Saturday 19 April, 2014

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How to sort out grassland compaction

Waterlogged and heavily poached grassland has suffered badly this year. But all is not lost – some simple steps can bring it back to life. Nick Fone takes a look at kit that can help.

Posted: 19 April 2014 | Full Article
10 popular dust masks put to the test

We test 10 of the most common dust masks on the market to find out which one you should buy.

Posted: 18 April 2014 | Full Article
What's in Your Shed? Scottish Borders farmer opens his doors

Scottish Borders farmer Daniel Freeland-Cook is the latest to let us ogle his machinery fleet, which includes a trio of John Deere 6930s.

Posted: 17 April 2014 | Full Article
Driver's View: Dammann DT2000 sprayer

The latest in our occasional series of driver’s views, Oliver Mark finds out why a Lincolnshire farm picked a Dammann self-propelled sprayer and how it has performed since.

Posted: 16 April 2014 | Full Article
Defender smartphone combines phone and walkie-talkie

The latest rugged smartphone to hit the market is called the Defender. But is it as tough as the vehicle of the same name? David Cousins finds out.

Posted: 15 April 2014 | Full Article
Piste basher swaps snow for soil

No farmer really needs a machine that can scale a mountain, bulldoze thousands of tonnes of snow and carve out a half pipe. But unless you’re the sort of person that likes needlepoint and walking holidays you’ll already be dreaming up an elaborate reason why you need one.

Posted: 14 April 2014 | Full Article
Crowds expected at rare vintage tractor auction

Old-kit enthusiasts are expected to head to Cheffins’ Cambridge Vintage Sale in considerable numbers on 26 April.

Posted: 13 April 2014 | Full Article
Big rise in tractor sales for 2014

Sales of new tractors have shot up during the first quarter of 2014 to 3,240 units, an increase of 9.6% on the same period in 2013, according to the Agricultural Engineers Association.

Posted: 12 April 2014 | Full Article
Silage additive pump keeps coverage even

A high-spec pump from Kelvin Cave claims to deliver silage additive consistently and evenly on to the forage crop as it is picked up or harvested. Called the Silaspray SP Standard-Maxi, it can be fitted to forage wagons, balers and forage harvesters.

Posted: 11 April 2014 | Full Article
Versatile crawler could fuel tracked tractor sales

With its new Delta Track articulated tractors, Canadian maker Versatile is keen to grab a share of the UK tracklayer market. Importer JPM claims to have already sold two machines and is running UK-wide demonstrations this season with the target of shifting five by the end of the year and doubling that in 2015.

Posted: 10 April 2014 | Full Article
11 ways to make your slurry pump last longer

Anything involved in slurry handling inevitably ends up getting ruined, not least the pump. Nick Fone gets some advice on how to prolong this essential component’s life

Posted: 09 April 2014 | Full Article
Bag a bargain second-hand loader tractor

Finding a second-hand loader tractor in tip-top condition is a tricky business, unless you're willing to think outside the box. We check out two well-priced alternatives from Hurlimann and Steyr.

Posted: 08 April 2014 | Full Article
Claydon supersizes Hybrid drills

Trailed 6m and 8m models will boost UK and European sales. 
David Cousins reports.

Posted: 08 April 2014 | Full Article
Suffolk farmer battles pigeons with drones

A Suffolk arable farmer’s low-cost drone is providing a useful weapon against pigeons, explains David Cousins.

Posted: 07 April 2014 | Full Article
Easton & Otley college wins Young Engineers prizes

Two teams from Easton & Otley College have won prizes in this year’s Young Engineers Competition held at JCB’s headquarters in Staffordshire.

Posted: 06 April 2014 | Full Article
Kuhn bale wrapper is put through its paces

Kuhn’s unusual-looking RW 1600C E-Twin bale wrapper was launched last year. Andy Collings asked a Bristol farmer/contractor to try it out.

Posted: 06 April 2014 | Full Article
Kellands sprayers sells out to US firm Alamo

The Alamo Group Europe, which already owns household British manufacturing names including McConnel, Bomford and Spearhead, has bought sprayer-maker Kellands.

Posted: 05 April 2014 | Full Article
Latest Toyota Rav 4 tested

The 4x4 sector is rife with competition and the Toyota Rav 4 has been at the centre of the ruck for the last 20 years. Oliver Mark tried out the latest model

Posted: 05 April 2014 | Full Article
Muckspreaders join the precision farming party

Chucking farmyard manure (FYM) on to pastures with a loose guess of target application rate may have been OK in the past, but farmers spreading chicken manure,...

Posted: 04 April 2014 | Full Article
Claas Axion 850 test: Old model v new

The latest Axion 800s look set to ruffle a few feathers with their new cabs, new engines and tweaked transmissions. Nick Fone and Oliver Mark pitched the new range-topping 850 against its forerunner to find out what's changed.

Posted: 03 April 2014 | Full Article

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