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CLOTHING

Skee-Tex and Muck Boot unveil new welly ranges

Skee-Tex has unveiled a new lightweight welly boot with extra insulation for plodding around farm yards in the winter. Its Ultralight Tuff Boots come with a stiff insole and sock…

CEREAL DRILLS

Orkney contractor builds drill to combat extreme weather

Owning four working drills may seem lavish to most farmers, but for contractors J&S Hay on the north-east coast of Orkney it is the reason the business is able to…

DIET FEEDERS

New Zealand calf milk feeder mixes on the go

An all-in-one calf milk mixer and dispenser from New Zealand firm Stallion promises to cut the workload when feeding large groups of calves. The Mixer Tanker Feeder (or MTF for…

TILLAGE-LIVE

Tillage-Live cultivation demo day: all you need to know

The Tillage-Live cultivation demonstration day takes place on 4 September at Deenethorpe Airfield, near Corby, Northamptonshire. It offers visitors the chance to see the latest soil-working equipment in action and…

4X4S

High-hour horsepower: Mega-mile Land Rover Defender

More than two million Defenders and their Land Rover predecessors were built in the 68 years until production ended in 2016, but few will have been as hard-worked as the…

TRACTORS

Laforge designs front linkage for Fendt crawlers

Fendt’s crawler range can now be retrofitted with a front linkage designed by French firm Laforge. The beefy addition has a lift capacity of 6,400kg, a lifting stroke of 805mm…

CEREAL DRILLS

Kverneland launches DG II trailed disc drill

Kverneland has revamped its range of DG trailed disc drills, adding an improved folding mechanism to make them better balanced and easier to manage on the road. The so-called DG…

GRAIN TRAILERS

New Michelin VF CargoXBib tyre slashes soil damage

Michelin's VF high-floatation tyre has been redesigned to further reduce soil compaction from trailed implements. The updated VF CargoXBib range comes in four sizes, including the VF 650/55 R26.5, VF…

ROAD LEGAL

Video: All you need to know to pass your B+E trailer test

So you’ve been driving since you could reach the pedals, passed your tractor test at 16, car test at 17 and can reverse 40ft trailers around the yard for fun.…

TRAILERS

Swedish bale trailer keeps load in place without straps

Increasing numbers of bale trailers are being fitted with hydraulic load-securing sides, including the latest MetaX Mooring from Swedish firm Metsjo. This 12m flatbed holds its load in place with…

HEADERS

Claas updates its combine header range for 2020

German manufacturer Claas has updated its header range to complement its recently launched Lexion combine models, with the new offerings including its widest-ever front and a greater range of draper-type…

ATVS AND UTVS

Can-Am redesigns its Traxter UTV models

A full frame-up refresh has been given to Can-Am’s Traxter range for 2020 and there's also a new model capable of carting six people around at once. The BRP-owned firm…

TOOLS

Contractor equips JCB 4CX with clever Tiltrotator bucket

A Devon contractor has fitted his latest JCB 4CX backhoe digger with an Engcon Tiltrotator to make the rear attachment more versatile. See also: Farmer fits combine with inventive fire…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Horsch launches Cultro TC stubble and cover crop processor

Horsch’s new Cultro TC stubble processor is aimed at those looking to process tough stubbles such as maize and to incorporate catch crops at the end of their useful lives.…

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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…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Video: How satellites could revolutionise grass measuring

A number of farms in Wales are turning to a new pioneering satellite technology system, in an effort to get further data on their pasture measurements. In addition to the…

BUSINESS

The future of food production: 3D-printing and gene editing

The food supply chain faces a different set of risk factors to those it was dealing with just 10 years ago, according to a new report, including those presented by…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Q&A: How cold plasma could reduce reliance on antibiotics

A cutting-edge laboratory investigating a new technology with the ability to reduce harmful chemicals and antibiotics in the food chain – and lessen the threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) –…

DAIRY

A dairy farmer's guide to robotic milking

Installations of robotic milking machines have surged over the past three years, taking the number of farms using the technology to between 900 and 1,000, or one in 10 UK…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: What UK growers can learn from global pioneers

The Farmers Weekly theatre at this year’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire showcased three farmers and an agronomist from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of crop production. Advice…

4X4S

On test: Suzuki Jimny SZ5 Allgrip

Suzuki has breathed new life into its long-in-the-tooth Jimny with a new model that it hopes will emulate its predecessors’ sales figures and pass the million-unit sold mark in the…

HEADERS

Claas updates its combine header range for 2020

German manufacturer Claas has updated its header range to complement its recently launched Lexion combine models, with the new offerings including its widest-ever front and a greater range of draper-type…

4X4S

On test: Subaru Forester

Over the years, Subaru has made everything from pickup trucks to rally cars, but these days the company says it has sharpened its focus on SUVs. That makes the new…

COMBINES

Video: Claas launches biggest-ever Lexion combine

Claas has just won the most recent hand of combine manufacturer Top Trumps after it launched its most powerful Lexion machines yet. The headline-grabbing flagship 8900 is the biggest in the…

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…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Kent arable farm

This edition of our shed-peeking series sees us head to a 2,000ha farming enterprise just north of Dover to speak to Matt Solley, winner of FW’s Farm Manager of the…

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ROAD LEGAL

Video: All you need to know to pass your B+E trailer test

So you’ve been driving since you could reach the pedals, passed your tractor test at 16, car test at 17 and can reverse 40ft trailers around the yard for fun.…

COMBINES

Video: Claas launches biggest-ever Lexion combine

Claas has just won the most recent hand of combine manufacturer Top Trumps after it launched its most powerful Lexion machines yet. The headline-grabbing flagship 8900 is the biggest in the…

RAKES

Video: Abimac front rake helps solve contractor’s labour short...

A North Yorkshire farmer is running an Italian-built front-mounted rake combined with a baler on the rear to make his rowing and baling operation a one-pass affair, curbing the reliance…

TRACTORS

Video: JCB Fastrac smashes British tractor speed record

Daredevil stunt rider Guy Martin was at the helm of a highly modified JCB Fastrac as it broke the British tractor speed record, travelling at 103.6mph. See also: Video: Valtra…