Know How / Harvest equipment

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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

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…

COMBINES

Beds farmer fits combine with inventive fire protection kit

After losing 3ha of wheat, several rows of straw and a combine to fire, grower Simon Bath decided to protect himself for future harvests. In addition to built-in fire safety…

COMBINES

Farmer builds £2k weed-crushing combine add-on

Earlier this year, we featured the Harrington Seed Destructor – an Australian invention that fits to the tail end of the combine to grind down weed seeds harvested with cereal…

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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

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.…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Nick Brown’s John Deere S790i combine

The biggest combine in John Deere’s line-up is the S790i, featuring a 617hp, six-cylinder engine, single rotor threshing mechanism and various header options up to 12.2m wide. It replaced a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Clive Wreathall’s New Holland CR10.90 combine

The CR10.90 is still the biggest combine New Holland produces, but this machine has since been replaced by the Revelation model. Despite being located in an area that is a…

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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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