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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…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Tractors and telehandlers steal the show

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…

4X4S

Jeep Gladiator set to shake up UK pickup market

In 2020, the UK’s well-stocked market of polished, versatile pickups will have to make room for a new kid coming to town, and it might just ruffle a few feathers…

SPRAYERS

Lamma 2019: Fendt Rogator sprayers

Whether you want a simple sprayer that gets the job done with the least amount of effort or something a lot more sophisticated, manufacturers at the Lamma show will have…

TELEHANDLERS

Tips for buying a used Matbro telehandler

JCB might be top dog in the telehandler world these days, but in the 1990s it couldn’t get a look in. Back then rival UK firm Matbro was king, and…

SPRAYERS

Lamma 2019: Team Arian mounted sprayer

Whether you want a simple sprayer that gets the job done with the least amount of effort or something a lot more sophisticated, manufacturers at the Lamma show will have…

BUSINESS

Legal tips for buying and selling second-hand machinery

Buyers and sellers of second-hand machinery face numerous potential legal, transactional and safety pitfalls. Alex Forster of Roythornes Solicitors answers the key questions:  What Health & Safety Executive guidelines are…

SPRAYERS

Lamma 2019: Kuhn Oceanis sprayer

Whether you want a simple sprayer that gets the job done with the least amount of effort or something a lot more sophisticated, manufacturers at the Lamma show will have…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: E-Bike is nippy farm runaround

A mountain bike might be an odd sight in the pages of Farmers Weekly, but the machine we are about to feature already boasts a couple of agricultural customers. The…

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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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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…

DRILLING

How precision farming can earn an extra £99/ha

A trial carried out across three farms in the Midlands shows that precision farming can pay – even fields that farmers believe to be fairly even are seeing yield benefits.…

PEST MANAGEMENT

3 new technologies set to help arable farmers

A third-generation SDHI fungicide, a three-in-one plant activator and insecticidal gels that work with lure-and-kill technology are among the developments that might fill some of the gaps being left by…

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…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: E-Bike is nippy farm runaround

A mountain bike might be an odd sight in the pages of Farmers Weekly, but the machine we are about to feature already boasts a couple of agricultural customers. The…

TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Massey Ferguson TH 7038

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and Bobcat.…

TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Caterpillar TH408D

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and Bobcat.…

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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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…

401+HP

Video: On test - John Deere 8400R

Over the past couple of decades, tracked tractors have established themselves as the go-to cultivations power source for many 500ha-plus arable growers, thanks to their ability to skip lightly across…