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TRACTORS

Kubota unveils M6-001 Utility as MGX tractor replacement

Kubota has renamed its long-standing MGX range the M6-001 Utility series, which spans the same 104hp to 143hp segment to slot between the smaller M5-002 and higher-spec M6-002. Little else…

TRACTORS

Collection of 32 Massey Ferguson tractors up for auction

A lifetime’s collection of all things Massey Ferguson is set to go under the hammer on the 26 March. The sale will be hosted by HJ Pugh & Co, and…

ATVS AND UTVS

British-made zero-emissions ATV in final development stages

A prototype for a zero-emissions all-terrain vehicle has been manufactured by Devonshire-based company EMotive. The fully-electric Scarab ATV is soon to go into mass production under license following an initial…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

New 9m mounted straw harrow from Claydon

British manufacturer Claydon has launched a 9m mounted straw harrow for 2022. It will sit in the middle of the existing range of harrows, bridging the gap between the 7.5m…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

FW’s Farm Inventions Competition: 10 highlights from 2021

Time is running out to enter our annual Farm Inventions Competition and be in with a chance of winning one of nine cash prizes. The total bounty across the three…

TELEHANDLERS

JCB adds new 538-70 to Loadall range

JCB is to offer yet another option in its Loadall range – this time with a 3,800kg lift capacity and maximum height stretching a smidge over 7m. That means the…

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Farm Inventions Competition 2022

£2,550 and a whole load of kudos is up for grabs in Farmers Weekly’s annual Farm Inventions Competition.

4X4S

On test: Dacia Duster Prestige

When the initial attraction just isn’t there, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? Not renowned for good looks or being particularly cool, the Franco-Romanian Dacia Duster isn’t easy…

CULTIVATORS

Lemken disc harrow connects to precision slurry spreader

From March, Lemken's Heliodor compact disc harrow will be compatible with Vogelsang DosiMat precision slurry spreaders. This slurry spreader and disc harrow combination joins the market as rising mineral fertiliser…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Tips for buying a second-hand New Holland square baler

New Holland has a long history in the big square baler game, having launched its iconic D1000 four-stringer in 1987 and followed it up six years later with the equally…

TRACTORS

Fully autonomous John Deere tractor approved for production

John Deere has announced that its fully autonomous tractor will go into large-scale production this year. The driverless 8R is the first of its kind for the American manufacturer, and…

ROAD LEGAL

Shocking farm trailer inspection data raises safety concerns

Agricultural trailers must be safe and properly maintained to avoid dangerous and costly accidents. But out of 1,000 trailers inspected by Tilly Pass in 2019, 84% had a serious brake…

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

Driver’s view: Holmer T4.30 self-propelled beet harvester

When British Sugar shut its West Midlands factories in the mid 2000s, the area’s beet growers and lifting contractors were left severely in the lurch. With no outlet for the…

MACHINERY

Agrointelli launches new long-range Robotti

Danish manufacturer Agrointelli has brought a second autonomous tractor unit into production. The Robotti LR, which joins its sister robot, the 150D, has a lift capacity of 1,250kg and can…

TECHNOLOGY

Solar-powered robot drills and weeds on Shropshire farm

The launch of a new farming robot now seems a near-monthly occurrence, with universities, manufacturers and inventors across the globe on a mission to replace people with autonomous machines. The…

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4X4S

On test: Dacia Duster Prestige

When the initial attraction just isn’t there, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? Not renowned for good looks or being particularly cool, the Franco-Romanian Dacia Duster isn’t easy…

201-300HP

On test: Fendt 724 Profi Plus

Fendt has long been the brand of choice for those that like to get technical with their tractors. When the last 700-series arrived on the scene in 2011, it brought…

TRACTORS

On test: JCB Fastrac 4220

There’s no tractor quite like the JCB Fastrac. Since it hit the market in 1991, this equal-wheeled workhorse has found multiple vocations from high-speed haulage to self-propelled spraying and spreading.…

4X4S

First impressions: Ford's four limited edition Ranger pickups

News of the unlikely return of a V6-powered pickup undoubtedly got tongues wagging in the wake of Ford’s global Ranger launch just a few weeks ago, but buyers itching to…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Carmarthenshire contractor

Our What’s in Your Shed series heads into Carmarthenshire, to visit contractors Peter Morris and Sons. How did you get started? Peter: After years of working for other contractors, I…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Cornish dairy and arable farm

Our What's in Your Shed series heads west this month to check out the Massey-dominated fleet run by Richard Martin in Bodmin, Cornwall.  How did you get started? My mum…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Somerset contractor

This month's machinery shed snoop features a high-houred fleet run by Somerset contractors Jon, Ben and Michael Sealey. They take us through favourite kit, worst kit, biggest bargains and more.…

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CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Video: Grower builds cover crop broadcaster for £3,000

A farm-built broadcaster costing less than £3,000 has given James Hopkinson the opportunity introduce cover cropping as part of a "regenerative" approach to the arable enterprises he manages. The tractor-mounted…

COMBINES

Video: Claas launches Trion combine range as Tucanos scrapped

Buyers will no longer have to order a model from Claas’ biggest Lexion range to spec all the popular bells and whistles after the German maker launched its new ultra-flexible…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

Video: What's in Your Shed? visits Jeremy Clarkson's farm

Our latest What's in Your Shed? heads to TV presenter-turned-farmer Jeremy Clarkson's 400ha Cotswold farm for a rummage through his sheds. The well-known figure bought his farm – Diddly Squat…

MACHINERY

Video: Starfire GPS problems will cost us, says farmer

Oxfordshire grower Robert Smith is urging John Deere to give farmers a fair deal over ongoing signal problems with Starfire 3000 and older 6000 series GPS receivers. Mr Smith, farm…