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Axial-Flow releases new header width in its 2020 updates

14th August 2019
Case IH Axial-Flow combine harvesters and headers will feature a number of updates from next year, including a new 8.5 metre header, specifically designed for Controlled Traffic Farming. Other features include a new crop lifter design for grain headers, and a new LED lighting package for combines.  The new 8.5 metre Varicut header has been launched to cater for traf......

Kuhn European product launch 2019

13th August 2019
Ahead of Agritechnica later this year, Kuhn has displayed its 2020 product line-up to agricultural press at its test farm in France. The launch event included approximately 30 new models from all product areas, many of which were shown for the first time and others which had been displayed at the French Sima show earlier this year. The Kuhn Smart-Ploughing System, which reduces headland tria......

Losses from farm theft hit a seven-year high

5th August 2019
Losses to British farmers from theft hit a seven-year high of £50m in 2018, according to NFU Mutual. A 26% rise in claims for stolen farm vehicles, such as tractors and quad-bikes, to £7.4m last year, was behind the overall increase. Animal theft claims rose 3.7% to £2.5m in 2018, the company said. Tim Price, from the NFU Mutual, said: "Farmers and country people are suffering from hig......

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – July 2019

5th August 2019
Month :               1,446 Units         +7.3% change (compared with July 2018) Year to Date:      7,643 Units        -3.0% change (compared with January-July 2018) The month-on-month volatility of UK agricultural tractor registrations continued in July. The number of machines (over 50hp) registered during the month was 7% up on July 2018, at 1,446 units. This rise followed two months of......

Farmers move to improve pre-em applications

5th August 2019
A quarter of UK farmers have made changes to their spraying operations to get better performance from pre-emergence herbicide applications. Heeding the advice and results of the Syngenta #lowslowcovered campaign, over 90% now spray at less than 12 km/hr and 84% have increased spray water volume, to at least 150 l/ha, according to results of a series of surveys at farmers’ and operators’ even......

Battery vs Petrol Brushcutters

2nd August 2019
Brushcutters have a busy life on many UK farms and estates playing a vital part in keeping grass and weed growth under control. Sales of battery-powered models are increasing and Farmers Guide arranged an on-farm test of a petrol model and an equivalent electric version to see how they compared. David Williams

Has your trailer passed the Tilly test?

31st July 2019

More than 5,000 trailers have now been inspected and certified as being in roadworthy condition through the Tilly Trailer initiative. Clemmie Gleeson reports.

The scheme calls for all farm trailers to undergo an annual 18-point inspection by qualified land-based engineers to ensure their safety.

Chandlers celebrates opening of seventh Country Store

31st July 2019

The opening of Agco main dealer Chandlers new Country Store at its Shefford, Beds depot was celebrated in late June.

This brings the number of Chandlers Country Stores to seven, each of which is based at its agricultural machinery depots. These have proved extremely popular with the dealer’s agricultural customers as well as the general public since the first op......

New tractors, harvesters and implements at Fendt product launch

31st July 2019

Ahead of Agritechnica later this year Fendt displayed its latest innovations to press from across Europe at the company’s German headquarters. David Williams attended. Considerable investment in research and development should ensure Fendt’s products and services remain at the cutting edge of agricultural technology. This year an estimat......

Latest Fendt crawler impresses on Suffolk farm

24th July 2019
Fendt designed and branded rubber-track crawlers were announced last year, some with new technology borrowed from the German manufacturer’s largest wheeled tractors. David Williams has been finding out how they perform. Fendt designed and branded rubber-track crawlers were announced last year, some with new technology borrowed from the German manufacturer’s largest wheeled t......

Flagship maize munchers upgraded

24th July 2019
John Deere’s latest wide-body 9000-series forage harvesters offer a beefed up design over their 8000-series predecessors, with additional features, more power and bags more torque for higher outputs. David Williams tried them out. Four new models, the 9600, 9700, 9800 and 9900, replace 8600, 8700 and 8800 versions. Externally new styling is the most noticeable indicator but the purr of low-r......

New Holland showcases their latest range at Cereals 2019

12th July 2019
New Holland Agriculture showcased their diverse range of products at Cereals on 12th – 13th June 2019 as well as at the Royal Highland show on 20th – 23th June 2019. This included updates to its telehandler range and its new range of implements, of which many farmers will see for the first time. Harvesting machinery, construction equipment and a range of tractors including the 6 cylinder T6.180......

Double-row maize planter attracts potential users

12th July 2019
Potential higher maize yields through optimum plant spacing attracted East Anglian farmers and contractors to a drill demonstration organised by Ernest Doe and Lemken. David Williams was there. Lemken’s Azurit maize drill was first shown to the press in autumn 2015 and is designed to optimise maize population and yields by planting seeds in double rows to provide maximum gro......

Claas Tucano 580 Combine Harvester

12th July 2019
Claas demonstrated new and updated models in its harvesting ranges at a press event in early August. David Williams reports. Claas continues to invest heavily in research and development and has announced new combines, mowers and balers promising benefits for farms of all sizes. A new control concept has been added for the mid-sized Tucano models, with even more automation t......