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TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Kramer KT407

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and…

TECHNOLOGY

New imagery tool alerts farmers to crop changes

Farmers Edge has released a tool that automatically scans satellite imagery and notifies growers of changes in their fields. The new Health Change Maps and Notifications function has an integrated…

MAIZE DRILLS

Duo of Italian drills provide ultimate row width flexibility

It wasn’t long ago that forage maize was a rare sight in the East of England, but after AD plants started appearing, the popular AD feedstock crop is now a…

TOOLS

Echo builds powerful lightweight chainsaw

Hand-tool maker Echo has introduced a new lightweight, rear handle chainsaw, aimed at both the professional and domestic markets. The catchily named CS-4510ES has a 45cc two-stroke engine and is…

MOWERS

Bespoke verge harvester collects AD feedstock from roadsides

Across Europe there are crops of maize, grass and cereals being grown specifically to fuel renewable energy plants. While on the face of it this is good news for the…

CULTIVATORS

Topcon launches Norac-designed tillage depth control

Norac is well known in spraying circles for its boom levelling technology and now parent company Topcon has used the same principals to dive underground and develop a tillage depth…

4X4S

First look at Mitsubishi's rejigged L200

It’s been 40 years since the L200 was launched, which makes the revisions to the model all the more understandable given that the current fifth-generation truck was introduced in 2015.…

TRACTORS

Michelin adds track technology with Camso acquisition

Tyre manufacturer Michelin is looking to capitalise on the popularity of track systems on agricultural and other off-road vehicles by acquiring Camso, a well-known name in this field. See also:…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Tree surgery forum offers free firewood

A new tool launched by an online tree surgery forum promises farmers a free source of firewood-grade timber and woodchip. By signing up to Arbtalk’s Tipsite Directory, participants offer up…

CEREAL DRILLS

Sola Ares-P drill gets upgraded tech

The Ares-P drill from Spanish manufacturer Sola is a simple tractor-mounted air seeder with high-tech features designed for sowing into min-till seed-beds or on to ploughed land with minimal prior…

TECHNOLOGY

Multi Trac Tool confirms smaller electric tractor

The Dutch manufacturer of a large electro-hybrid carrier tractor called Multi Tool Trac has confirmed it is working on a smaller autonomous model. See Also: Analysis: Is electric technology set…

TECHNOLOGY

Agrirouter simplifies machine data transfer

In June 2014, 10 predominantly German manufacturers – Agco, Amazone, Deutz-Fahr, Grimme, Horsch, Krone, Kuhn, Lemken, Pöttinger and Rauch – started developing a standardised product for data transfer between different…

TECHNOLOGY

Digital weed zapper offers alternative to chemical herbicides

A revolutionary new machine will be available in the UK from early 2019, offering an effective alternative to broad-spectrum herbicides used in tasks such as potato haulm desiccation. Herbicide active…

4X4S

On test: Skoda Karoq Edition

Just when you thought you may have been running out of options for compact SUVs (said no-one), up pops another one. Hang on, don’t I recognise you? Well, you’re correct.…

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Farm inventions competition

Farm Inventions Competition 2018 open for entries

It is time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions competition. Winners of each category will bag £500, runners-up get £250 and third-place finishers take home £100.
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2017 Best farm inventions: Simple category

See the winners and highlights of the 2017 Simple category. They’re often simple in nature, but also demonstrate farmers’ knack for finding nifty solutions to everyday problems.

2017 Best farm inventions: Intermediate category

Highlights included several pukka front weight tool carriers, an extendable subsoiler toolbar and a tractor-mounted carrier system designed to handle silage bales more delicately.

2017 Best farm inventions: Complex category

2017 offered up some high-tech items that required a serious level of planning and workmanship. They included a brace of drilling rigs built on a shoestring budget and a cheap-to-run bale wrapper trailer.

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TECHNOLOGY

Video: Land Rover's butch Explore smartphone on test

Land Rover fans who want a smartphone to match their rugged workhorse are in for a treat with the Explore – a tough handset built to take the punishment of…

SOILS

Two high-tech solutions to tackle poor soil health

With soil fertility and sustainability in the spotlight, two high-tech projects at the University of Plymouth could revolutionise the way farmers think about this precious resource. Scientists look to create…

COMPLIANCE

Flying a drone: Everything you need to know about staying legal

Anyone using a drone for commercial purposes must get the correct accreditation or risk heavy penalties under current legislation. This includes farmers who use drones within 150m of a residential…

DRILLING

How precision farming can earn an extra £99/ha

A trial carried out across three farms in the Midlands shows that precision farming can pay – even fields that farmers believe to be fairly even are seeing yield benefits.…

PEST MANAGEMENT

3 new technologies set to help arable farmers

A third-generation SDHI fungicide, a three-in-one plant activator and insecticidal gels that work with lure-and-kill technology are among the developments that might fill some of the gaps being left by…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Smart Ag driverless tractor is labour-saving reality

A small-time Iowan company has beaten the farm machinery big guns to the launch of a driverless grain-carting tractor that, with a bit of tinkering, could be adapted to cultivate,…

TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Claas Scorpion 741

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and Bobcat.…

TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Kramer KT407

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and…

4X4S

On test: Skoda Karoq Edition

Just when you thought you may have been running out of options for compact SUVs (said no-one), up pops another one. Hang on, don’t I recognise you? Well, you’re correct.…

TRAILERS

Becklonne Lademonster eases maize hauling headache

Little-known German manufacturer Becklonne has developed a monster elevator designed to shift large quantities of crop from the field to the clamp, and it’s capable of loading an artic bulker…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? heads to south Lincolnshire

Our What’s in Your Shed series heads to a 240ha farm bordering the Lincolnshire Wash for a chat about the particulars of Dean Bowd’s machinery list and why he has…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Wiltshire arable farm

The Cradock family open their machinery doors for our What’s in Your Shed? series, revealing a mainly second-hand-sourced New Holland tractor fleet that includes plenty of old timers. As well…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Norfolk contractor

Farm operations manager Sam Glover (21) chats to us about his growing machinery fleet, why he has chosen a brace of Agrifac Condor sprayers to cover the vast acreage and…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Cheshire mixed farm

Our latest What’s in your Shed? heads to Cheshire to visit mixed farmer Graham Lowe. The families’ workload load includes a herd of beef cattle along with arable cropping and…

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MACHINERY

Video: At the Auctions - Rainthorpe Farms sale

Farmers arrived from all corners of the country to see 375 lots get knocked down at one of the largest arable estates in recent years. Farmers Weekly was on hand…

TRACTORS

Video: We try out John Deere's monster 8400R

If you missed our test report from the week we spent with John Deere’s monster 8400R, you can now watch the video to give you a flavour of what the…

401+HP

Video: On test - John Deere 8400R

Over the past couple of decades, tracked tractors have established themselves as the go-to cultivations power source for many 500ha-plus arable growers, thanks to their ability to skip lightly across…

MOWERS

Video: US farmer smashes eight-hour world mowing record

A Colorado-based farmer has smashed the world record for grass cut in an eight-hour period. Tate Mesbergen from Mesbergen Farms, Greely, Colorado, set about the challenge on 1 July and…