13 May 2021
Diquat loss sparks surge of topper inquiries from Scotland
A SURGE of enquiries from Scottish growers has prompted Scotts Precision Manufacturing to extend its distribution network by appointing a new sales and service agent to cover Scotland.
The Boston manufacturer of vegetable harvesting and cleaning equipment has appointed Vegcraft Agricultural Engineering, based near Dundee, Angus, to offer its range of Trinity toppers, Microlift Pro fully-mounted windrowers and harvesters, Evolution separators and latest Grimme GT170 Windrower conversion kits.
Scotts’ Managing Director Derek Scott said: "We have been looking carefully for the right partner in Scotland who we feel is on the same wavelength. Vegcraft popped up on our radar after an enquiry by Gillan McDonald for a harvester upgrade. The conversation soon came round to haulm topping and it very quickly became apparent that we both could benefit each other’s businesses by partnering up.”
He said there had been a significant rise in enquiries from Scotland and Scotts had struggled to respond, particularly with the Covid-19 pandemic limiting travel.
“Having a specialist vegetable machinery dealer at the heart of Scotland’s potato growing in the area makes a great deal of sense," says Derek Scott, managing director of Scotts Precision Manufacturing. "Gillan, Adam and their team are clearly very good at what they do and we're really looking forward to working with them."
Vegcraft was established in 1990 and today focuses on farming, manufacturing of agricultural machinery such as trailers, bowsers and sprayer filling systems, and machinery sales, including Irrifrance, Oroflex and Euromacchine.
Gillan McDonald, Sales Manager at Vegcraft, said the banning of Diquat had sparked a dramatic increase in toppers’ use. The appointment of Vegcraft follows a recent announcement that Scotts was working closely with Russell Price Farm Services to cover the West of England and Yorkshire & Humber to provide service and support to customers in the North of England.