Know How / Technology

From nutrient sensors to auto-steer systems, budget guidance kits to electric tractors and clever combine attachments to crop monitoring drones, we’ve got everything covered.

We’ll explain how to get set-up with tractor GPS, how to do it on the cheap and what the best options are on the market. Our technology area houses all the information in handy guides and product reviews for you to get stuck in to.

Key areas of focus:

  • Guidance systems
  • Livestock technology including robotic milkers
  • Alternative fuels such as methane
  • Drones and mapping technology
  • Future farm technology developments

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BUSINESS

Welsh farmers help community install faster broadband

A dozen farmers in a Welsh rural hamlet with dismal broadband connections have helped residents and businesses access one of the fastest internet speeds in the UK by granting free…

TECHNOLOGY

Farmer invention solves GPS kit compatibility problem

Canadian farmer Johannes Heupel has solved a problem that has been bugging farm businesses ever since farm GPS and yield monitors were invented – compatibility. The software engineer-cum-farmer has developed…

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…

TECHNOLOGY

Farmer's retrofit hydrolyser cuts diesel use by 20%

Bus and bin lorry technology is being used on an Aberdeenshire farm to shave 20% off its red diesel bill and eke extra power from existing machines without tampering with…

TECHNOLOGY

Contractor tackles logistics with workforce management tech

For many busy agricultural contractors, his or her phone is glued to an ear all day dealing with customers and delegating jobs to staff, and record-keeping is still carried out…

TECHNOLOGY

Farmers build ultra-accurate GPS system on a budget

Increasing numbers of farmers are turning to GPS systems to help improve the accuracy of their field operations and make life easier for the operator. But although prices are beginning…

Practical advice

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TECHNOLOGY

Tips for farmers on picking and fitting a two-way radio

Whether you farm on land that is as level as a billiard table or you’re halfway up a mountain, being able to communicate with your fellow workers is a pretty…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Guide to CT scanning and how it can benefit your flock

Computed Tomography (CT) scanning is improving the national sheep flock, allowing breeders to select their best animals to breed from and providing commercial lamb producers with tups that deliver traits…

TECHNOLOGY

How to upgrade your fleet to autosteer for £20k

If you thought autosteer guidance systems were only for those farmers running the latest top-end machinery, think again. Farmers Weekly sets about kitting out a mixed machinery fleet with a…

MACHINERY

Ultimate guide to farm security kit

With combating rural crime on the minds of many farmers, Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team has gathered together a selection of high-tech items that could help stiffen up on-farm security.  In…

MACHINERY

Q&A: Using CCTV - what farmers need to know

Farmers are increasingly turning to CCTV to protect their farm from thefts. New technology has made it easier than ever to set up camera surveillance, but the rules around data…

ARABLE

A grower’s guide to buying a drone

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – have come a long way since the first commercial use in Japan during the 1980s, with a plethora of systems and potential…

Insights

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TECHNOLOGY

How to improve slurry and silage kit with infrared sensors

Scientists have been using near-infrared spectroscopy for decades, analysing everything from blood and tissue samples to livestock forage and grain. But now this technology is starting to migrate from the…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Auto-tractor to revolutionise Canadian field work

The lead in the race for a driver-free, super-efficient arable farming utopia has been taken up by SeedMaster – a little known name in the world of autonomous agriculture but…

TECHNOLOGY

3 high-tech solutions coming to improve UK farm productivity

UK farming is lagging behind its key competitors in terms of productivity, as a report from the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) reveals. It showed that producers in Germany,…

TECHNOLOGY

Tech company builds clever maps to make sense of crop data

Inside a few shabby-chic ex-safe rooms in London’s famous Hatton Garden jewellery quarter, some of the best and brightest minds are refining and polishing a technological diamond that is set…

TRACTORS

Is a future of methane-powered tractors viable?

If you remember New Holland’s first attempt at a methane tractor back in 2013, you’ll probably recall being hugely sceptical and quite underwhelmed by what was a T6 tractor with…

COLLEGES

How a computer game is fostering new interest in farming

The phenomenon that is the online game Farming Simulator is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Farmers Weekly looks at the very real impact it is having on modern-day farming. A…

MACHINERY

7 twin-disc fertiliser spreader options for farmers

Fertiliser application technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, with weigh cells, border-spreading devices and section control transforming the accuracy of the ever-popular twin-disc spreader. Unsurprisingly, this increase in technical…

LIVESTOCK

7 must-see cutting-edge farm innovations at Dairy-Tech

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ brand-new Dairy-Tech event will be launched on 7 February 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. It promises to be a showcase for groundbreaking technology to…

ARABLE

Analysis: Could technology kill off diesel tractors?

Car manufacturers are making great strides in electric drive technology and the death of diesel and petrol engines will be seen as early as 2019 for one major manufacturer. Volvo…

LIVESTOCK

4 new technologies on the way for livestock farmers

Farming has come a long way since the days of horse and plough. A raft of new technology is already being deployed on many UK farms helping improve labour efficiencies,…

ARABLE

Video: Heavy duty drone can cope with changeable UK weather

Farmers are forever being told that in the not-so-distant future drones will become a common crop monitoring tool, but what good is this technology if it cannot withstand the unique…

ARABLE

Video: Four mechanical weeders get to work

Four mechanical weeders were put through their paces on organic arable land at the Royal Agriculture University research farm as part of a demonstration day. Hosted in collaboration with Innovative…

Technology reviews and tests

MACHINERY

On test: Tough Cat S41 smartphone

Excavation specialist Cat offers a range of five smartphones, all built by the Reading-based Bullitt Group that licenses the Cat name along with a stack of other popular brands, including Land…

MACHINERY

A guide to effective bird scaring kits for farmers

New technology for farmers with the age-old problem of scaring birds off crops are constantly hitting the market. From lasers, to acoustic systems, to inflatable scarecrows, to kites, we look…

MACHINERY

6 budget GPS guidance system options for farmers

More and more industries are making use of the cheap-but-reliable technology offered by tablet computers and smartphones. Unlike complicated, bespoke electronic controllers, these techy little devices can run multiple programmes…

TECHNOLOGY

High-tech soil scanner delivers margin boosting data

The latest sensing technology to hit British shores is providing the data required to improve soil management and target inputs more efficiently than ever before. A handful of companies have…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Prototype self-propelled round baler raises output

There are already self-propelled sprayers, mowers and foragers, so why not a round baler? A new development from US maker Vermeer introduces a level of automation that takes away many…

TECHNOLOGY

On test: Agricision’s low cost on-Trak guidance system

Investing in a full-blown GPS kit might seem a daunting prospect to the uninitiated, but a Berkshire-based start-up reckons its simple lightbar could tempt reluctant stock farmers into the world…

TECHNOLOGY

On test: Can wireless CCTV make trailer reversing a doddle?

Wired CCTV systems have been kicking around on combines and other big pieces of kit for years, but moving to wireless set-ups has proved a trickier business. Getting the signal…

TECHNOLOGY

On test: Tuffphone offers budget alternative to iPhone

Smartphones are great for calculations, conversions and checking the weather in Turkmenistan, but for all their brainy talents, they are just a little too fragile for life on the farm.…

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