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Landini stepless transmission tech being highlighted at LAMMA

13th December 2019
The driving ease and productivity benefits of CVT transmissions technology available in latest Landini tractors will be highlighted on the Argo Tractors stand at the LAMMA show in January.Argo manufactures V-Shift versions of the 166hp to 192hp six-cylinder 7 Series tractors, the 141hp to 176hp four-cylinder 7 Series, and also the 114hp to 140hp four-cylinder Landini 6C tractors.At LAMM......

Jeremy Clarkson tries to use barking drone to herd sheep

12th December 2019
New farmer Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he doesn’t have a sheepdog and instead tried to herd his sheep using a drone with a speaker attached to the top.Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show about his new farm, which will be the subject of an Amazon Prime show, said he is “now a farmer and utterly exhausted as a result”.He added: “I thought how hard can [farming] be; you put seeds ......

UK debut at the LAMMA show for new McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive

12th December 2019
A new range of more powerful stepless transmission tractors will be represented by the top model in a new-look line-up making its UK debut on the Argo Tractors stand at the LAMMA show in January.The McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive with up to 230hp for draft work and 240hp for pto-driven implements and road transport is the most powerful model in the latest X7 Series, which also features lower run......

Avian flu outbreak confirmed in Suffolk

11th December 2019
An outbreak of H5 low pathogenic avian flu was confirmed on a commercial chicken farm in mid-Suffolk last night (10 December).It is the first confirmed case of avian influenza in the UK since June 2017, and the first case of low pathogenic avian flu since January 2016.All 27,000 birds will now be humanely culled and Defra has placed a 1km restriction zone around the infected farm (not p......

Contractor 19 event cancelled

9th December 2019
It is with deep regret that the NAAC has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Contractor 2019 event on 12 December at the East of England showground.A perfect storm of a general election, uncertainty in the industry and unprecedented bad weather this autumn has left insufficient numbers of contractors able to commit to the event this year.The weather, in particular, has left......

Väderstad awarded ‘Machine of the Year’ at Agritechnica

3rd December 2019
Väderstad has been awarded the Agritechnica Machine of the Year Award for its innovation, Tempo WideLining.Machine of the Year is the show’s most prestigious honour, bestowed on the winner by a jury comprising agricultural journalists from all over Europe. This is the third time Väderstad has won the award.“We are, of course, both proud and delighted to once again be awarded “Machine of......

Unrivalled versatility from iconic off- and on-road vehicle

28th November 2019
A series of mid-October practical demonstration days provided an opportunity for potential and current Unimog users to find out about the latest models. David Williams was there. Unimogs have been manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 1948, and the brand’s popularity with UK farmers and agricultural contractors is growing. Superb performance for transport tasks has become the......

Factory-fitted four-track system is an industry first

26th November 2019
A brand-new tracked tractor has been added to John Deere’s extensive line-up, boasting unique features likely to suit UK arable farms. David Williams took an early test-drive.Among the updated and new models attracting considerable attention on John Deere’s stand at Agritechnica in early November were its latest 8R tractors. Representing the manufacturer’s most powerful con......

Chemical-free precision weed control

22nd November 2019
A new mechanical weed control option has been added to Opico’s line-up, and is expected to appeal to a wide variety of users. David Williams was at the press launch. Weed removal by hoeing was common practice until selective herbicides became available, but a reduced chemical armoury and increased chemical resistance, particularly in grass weeds such as black-grass, has ren......

Lemken launches self-propelled sprayer

21st November 2019
Machinery company Lemken has developed a self-propelled field sprayer, after forming a strategic partnership with a chassis manufacturer in 2017.The Lemken Nova will be available from mid-2020 and offers impressive comfort and efficiency, according to the company. It comes with a spacious cab, a chassis with versatile adjustment options, new automatic boom control, tank volumes of 4,800 or ......

Despite the rain, British potato harvest is 89% complete

15th November 2019
British farmers have persevered in the face of adversity to compete 89 per cent of the potato harvest during the wettest year so far since 2012.Due to the success of the harvest and volume of stored crop Christmas roasties and crisps are expected to be safe.However, the challenge for farmers still unable to lift crops due to wet or flooded ground will now be cash flow and the cost of la......

Emergency funds to help farmers affected by flooding

13th November 2019
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has released further funds from its crisis fund to help those affected by the latest flooding.It is the second time in a month that emergency funds have been released via its helpline, 0808 281 9490. Since mid-October, the organisation has also given emergency grants to 15 families affected by Tomlinson’s Dairies going into administration......

Anti-freeze and coolants prices set to rise

10th November 2019
Maintaining your machinery’s cooling system is important to all year-round performance, but extra care must be taken during the winter months. Anti-freeze and coolants keep engines cool in the summer and offer frost protection in the winter, without which the system could freeze and cause engine damage that is impossible to repair. Therefore, it is vital to use a quality product, according to l......

7 steps for a safe and effective autumn herbicide programme

8th November 2019
While many growers are struggling to drill winter wheat crops, those that have managed to get some in the ground have also been contemplating the potential effects of the challenging conditions on weed control and crop safety from pre-emergence herbicides.It will be a more challenging year to marry efficacy and safety, says Ben Giles, commercial technical manager for Bayer. Here are his top......

Midlands Machinery Show

5th November 2019
The Midlands Machinery Show Special Feature from Farmers Guide November 2019 Issue.

Reinventing the wheel

Visitors to Agricast’s stand at this year’s Midlands Machinery Show (20-21st November) will be the first to see the company’s new PRR-610-LW wheel and range of subsoiler points. Following the successful launch of the 610 and 710 Pre......

Livestock auctions raise £23K for mental health charities

1st November 2019
Two livestock auctions in the UK and Ireland have raised more than £23,000 for mental health charities that support farmers.Funds from the event at Halls Livestock Auction Centre in Shrewsbury, which took place in September, have been given to the Farming Community Network (FCN), Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy and the DPJ Foundation.Meanwhile, money raised at the spring auction in Ire......

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – September 2019

28th October 2019
Month :               1,044 Units         +7.9% change (compared with September 2018)
Year to Date:      10,.312 Units        +6.2% change (compared with January-September 2018)

After a dip in August, UK regist......

Case IH combine updates prove ideal for Kent farm

24th October 2019
Improved performance and new features of the latest Case IH Axial-Flow combines are expected to make it easier to establish and grow successful crops on a Romney Marsh farm. David Williams reports.We regard harvest as the first cultivation of the subsequent crop,” commented Andrew Cragg who trades as Brooker Farms based at Newchurch......

New Holland’s latest tractors offer tantalising glimpse of the future

24th October 2019
From the outside there isn’t a great lot different about New Holland’s latest T8 offering compared with previous models. But just a quick glance inside the cab makes it clear that the R&D team has been very busy. David Williams tried it out.New Holland’s concept autonomous tractor did the rounds at UK shows a few years ago, with ......

Volume of farmland for sale in England hits 10-year low

24th October 2019
The farmland market continues to be quiet, with ongoing political and economic uncertainty constraining both the amount of land coming forward and the number of transactions, according to land and property specialists Strutt & Parker.Since the start of the year just 56,300 acres has been publicly marketed in England, which is the smallest amount in the last 10 years.The figures are ......

Scotts six row topper to take centre stage at Midlands Machinery Show

22nd October 2019
Visitors to this year's Midlands Machinery Show will be among the first to see Scotts Precision Manufacturing's Trinity 6000 six row topper.The Lincolnshire designer and manufacturer of vegetable harvesting equipment will also be showcasing its 2020 Evolution separator on Stand 3 in the Stanley Sheldon Hall.The Trinity 6000 features front and rear-mounted cutting units, which give the p......

Iconic Ivel sets UK auction record in blockbuster Vintage Sale

21st October 2019
The UK auction record for a vintage or classic tractor was smashed at Cheffins October Vintage Sale when the iconic 1903 Ivel Agricultural Motor sold for £328,600.Billed beforehand as the most important tractor ever to come to auction, the Ivel’s a......

British beef sector gets £230m boost from China deal

21st October 2019
The British beef industry is set to benefit from an estimated £230 million boost after China finalised the details of an export deal with the UK.Farmers and beef producers in the UK will have full access to the Chinese market, for the first time in 20 years. It marks the end of a ban imposed by China following the 1996 BSE outbreak.The agreement follows extensive inspections by the Chin......

Holy grail of County tractors entered in October Vintage Sale

15th October 2019
An opportunity to purchase the holy grail for collectors of the popular County tractor presents itself at Cheffins’ Vintage Sale on Saturday 19th October.In superb condition and with low hours, the 1982-registered County 1884 tractor is expected to attract an enthusiastic crowd when it comes under the hammer at Cheffins’ Saleground in Sutton, near Ely.The 1884 is the last and largest of......