With around 1,800 hectares, the Buckle family farm is located on the east coast of England, just a few kilometres from the sea. The River Humber, which passes very close to the farm, flows into the North Sea. A strong sea breeze, which characterises the location, provides moisture and heavy soils - droughts hardly ever occur here.The family cultivates half of the acreage with wheat. A typical Crop rotation includes winter wheat, barley, rape and wheat, followed by forage peas. The farm also has a separate livestock farm. The grass silage required for this is also obtained from the family's land. A large proportion of the straw produced is baled and sold. An on-farm mill grinds wheat and barley into animal feed.
Farm Manager Rob Buckle has to contend with the fact that he only has very limited time slots during harvesting, which he has to make the best possible use of. When the previous combine harvesters were due to be replaced, he was therefore particularly keen to increase capacity with the new machines.
After a demonstration on their own farm, the decision was quickly made in favour of two Fendt IDEAL 9Ts. The combine harvesters, which are equipped with a crawler chassis, have a cutterbar width of 12.2 metres - which is significantly more than the previous width of 10.5 metres. Rob Buckle wanted to increase the work output with the wider cutterbars.