Wam - Europe's widest turf roller-mower - along with turf harvesting and rolling.

TGA chief executive Tim Mudge said: "Once every two years the trade has a captive audience of turf growers eager to find the latest innovations. We are pleased with this year's turnout."

The show attracted turf growers from Europe and the USA. It was hosted at Fineturf, a 54ha turf farm run by Simon Hutton, who grew his first two acres of turf when he was just 15 and harvested it with a pedestrian turf-cutter.

Among the 23 exhibitors at the show were John Deere, Kubota, Campey Turf Care Systems, Limagrain, Rigby Taylor, DLF Trifolium, Delta-T and Rainbird, while BLEC Global launched a new Blecavator Vibra-Screen stone burier.

Managing director Gary Mumby said: "Visitors were impressed with the heavy-duty build. It gives turf growers an extra tool as part of one machine when preparing ground prior to sowing seed for turf cultivation."

Mumby added that he sold an 8ft Turfmaker Seeder and a BCS 9hp two-wheel tractor at the show.

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