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ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Polaris Sportsman 570 X2 on test

Polaris doesn’t build anything near a 450cc ATV – the lowest-powered machine in its line-up still carries a 567cc engine that provides a far-from-princely 44hp. That put it some way…

FERTILISER SPREADERS

Lemken to sell Sulky fertiliser spreaders in the UK

A tie up between two family owned businesses will see Sulky’s mounted fertiliser spreader range marketed in the UK under the Lemken brand. See also: A guide to soil mapping and…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Ultimate Guide to buying a big square baler 2020

A new range from John Deere, a new model from Kuhn and a new knotter design for Case IH and New Holland machines are the main updates for our 2020…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Nick Brown’s John Deere S790i combine

The biggest combine in John Deere’s line-up is the S790i, featuring a 617hp, six-cylinder engine, single rotor threshing mechanism and various header options up to 12.2m wide. It replaced a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Clive Wreathall’s New Holland CR10.90 combine

The CR10.90 is still the biggest combine New Holland produces, but this machine has since been replaced by the Revelation model. Despite being located in an area that is a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: SB Farming’s Fendt Ideal 9T

The Ideal 9T is the flagship model of Agco’s new Ideal combine range that’s offered in both Massey Ferguson and Fendt guises. One of the first farming businesses to take…

MACHINERY

Sale highlights: WH Bond machinery dispersal hits £11.9m

One of the biggest dispersal sales of agricultural and construction equipment this year took place in Cornwall last week, with more than 1,400 lots going under the hammer. The reason…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Richard Ledger's Claas Lexion 8900 combine

Kent farmer Richard Ledger is one of several UK growers to have run a pre-production version of Claas' latest range-topping Lexion combines. We get the verdict from driver Nigel Richardson.…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Ultimate guide to buying a round baler 2020

New round balers from Claas and Krone, with additional models from McHale and Pöttinger, are to be found in this year’s Ultimate Guide, while Lely Welger balers have now fully…

COMBINES

Ultimate guide to buying a combine 2020

With this year’s combining season well and truly put to bed, it’s time for some growers to look ahead and consider their combine requirements for harvest 2020. We detail the…

AWARDS

FW Awards 2019: Contractor of the Year

Allan, Alyson and Stuart Wilson are the 2019 Farmers Weekly Contractors of the Year. Having run a contracting outfit for just shy of 40 years, family team Allan, Alyson and…

AWARDS

FW Awards 2019: Innovator of the Year

Neil Fell is the 2019 Farmers Weekly Innovator of the Year. The return of sheep scab and resistance to injectables means dipping is back in vogue, and Durham-based contractor Neil…

4X4S

On test: Electric Tesla Model X serves up taste of future

Rocket-building, weed-smoking billionaire Elon Musk is leading an electric revolution intent on transforming transport on earth and beyond. The engineering entrepreneur only started his Tesla motor business in 2003, but…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

New Holland adds twine-saving knotter to BB models

A clever Loop Master knotter system has been developed by New Holland and added to its Big Baler models. The new loop-knotting process eliminates offcuts left loose on the bale…

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TECHNOLOGY

Tech Talk: Experts' verdict on the eyeSpot robot weeder

It can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to agri-technology, especially when so many new inventions promise to revolutionise the way we farm. In…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Bayer pumps billions into data-driven crop production

The paradox of feeding an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050 without further damaging our environment and worsening climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. With…

BLACKGRASS

Why data is proving useful in one grower's blackgrass battle

Precision agronomy is helping a Cambridgeshire grower and his agronomist fine-tune blackgrass control and improve farm performance. Having taken the plunge and linked his precision farming data with agronomic practices…

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…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Polaris Sportsman 570 X2 on test

Polaris doesn’t build anything near a 450cc ATV – the lowest-powered machine in its line-up still carries a 567cc engine that provides a far-from-princely 44hp. That put it some way…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Can-Am Outlander 450 on test

It might sport 450 branding on its bodywork, but the Outlander actually gets its power from a 427cc single-cylinder engine, built by sister company Rotax. Despite the lower-than-suggested displacement, this…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Nick Brown’s John Deere S790i combine

The biggest combine in John Deere’s line-up is the S790i, featuring a 617hp, six-cylinder engine, single rotor threshing mechanism and various header options up to 12.2m wide. It replaced a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Clive Wreathall’s New Holland CR10.90 combine

The CR10.90 is still the biggest combine New Holland produces, but this machine has since been replaced by the Revelation model. Despite being located in an area that is a…

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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ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Polaris Sportsman 570 X2 on test

Polaris doesn’t build anything near a 450cc ATV – the lowest-powered machine in its line-up still carries a 567cc engine that provides a far-from-princely 44hp. That put it some way…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Can-Am Outlander 450 on test

It might sport 450 branding on its bodywork, but the Outlander actually gets its power from a 427cc single-cylinder engine, built by sister company Rotax. Despite the lower-than-suggested displacement, this…

MACHINERY

Video: First drive: Fendt’s 415hp 942 Vario

Fendt has spent the past decade tightening its grip on the high-horsepower tractor market, to the point that it now claims one-third of all new tractor sales above 200hp. But…

TRACTORS

On test: Case's double-clutch gearbox in the 145hp Maxxum

Double-clutch gearboxes have long been a must-have for Audi’s slick-shifting saloons, but the DSG concept has now found favour with farmers looking for similarly snappy acceleration in their tractors. John…