Combine Harvester at East Durham College's Houghall Campus

High Tech Combine Amazes Students

Wed, 2001-09-26 01:00

A group of agricultural students were amazed to see one of the world’s largest combine harvesters in action earlier this week.

The students, at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, near Durham City, got to watch the world’s second largest combine harvester at work as it harvested wheat at the 470 acre campus site.

The College contract out to Whitburn-based Henderson and Sons to grow and harvest the cereal crops at Houghall. The contractor in return then provides vital training to students on various aspects of agriculture, crops and machinery.

Agriculture Curriculum Leader and Farm Manager Keith Cook said: “We were thrilled that on this occasion Hendersons, in collaboration with Lloyd Ltd, managed to secure the second biggest capacity combine harvester in the world to harvest our crops!!”

The New Holland CX8090, which is equipped with a 30ft wide cutter and 400hp engine ripped through the 160 acres of cereals in less than 20 hours, harvesting nearly 700 ton of wheat.

“The first year students on their induction were amazed at what was going on in the fields at Houghall; which are also undergoing a GPS mapping process to enhance accuracy of inputs and increase soil fertility and yield,” Keith added.

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