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MACHINERY

Weaving Dual Disc tool allows direct seeding for cover crops

Weaving Machinery has come up with a neat tool to remedy the perennial problem of cover crops hooking around tine drill legs and causing blockages. The Dual Disc mounts to…

MACHINERY

Devon firm builds air-suspended cover crop crimp roller

Devon firm TT Engineering and Fabrication has produced an air-suspended crimp roller after being contacted by a customer struggling to get good results with their fixed-frame roller. The crimp roller machine…

MACHINERY

Bionalan weed cutter reduces seed burden without chemicals

The Bionalan weed cutter from Lyckegard is designed to decapitate seed heads from undesirable plants, reducing the risk of them spreading. Unlike Zurn’s elaborate Top Cut Collect machine, which uses…

4X4S

On test: Land Rover's plug-in hybrid Defender

The Land Rover Defender’s transformation from rough, tough and gruff to clean, green and surprisingly serene has been completed with the addition of a plug-in hybrid model. Gone are the…

SPRAYERS

Syngenta '3D ninety' nozzle gets four-star Lerap rating

Syngenta’s new 3D ninety nozzle has been awarded a four-star Lerap rating – the highest available in the UK testing system run by Silsoe Spray Applications Unit. It was found…

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MACHINERY

Contractor invests in Zurn blackgrass harvester

A small but growing army of combinable crop growers are resorting to medieval methods in their war on weeds, shunning modern chemical weapons in favour of decapitating their botanical enemies. It…

CULTIVATORS

Vaderstad unveils XT Carrier disc cultivator

Vaderstad has developed another variation of its Carrier high-speed disc cultivator. The latest XT version from the Swedish manufacturer features hydraulically controlled angle adjustment of the discs. These are spaced…

4X4S

Wiltshire 4x4 specialist develops custom pickup tray backs

Inspired by the utes of Australia and New Zealand, Wiltshire firm RH and IR Cradock has come up with a range of high-capacity aluminium pickup tray backs. Branded NBF Bespoke,…

SPRAYERS

Driver’s view: Matt Joseph’s Housham Air Ride AR4 Xtra

Shropshire sprayer operator Matt Joseph goes through the highs and lows of his 2022 Househam Air Ride AR4 Xtra with 4,000-litre tank and 24m boom. It's the third Houseman Air…

SPRAYERS

Driver’s view: Matt Joseph’s Housham Air Ride AR4 Xtra

Shropshire sprayer operator Matt Joseph goes through the highs and lows of his 2022 Househam Air Ride AR4 Xtra with 4,000-litre tank and 24m boom. It's the third Houseman Air…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Steve May's trailed John Deere R962i sprayer

Steve May gives us the lowdown on his 2019 John Deere R962i trailed sprayer with 6,200-litre tank and 36m boom, which he runs for Northampton-based Fromant and Sanders. Find out…

ARABLE

Video: AgXeed launches wheeled autonomous tractor at Cereals

Dutch robotic manufacturer AgXeed introduced a new four-wheeled 75hp autonomous tractor at the Cereals event. With a 2.9-litre diesel engine and electrically driven pto, the Agbot 2,055W4 is specifically suited…

CEREALS

Cereals 2022: Watch the solar-powered FarmDroid in action

A fully autonomous, solar-powered robot capable of precision drilling and weeding was on display at Cereals this year. Using ultra-accurate GPS to record exactly where each seed is placed, the…

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WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits an Anglesey contractor

Anglesey contractor Rhys Jones is the latest to open his shed in our monthly series. We get the lowdown on the 24-year-old's machinery fleet. See also: Ultimate guide to buying a…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits FW 2021 Contractor of the Year

John Fraser of Dingwall-based Mill ‘n’ Mix, and 2021 Farmers Weekly Contractor of the Year, reveals his machinery hits and misses.  The forage harvesting outfit services and repairs their own,…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a North Yorkshire farmer

North Yorkshire farmer Andrew Watson is the latest to open his shed doors in our monthly series.  Find out what farm machinery is in his shed and why he loves…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits Cambs contractor Haywood Farms

The latest to open their machinery shed doors are Cambridgeshire farmers and contractors Scott and Sarah Haywood. Their shed includes three John Deere tractors, a second-hand 5m Horsch Joker cultivator…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Herefordshire contractor

This week’s What’s in Your Shed? delves into the machinery highs and lows of Herefordshire contractor Martin Desborough. See also: Tips for maintaining a JCB Fastrac 2170 Business facts 65,000cu m…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Carmarthenshire contractor

Our What’s in Your Shed series heads into Carmarthenshire, to visit contractors Peter Morris and Sons. How did you get started? Peter: After years of working for other contractors, I…

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4X4S

On test: Land Rover's plug-in hybrid Defender

The Land Rover Defender’s transformation from rough, tough and gruff to clean, green and surprisingly serene has been completed with the addition of a plug-in hybrid model. Gone are the…

SPRAYERS

Driver’s view: Matt Joseph’s Housham Air Ride AR4 Xtra

Shropshire sprayer operator Matt Joseph goes through the highs and lows of his 2022 Househam Air Ride AR4 Xtra with 4,000-litre tank and 24m boom. It's the third Houseman Air…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Steve May's trailed John Deere R962i sprayer

Steve May gives us the lowdown on his 2019 John Deere R962i trailed sprayer with 6,200-litre tank and 36m boom, which he runs for Northampton-based Fromant and Sanders. Find out…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Danny Milazzo's Fendt Rogator 645 sprayer

Danny Milazzo was the runner-up in last year’s Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition and is head sprayer operator for veg grower Drysdales, based in Berwickshire. He operates one…

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Video: AgXeed launches wheeled autonomous tractor at Cereals

Dutch robotic manufacturer AgXeed introduced a new four-wheeled 75hp autonomous tractor at the Cereals event. With a 2.9-litre diesel engine and electrically driven pto, the Agbot 2,055W4 is specifically suited…

CEREALS

Cereals 2022: Watch the solar-powered FarmDroid in action

A fully autonomous, solar-powered robot capable of precision drilling and weeding was on display at Cereals this year. Using ultra-accurate GPS to record exactly where each seed is placed, the…

TECHNOLOGY

Krone, Lemken, JD and Horsch unveil autonomous tractors

Krone and Lemken have unexpectedly launched an autonomous tractor as part of their mightily-named “Combined Powers” project. The cabless, four-wheel-steer implement carrier, which the companies describe as a “process unit”,…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Winning Inventions Comp entry up for grabs in farm sale

After 53 years, several million small square bales and dozens of farm inventions, Cotswolds contractor and farm-scale engineer Frank Henderson is calling time on his career – and his bespoke…