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Top tips to keep your combine running in the wet

August invariably delivers a spell of bad weather, so we’ve put together 20 top tips from the experts on how to ease the flow of damp crops through the combine.…

CULTIVATORS

Custom-built cultivators offers money-saving alternative

The cultivator market is awash with options to suit most tastes and budgets, but despite the plethora of choice there’s often a compromise when making the final decision. The angle…

CEREAL DRILLS

Low-disturbance discs add to KV U-Drill options

Kverneland has added a low-disturbance disc combination to its U-Drill for growers looking to minimise soil movement. The MD disc offers an alternative to the firm’s short disc harrow and…

4X4S

L200 pickup to disappear as Mitsubishi eases out of UK market

Mitsubishi has sent shockwaves through the automotive industry with the announcement that it is to leave the European market. The Japanese company plans to cancel all scheduled vehicle launches, including…

COMBINES

Twin-rotor CH7.70 joins New Holland's combine line-up

New Holland has unveiled a new single-model combine range that offers its twin-rotor threshing system in a smaller package. Dubbed the CH7.70 (an acronym for Crossover Harvesting, apparently), it sidles…

201-300HP

Massey unveils radically redesigned 200hp-plus 8S tractors

Massey Ferguson looks to have delivered the machinery surprise of the summer after unexpectedly launching a radically redesigned 200hp-plus tractor range. The quirky-looking four-model 8S series runs from 205hp to…

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NAAC farm contractor charges 2020-21

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has published its latest price guide to help contractors and farmers benchmark against the UK national average.

CULTIVATORS

Side-shift linkage options deliver pinpoint crop weeding

Razor-sharp RTK guidance systems have nailed the art of driving tractors in arrow-straight lines, but they can’t deal with the inevitable wandering of implements on undulating ground and in changeable…

CEREAL DRILLS

Bespoke liquid fert kits improve no-till drilled crops

A wind of change is sweeping through UK crop establishment practices, with more and more growers being lured into splashing the cash on a no-till drill. With this increased uptake…

301-400HP

£100k retrofit track kit saves the season for Durham grower

Last winter's rank weather conditions saw arable farmers resort to all manner of extreme measures to get a crop in the ground, and for one Durham grower it meant shelling…

TEDDERS

New 17m, 16-rotor tedder joins Pottinger range

Pottinger has pulled the wraps off a new high-output trailed tedder that has the potential to cover serious ground. The HIT 16.18 T carries 16 rotors across its 17m working…

MUCKSPREADERS

K-Two ups volume and output of Bio and Evo muckspreaders

New mark-five versions of K-Two’s rear-discharge muckspreaders have been given a tapered body design to increase capacity and ease unloading. The redesign applies to Bio models, with twin horizontal beaters…

4X4S

Ford unveils new 4x4 Transit Trail vans

Ford has launched new go-anywhere Trail versions of its Transit van. Two-wheel-drive Trail and Custom Trail models get a mechanical limited-slip diff as standard, which transfers engine torque to the…

MACHINERY

Farmer-designed mower cuts and collects weeds before harvest

A new weed mower that cuts off seed heads and carts them out of the crop could accelerate interest in mechanical intervention for weed control in organic and conventionally grown…

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SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Luke Haynes’ Bateman RB35 sprayer

Basis-qualified Luke Haynes reveals the good and the bad of the Bateman RB35 he operates for the Montreal Estate in Kent. See also: Broadacre spot spraying kits: All you need to…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Tristan Newens' trailed John Deere R952i

Tristan Newens was the only 2020 Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year finalist running a trailed sprayer. He explains why he made the switch away from a self-propelled and how…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Michael Knight's Sands Horizon 5500

Experienced spray man Michael Knight now runs a modestly specced but high-output Sands Horizon 5500, which replaced a five-year-old 4,000-litre Vision in February. He tells us how it has performed…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: FSOOTY winner Matt Fuller's Bateman RB35

Matt Fuller, winner of Syngenta's Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition for 2020, gives us the lowdown on his Bateman RB35 fitted with Capstan's pulse-width modulation system. He works…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a North Yorks contractor

Paul Houlston and his son Steven run a 10-strong, mainly blue tractor fleet, although several recent replacements have meant it is slowly going green. Workload consists of slurry spreading, grassland…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Shropshire contractor

Our What’s in Your Shed? series susses out the machinery highs and lows of Shropshire contractors James and Victoria Seaton. How did you get started? We used to be involved…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Cumbrian farmer and contractor

The latest instalment in our long-running What’s in Your Shed? series features 27-year-old Cumbrian livestock farmer and contractor Edward Beard. He reveals the best and worst of his largely Case-branded…

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101-200HP

Video: Massey Ferguson's entry-level 5711M on test

Massey Ferguson has enjoyed a fair amount of success in the loader tractor market, with its basic Global Series catering for the keep-it-simple brigade and the comparatively swish S series…

101-200HP

Video: John Deere 6120M Command Quad tractor on test

Last year’s unveiling of a heavily reworked 6M tractor range may have been lost in the razzmatazz of John Deere’s high-end tractor and combine launches, but these simple(ish) models could…

TRACTORS

Machinery Milestones: The £328,000 Ivel

When one of the world’s oldest tractors was put up for sale at a Cheffins auction last October, a Lincolnshire farmer ended up parting with a cool £328,600 to buy…

TRACTORS

Video: John Deere four-track 8RX – an alternative to wheels?

Since its launch at Germany’s Agritechnica show in November, the web has been awash with pictures and videos of John Deere’s shiny new 8RX tracked tractor range. The hype has…