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GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

Scotgrass 2019: Merger, mower and forage wagon highlights

The Scotgrass site at Crichton near Dumfries was busy with the sounds of forage harvesters, tractors and loading shovels making light work of a healthy grass crop. We've picked out…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

Video: The best bits from Scotgrass 2019

Scotgrass 2019 took place at the Crichton Royal Trust in Dumfries last Wednesday (15 May) under some scorching mid-May sunshine. The triennial event was well attended despite there being plenty…

FORAGERS

Scotgrass 2019: The best of the foragers

The big foragers took to the grass at the triennial Scotgrass event near Dumfries, where punters got the chance to see machines from the likes of Fendt, New Holland, Claas,…

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Video: Fendt's 943 MT twin-track crawler on test

Agco has breathed new life into its flailing twin-track fleet with a major rebranding and upgrading exercise for the long-in-the-tooth Challenger tractors. And the firm’s prairie monster range needed some…

MACHINERY

Heiniger unveils lightweight sheep shearing handpiece

Sheep shearing kit maker Heiniger has launched a lighter-weight version of its Icon shearing handpiece. The unit, which is sold in the UK via importer Allflex, uses a slimmer barrel…

ATVS AND UTVS

Lesser-known SMC launches 675cc ATV for £5,415

Little-known Taiwanese ATV maker SMC has launched a new 675cc machine that might appeal to shoppers on a budget. The brand has only been marketed under its own name in…

MAIZE DRILLS

Vaderstad adds eight-row option to Tempo maize drill range

A high-speed Tempo L8 maize drill has been launched by Vaderstad, which joins its current 12- and 18-row offerings. The new eight-row model has a 3,000-litre fertiliser hopper and row…

MACHINERY

Hydraulic roller improves control for Kuhn hedgecutters

Buyers of Kuhn's mid-range Poly-Longer and Multi-Longer grass- and hedgecutters can now add a hydraulic roller option that the firm reckons provides better control when operating on verges, ditches and…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Kverneland adds presses and packers to cultivation range

Kverneland has added wider options to its range of packer and press kits. The line-up now includes single and double packers up to 4.35m wide, plus single packers in combination…

SLUG PELLET SPREADERS

Techneat improves accuracy of Outcast slug pelleters

Techneat is to offer a new GPS-based rate controller on its sprayer-mounted slug pellet applicators. The move should improve accuracy and provide better control of the Outcast V2 unit that…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be an ag engineer?

If you have a talent for making and fixing farm kit, then a job as an agricultural engineer could be the perfect career for you. James Chapman, who founded his…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Arrowquip introduces cattle-friendly handling system

A new cattle handling system has been launched by Canadian maker Arrowquip that is designed to reduce animals' stress levels. Key to the Q-Catch 86 Series crush, race and forcing…

4X4S

On test: Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

The words Shogun and sport aren’t obvious bedfellows, but Mitsubishi has shoehorned parts of its mud-flinging, diesel-slurping, 4x4 king into a more practical SUV package that bears exactly that name.…

TRACTORS

Early Fastrac prototype sells for £15,000 at auction

An early version of JCB's Fastrac tractor has been snapped up at auction for £15,000 by a Northern Irish enthusiast. The fifth prototype of the iconic Fastrac was sold to…

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POTATOES

How data-driven tools and training can lift potato yields

Data collection and analysis is playing an increasing role in modern crop production. Farmers Weekly explores how a digital tool and expert-led training can help improve yields and cut waste…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

3 high-tech gadgets for monitoring crop diseases

Within five years, farmers will be using technology to continuously monitor disease levels in crops, with the data helping to tailor their fungicides according to the risk. The problem with many diseases…

BROILERS

The robot flock helper that's improving feed conversion rates

Installing robots in broiler sheds to keep birds active may improve mobility towards the end of crops and, as a result, crop uniformity, a small trial has suggested. Robochick is…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Video: Garford weeder ends crop failures at organic farm

Since starting to weed his cereal crops five years ago with a Garford mechanical hoe, organic grower Robert Hyde hasn’t lost any of his crops to weeds. In the past…

BEEF

How a suckler herd is benefiting from six tech solutions

Scottish beef farmer Niall Jeffrey, at Bielgrange Farm, Dunbar, is one of 28 Agri-Epi satellite farmers trialling new technology as part of the UK government’s Agri-Tech Strategy. Mr Jeffrey, who…

BUSINESS CLINIC

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

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…

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Video: Fendt's 943 MT twin-track crawler on test

Agco has breathed new life into its flailing twin-track fleet with a major rebranding and upgrading exercise for the long-in-the-tooth Challenger tractors. And the firm’s prairie monster range needed some…

4X4S

On test: Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

The words Shogun and sport aren’t obvious bedfellows, but Mitsubishi has shoehorned parts of its mud-flinging, diesel-slurping, 4x4 king into a more practical SUV package that bears exactly that name.…

4X4S

On test: Toyota Land Cruiser Utility

Embellished with diamond-cut alloys, rubber-band tyres and enough sporty-looking trim to fit in at a touring car race, the average SUV isn’t built with serious off-roading in mind. But over…

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…

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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Video: Fendt's 943 MT twin-track crawler on test

Agco has breathed new life into its flailing twin-track fleet with a major rebranding and upgrading exercise for the long-in-the-tooth Challenger tractors. And the firm’s prairie monster range needed some…

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…