The Maize Silage Campaign
In his twenty-one years of maize harvesting, Suffolk contractor
Robert Self has seen all sorts of seasons from the very dry to
the impossibly wet. Film-maker Chris Lockwood captured the
vagaries of Robert's final campaign, 2008.
This proved to be a reasonable year but even so the contractor
had to deal with a variety of crop conditions. After an
introduction to Robert Self's enterprise and his machines Chris
shows us the harvesting of one of the earliest fields. Then he
focuses on the clamp, with a JCB Farm Master loader and tractors
rolling. Later in the DVD we see another method for storing
silage with a look at an Ag-Bagging machine.
There is some grass work at the beginning of the season and some
late maize drilling followed by the harvesting of a tall maize
crop on hills close to the river Orwell. In the workshop a
continuous programme of maintenance is required, and we take a
look at the setting up and sharpening required each day during
We see how a field is opened up as well as work at night
foraging and clamping. There are details of road transport with
custom-made trailers and a look at the history of John Deere
foragers. Robert's own model is a 500hp JD 7400. The year
concludes with the contractor's last-ever field, a late crop
planted after an early cut of grass.