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ATVS AND UTVS

Quad-X adds UTV fertiliser spreader to attachment line-up

A new fertiliser spreader has been developed by Quad-X specifically for use with UTVs. The commercial-spec UTV Sower has a steel frame and 680-litre hopper with a ground-driven spreading system,…

TECHNOLOGY

LH Agro to offer trade-in option for old Topcon touchscreens

Topcon distributor LH Agro has launched a trade-in scheme in a bid to make it more affordable for users of older guidance equipment to upgrade to the latest model. The…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Alliance, Vredestein and Continental reveal new tyre ranges

There has been a raft of early-year developments in the tyre world from some of the main manufacturers. Vredestein has launched a new Traxion 65 rubber, which uses technology from…

MOWERS

Heavy-duty 8m flail mower joins Seppi range

A new heavy-duty flail mower from Italian firm Seppi M can cover 8m in a single pass and mulch material up to 9cm in diameter. The S9 Multipla replaces the…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

New Holland and Case grab Massey Ferguson market share

A slump in the popularity of Massey Ferguson tractors has seen the brand’s market share of new sales fall to less than 10% in 2018. Data published by the Agricultural…

CULTIVATORS

Vaderstad launches mounted NZ cultivator

Swedish manufacturer Vaderstad has added a 6m mounted version of the popular NZ spring tine cultivator to its portfolio. The machine has four rows of tines spaced 90mm apart and…

TECHNOLOGY

Guide to soil moisture sensors: Why use them and the options

There are many good reasons for growers to use some form of soil moisture-sensing technology to monitor conditions and how the water is being used in irrigated crops. First and…

TECHNOLOGY

Kubota launches wacky driverless concept tractor

In celebration of its 130th birthday, Kubota has unveiled a driverless concept tractor that’s battery powered and uses artificial intelligence to operate autonomously. The four-track X Tractor concept was revealed…

CEREAL DRILLS

Low-input cropping slashes costs and risk for tenant farmer

After years of struggling to make his conventional arable rotation pay, a tenant farmer has begun trialling a system that rewards him for environmental gains rather than bumper yields. John…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

2020 Farm Inventions competition: win cash prizes

It’s time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions Competition. If you love reading about workshop creations and have designed a machine, gadget or knick-knack of your own,…

TECHNOLOGY

How moisture-seeking drilling kit helps drought-hit Aussies

A new drilling outfit developed in Australia is using clever moisture-sensing tines to automatically alter sowing depth according to soil conditions. Moisture Planting Technologies (MPT), based in New South Wales,…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

HSE to carry out welding inspections after safety alert

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is sending inspectors to businesses across the country to check that welding risks are managed properly, following a safety alert issued in February 2019.…

4X4S

Pickup test: Isuzu D-Max Utility

The D-Max Utility is a proper no-frills workhorse with a generous towing capacity, impressive payload and a reasonable price tag. Couple this to a five-year, 125,000-mile warranty, and it makes…

4X4S

Pickup test: Toyota Hilux Active

There is little doubt that budget Hilux models are well made and reliable workhorses. Tidily laid out controls and a comfortable drive make it a particularly appealing option at this…

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

How mastitis detection tech helped reduce antibiotics use

Wrexham dairy farmer Stephen Massey says using technology to sample individual quarters for cell counts has given him the confidence to start using teat sealant alone on some of his…

DAIRY

Dairy-Tech 2020: Latest gadgets and tech for your herd

The Dairy-Tech event returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 5 February, which showcases the very latest gadgets and innovations. Organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), has…

DAIRY

How to decide if investing in dairy tech is worthwhile

The technology available to dairy farmers is developing fast and it can be difficult to decide where to invest your hard-earned cash. To help decide which technology is really worth…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

5 new livestock gadgets for farming in 2020

From innovation to slightly improved design, engineers and inventors are constantly striving to produce the next big gadget in livestock farming.  Farmers Weekly has looked at the top products that…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Why 'vertical' farming is growing in the UK

Being able to produce crops 365 days a year, without the need for pesticides or much human intervention, while being unaffected by the weather, will appeal to many growers after…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Video: The world’s first robotic weed mapping service

The world’s first commercial automated weed mapping service, capable of providing farmers with an individual plant view of their fields, is being launched across four UK farms this autumn. Developed…

4X4S

Pickup test: Isuzu D-Max Utility

The D-Max Utility is a proper no-frills workhorse with a generous towing capacity, impressive payload and a reasonable price tag. Couple this to a five-year, 125,000-mile warranty, and it makes…

4X4S

Pickup test: Toyota Hilux Active

There is little doubt that budget Hilux models are well made and reliable workhorses. Tidily laid out controls and a comfortable drive make it a particularly appealing option at this…

4X4S

Pickup test: Mitsubishi L200 Club Cab 4Life

A major redesign of Mitsubishi’s L200 has delivered a stand-out exterior, though whether it has actually improved its looks is debatable. Base spec 4Life models get a smart cab with…

ATVS AND UTVS

How the ATVtrac tracker finds stolen bikes in under two hours

Millions of pounds’ worth of ATVs and farm buggies have been recovered thanks to retrofit tracking systems. The covert kits are fitted discreetly in the machine’s shell and ping regular…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? revisits Andrew Gould's Dorset dairy farm

This week’s What’s in Your Shed? revisits Dorset dairy farmers Paul and Andrew Gould, who first appeared in these pages in 2014. We find out what has changed over the…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Cumbrian contractor

In this What’s In Your Shed?, we suss out a fleet of high-hour workhorses belonging to Cumbrian contractor Graham Hayllar. How did you get started? When I left school, I…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? at a Northumberland farmer-contractor

In this WIYS? we go behind the scenes at John Goodfellow’s 2,300ha Northumberland farming and contracting operation. It includes a high-horsepower machinery fleet, a feed-mixing facility and some neat workshop…

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TRACTORS

Video: Rare articulated John Deere 8850 goes up for sale

A rare articulated John Deere tractor from the mid-1980s has been put up for auction by a Shropshire farm, with a starting bid of £20,000. The 1985 model 8850 is…

TRACTORS

Video: John Deere 6175R Directdrive tractor on test

The John Deere 6175R’s spacious, quiet cab and well-thought-out controls made it a clear favourite among our test team. We also got on well with the Directdrive transmission, which is…

TRACTORS

Video: New Holland T7.230 Power Command tractor on test

New Holland’s T7 might lack the glamorous cab offered by the likes of John Deere and Valtra – noise and space being its most obvious shortcomings – but there is…

TRACTORS

Video: Valtra T174 Versu tractor on test

Valtra has made huge progress with its T-series tractors over the past couple of years, so it was no surprise that it ranked so highly in our test. Its cab…