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Harvest equipment

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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…

MACHINERY

What to look for when buying a used combine

A combine is probably one of the largest long- term capital investments an arable farm can make, so while a second-hand machine can make an attractive alternative to new, it's…

MACHINERY

Ten steps to maintain your Opico dryer

A broken down grain-drier can create the ultimate harvest-time headache, but a few simple winter checks can help you avoid a lot of hassle. Nick Fone reports Introduction Belts and…

MACHINERY

Advice on pre-harvest machinery checks to avoid fires

Insurers deal with hundreds of harvest-time machinery fires each year and even wet harvests bring fires because of the extra strain on machinery - in particular overheating bearings. To avoid…

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Archive

COMBINES

Laverda dealer finds exotic homes for old combines

Since the late 1980s Staffordshire farmer David Rushton has had a sideline buying, repairing, selling and exporting Laverda combines. Having cut his teeth on early New Holland/Clayson 133s and 135s,…

GRAIN STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Guide to building a cash-saving DIY grain dryer

Arable growers in the West Country face a constant battle to harvest grain at an acceptable moisture, so having a decent drying set-up is essential – even if they're expensive to…

MACHINERY

Advice on pre-harvest machinery checks to avoid fires

Insurers deal with hundreds of harvest-time machinery fires each year and even wet harvests bring fires because of the extra strain on machinery - in particular overheating bearings. To avoid…

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Case studies

COMBINES

How combine makers are improving residue-management tech

Increased slug pressure, slow break down into the soil and nutrient lock-up are just some of symptoms of poor harvest residue management. Improving how the combine harvester chops and spreads…

COMBINES

Laverda dealer finds exotic homes for old combines

Since the late 1980s Staffordshire farmer David Rushton has had a sideline buying, repairing, selling and exporting Laverda combines. Having cut his teeth on early New Holland/Clayson 133s and 135s,…

GRAIN STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Guide to building a cash-saving DIY grain dryer

Arable growers in the West Country face a constant battle to harvest grain at an acceptable moisture, so having a decent drying set-up is essential – even if they're expensive to…

GRAIN STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Biomass burner cuts grain dryer bill by 30% on Borders farm

Weather conditions during harvest in the Scottish Borders are increasingly unpredictable – the only certainty being that virtually every tonne of grain will need to pass through a dryer. And…

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Insights

MACHINERY

Unusual harvesters: The kit used to fell and haul timber

The UK produces about 11m tonnes of softwood and half a million tonnes of hardwood every year in a market estimated to be worth about £2bn. Some serious kit is needed…

MACHINERY

Exotic and unusual harvesters: Macadamia nuts

Ledbury-based manufacturer Pattenden has built its first-ever nut harvester, which has been designed and built to hoover up macadamias across the east coast of Australia. The company is best known…

MACHINERY

Unusual and exotic harvesters: Coffee

There is a mechanical harvester for virtually every crop in the world and coffee is no exception. Somewhere between 1.5bn and 2bn cups of coffee are drunk every day across…

ARABLE

Exotic and unusual harvesters – peas, beans and spinach

The popularity of frozen food , particularly frozen peas, in the late 1950s and 1960s led to a design rethink in harvesters. An increase in the machines' capacity meant the…

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News

MACHINERY

Unusual and exotic harvesters: Leeks

In the latest in our series of unusual harvesters, we head to Cambridgeshire to find why the humble leek is becoming an all-year-round item. Leeks used to be a winter…

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Test and reviews

MACHINERY

The low-down on buying a chaser bin

Chaser bins may be pricey, but they can be a good way to get grain from the combine to the store as quickly as possible. Peter Hill rounds up the…

MACHINERY

Spirit fertiliser and seed into place

Growers in Scotland who like to put down some fertiliser with their cereal seed will welcome the  the Spirit Next System Disc Combo (SDC). Using standard components throughout, the SDC…

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