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TECHNOLOGY

Farmers advised to check GPS is insured against theft

Precision farming tools and guidance systems are now commonplace on most arable units, and even some livestock farms are seeing the benefits, but thieves view these expensive systems as easy…

TECHNOLOGY

Spot-spraying system could save millions on herbicides

A new weed-seeking camera system on Agrifac’s Condor sprayers is able to detect unwanted plants in growing wheat crops before administering a targeted jet of chemical to wipe them out.…

MACHINERY

Pronar launches 22t half-pipe dump trailer

Pronar has launched a half-pipe dump trailer for use in both agriculture and construction, that looks similar to units hauled around by artic lorries. See also: 10 tips to keep…

TRACTORS

Machinery Milestones: Wood-fuelled tractors

It might sound a bit wacky, but tractors have the potential to be powered by wood – as proven by several farming inventions over the years. The tractor fuel produced…

TRAILERS

Horsch adds two lorry-mounted haulage kits

Horsch has added two lorry-mounted haulage kits to its logistics range – one for shifting seed and granular fertiliser and another for moving liquids. The two new units join the…

TECHNOLOGY

Collar-mounted GPS tracker for lost dogs on test

Whether it’s a working sheepdog or an ancient scruffy terrier that spends most of its time by the Aga, losing a dog is pretty upsetting. Luckily, there are now serveral…

MACHINERY

Dealer updates through early 2019

There have been plenty of dealer moves during January and February of 2019, including Joe Whelan in Ireland, Agriplus in North Yorkshire and Hunt Forest Group in the south of…

TELEHANDLERS

First impressions: JCB spends £6m on new telehandler cab

A new cab is the centrepiece of JCB’s latest-generation Loadall telehandlers and it promises to take comfort and practicality up several notches. Though the old version was perfectly functional –…

4X4S

New Ford Ranger pickup to get 10-speed auto gearbox

Ford has released details of its new Ranger pickup, the highlight of which is a slick-sounding 10-speed automatic gearbox taken from the high-powered Mustang. The models are due to arrive…

TECHNOLOGY

Aqua Till waterjets offer ingenious alternative to coulters

Just when you thought variable rate, variable depth, turn compensation and limitless fertiliser combinations had taken drilling technology to its limit, the rule book has been blasted open once again.…

TECHNOLOGY

World’s first autonomous orchard sprayer unveiled

Californian manufacturer Crinklaw Farm Services has developed an unmanned vehicle for spraying orchards. The rocket-like Global Unmanned Spray System (GUSS) uses a combination of GPS, vehicle sensors and clever software…

SPRAYERS

Beeswax Dyson Farming to host 2019 National Sprayer Demo

Shoppers in the market for a new self-propelled sprayer are being encouraged to attend the hands-on National Sprayer Demo day. It takes place on Wednesday 20 February 2019 at the…

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Farm inventions competition

Farm Inventions Competition 2018 open for entries

It is time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions competition. Winners of each category will bag £500, runners-up get £250 and third-place finishers take home £100.
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2017 Best farm inventions: Simple category

See the winners and highlights of the 2017 Simple category. They’re often simple in nature, but also demonstrate farmers’ knack for finding nifty solutions to everyday problems.

2017 Best farm inventions: Intermediate category

Highlights included several pukka front weight tool carriers, an extendable subsoiler toolbar and a tractor-mounted carrier system designed to handle silage bales more delicately.

2017 Best farm inventions: Complex category

2017 offered up some high-tech items that required a serious level of planning and workmanship. They included a brace of drilling rigs built on a shoestring budget and a cheap-to-run bale wrapper trailer.

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CROP MANAGEMENT

How a former RAF pilot is improving crop management

A recent tie-up that brings together agronomy and aviation expertise will provide growers with highly accurate and cost-effective aerial imagery to improve on-farm decision making. The use of aerial imagery…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Tractor cab filters: are you protected?

Most operators and farmers will be well aware of the potential risks that working with agricultural chemicals brings, but with the right precautions, users will be kept free from any…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Mechanical weeders: What are the options?

Mechanical weeders could be one way to manage weeds that are proving more difficult to tackle because of resistance and a dwindling number of actives. However, with several different models…

DAIRY

9 new products to be showcased at Dairy-Tech 2019

After the successful inaugural show last year, Dairy-Tech is back for 2019 and will feature lots of the latest inventions and equipment on the market. New products at the event…

TECHNOLOGY

How farmers will be affected by new drone rules

A clampdown against irresponsible drone flights near airports will also affect the proper and beneficial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture. Farmers, agronomists and agri-tech companies will…

ARABLE

5 ways new tech can improve pesticide applications

With pressure on plant protection products from regulators and the growing problem of resistant weeds, pests and diseases, it is increasingly important to use them as accurately and effectively as…

TECHNOLOGY

Collar-mounted GPS tracker for lost dogs on test

Whether it’s a working sheepdog or an ancient scruffy terrier that spends most of its time by the Aga, losing a dog is pretty upsetting. Luckily, there are now serveral…

TELEHANDLERS

First impressions: JCB spends £6m on new telehandler cab

A new cab is the centrepiece of JCB’s latest-generation Loadall telehandlers and it promises to take comfort and practicality up several notches. Though the old version was perfectly functional –…

FERTILISER SPREADERS

Driver’s view: Ryetec self-propelled fertiliser spreader

For specialist spreading contractors there’s a lot to be said for running a self-propelled machine rather than a tractor and trailed unit. Not only does it make the machine more…

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

Grimme shows off new 653hp Rexor Platinum beet harvester

Grimme's Rexor 620 sugar beet harvester is now 10 years old, so the company has taken the opportunity to upgrade both it and the larger 630 model to a new…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Powys dairy farm

This week our regular What's In Your Shed? feature heads to mid-Wales to quiz dairy farmers Merfyn, Ifan and Huw Evans on their machinery fleet. How brand loyal are you?…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits record-breaking Aussie farm

Our ever-popular What’s in Your Shed series visits the Australian farm that set the 24-hour spraying world record. We get the lowdown on the fleet run by Tony and Brendan…

MACHINERY

What’s in Your Shed? visits NFU deputy president Guy Smith

In a special "celebrity" edition, our What’s in Your Shed series visits NFU’s deputy president Guy Smith at his farm near Clacton, Essex. Being deputy president means Mr Smith is…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? heads to south Lincolnshire

Our What’s in Your Shed series heads to a 240ha farm bordering the Lincolnshire Wash for a chat about the particulars of Dean Bowd’s machinery list and why he has…

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ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

Video: Vervaet launches monster nine-row beet harvester

With sugar prices making beet an appealing break crop, Vervaet has reintroduced its contractor-spec nine-row harvester after a decade off the menu. The Beet Eater 925 Evo has taken over…

4X4S

Video: Three-way farm pickup showdown

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4×4 pickup market. However, not all is as it seems, as due to the popularity of these trucks,…

LAMMA

Video: Lamma 2019 - highlights from around the show

This year's Lamma show launched in a new guise undercover at the NEC in Birmingham. Miles away from the freezing conditions of Peterborough, farmers were able to walk around in…

MACHINERY

Video: At the Auctions - Rainthorpe Farms sale

Farmers arrived from all corners of the country to see 375 lots get knocked down at one of the largest arable estates in recent years. Farmers Weekly was on hand…