Last week a fleet of brand new John Deere tractors was delivered to Brooksby Melton College, giving Environmental Industries students the opportunity to learn a range of new skills in line with modern high-tech farming practices.
The tractors, which include two 5055e models, three 5085 models (one with a loader arm), one 6100 model, and one 6130r model, are all being leased by the College for three years.
Notably, the 6130r model features GreenStar Display and JDLink Connect, with the latter being software that allows staff and students to view critical information about the machine, move data wirelessly, and receive remote maintenance alerts and diagnostics.
These tractors will be used by BMC’s Agriculture, Horticulture and Countryside Management students to carry out a variety of activities throughout the academic year. This week, BMC Agriculture students have been sowing and cultivating three hectares of winter wheat, which they will monitor throughout the year; periodically completing important tasks such as fertilising the crops.
BMC Agriculture tutor Jerry Wilkes said ‘These tractors are a fantastic upgrade of the agricultural education resources at the College. They are all higher specification models, so they have allowed us to incorporate new technology and progressive farming practices into the agricultural curriculum here at BMC. The mid-range 5055 series tractors will help students to progress from entry-level tractors onto those with a larger horsepower. The top-of-the-range 6110M tractors are equipped with satellite navigation, which will allow our more advanced students to learn how to carry out precision farming. The enhanced accuracy provided by satellite navigation will enhance our drilling, fertilising and spraying ability.’
Brooksby Melton College is a leading provider of agricultural education in the East Midlands, with students having the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in every aspect of farming. The 850 acre Brooksby Campus features a mixed arable and livestock farm, housing several pedigree prize-winning pigs along with a flock of sheep and a herd of cows.
BMC holds a series of Open Days and Taster Days throughout the year to allow applicants to get a feel for what being a BMC student is really like. These events allow applicants to meet the College’s industry-expert teaching staff and tour the recently developed state-of-the-art facilities, with Taster Days also including a hands-on, practical session in a specific subject area. The next Brooksby Campus Taster Day is on Saturday 28th October: to find out more or to register for this event, click here.