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Diquat ban to drive interest in Scotts haulm toppers at LAMMA show

The Lincolnshire-based vegetable handling equipment manufacturer believes that mechanical haulm destruction will become a major draw in 2019 once Diquat is outlawed and will see keen interest in its Three BedTopper at LAMMA on 8th and 9th January in Birmingham, which will be on Stand 8.940 in Hall 8, alongside Scotts latest Evolution Separator.

“Potato farmers are not going to have many options once Diquat is taken away from them,” says Derek Scott, managing director of Scotts Precision Manufacturing. “Growers are only going to have one viable option if they want to desiccate their crop before harvest effectively and that will be to use a topper. We’ve seen a massive increase in enquiries over the last month and expect this to continue well into the New Year as people consider their options.”

As well as having a Three Bed Topper at LAMMA, Scotts will also have details of its popular Trinity 22B Single Bed Haulm Topper available, which this year received a significant upgrade.

In response to the increasing power output of harvesting tractors, earlier this year Scotts boosted the Trinity’s horsepower capacity by 50%, taking its performance significantly beyond the competition.

“Where other manufacturers have struggled to radically improve their versions of the humble potato topper, we believe we have set a new standard in how good a haulm topper can be, ” continues Derek.

“The current Trinity 22B usually removes the need for an expensive and high-maintenance cross conveyor by using shear plates to produce an effect similar to a straw chopper with cleverly designed deflectors guiding the vast majority of the “mulch” into the tractor wheelings. The haulm is so finely chopped that the potato harvester can sieve the debris without using haulm rollers. As the Trinity 22B also offers a 2.1 metre working width, tractors don’t trample the haulm either.

Read the full press release here. More press releases from exhibitors at the upcoming LAMMA show can be found here

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