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TRACTORS

Best-selling tractor brands of 2017 revealed

The biggest red tractor brand on the market got even bigger in 2017, after farmers gave Massey Ferguson a strong vote of confidence by purchasing 1,973 tractors. This was 539…

MAIZE DRILLS

Accurate placement from Kuhn's Maxima drills

Kuhn’s recently choose the Lamma show to preview its new Maxima 3 range of precision drills. The 12-model line-up is available in six- to 12-row format and is capable of…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

14 of our favourite farm inventions from over the years

The Farmers Weekly inventions competition has been running for a few decades now, and has featured everything from calf catchers and water troughs to homemade drills and pivot-steer loaders. Here…

TECHNOLOGY

Vaderstad app helps set up machines correctly

A recent augmented reality smartphone app from Vaderstad allows operators to get a live demonstration of how to get their machine running as it should. See also: How precision farming…

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,…

4X4S

Pickup test: Ssangyong Musso Saracen

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4x4 pickup market. We put three of the newest arrivals through their paces – the Mercedes-Benz X250d, Fiat Fullback Cross…

4X4S

Pickup test: Fiat Fullback Cross

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4x4 pickup market. We put three of the newest arrivals through their paces – the Mercedes-Benz X250d, Fiat Fullback Cross…

4X4S

Pickup test: Mercedes-Benz X250d

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4x4 pickup market. We put three of the newest arrivals through their paces – the Mercedes-Benz X250d, Fiat Fullback Cross…

MACHINERY

Machinery dealership changes over the new year

Since our last dealer round up, there have been changes all over the country from dealerships expanding into new areas, new distribution agreements for some machines and others building new…

4X4S

Electric and hybrid 4x4 vehicles explained

Barely a day goes by without another headline announcing the demise of the internal combustion engine. While many of those predictions are misleading or simply wrong, there is a definite…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Fencing, spreaders and grain store management kit

This year marked the first of the Lamma show’s new era at Birmingham’s indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Best of the cultivator and drill launches

This year marked the first of the Lamma show’s new era at Birmingham’s indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…

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…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Plenty on offer for livestock farmers

This year marked the first of the Lamma show’s new era at Birmingham’s indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…

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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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DAIRY

9 new products to be showcased at Dairy-Tech 2019

After the successful inaugural show last year, Dairy-Tech is back for 2019 and will feature lots of the latest inventions and equipment on the market. New products at the event…

TECHNOLOGY

How farmers will be affected by new drone rules

A clampdown against irresponsible drone flights near airports will also affect the proper and beneficial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture. Farmers, agronomists and agri-tech companies will…

ARABLE

5 ways new tech can improve pesticide applications

With pressure on plant protection products from regulators and the growing problem of resistant weeds, pests and diseases, it is increasingly important to use them as accurately and effectively as…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Land Rover's butch Explore smartphone on test

Land Rover fans who want a smartphone to match their rugged workhorse are in for a treat with the Explore – a tough handset built to take the punishment of…

SOILS

Two high-tech solutions to tackle poor soil health

With soil fertility and sustainability in the spotlight, two high-tech projects at the University of Plymouth could revolutionise the way farmers think about this precious resource. Scientists look to create…

COMPLIANCE

Flying a drone: Everything you need to know about staying legal

Anyone using a drone for commercial purposes must get the correct accreditation or risk heavy penalties under current legislation. This includes farmers who use drones within 150m of a residential…

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,…

4X4S

Pickup test: Ssangyong Musso Saracen

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4x4 pickup market. We put three of the newest arrivals through their paces – the Mercedes-Benz X250d, Fiat Fullback Cross…

4X4S

Pickup test: Fiat Fullback Cross

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4x4 pickup market. We put three of the newest arrivals through their paces – the Mercedes-Benz X250d, Fiat Fullback Cross…

4X4S

Pickup test: Mercedes-Benz X250d

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4x4 pickup market. We put three of the newest arrivals through their paces – the Mercedes-Benz X250d, Fiat Fullback Cross…

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…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Wiltshire arable farm

The Cradock family open their machinery doors for our What’s in Your Shed? series, revealing a mainly second-hand-sourced New Holland tractor fleet that includes plenty of old timers. As well…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Norfolk contractor

Farm operations manager Sam Glover (21) chats to us about his growing machinery fleet, why he has chosen a brace of Agrifac Condor sprayers to cover the vast acreage and…

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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…

MACHINERY

Video: At the Auctions - Rainthorpe Farms sale

Farmers arrived from all corners of the country to see 375 lots get knocked down at one of the largest arable estates in recent years. Farmers Weekly was on hand…

TRACTORS

Video: We try out John Deere's monster 8400R

If you missed our test report from the week we spent with John Deere’s monster 8400R, you can now watch the video to give you a flavour of what the…