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ATVS AND UTVS

On test: Polaris Ranger Diesel UTV

A new Kubota engine, uprated suspension and redesigned cab mean Polaris now has a farm-friendly Ranger Diesel to match its petrol-powered range. Keen Farmers Weekly readers may remember we tried…

DIET FEEDERS

Northern Irish inventor designs high-capacity sheargrab

The inventor of the original shearbucket has returned to the market with a revised design that has twice the capacity and apparently delivers a cleaner cut. William Taylor’s alternative silage…

CEREAL DRILLS

Kuhn adds Suffolk coulter option to Venta air drills

Kuhn has added the option of Suffolk coulters to its Venta pneumatic seed drill range. The new models will be badged 1010 and are otherwise the same as before, with…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Scotts reponds to diquat ban with bigger haulm toppers

Scotts Precision Manufacturing has added a wider model to its haulm topper line-up in response to the burgeoning demand caused by the banning of diquat. The Trinity 30B will be…

MUCKSPREADERS

Video: Contractor rates his high-tech slurry injection kit

Digestate and slurry spreading might once have been deemed an inconvenient clear-out exercise, but its potential for cheap crop nutrition and tighter regulations governing its disposal mean it is now…

TECHNOLOGY

Tuff Phones launches new multi-network SIM

To help limit phone signal dead spots in the countryside, Tuff phones has introduced a multi-network sim card that can operate on any one of three major networks. See also: Farmer…

TECHNOLOGY

App helps dairy farmers to monitor Fullwood milking robots

Dairy farmers running Fullwood’s Merlin 2 milking robot can now monitor the performance of their herd through a new app. The interface shows real-time performance data and historical milking records,…

TECHNOLOGY

British-made app automates crop scouting with drones

British start-up firm Drone AG has launched a new app that automates crop-scouting drone flights. The Skippy Scout can be used to check pest, weed and disease levels across a…

TRACTORS

4,000 lots under the hammer at Walford Cross sale

With more than 4,000 lots, Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Walford Cross collective machinery sale inevitably throws up a few gems amongst the agri-jumble. There was every conceivable bit of equipment on…

4X4S

On test: Jeep Compass SUV

Almost every four-wheel drive passenger car that you might see on a farm today can trace its inspiration back to the original Jeep. Land Rover designer Maurice Wilks famously had…

SPRAYERS

Vicon unveils updated T4 trailed sprayer range

Vicon has launched a T-series sprayer range that brings smarter technology and easier operation to its trailed line up. The likely volume seller in the Kubota-owned company’s new fleet is…

TELEHANDLERS

Ultimate guide to buying a telehandler 2019

Expanded ranges and a focus on operator well-being through new cabs and control layouts characterise the Farmers Weekly Ultimate Guide to telescopic handlers for 2019. For example, despite losing the…

TRACTORS

Ultimate guide to buying a tractor 2019

Manufacturers appear to be preparing to unveil their next round of major updates at the same time as introducing engines to the European Stage 5 emissions regulations that came into…

CEREAL DRILLS

Horsch makes Power Disc coulter available for Pronto drills

Horsch has announced that it will now offer its Power Disc coulter on the highly regarded Pronto drills, as well as the original Serto models. See also: 6 options for 6m…

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BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How should I insure portable GPS and drone?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Dominic Snook of insurance broker Farmers & Mercantile, explains how GPS systems should be…

ESTABLISHMENT

Smart drill add-on offers real-time variable applications

A clever gadget that provides planter operators with real-time soil data for on-the-fly variable-rate seed and fertiliser applications could soon feature on UK farms after a recent Agco acquisition. Illinois-based…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Video: 5 years late and broken promises - broadband stories

With more and more "paperwork" now going online for farmers, broadband speeds – and the lack of it altogether – is becoming an increasing frustration and a barrier to business…

TECHNOLOGY

How French spraying tech can slash herbicide spend by 80%

French kit maker Kuhn is moving into high-tech solutions such as spot-spraying, offering farmers dramatically increased application accuracy and decreased production costs. It is in response to more established competitors bringing…

COMPLIANCE

How to avoid drone insurance and licensing pitfalls

Farmers with drones are putting themselves at risk of huge fines because of legal confusion over what constitutes commercial use.   Rural insurer NFU Mutual says it is concerned that…

DAIRY

Buyer's guide: Teat disinfection technology

As herd sizes increase and labour sourcing continues to create challenges, more farmers are turning to automated teat disinfection technologies to ease pressure in the parlour and promote efficiencies. Although…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: Polaris Ranger Diesel UTV

A new Kubota engine, uprated suspension and redesigned cab mean Polaris now has a farm-friendly Ranger Diesel to match its petrol-powered range. Keen Farmers Weekly readers may remember we tried…

4X4S

On test: Jeep Compass SUV

Almost every four-wheel drive passenger car that you might see on a farm today can trace its inspiration back to the original Jeep. Land Rover designer Maurice Wilks famously had…

SPRAYERS

Vicon unveils updated T4 trailed sprayer range

Vicon has launched a T-series sprayer range that brings smarter technology and easier operation to its trailed line up. The likely volume seller in the Kubota-owned company’s new fleet is…

TOOLS

6 handy new tools for the farm

Several big companies have been busy launching new farm-friendly tools, including ZF with its clever do-it-yourself oil analysis kit, Karcher with a new-look pressure washer lance and Draper, which has…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? heads to south Staffordshire

Our long-running What’s in Your Shed series heads to South Staffordshire to visit mixed farmers Ian and Luke Sadler, who run a 130ha outfit in Kinver. Massey Ferguson dominates the…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Powys dairy farm

This week our regular What's In Your Shed? feature heads to mid-Wales to quiz dairy farmers Merfyn, Ifan and Huw Evans on their machinery fleet. How brand loyal are you?…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits record-breaking Aussie farm

Our ever-popular What’s in Your Shed series visits the Australian farm that set the 24-hour spraying world record. We get the lowdown on the fleet run by Tony and Brendan…

MACHINERY

What’s in Your Shed? visits NFU deputy president Guy Smith

In a special "celebrity" edition, our What’s in Your Shed series visits NFU’s deputy president Guy Smith at his farm near Clacton, Essex. Being deputy president means Mr Smith is…

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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: On test – 20 workshop tools recommended by farmers

Off the back of the low-cost tool, gadget and knickknack review we carried out last year, scores of readers got in touch with nifty suggestions of their own. Oliver Mark…

MACHINERY

Video: Latest kit launches and highlights from Sima 2019

If you didn't manage to nip over the English Channel and catch a glimpse of the shiny kit on offer at the biennial Sima show in Paris, then check out…

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

Video: Vervaet launches monster nine-row beet harvester

With sugar prices making beet an appealing break crop, Vervaet has reintroduced its contractor-spec nine-row harvester after a decade off the menu. The Beet Eater 925 Evo has taken over…

4X4S

Video: Three-way farm pickup showdown

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4×4 pickup market. However, not all is as it seems, as due to the popularity of these trucks,…