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4X4S

Skoda unveils one-of-a-kind Mountiaq pickup

A one-off Skoda pickup called the Mountiaq has been designed and built by 35 Czech students at the car brand’s vocational school. The group of students used a Skoda Kodiaq…

MACHINERY

Spaldings unveils new quick-fit yard brushes

A brace of yard brushes will be added to a new line of farm cleaning products from agricultural supplier Spaldings. See also: Video: 20 handy workshop gadgets The 2.4m wide…

MACHINERY

Manufacturer moves and dealer tie-ups for summer 2019

There has been a glut of dealer changes over the past few months, with new premises, brand switches and joint ventures. Alpego Italian brand Alpego has taken direct control of…

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…

TECHNOLOGY

Machinery Milestones: Electric tractor power

Electric tractors may have achieved little commercial success during the past 120 years, but plenty of companies and academic institutions have tried to end diesel's domination, and things look set…

4X4S

Mitsubishi reveals new top-spec Challenger L200 pickup

Those of you missing the Challenger name in Europe might be pleased to hear that it has returned, albeit on a pickup rather than a twin-track crawler. Mitsubishi has launched…

TECHNOLOGY

New Holland launches new farm implements and precision kit

New Holland has officially launched a range of implements that takes it another step closer to its aim of offering a one-stop farm machinery shop. After trying and failing to…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Eyre Trailers shows round-bale carrier

Eyre Trailers specialises in custom builds and its latest creation is an innovative low-cost round-bale carrier that requires just one ratchet strap to hold the load in place. The Lincolnshire…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: New Stocks terminal controls two hoppers

Running two Fan Jet spreaders to throw small pellets over wide working widths had previously meant having two terminals cluttering up the cab, but Stocks now has a new screen…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Razorback launches mower and straw rake duo

Mzuri might be best known for its strip-till drills, but with a hedgecutter and rotary mower in its line-up, it’s as much into undergrowth management as arable establishment. To cut…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Ziegler unveils cultivator range

German maker Ziegler might be better known for its maize headers, four-wheel steer cutterbar trailers and oilseed rape side knives in the UK, but the firm is now building its…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Sky releases new Easy Drill coulter range

A new coulter assembly has been added to Sky's Easy Drill range, which the company reckons will help place seed more accurately and improve the flow of crop residue to…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Weaving builds dedicated companion crop drill

Increasing pressure from water companies to reduce the amount of run-off from maize stubbles has prompted Weaving Machinery to build a dedicated companion crop drill. It’s not the first of…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Berthoud sprayers get three-fold steel booms

In a bid to neaten up the design of its bigger sprayers, Berthoud has introduced a three-fold version of its popular Axiale steel boom. Until recently, it was only the…

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DAIRY

A dairy farmer's guide to robotic milking

Installations of robotic milking machines have surged over the past three years, taking the number of farms using the technology to between 900 and 1,000, or one in 10 UK…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: What UK growers can learn from global pioneers

The Farmers Weekly theatre at this year’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire showcased three farmers and an agronomist from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of crop production. Advice…

DAIRY

Switch from beef to dairying eased by robotic milker

Robotic milking has helped two suckler beef producers make the step into dairy farming by easing the workload and breaking down the routine. Brothers James and Alec Cowan were running…

SOILS

Drainage contractor splashes £400k on state-of-the-art plough

Mastenbroek has built its first UK-bound trenchless drainage plough in more than thirty years for Warwickshire-based Farm Services, which is keen to satisfy a resurgent number of farmers requesting field-scale…

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…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Potato haulm toppers: What are the options?

The loss of broad-spectrum contact herbicide diquat didn’t come as a surprise, but the months of speculation finally ended when its scheduled withdrawal was announced late last year. While a…

FORAGERS

New Holland improves engine of flagship FR920 forager

The launch of New Holland’s range-leading FR920 forager in 2017 flung the company into a battle at the top of the chopper market, but it has so far resisted the…

401+HP

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.…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? at an Oxford contractor and drill maker

Our What’s in Your Shed series heads to Oxfordshire and susses out the machinery highs and lows of contract farmers and Cross Slot drill builders James and Paul Alexander. Business…

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…

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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…

SOILS

Drainage contractor splashes £400k on state-of-the-art plough

Mastenbroek has built its first UK-bound trenchless drainage plough in more than thirty years for Warwickshire-based Farm Services, which is keen to satisfy a resurgent number of farmers requesting field-scale…

401+HP

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…