Turf growers including a number from Europe and further afield are preparing to converge on the UK's premier turf-growing show.
The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) Turf Show will demonstrate new techniques and machinery. The event will be held at the 54ha Fineturf turf farm in Lincolnshire on 9 July. It will be followed by a networking dinner at De Vere's nearby Belton Woods Hotel.
Sharing skills and experience is one of the best things about the show, according to TGA chief executive Tim Mudge. Special guest is Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) executive director Kirk Hunter, who is flying from the USA to meet visitors, many of whom are members of the TPI as well as the TGA.
"The TPI and ourselves have close links," says Mudge. "There are issues that affect growers of whatever country, crop-production issues, weather, climate change - they affect us all the year round. If we have got something that we face for the first time here, I'll give Kirk a call and see whether they have faced it in the States."
The Turf Show, held biennially, is popular with growers from across Europe and the occasional visitor from further afield - the last event even attracted an Australian grower. Among the suppliers showing machines in action will be BLEC Global, Trimax, Campey Turf Care Systems and John Deere.
Other exhibitors such as DLF Trifolium, Everris, British Seed Houses, Barenbrug UK and Limagrain will share the latest in seeds and growing techniques. Rigby Taylor technical staff will attend to discuss the latest grass cultivars, including their own Tretragreen and Stolawn products.
One of the most useful aspects of the show is the machinery demonstrations. Mudge says: "The demonstrations are extremely popular. People do like to see machinery working and actually doing something rather than just being on the stand."
BLEC Global is launching a new stone-picking system at the show, one of several specialist machines that it will have on display. Visitors can also check out the Blecavator Stone Burier, the BLEC Turfmaker Seeder, and the BLEC Laser Grader.
John Deere will be demonstrating a new 6125M 125hp full-frame tractor that features Michelin turf tyres and the AutoTrac Universal GPS automatic guidance system with an associated Trilo high-capacity grass vacuum sweeper supplied by The Grass Group.
The Trimax X-WAM extra-wide roller mower, which launched at the 2011 show, will be back on display to visitors, while The Grass Group will show its BL960 blower, which is designed to be the most powerful on the market, the BRL120 self-propelled big roll installer, the PW1200 one-man operated Pallet Wrapper and the new Vanmac Magnum TH48 three-point linkage mounted big roll harvester with a solid cutting width of 120cm or 2x60cm cutting widths.
The number of people who attended the previous show in 2011 was around 250. Mudge points out that, given the size of the industry, that was an impressive turnout. The TGA estimates that there are around 100-120 serious turf producers in the UK. Of these, around 20 per cent are large-scale operators, many of whom have an international footprint.
Mudge says the show sells itself on the quality of its attendees. "They are quality visitors. We're not looking for the volume of visitors, these are key decision makers and serious customers," he adds.
"Our show is unique in Europe because it's the only event that's targeted at turf producers. We don't focus on landscapers or end users. We focus on machinery and services that we use every day. It's the only show that's aimed at full-scale production of turf.
"To have the opportunity to welcome our members and other turf producers to the show is something we really relish and hope it continues for a long time yet."
SHOW PROGRAMME SUPPLIERS LINE UP TO DISPLAY MACHINES IN ACTION
10.30-10.50am Trebro Manufacturing SC2010 turf harvester
11.00-11.20am Precision Decisions Kubota buggy with Wintex soil sampler
11.30-11.50am Campey Turf Care Systems New Holland tractors, Vredo Agri
Twin, Omarv TER 190, Imants Shockwave 275, Dakota 414,
Speedresser 24, Koro FTM Terraplane
12.00-12.20pm BLEC Global Power Box Rakes, Cultipack Seeder, Turfmaker
Seeder, Laser Grader, self-loading top dresser, multi
seeder, disc seeder
Lunch John Deere XUV 855D Gator 4x4 utility vehicle with power
2.00-2.20pm Broadwood International Three-deck 6.8 roller mower,
2.30-2.50pm Trimax Mowing Systems X-WAM, Pegasus S3 610 Classic
3.00-3.20pm The Grass Group Trilo SG1165, Trilo VCM240, Rotadairon
RX300 and John Deere 6125M 125hp tractor with Michelin
turf tyres and AutoTrac Universal automatic guidance
3.30-3.40pm Trebro Manufacturing AutoStack II
When: Tuesday 9 July
Where: Fineturf, Honington House Farm, Sleaford Road, Honington,
Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2PR
Twitter: @TGATurfandWater #TurfShow2013
Tel: 01507 607722
- Barenbrug UK
- BLEC Global
- British Seed Houses
- Broadwood International
- Campey Turf Care Systems
- Cargotec UK
- DLF Trifolium
- International Pipe
- John Deere
- Kubota (UK)
- Limagrain UK
- Precision Decisions
- Rain Bird
- RC Setchfield
- Rigby Taylor
- The Grass Group
- Trebro Manufacturing
- Trimax Mowing Systems
- Wolds Engineering Services