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TECHNOLOGY

Topcon adds auto-turn functions to guidance kit

Topcon has added the option of auto-turn and steer-to-boundary functions on its guidance kits. The new systems work in version 4.02 of its Horizon operating system for the Topcon X25…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Scotts toughens up its Trinity haulm topper

Veg kit maker Scotts Precision Manufacturing has updated its Trinity 22B single-bed haulm topper to match the increasing power output of harvesting tractors. With that in mind, it has raised…

PLOUGHS

Amazone adds baby model to Cayros plough range

To meet the wide-ranging needs of its customers, cultivation specialist Amazone has launched a tiny two-furrow plough to sit at the bottom of its popular Cayros range. The miniature soil-folder…

TEDDERS

Pronar tedder offers weapon in weed battle

Polish company Pronar has launched a rotary tedder, which along with its typical grassland uses, can also help arable farmers destroy weeds and crops on stubble land that have emerged…

COMBINES

Custom-built combine spares could save farmers cash

Bent drums, bashed augers and snapped straw walkers are just some of the common injuries that can bring combines to a lengthy standstill. And with genuine replacements for these major…

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…

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CEREAL DRILLS

Kuhn unveils 4m version of Espro combi-drill

Kuhn has added a 4m version of the Espro seeder to its range of combination min-till seed drills. The folding 4000 RC provides seed placement and fertiliser application in one…

TRACTORS

JCB building monster new cab factory

British manufacturing company JCB is investing more than £50 million in a new factory that will produce about 100,000 cabs a year for its machines.   See also: JCB 413S…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

Agco finalises Lely rebrand time frame

Since Agco snapped up the forage products arm of family owned Lely in 2017, it wasted no time in rebranding the kit to appear in Fendt and Massey Ferguson colours,…

MOWERS

Claas beefs up Disco front mower range

German giant Claas has expanded its popular Disco mower range with two front models available with or without conditioners. Central to the Disco Move range is a redesigned headstock, which…

CULTIVATORS

Agricast to make DD packers after original patent expires

Cultivation parts seller Agricast has unveiled its version of the famed DD press ring after Simba’s patent expired. It used the defunct Lincs firm’s original design – first introduced in…

MACHINERY

New Suzuki Jimny looks bulkier and brighter

Since the first-generation Suzuki Jimny went on sale in 1970, the lightweight off-roader has made its way into 194 countries and a total of 2.85 million units have been sold…

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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…

TECHNOLOGY

How to improve slurry and silage kit with infrared sensors

Scientists have been using near-infrared spectroscopy for decades, analysing everything from blood and tissue samples to livestock forage and grain. But now this technology is starting to migrate from the…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Auto-tractor to revolutionise Canadian field work

The lead in the race for a driver-free, super-efficient arable farming utopia has been taken up by SeedMaster – a little known name in the world of autonomous agriculture but…

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…

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4X4S

On test: Korean 4x4s - Ssangyong Rexton Ultimate

Farmers Weekly is putting three £40,000 4x4s all hailing from South Korea to the test. This time it's the  Ssangyong Rexton, which stands out as a rugged all-rounder with a few…

4X4S

On test: Korean 4x4s - Kia Sorento KX-3 Eco Auto

Farmers Weekly are putting three £40,000 4x4s all hailing from South Korea to the test, this time the Kia Sorento. Like Hyundai, Kia keeps things simple with a single engine option,…

4X4S

On test: Korean 4x4s - Hyundai Santa Fe

Farmers Weekly are putting three £40,000 4x4s all hailing from South Korea to the test.  Our trio of top-speccers includes the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Ssangyong Rexton. Here is…

4X4S

New-look Dacia Duster stays true to budget roots

Having been the butt of jokes for years, unfashionable Dacia is now developing something of a cult following for its bog-basic, no-frills car. See also: Pickup test: 6 farm trucks…

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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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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…

TRACTORS

Video: 400hp reverse-drive Valtra S-series on test

Valtra has finally let its heavyweight S-series loose on the 400hp tractor scene and, armed with lorry loads of torque, a proven driveline and a redesigned cab, promises to unsettle…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Auto-tractor to revolutionise Canadian field work

The lead in the race for a driver-free, super-efficient arable farming utopia has been taken up by SeedMaster – a little known name in the world of autonomous agriculture but…