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

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…

SILAGE TRAILERS

14t and 16t silage trailer buyers guide

Ever-increasing output from self-propelled foragers has seen contractors and farmers invest in bigger, higher-spec trailers to keep up. At the moment, 14t and 16t models are the most popular, but…

FORAGE WAGONS

Tips and advice for buying a used forage wagon

Forage wagons have come on a long way in the past couple of decades and now offer an affordable way for small farms to keep the job of grass cutting…

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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

TEDDERS

New 17m, 16-rotor tedder joins Pottinger range

Pottinger has pulled the wraps off a new high-output trailed tedder that has the potential to cover serious ground. The HIT 16.18 T carries 16 rotors across its 17m working…

RAKES

Bigger merger model added to Kuhn range

The growing interest in merging machinery has prompted Kuhn to add a larger width machine to its Mergemaxx range. The bigger 1090 unit offers working widths from 8.85m when throwing…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

Zocon Greenseeder offers high-speed undersowing in maize

A new Dutch-built catch crop drill could offer farmers a quicker and cheaper way of establishing grass under maize. Development of Zocon’s Greenseeder involved input from a dozen contractors in…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

Rainexo unveils tear- and puncture-proof clamp tarpaulins

A new range of Rainexo tarpaulins, which are claimed to be 100% tear- and puncture-proof, may be useful for keeping silage clamps sealed this season. See also: Why farmer is using…

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Test and reviews

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…

LIVESTOCK

Buyer's guide to brushcutters

When it comes to keeping farm fence lines clear of overgrowth, there is no substitute for brushcutters. These machines are so good that it’s hard to find a bad one.…

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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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