1. Overview

Included in the category of “Implements” are hay and forage equipment, planters, telehandlers and loaders, sprayers, ground-working equipment, spreaders and graders. In this chapter we give details of suppliers and dealers, and where more information may be found.

The reader is also referred to complementary chapters e.g. “Tractors, combines and balers”, “Precision farming”, “Conservation agriculture”, “Animal traction: the use of animal power”, “Grain storage & handling”, the different crop chapters etc.

 

2. Role players

Agribusinesses and co-operatives deal with agricultural implements (refer to the “Agribusiness” chapter).

 

The implements table below categorises the type of implements provided by these companies. Please check this against the company's own website, or give them a call.

Company  Hay / forage /feed-related Planters Ground engaging Graders, dams scoops, earth-moving Sprayers Spreaders Orchard / vineyard related
AgriCAD      √  √      
Agrifeed Systems  √            
Agrico    √    √
Alpha Engineering          
Argo Industrial  √      √  
Barloworld Agriculture  √          
BJP Supplies  √          
BPI Manufacturing  √  √  
Cango Engineering  √            
Carel v Niekerk        
Carrotech    √        
Diamond Implements  √            
Drotsky Aktief & Agrifeed Systems  √            
Equalizer            
Ernest H Johnson    √        
Falcon Equipment  √      √
Farm Quip SA        
G North  √    
GC Tillage      
GENTAG  √        
GMG Power SA        √      
Havco  √  √  √    
Hinomoto  √    
INTTRAC  √      √  
John Deere  √    
Joubert Implemente  √      
Josco Services  √          
Jupidex  √    
Kongskilde  √        

 

 

Company Hay / forage / feed-related Planters Ground engaging Graders, dam scoops, earth-moving Sprayers Spreaders Orchard / vineyard-rrelated
Kouga Implements      √        
Martinez & Staneck SA  √            
Mnani Implements  √        
Morningdew Farms    √        
New Holland SA  √    √    √  √  √
Northmec  √    √    √    
Orbach Agri  √            
PELLENC              √
Quantum Field Services            
Radium Engineering  √    √  √    √  
Richard Keenan SA  √            
Ritlee Industrial & Agricultural Equipment  √            
Roadking Manufacturing          
Rogue Agriculture      √  √      
Rolo Voermengers  √            
Rovic & Leers  √  √  √    √  √  
Skaarland Engineering    √  √        
Southern Africa Mechanisation        
Southtrade  √    √  √    √  
Staalmeester  √    √      √  
Tijbos Agricultural Machinery  √  √  √  √  √  √  
Turfmaster  √            
Turnerland Manufacturing    √  √        
Valtrac  √  √  √    √  
Van Zyl Staalwerke        √      
VB Agri          √    
Vitamech  √  √  √        
Wuhlf        √      
X Farm        

 


 

Smallholder farmer

Training & research

Producer organisations like Grain SA and the South African Sugar Research Institute (SASRI) run farm implement maintenance training courses.

ARC-Agricultural Engineering

Tel: 012 842 4017 / 49

www.arc.agric.za

Guidelines can be purchased from the ARC (see heading 3) and/or downloaded from their website.

New Holland SA

Tel: 056 515 4223

www.nhsa.co.za

Training is provided in most of South Africa’s official languages. This covers the functions and operating procdeures of agricultural machinery including implements.

University of the Free State

Department of Agricultural Economics

Tel: 051 401 3109

www.ufs.ac.za

The FARMS programme can generate mechanisation reports to help determine the effectiveness of your mechanisation system. The user’s guide is available on the website in pdf format.

 

 

3. Websites and publications

Visit the websites listed earlier in this chapter.

Koos le Roux has written the Meganisasiegids (Mechanical Guide). Le Roux can be contacted at 082 828 9531.

Refer to the document compiled by Dr Wimpie Nell, University of the Free State entitled "Guidelines for Mechanisation and Labour Planning". on the Department of Agricultural Economics webpages at www.ufs.ac.za.

Call 012 842 4017 or email iaeinfo [at] arc.agric.za for the following publications, available from the ARC-Agricultural Engineering in Silverton:

  • Mechanisation basics: Sprayers en spraying techniques (Training manual)
  • Mechanisation basics: Row crop planters (Training manual)
  • Mechanisation basics: Calculations and measurement (Training manual)
  • Introduction to row crop planters
  • Comparative review of technical specifications for no-till jab-planters
  • The operation and application of mounted mowers
  • The operation and application of hay rakes and hay tedders
  • The operation and application of medium and big square balers
  • The application and operation of round balers
  • The application and operation of rotary cultivators
  • The operation and application of subsoilers and rippers
  • The operation and application of chisel ploughs

Included in the ARC’s Maize Information Guide (MIG) are guides on implements e.g. “Testing of drawbar power for tillage implements”, “Testing of drawbar power for tillage implements”. Download the publication at www.arc.agric.za.

World Ploughing Organisation - http://worldploughing.org