All articles about Grassland and maize equipment

From grass tedders to the most powerful forage harvesters; from forage wagons to big balers; from buckrakes to wheeled loading shovels; from bale wrappers to clamp covering materials, we cover every aspect of the forage harvesting and silage clamp filling process.

Advice and tips

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Ultimate guide to buying a big square baler 2021

New models promising further increases in bale weights, greater versatility and easier operation feature in this year’s Ultimate Guide to big square balers. The choice of models, features and specifications…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Ultimate guide to buying a round baler 2021

With Isobus electronics becoming increasingly popular for its common display format across different types of machines, this year’s Ultimate Guide to round balers highlights the machines on which this added-value…

RAKES

Buyers guide: Second-hand four-rotor rakes

The challenge of keeping the latest high-capacity foragers fed in lighter cuts of grass has forced many farmers and contractors to switch to four-rotor rakes. Over the years, various manufacturers…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

How to sort out grassland compaction

The UK saw another very wet season this winter resulting in waterlogged fields and the risk of the long-term damage to soils. The rain has had a massive impact on…

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Case studies

RAKES

Driver’s view: Dick Barnes’ Kuhn Merge Maxx 950

Kuhn's Merge Maxx burst onto the scene at Agritechnica 2017, offering farmers an alternative method for rowing up crops in front of foragers and balers. One of the first to…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

Undersowing maize: Trials, tips and all you need to know

Undersowing maize crops with grass to keep valuable nitrates in the soil can help growers reduce losses caused by late-season harvesting and compacted ground, but getting it established correctly is…

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…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Farmer builds ingenious twin-chamber double square baler

Keen to increase the pedestrian pace of small-bale hay production, Virginia farmer Rusty Inskeep designed and built a baling system that almost tripled the farm’s output. The slick setup allows…

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Community

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Clever inventions for grassland, muck and slurry

Ingenious ideas for managing muck, slurry and grassland dominated Farmers Weekly's 2020 Inventions Competition. Highlights included a twin-braked roller and a yard scraper built from an old Challenger track. See…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Time-saving feeding and bedding kit inventions

Clever feeding and bedding kit is helping livestock farmers shave hours off their daily routine. We've picked out some of the best ones from the many entries to our 2020…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2020: Bale net winch snatches second place

Thomas Mathias' bale net lifter is runner-up in the intermediate category of the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition. A back-saving round bale net lifter was the centrepiece of Thomas Mathias’ course…

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Insights

FORAGERS

Stalkbuster hacks down maize stubbles while harvesting

Header maker Kemper has developed a chopping system that fits beneath a regular maize header to cut stubbles tight to the ground. The Stalkbuster is designed to obliterate the habitat…

MACHINERY

Non-stop round balers: a glimpse of the future?

Many manufacturers have had a stab at producing a credible non-stop round baler, but as yet none have managed to do so with any real commercial success. The combination of…

How hedgecutter maker Bomford Turner became a UK success story

The Bomford company’s pioneering approach to power farming dates back 150 years or more to the early days of steam cultivation when Benjamin Bomford bought a set of cable ploughing…

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News

MOWERS

Vicon adds BX swath grouper to its biggest butterfly mower

A belt-type swath grouper is now available on Vicon’s widest working butterfly mower conditioner, the 7100T. The BX-spec system shifts grass from the rear two mower beds into a central…

SILAGE TRAILERS

Richard Western unveils debut push-off trailer range

Suffolk-based trailer maker Richard Western has launched three new models with moving headboards to help compress more material into each load. The push-off trailers are based on the designs of…

MOWERS

Krone updates small foragers and adds a brace of mowers

The four smaller models in Krone’s Big X forager range now feature a new cab and better crop flow. The firm’s eight-model line-up runs from 490hp to 1,156hp, and the…

LOADING SHOVELS

Claas debuts new Torion loader and Disco mowers

A brace of Disco mower ranges, folding 12-row maize header and a first telescopic Torion loader have all been added to German firm Claas’ product offering. Torion 738 T Sinus…

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Test and reviews

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

Big tub grinders: UK options, costs and user verdicts

As more dairy and beef producers have been convinced of the advantages of pre-chopping straw before putting it into a mixed forage ration, competition for sales of large-capacity tub grinders…

FORAGERS

New Holland improves engine of flagship FR920 forager

The launch of New Holland’s range-leading FR920 forager in 2017 flung the company into a battle at the top of the chopper market, but it has so far resisted the…

MOWERS

Early 2000s Krone Big M mower still going strong

When faced with 2,500ha of grass to cut a season, many contractors would invest in set of shiny new kit covered by the welcome reassurance of a manufacturer’s warranty.  But…

FORAGERS

Forager makers aim to raise milk yields with long-chop maize

There has been plenty of chat in the industry of late about the benefits of long-chop maize on cow health, milk yield and quality. The theory is the bulkier forage…

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Video

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Time-saving feeding and bedding kit inventions

Clever feeding and bedding kit is helping livestock farmers shave hours off their daily routine. We've picked out some of the best ones from the many entries to our 2020…

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…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

Video: The best bits from Scotgrass 2019

Scotgrass 2019 took place at the Crichton Royal Trust in Dumfries last Wednesday (15 May) under some scorching mid-May sunshine. The triennial event was well attended despite there being plenty…

MOWERS

Video: US farmer smashes eight-hour world mowing record

A Colorado-based farmer has smashed the world record for grass cut in an eight-hour period. Tate Mesbergen from Mesbergen Farms, Greely, Colorado, set about the challenge on 1 July and…

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