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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…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

How to crack down on costly soil compaction

Improved on-farm understanding and use of tillage equipment combined with better use of tyre technology could be key to cutting costly soil compaction. Damaged soils are estimated to cost UK…

ARABLE

Top stubble management tips to kill slugs

Cultural methods of controlling slugs have a key role to play in reducing the risk of metaldehyde slug pellets reaching water, as well as helping to cut the costs of…

Refurbed farm machinery could save you money

Got an old Kuhn power harrow sat out among the stingers? Oliver Mark knows a man that can get it running sweetly and looking smart again, and it’ll cost less…

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Archive

Guide to mole drainers and cultivators at Cereals

New cultivations and drilling equipment from domestic manufacturers are set to dominate the working plots at the Cereals event, as implements in new and established ranges alike are put through…

Cereals 2014: Novel tine designs and stubble tillage choice

There appears to be no limit to the imagination of cultivation equipment manufacturers when it comes to thinking up new tine designs, assemblies and layouts, judging by some of the…

Cereals 2014: Take a tour of farm cultivation kit

Implements for efficient cultivation and drilling will be on display at Cereals. Peter Hill provides a preview. Gregoire-Besson Crossland The tractor-mounted Crossland stubble cultivator from Gregoire-Besson (pictured above) is available in…

Strip-tillage cultivator aids crop establishment

Switching to strip-tillage offers farmers the chance to trim down their horsepower needs and potentially save tankloads of fuel. Oliver Mark meets one farmer who has recently made the change…

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Case studies

CEREAL DRILLS

Bespoke liquid fert kits improve no-till drilled crop performanc...

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…

MAIZE DRILLS

Home-built drill gets grass cover into growing maize crops

Overwintered maize stubbles can be a serious trouble spot for soil erosion and nutrient leaching into watercourses. A popular method for sorting them out is to rip up the ground…

CULTIVATORS

£90,000 Koeckerling cultivator proves a hit for Herts farmers

Koeckerling’s biggest Allrounder cultivator comes with a rather shocking £90,000 price tag, but its ability to form a decent seed-bed and eat thousands of acres means it has already justified…

CEREAL DRILLS

Conversion kit adds precision planting to strip-till drill

A new retrofit option has allowed Mzuri to add precision seeding to its repertoire. The manufacturer reveals the thinking behind the kit and a West Sussex grower describes the results…

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Community

MACHINERY

12 no-till drills on show at farmer-organised demo day

Reduced-tillage drilling continues to gain popularity as farmers look for new ways to improve soil structure and reduce cultivation activity during the autumn. With that in mind, hundreds of growers headed…

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Insights

MACHINERY

Video: Autumn drilling season captured from the skies

After the success of last year’s harvest drone video we have been out with the cameras again, capturing autumn work in all its glory, from above. Our drones have flown over…

MACHINERY

John Deere 750A comes top in Cambridgeshire drill trial

Earlier this year we published an article about a trial being conducted by Cambridgeshire farmer David Walston, comparing three different drills to sow wheat direct into stubble – a Cross…

ARABLE

Many UK growers missing out on the benefits of zero tillage

Only 3% of the UK arable area is farmed using Conservation Agriculture (zero tillage), much lower than other parts of the world. Anthony Pope argues why more farmers should consider…

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News

CEREAL DRILLS

Kuhn unveils 4m version of Espro combi-drill

Kuhn has added a 4m version of the Espro seeder to its range of combination min-till seed drills. The folding 4000 RC provides seed placement and fertiliser application in one…

PLOUGHS

Amazone adds baby model to Cayros plough range

To meet the wide-ranging needs of its customers, cultivation specialist Amazone has launched a tiny two-furrow plough to sit at the bottom of its popular Cayros range. The miniature soil-folder…

CEREAL DRILLS

New Sky MaxiDrill applies three products in one pass

The new high-speed Maxidrill 10 Series seeder from French maker Sky offers growers the chance to lay three products in one pass. First seen at Agritechnica in 2017, the overhauled…

CEREAL DRILLS

MaterMacc attempts to crack UK direct drill market

Italian manufacturer MaterMacc is hoping to break in to the growing direct drill market with its versatile and easy-to-pull AS-UST tine-based seeder. Best known for its precision maize drills, the…

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Test and reviews

PLOUGHS

Six-furrow plough round-up: Specs and prices

If you thought the UK plough market was limited to a handful of well-known brands, think again. We suss out six-furrow offerings from 11 makers. For an implement that took…

CEREAL DRILLS

Is French-made Novag disc drill king of cover crop drilling?

French farmers are established as some of Europe’s pioneers in the brave new world of cultivation-free drilling and pre-season cover crops, so it’s no surprise that the country is home…

PLOUGHS

Video: On test - Hubert's seven-furrow plough

Late last year, Suffolk firm Agri-Hire agreed a deal to take on Dowdeswell’s engineering operation with a commitment to restarting plough production on a national scale. Dowdeswell folded last summer,…

TILLAGE-LIVE

Tillage-Live's top cultivators and drills put to the test

Visitors to last week’s Tillage-Live event were treated to another September scorcher as the mercury touched 30C at Monks Kirby, Warwickshire. Here Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team presents some of the latest cultivators, drills…

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Video

CEREALS

Video: Machinery highlights from Cereals 2018

The Farmers Weekly machinery team headed to the southern site for the annual Cereals show, this year at Chrishall Grange in Cambridgeshire. Although several machinery manufacturers scaled back their stands,…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Video: Horsch reveal drilling innovations and tillage tweaks

German implement maker Horsch is experiencing strong UK sales from its tillage and crop protection machines. However, with the uncertainty surrounding glyphosate regulation and Brexit, the company thinks that exploring…

MACHINERY

Video: Autumn drilling season captured from the skies

After the success of last year’s harvest drone video we have been out with the cameras again, capturing autumn work in all its glory, from above. Our drones have flown over…

PLOUGHS

Video: On test - Hubert's seven-furrow plough

Late last year, Suffolk firm Agri-Hire agreed a deal to take on Dowdeswell’s engineering operation with a commitment to restarting plough production on a national scale. Dowdeswell folded last summer,…

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