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MACHINERY

New Hollands extends CR combine range

Basildon-based New Holland has extended its CR Revelation range with a new baby model – the CR7.80. Powered by a new Cursor 9 engine offering 374hp on tap and boosting…

COMBINES

Farmer builds £2k weed-crushing combine add-on

Earlier this year, we featured the Harrington Seed Destructor – an Australian invention that fits to the tail end of the combine to grind down weed seeds harvested with cereal…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Petrol or diesel UTVs: which are best?

So… which UTVs are best - petrol or diesel? If we put the issue of fuel cost and convenience to one side for a minute, it becomes an easy decision…

MACHINERY

Simultaneous working combine record smashed

A new Guinness World Record has been set for the most combines working simultaneously in the same field, in southern Manitoba, Canada. See also: How one New Zealand grower beat…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: Kawasaki Mule Pro-DX buggy

Diesel might be the current fuel of choice for farm buggies, but there’s a new wave of petrol-powered machines looking to reverse that trend. To find out which colour of…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: Honda Pioneer buggy

Diesel might be the current fuel of choice for farm buggies, but there’s a new wave of petrol-powered machines looking to reverse that trend. To find out which colour of…

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4X4S

Mercedes adds V6 option to X-Class pickup

After plenty of hints and whispers, Mercedes has finally lumped a V6 engine into its new X350d pickup trucks. See also: Pickup test: VW Amarok V6 Previously the only six-pot…

TECHNOLOGY

McCormick fits Topcon hardware in the factory

Tractor brand McCormick and precision specialist Topcon have struck an agreement to make fitting satellite guidance systems to the red tractors a simple task.   See also: 6 budget GPS…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Fourth month of double-digit increases in tractor sales

Farmers have shrugged off rising tractor prices driven by a weak currency and higher regulatory standards to purchase hundreds more tractors in 2018 than last year. Figures published by the…

SOILS

Prototype cultivator helps slash soil erosion

In a bid to prevent torrents of water hurtling down compacted tramlines after heavy rainfall, Charles Creyke has designed a toolbar that ruffles up concrete-like tractor wheelings and creates clever…

MACHINERY

New Alligator Pro can handle up to 750 sheep

Livestock machinery maker Allflex launched a new version of its Alligator mobile sheep handling system, which has been in use on farms for more than four decades, at the Royal…

MACHINERY

New dealers and big investment for manufacturers

There have been a number of sales and service agreements as well as major investment in manufacturing. Here's a round-up of what’s been going on. Kubota Japanese manufacturer Kubota has…

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CRIME

How technology is helping farmers curb sheep thefts

Sheep theft cost the UK £2.4m last year, according to latest figures from NFU Mutual, with livestock one of the biggest targets after machinery, tools and vehicle thefts. Now, a…

BUSINESS

Welsh farmers help community install faster broadband

A dozen farmers in a Welsh rural hamlet with dismal broadband connections have helped residents and businesses access one of the fastest internet speeds in the UK by granting free…

MACHINERY

On test: Tough Cat S41 smartphone

Excavation specialist Cat offers a range of five smartphones, all built by the Reading-based Bullitt Group that licenses the Cat name along with a stack of other popular brands, including Land…

TECHNOLOGY

Tips for farmers on picking and fitting a two-way radio

Whether you farm on land that is as level as a billiard table or you’re halfway up a mountain, being able to communicate with your fellow workers is a pretty…

TECHNOLOGY

3 high-tech solutions coming to improve UK farm productivity

UK farming is lagging behind its key competitors in terms of productivity, as a report from the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) reveals. It showed that producers in Germany,…

TECHNOLOGY

Contractor tackles logistics with workforce management tech

For many busy agricultural contractors, his or her phone is glued to an ear all day dealing with customers and delegating jobs to staff, and record-keeping is still carried out…

TECHNOLOGY

Farmers build ultra-accurate GPS system on a budget

Increasing numbers of farmers are turning to GPS systems to help improve the accuracy of their field operations and make life easier for the operator. But although prices are beginning…

TECHNOLOGY

Tech company builds clever maps to make sense of crop data

Inside a few shabby-chic ex-safe rooms in London’s famous Hatton Garden jewellery quarter, some of the best and brightest minds are refining and polishing a technological diamond that is set…

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ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Petrol or diesel UTVs: which are best?

So… which UTVs are best - petrol or diesel? If we put the issue of fuel cost and convenience to one side for a minute, it becomes an easy decision…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: John Deere Gator XUV 855M buggy

Diesel might be the current fuel of choice for farm buggies, but there’s a new wave of petrol-powered machines looking to reverse that trend. To find out which colour of…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: Kawasaki Mule Pro-DX buggy

Diesel might be the current fuel of choice for farm buggies, but there’s a new wave of petrol-powered machines looking to reverse that trend. To find out which colour of…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: Honda Pioneer buggy

Diesel might be the current fuel of choice for farm buggies, but there’s a new wave of petrol-powered machines looking to reverse that trend. To find out which colour of…

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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…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Cheshire mixed farm

Our latest What’s in your Shed? heads to Cheshire to visit mixed farmer Graham Lowe. The families’ workload load includes a herd of beef cattle along with arable cropping and…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits an Irish grassland contractor

Our regular series looking at the best and worst of readers' machinery sheds features County Mayo contractor A and JJ Walsh. The family firm runs a fleet of Deutz-Fahr tractors…

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MOWERS

Video: US farmer smashes eight-hour world mowing record

A Colorado-based farmer has smashed the world record for grass cut in an eight-hour period. Tate Mesbergen from Mesbergen Farms, Greely, Colorado, set about the challenge on 1 July and…

TRAILERS

Video: Trailer covers and roll-over tarps - the best options

Some form of cover for agricultural trailers is becoming commonplace to secure loads or protect them from the elements and contamination. They range from cut-to-size covers with elastic securing straps…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Video: Homemade silage station reduces round-bale headache

After developing a strong aversion for wrapping bales in the field where the baler dropped them, Geoff Eyre wasn’t a fan of the somewhat tedious job of collecting wrapped rounds…

CEREALS

Video: Machinery highlights from Cereals 2018

The Farmers Weekly machinery team headed to the southern site for the annual Cereals show, this year at Chrishall Grange in Cambridgeshire. Although several machinery manufacturers scaled back their stands,…