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PLOUGHS

Kverneland reveals new plough ranges

Kverneland has launched a new generation of mounted ploughs ahead of November's Agritechnica show. The new baby model is now the three-, four- or five-furrow 2300, while the 3300 is…

FORAGE WAGONS

Minigrazer offers small-scale zero grazing option

Hand Engineering has developed a pint-sized zero grazing machine, which it launched at the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland. Two versions of the Minigrazer are available; a 5cu m capacity…

HEADERS

Case unveils new 8.5m combine header for CTF

Case-IH has added an 8.5m option to its Axial Flow combine header range to suit those working in controlled traffic systems. The new Varicut table is designed to slot into…

ATVS AND UTVS

Honda updates Foreman ATV range with more powerful TRX 520

ATV market leader Honda has replaced its long-serving Foreman 500 with a new model that brings more power and a slicker automatic transmission. The new 520 runs a 518cc engine…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: James Grandy's Amazone drill

Yorkshire farmer James Grandy runs through the good and bad points of his Amazone Cayena drill and how it has slotted into his establishment system. What drill are you using?…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: Matt Lewis’ Mzuri Pro-Til 3m drill

Farm foreman Matt Lewis talks about the Mzuri Pro-Til drill that he has owned for three years. Its purchase bought about a change in the farm's crop establishment system, which…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: Robert Hinchcliffe’s Triton drill

We asked Yorkshire farmer Robert Hinchcliffe to run through the good points and bad points of his 3m-wide Triton drill and explain why he picked it.  What drill are you…

4X4S

Photos: Land Rover reveals all-new Defender

It is the most important new car launch in the farming world for years – the all-new Land Rover Defender has finally broken cover. Ever since Land Rover brought production…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Driver's view: Jack Tooley's McConnel Seedaerator

McConnel’s Seedaerator is a single-pass strip-till dril that cultivates and seeds the crop in bands. Nottinghamshire farmer Jack Tooley talks us though the highs and lows of his machine. What…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: Simon and David Fellows' Dale Eco XL drill

Worcestershire farmers Simon and David Fellows explain why they opted for Dale’s 10m Eco XL drill and how it fits into their controlled-traffic system. What drill are you using? We’ve…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: John Hawkins' Simtech T-Sem drill

Simtech’s T-Sem no-till drill uses a disc and inverted T-shaped coulter to establish a crop without the need for any prior cultivation. We visit Dorset farmer John Hawkins to see…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Reck's safer-use slurry mixer avoids removing housing slats

German maker Reck has developed a slurry mixer that fits between the concrete slats that make up livestock housing floors, avoiding the need to remove sections of the deck and…

HEADERS

Wisbech dealer to import tractor-mounted Honey Bee swathers

Wisbech-based combine dealer BP Combine Harvesters has taken on the import job for Honey Bee draper flex headers and tractor-mounted belt swathers. The five-model swather range extends from 4.6m (15ft)…

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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DRILLING

Video: High-pressure water tech aids direct drilling success

Replacing drill coulters with a high-pressure jet to open up the soil will not only improve germination, its inventors believe it can aid rooting by cracking compaction and aerating soils.…

SOILS

Farmer invents tyre pressure system to help soil health

Ontario farmer Jake Kraayenbrink has invented his own auto-inflation system to keep tyres at the optimum pressure, lowering the risk of soil damage. It just takes him a few seconds…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How a grower uses cultivations and tech to kill slugs

Slugs have been a major headache for North Yorkshire grower Graham Potter since he switched from a plough-based crop establishment system to direct drilling. But with proactive implementation of integrated…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Video: How satellites could revolutionise grass measuring

A number of farms in Wales are turning to a new pioneering satellite technology system, in an effort to get further data on their pasture measurements. In addition to the…

BUSINESS

The future of food production: 3D-printing and gene editing

The food supply chain faces a different set of risk factors to those it was dealing with just 10 years ago, according to a new report, including those presented by…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Q&A: How cold plasma could reduce reliance on antibiotics

A cutting-edge laboratory investigating a new technology with the ability to reduce harmful chemicals and antibiotics in the food chain – and lessen the threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) –…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: James Grandy's Amazone drill

Yorkshire farmer James Grandy runs through the good and bad points of his Amazone Cayena drill and how it has slotted into his establishment system. What drill are you using?…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: Matt Lewis’ Mzuri Pro-Til 3m drill

Farm foreman Matt Lewis talks about the Mzuri Pro-Til drill that he has owned for three years. Its purchase bought about a change in the farm's crop establishment system, which…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver’s View: Jean-Baptiste Bady’s Claydon Hybrid 3m

Estate manager Jean-Baptiste Bady and farm manager Callum Orr, who run an arable operation at the world’s most northerly castle on the small central island of Shapinsay, Orkney, have picked…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver's view: Robert Hinchcliffe’s Triton drill

We asked Yorkshire farmer Robert Hinchcliffe to run through the good points and bad points of his 3m-wide Triton drill and explain why he picked it.  What drill are you…

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…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Hampshire contractor

The latest in our long-running series features the winner of FW’s Contractor of the Year gong way back in 1992. We find out the machinery highs and lows from Tony…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

Take a trip around the UK with What's in Your Shed?

Our updated map features all the farmers and contractors we have visited as part of our long-lived What's in Your Shed series. However, there are still places we haven't been…

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ROAD LEGAL

Video: All you need to know to pass your B+E trailer test

So you’ve been driving since you could reach the pedals, passed your tractor test at 16, car test at 17 and can reverse 40ft trailers around the yard for fun.…

COMBINES

Video: Claas launches biggest-ever Lexion combine

Claas has just won the most recent hand of combine manufacturer Top Trumps after it launched its most powerful Lexion machines yet. The headline-grabbing flagship 8900 is the biggest in the…

RAKES

Video: Abimac front rake helps solve contractor’s labour short...

A North Yorkshire farmer is running an Italian-built front-mounted rake combined with a baler on the rear to make his rowing and baling operation a one-pass affair, curbing the reliance…

TRACTORS

Video: JCB Fastrac smashes British tractor speed record

Daredevil stunt rider Guy Martin was at the helm of a highly modified JCB Fastrac as it broke the British tractor speed record, travelling at 103.6mph. See also: Video: Valtra…