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CEREAL DRILLS

How to fit a fertiliser kit to a John Deere drill

John Deere’s 750A drill is recognised as being one of the longest-serving no-till seeders used in Europe today. Other smaller manufacturers from around the globe are working hard to grab…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Peter Dennis’ Househam Merlin sprayer

Peter Dennis has been a sprayer operator since the 1980s, driving a host of different machines from sprayers mounted on David Browns to self-propelled Chafers and his current Househam Merlin.…

MACHINERY

Unions win exemption for agriculture on driver rules

Farming unions have successfully lobbied for agriculture to be exempt from Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements. The CPC exemption will apply for drivers in agriculture, horticulture and forestry…

SPRAYERS

Small R-series John Deere trailed sprayers get extra tech

A new range of premium R700i trailed sprayers has been introduced by John Deere to offer more sophistication and technology options than the firm’s simpler M700 machines. These sprayers take…

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…

MAIZE DRILLS

Horsch Maestro drill gets new precision metering system

Horsch has added a new Airspeed overpressure metering system to its latest Maestro precision drill models. This gives buyers a choice of singulation setups across the range, with the company…

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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.

TRACTORS

Low-spec 4700M models join Massey Ferguson’s sub-100hp range

Massey Ferguson has unveiled a trio of low-spec M-badged tractors that replace its existing 4700 range, which now runs from 82hp to 100hp. These will slot in below the Agritechnica-launched…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Tractor sales moving towards recovery after Covid-19 impact

UK tractor sales in June were down 15% on the same time in 2019, according to the latest figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). A total of 932 tractors…

101-200HP

Autopowr gearbox added to JD's 6M options

John Deere’s popular four-cylinder 6M models are now available with an Autopowr stepless gearbox. However, the company says it won’t be offering the cheaper Directdrive transmission on these models as…

MACHINERY

At the auctions: Kit tops £1m at Strutt and Parker Farms sale

Auctioneers Clarke and Simpson shifted more than £1m worth of machinery as it held the first part of a double-headed sale at the end of June, selling off roughly one-third…

MACHINERY

At the Auctions: Farmers snap up quality high-powered kit

East Anglian auctioneer Cheffins recently held an online auction of the machinery from two large farming families that had both decided to change their future business plans.  See also: Auctions head…

4X4S

Ineos Automotive reveals farming-friendly Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Automotive has finally whipped the veil off its new Grenadier 4x4 following months of hype. The agricultural industry is expected to be a key market for the firm’s debut…

SPRAYERS

Lemken to cease sprayer production

Lemken has announced that it will end sprayer production from the end of this year as it looks to focus its resources on the development of new cultivation and drilling…

CLOTHING

12 reusable farm gloves on test: Which are best?

Whether it’s filling up with fuel, connecting a pto shaft or wrangling with hydraulic pipes, a decent set of gloves will make the job far more pleasant. We know there…

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SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How livestock farms cut fertiliser use with precision system

Livestock farmers in the West Country are adopting precision agriculture techniques to match fertiliser inputs more closely to grassland requirements. The techniques, underpinned by a combined package of computer and…

BROILERS

Why camera technology could transform broiler management

Farming systems where thousands of animals are together have to primarily rely on the skill of a stockperson’s eye while walking through sheds. There are increasingly sophisticated monitoring technologies that…

POULTRY

8 clever technical innovations for poultry farmers

Poultry farming is an inherently progressive part of the farming sector – from sophisticated air scrubers that remove more than 90% of ammonia emissions to a robotic helper that scarifies…

POTATOES

How blight-resistant Maris Piper can benefit potato growers

A genetically modified, blight-resistant version of the Maris Piper potato which can also be stored at cooler temperatures without adversely affecting tuber quality is being trialled in the UK.  Researchers…

ARABLE

Free app to help growers with cropping for ELM scheme

Farmers are to get the first glimpse this summer of a new online tool which will help them decide cropping plans for a new “public money for public good” agricultural…

CROP MANAGEMENT

New climate module predicts cereal growth and disease risk

Cereal growers can now benefit from a climate prediction module that uses weather data to forecast key growth stage timings of crops to improve input efficacy and plan workloads. The…

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…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Peter Dennis’ Househam Merlin sprayer

Peter Dennis has been a sprayer operator since the 1980s, driving a host of different machines from sprayers mounted on David Browns to self-propelled Chafers and his current Househam Merlin.…

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…

CLOTHING

12 reusable farm gloves on test: Which are best?

Whether it’s filling up with fuel, connecting a pto shaft or wrangling with hydraulic pipes, a decent set of gloves will make the job far more pleasant. We know there…

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…