Haulage, tractors and trailers

29 May 2014

Well, as I sit now, an excellent spring has slumped into a wet summer …surely not again?

Moving swiftly on, I was following a tractor and trailer on a Lincolnshire road the other day merrily doing 40MPH, up and down dale. I mention this because I was coming home from my final Large Goods Vehicle Continuous Professional Course (CPC Training) where I leant all about HGV haulage and the rules and regulations surround the haulage industry, of which there are many.

The comment arose from some on the course that farmers ‘get away with murder’ when it comes to using fast and powerful tractors for hauling their own produce, therefore hurting the haulage industry.  Certainly tractors with a road speed of 60KPH are able to match the legal speed of an LGV on A roads, and this raises the issue of whether tractors should be MOT’d.  All I can say for now is – keep your brakes in tip-top order, and bear your speed in mind this harvest.

For those that are interested, the haulage survey is out.

Dates for your diary include:

Monitor Farm open days. Come and see what we are doing and get involved too. Phil Meadley is hosting his open day on 1 July, and Mike Daniells on 8 July.

Email me if you’d like to come along just so we get an idea of numbers.

We also have a Regional Varieties Open Day at Stockbridge Technology near Selby, Yorkshire, 20 June.  This event features plot tours of AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds trials of winter wheat, winter barley and spring barley trials. The focus of the event is cereal variety selection and black-grass management including a demonstration of a weed screen.

And of course, it’s just one week until Cereals 2014. Got your tickets? Got your plan of what you need to see for the benefit of your business? Or just looking at shiny new kit?

On the stand this year we don’t have shiny new kit but a sobering 70-year-old combine. Sobering, I hear you ask? How come? Well, we thought a new Massey Harris 21 combine bought in 1943 would be a big purchase back then. It turns out however, that buying new kit these days with steel prices high through global demand, new emissions rules on all farm machines with an engine all passed on to the purchaser makes for a combine to be a very big deal indeed.  With that, it has never been so important to get your costs understood.  Come and see what we mean.

Massey-Harris 21

You can also come have a chat to us about CropBench+. With this tool you can find out your cost of producing a tonne of wheat or any other arable crop on your farm, and, if there is a group of willing farmers in your local area, benchmark your figures against theirs.



Based at Ashkam Bryan near York, Harry grew up on a beef farm in his native north Wales. Subsequently, Harry developed an interest in farm machinery that took him around the world working in agriculture. Having managed a plant breeding farm near Cambridge for Monsanto, in 2005 Harry joined John Deere as Crop Systems Specialist, from where he was recruited by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.