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Tips for buying a second-hand self-propelled beet harvester

Although the second-hand self-propelled beet harvester market has suffered as the sugar beet area and price slumped, there’s still a steady demand from budget conscious buyers. While machines are still…

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Case studies

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Modified planter offers precise nematicide application

To take his nematicide application to another level of precision and safety, one Lancashire spud grower has modified his planting system to ensure every granule is placed exactly where it…

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Midlands potato grower develops time-saving chitting system

Staffordshire-based potato producer WB Daw & Son hadn’t chitted its seed for more than a decade but, after developing its own time-saving, easy-to-use system, chitting is now firmly back on…

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Ropa Maus shifts a million tonnes of beet

Even in a farm machinery world that is home to some wacky-looking kit, the self-propelled cleaner loader, or Maus, takes some beating. How do you justify investment of over £360,000…

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Cut crop irrigation bills but not your yields

Robert Wells – who has more than 35 years’ experience in irrigation – developed and trialled his system on clients’ farms after seeing sprinkler irrigation systems in the Middle East.…

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Insights

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

How to decide between trailed or propelled spud harvesters

As the potato harvest rumbles on, the efficiency and reliability of the kit being used to get the spuds out of the ground is undoubtedly being scrutinised. With a shortage…

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Haulage logistics considered after bumper sugar beet crop

This year looks like a bumper crop for British Sugar, with an estimated total yield of 1.4m tonnes of sugar. This is up 0.5m tonnes on last year thanks to…

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News

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

Dewulf unveils 150t/hour Field Loader

Root crop and spud kit specialist Dewulf has launched a stand-alone Field Loader that is able to process up to 150t/hour. Tipping trailers can unload directly into the transfer machine's…

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Scotts toughens up its Trinity haulm topper

Veg kit maker Scotts Precision Manufacturing has updated its Trinity 22B single-bed haulm topper to match the increasing power output of harvesting tractors. With that in mind, it has raised…

MACHINERY

Vervaet buys 50% of J Riley Beet Harvesters

Dutch machinery manufacturer Vervaet has purchased a 50% share of its UK importer, J Riley Beet Harvesters. The deal comes as no members of the Riley family are in a…

ROOT CROP HARVESTERS

Holmer Terra Felis 3 gets its first UK run-out

Holmer is looking to challenge Ropa’s dominant position in the UK for self-propelled beet loaders with a rival machine first unveiled at last year’s Agritechnica show. Seen as a direct…

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Test and reviews

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Four-row planter and rotavator combo speeds up spud planting

A gang of six companies led by root crop specialist Niagri has co-operated to produce one of the most impressive potato planting rigs in the UK. The combination of a…

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Root-crop chasers take the headache out of harvest haulage

One company making a root-crop chaser bin is interesting, two could be a coincidence, but when five begin building them it can safely be considered a trend. The reason for…

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High-spec root crop loader speeds veg harvesting

Farmers aren’t being deterred by the huge asking prices for high-spec cleaning and haulage equipment for veg and root crops Grimme’s latest field loader, which costs £250,000, demonstrates that technology…

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Clever invention makes nematode sampling a doddle

The laborious process of testing potato land for signs of potato cyst nematode (PCN) is now over for one Suffolk-based firm after the invention of its clever new soil-sampling machine.…

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