Know How / Harvest equipment

What’s the latest tech on combine harvesters? Can chaser bins improve grain harvest logistics? Do auto controls and remote access improve crop drying management with batch and continuous flow dryers? All these questions answered together with the latest grain trailers and grain storage equipment.

Advice and tips

MACHINERY

Top tips to keep your combine running in the wet

August invariably delivers a spell of bad weather, so we’ve put together 20 top tips from the experts on how to ease the flow of damp crops through the combine.…

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

How to get a big square baler ready for the new season

It is important to spend time in the workshop with any piece of harvest kit before setting out to the field – but arguably especially so for baler operators. Lose a window…

COMBINES

Guide to buying a used hill-sider combine

True full body levelling on combines is not just a nice-to-have feature – for some farms it’s essential. And although the additional cost when buying new isn’t as much as…

COMBINES

Custom-built combine spares could save farmers cash

Bent drums, bashed augers and snapped straw walkers are just some of the common injuries that can bring combines to a lengthy standstill. And with genuine replacements for these major…

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Case studies

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Home-built and off-the-shelf round bale accumulator options

Bale accumulators have the potential to massively improve the efficiency of field clearance and there are plenty of bits of kit on offer for those dealing with big squares. But…

GRAIN TRAILERS

Retrofit trailer scales improve yield tracking on Glos farm

Arable farm profits may be at the mercy of fluctuating commodity values, but knowing the exact quantity of grain in store has given Gloucestershire grower Ian Watts a stronger hand…

GRAIN STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Automated mobile dryer simplifies harvest for 160ha grower

When faced with the quandary of upgrading to a newer combine harvester or a more efficient grain dryer, it takes a bit of discipline to plump for the latter. But…

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Aussie contractor converts old bin lorries to bale chasers

An innovative Aussie contractor has designed and built a gang of self-propelled chasers, each one capable of stacking up to 1,600 bales in a day. Resourceful inventor and keen up-cycler…

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Insights

COMBINES

How combine add-ons can help slash weed seed spread

Combinable crop producers in the UK are being pushed into a corner when it comes to controlling herbicide-resistant grassweeds and it's looking increasingly likely that the answer will come from…

COMBINES

Agronomist-built combine attachment helps monitor losses

A novel Canadian combine attachment is helping growers calculate the monetary value of thrown-away grains by checking tailings as they fall from the machine. The Bushel Plus system was developed…

HEADERS

Buyer's guide to direct-cut wholecrop headers

Increased use of direct-cut harvesting techniques for wholecrop silage and energy forage crops has not only brought added work for large farms and contractors, but also for manufacturers of forage…

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News

COMBINES

Twin-rotor CH7.70 joins New Holland's combine line-up

New Holland has unveiled a new single-model combine range that offers its twin-rotor threshing system in a smaller package. Dubbed the CH7.70 (an acronym for Crossover Harvesting, apparently), it sidles…

HEADERS

Le Roch unveils tractor-mounted swather

French distributor Le Roch has unveiled a new tractor-mounted, double-mouth swather, which it hopes will find favour with farmers looking to ditch end-of-season glyphosate applications. The company reports rising interest…

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Combine fire suppression kit could offer insurance discount

Farm businesses could be set for a healthy insurance discount on high-value harvesting machines if they fit it with a fire suppression kit. Fireward, which builds the retrofit systems, has…

GRAIN STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Mobile colour grain sorter helps clean up dirty crops

Growers who have harvested dirty crops this year could clean things up by hiring a full-colour, optical mobile grain sorter from seed specialist Evans & Pearce. The Dorset-based company says…

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Test and reviews

COMBINES

Driver's view: Mathew Caudwell’s John Deere W540i

We get the lowdown on the John Deere W540i combine run by Lincolnshire farmer Mathew Caudwell. We find out why his chose the JD W-series and how it has performed…

COMBINES

Driver's view: John Roberts’ Massey Ferguson Activa 7240

We get the lowdown on the Massey Ferguson Activa 7240 combine run by Shropshire farmer John Roberts. Farm facts Napley Farm, Market Drayton, Shropshire Size 135ha Soil Sandy loam Crops…

COMBINES

Retrofit yield monitor offers crop data on old combines

Canadian outfit Farm TRX has developed a relatively cheap retrofit yield monitor that is able to generate downloadable crop performance maps via apps that run on a standard smartphone or…

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Video: Driver's view - Tom Hawthorne's Big Bale Transtacker

The very thought of loaders and artic flatbed trailers running over a field collecting bales is enough to send shudders down the spine of any controlled traffic farming (CTF) convert.…

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Video

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Video: Driver's view - Tom Hawthorne's Big Bale Transtacker

The very thought of loaders and artic flatbed trailers running over a field collecting bales is enough to send shudders down the spine of any controlled traffic farming (CTF) convert.…

COMBINES

Video: Claas launches biggest-ever Lexion combine

Claas has just won the most recent hand of combine manufacturer Top Trumps after it launched its most powerful Lexion machines yet. The headline-grabbing flagship 8900 is the biggest in the…

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