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FARM MAINTENANCE

Solar farm gate covers wider 7m entrances

Oxfordshire-based Solar Gate Systems has expanded its range of single automatic farm gates with a new top-ranker that spans a huge 7m width. Brushless motor technology has allowed the firm…

ATVS AND UTVS

Long-life GPS tracker kit helps locate stolen ATVs

Farmers wanting to keep tabs on their ATVs and other nickable items will be interested in the latest GPS tracker kit from Czech firm Nam Systems. The working parts of…

TECHNOLOGY

FarmWise weeding robot set for full-scale production

Californian tech firm FarmWise has developed an autonomous weeding robot that has been tested in cauliflower and lettuce crops. The units drive themselves through the field and use artifical intelligence…

TRACTORS

John Deere responds to increasing Greenstar thefts

A PIN code locking system has been installed on John Deere’s Greenstar cab displays and StarFire satellite receivers to curb the appeal of these products to thieves. See also: GPS…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Ultrasonic mouse deterrent keeps rodents out of machinery

Bedfordshire firm Wilderness Lighting has taken on the UK distribution of an ultrasonic mouse deterrent for use in farm vehicles. The Mouse Blocker is designed to prevent damage in stored…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

In photos: Simple checks to keep farm trailers safe

Farmers need to ensure that their trailers are safe and properly maintained ahead of the busy summer months. Transport-related accidents are among the main causes of workplace fatalities in agriculture,…

TRACTORS

McCormick launches more frugal X5 tractors

A new range of McCormick X5 tractors features extra transmission options designed to make the machines more fuel-efficient during day-to-day tasks. There has also been an engine upgrade, with the…

CRIME

GPS equipment worth thousands stolen from tractors

Thieves are targeting GPS guidance systems – stealing equipment worth thousands of pounds from John Deere tractors in southern and eastern England. Eight John Deere StarFire receivers were stolen last…

FORAGERS

Claas builds 40,000th Jaguar forage harvester

A landmark Jaguar self-propelled forager recently rolled off the production line at Claas HQ in Harsewinkel, Germany – the 40,000th model since 1973. The original SF60 that started the ball…

201-300HP

Michelin launches road-friendly tyres for 200hp tractors

Michelin has launched a new tarmac-friendly RoadBib tractor tyre that is longer-lasting and offers a more comfortable ride than existing deep-lugged options for operators clocking up high road miles. The…

TRACTORS

Sale report: Hawk Hire tractor auction hits £29m

Strolling into a field littered with nigh on 120 tractors, 70 telehandlers and enough paraphernalia to fit out a county’s worth of farms is some sight to behold. And with…

TRACTORS

Versatile to build higher horsepower Kubota tractors

Kubota has  signed a long-term deal with Buhler Industries, owner of Versatile, that will give it a route into the high-horsepower tractor market. The Japanese brand had made no secret…

4X4S

Ssangyong upgrades Musso pickup's suspension

Ssangyong has tweaked the suspension and tyre choices on its Musso pickup in a bid to improve the previously jittery back end which meant it was best driven with a…

TRACTORS

Video: On test - John Deere 6250R v 7250R

The 250hp tractor market is bulging at the seams, so picking the model that provides the best balance of power, chassis size, transmission and fuel consumption requires careful consideration. In…

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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

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…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Trial aims to identify most valuable technology for growers

A farm-scale trial of technology could provide data to help justify payments for environmental measures taken on farm in the future, while also improving the quality of advice given by…

MAIZE

Pioneering trial assesses drone use in maize agronomy

Remote maize agronomy and crop analysis via drones could have a useful role in the future, a pioneering on-farm trial has concluded. Drones were "another tool in the tool box"…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How a former RAF pilot is improving crop management

A recent tie-up that brings together agronomy and aviation expertise will provide growers with highly accurate and cost-effective aerial imagery to improve on-farm decision making. The use of aerial imagery…

TRACTORS

Video: On test - John Deere 6250R v 7250R

The 250hp tractor market is bulging at the seams, so picking the model that provides the best balance of power, chassis size, transmission and fuel consumption requires careful consideration. In…

SPRAYERS

Driver’s view: Chafer Interceptor F-4000 sprayer

We asked five operators to run through the good points and bad points of their self-propelled sprayers and explain why they picked them. This time we’re focusing on British-built machines…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: 2017 Sands Horizon 6000

We asked five operators to run through the good points and bad points of their self-propelled sprayers and explain why they picked them. This time we’re focusing on British-built machines…

SPRAYERS

Driver’s view: 2018 Househam Predator sprayer

We asked five operators to run through the good points and bad points of their self-propelled sprayers and explain why they picked them. This time we’re focusing on British-built machines…

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…

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…

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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,…

LAMMA

Video: Lamma 2019 - highlights from around the show

This year's Lamma show launched in a new guise undercover at the NEC in Birmingham. Miles away from the freezing conditions of Peterborough, farmers were able to walk around in…