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Combine buyers guide 2018

Combine makers around the globe have been rebuilding and updating their ranges ahead of next year’s harvest. With that in mind, our Combine buyers guide 2018 (PDF) contains the specs and…

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16 nifty retrofit items to fine-tune your combine

The internet is awash with bolt on bits of technology to improve your combine's harvesting performance. We've picked out some handy items used by farmers all over the globe –…

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Video: Orkney contractor converts his combine to tracks

Farming on the Orkney archipelago in the north of Scotland throws up challenges unlike anything on mainland Britain. The biggest of those is the weather – the Gulf Stream brings…

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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.…

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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,…

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Quick guide to all the 2016 combine updates

In sales terms, the UK combine market may be pretty poor this year, but manufacturers continue to improve their offering. Increases in tank capacity, faster emptying and (in some cases)…

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Round-up of key combine developments for 2016

It is that time of the year when combine manufacturers unveil new technology and features aimed at helping next year’s harvest run more smoothly. Features include tracks to help reduce compaction…

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Combine harvesters - model changes for 2015

In the market for a new combine? Peter Hill looks at what's available for next year's harvest. See also: Tractor model changes for 2014 Case IH Case IH Axial-Flow combines…

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Case studies

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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,…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Inventor builds herbicide-resistant seed crusher

With the address not recognised by the hired Holden SR8’s sat nav system or Google Maps, a stop at the Darkan roadhouse for directions was needed to track down Western…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Chaff tool brings optimism to grassweed battle

A handy tool that collects the chaff as it is flung out of the combine's back end has been trialled this year by an Essex arable farmer looking for extra…

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Scots contractor builds custom harvesting business in Australia

It takes a brave man to up sticks and move his farm contracting operation to the other side of the world for a fresh start, but that’s exactly what Graeme…

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HARVEST

Combine innovations that will help next year's harvest

The introduction of a new grain tank discharge auger and modified cutting table for Claas combines has improved their compatibility with wide-spaced controlled traffic farming systems. Controlled traffic farming substantially…

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Exotic and unusual harvesters – rice

In the latest in his series on exotic and unusual harvesters, Nick Wigdahl looks at how rice is harvested. Rice is the world’s third largest crop after maize, sugar cane…

TRACTORS

Machinery giants: How Case IH became a big name in farm kit

You have to go right back to the 1820s to witness the beginnings of Case IH. The McCormick family was developing a new reaping machine that was demonstrated successfully in…

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How Versatile's RT490 combine made it to UK farms

Versatile is a well-known name in the world of articulated prairie monsters and its recently launched four-track crawler has reignited UK interest in the brand. The Canadian maker’s machines have…

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News

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Combine spares added to Bepco parts range

Bepco Group, an online supplier of parts and accessories for tractors and machinery, is introducing a range of combine parts to run alongside it current product selection.  The range covers…

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Flagship New Holland combine offers 700hp

New Holland has revamped its flagship CR range of combine harvesters, giving them more power, improved threshing and wider-spreading straw choppers. The tweaked machines will be branded as Revelation models…

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Technology galore on new John Deere S700 combines

American machinery giant John Deere has launched a new flagship combine range and while the engines and power outputs resemble the previous S600 series, there are sweeping changes in the…

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Combine-mounted mill crushes weed seeds on the go

Australian farmer Ray Harrington has redesigned his retro-fit seed-milling kit so it can be mounted on the back of a combine, replacing the original trailed version.  Research by the University of…

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Test and reviews

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On test: Combine reversing cameras – which is best?

Clobbering the back of your combine harvester against an oak tree or backing over the boss’s pickup is no fun whatsoever. So the addition of a rear-view camera to keep…

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Video: It's coming - Massey's huge 650hp Ideal combine

Claas and New Holland might reign supreme in European harvesting circles, but Agco is hoping to knock them down a peg or two with its highest output and most sophisticated…

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Articulating Tribine combine is king of the US harvest

Just two years ago, an Indiana farmer hand-picked a team of engineers from far and wide to set about his off-the-wall ambitions to build a colossal-capacity, bend-in-the-middle combine. We meet…

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Driver's view: John Deere CTS 9780i combine

A large output when crops are at their driest was key for Dorset farmer James Reed. After doing his research, the hybrid arrangement of the John Deere CTS was the…

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Video

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Chaff tool brings optimism to grassweed battle

A handy tool that collects the chaff as it is flung out of the combine's back end has been trialled this year by an Essex arable farmer looking for extra…

MACHINERY

Video: It's coming - Massey's huge 650hp Ideal combine

Claas and New Holland might reign supreme in European harvesting circles, but Agco is hoping to knock them down a peg or two with its highest output and most sophisticated…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Video: Orkney contractor converts his combine to tracks

Farming on the Orkney archipelago in the north of Scotland throws up challenges unlike anything on mainland Britain. The biggest of those is the weather – the Gulf Stream brings…

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Video: Take a £26,000 combine simulator for a spin

Put away your games console, and shut down all social media, we have found the ultimate in farm simulation technology. John Deere have developed a six-screen, fully immersive combine simulator…

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