Trade Shows & New Equipment

Shows in Europe Date of the show Place of the show Website of the show
N-NL Landbouwbeurs Today - 15 December 2018 Leeuwarden - Holland www.wtclandbouw.nl
LAMMA 2019 8 January 2019 - 9 January 2019 Peterborough - England http://www.lammashow.com/
Agriflanders 10 January 2019 - 13 January 2019 Gent - Belgium www.agriflanders.be
Grüne Woche 18 January 2019 - 27 January 2019 Berlin - Germany www.gruenewoche.de
IPM Essen 22 January 2019 - 25 January 2019 Essen - Germany www.ipm-essen.de
SIMA 2019 24 February 2019 - 28 February 2019 Paris Nord - France www.simaonline.com
Agritechnica 10 November 2019 - 16 November 2019 Hannover - Germany www.agritechnica.com
Agribex 2019 3 December 2019 - 8 December 2019 Brussels - Belgium www.agribex.be

Shows worldwide Date of the show Place of the show Website of the show
World AG Expo 12 February 2019 - 14 February 2019 Tulare, California - US www.worldagexpo.com
Bauma 8 April 2019 - 14 April 2019 München - Germany www.bauma.de

Special Transport Kind of transport Country Website
Tjerk Luiten Transport Deeploader Netherlands http://www.tlt-aalten.nl
De Groen Transport Deeploader Netherlands http://www.degroentransport.nl

Asa-Lift blue replaced by Grimme red

Danish vegetable machinery manufacturer Asa-Lift will retain its logo, but the colour of the machines is being changed from blue to red.

The next important step to incorporate the corporate design of the brand to the Grimme Group, Asa-Lift machinery with the new colour and adapted logo are on display for the fi...

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

More power for the Big X

Krone previewed its most powerful SPFH so far at a farm near Berlin, Germany. Called the Big X 1180, it produces a maximum output of 1,156hp.

The flagship of a new four-model range, which also includes the recently-launched Liebherr V8 powered Big X 680, 780 and 880, the new top model is believed to be the most...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

New World Record: 303 combines in the same field !!

The Harvest for Kids fundraising event has set a new Guinness world record for the most combine harvesters working simultaneously in the same field.

Organised by Children’s Camps International (CCI), the event broke the record with 303 combines – smashing the previous record of 244 combines in a sim...

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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Deere acquires Argentine sprayer and planter maker

Deere & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PLA, a privately-held Argentine manufacturer of sprayers, drills and planters.

With manufacturing facilities in Las Rosas, Argentina, and Canoas, Brazil, the company makes a range of Deutz-powered self-propelled sprayers with tank capacities up to...

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Friday, 3 August 2018

330 Hp articulated Beast from the East…

Belarusian manufacturer Amkodor appears to be close to launching its first tractor, a nearly 16t heavy articulated version called the 5300. Previewed at the Belagro show last year, the 330hp tractor has been spotted several times since in Belarus.

The technical details are limited, but power comes from an 8-lit...

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Friday, 3 August 2018

World record attempt with 300 combines

Harvest for Kids 2018 is hoping to set a new Guinness world record for the most combines in continuous use. Planned for August 4, 2018, in Winkler, Manitoba, the world record attempt is expected to be attended by 300 combines and 25,000 spectators.

Harvest for Kids was created to raise awareness for Children&rs...

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

New Landini 7 flagship peaks at 225hp

Comprising five models from the 7-160 (151hp) to the flagship 7-230 (206hp for draft work), all models in the new Landini 7 Robo-Six Series have a Dual Power ‘boost’ for pto and transport operations, which takes peak power to 165hp and 225hp, respectively.

This automatically-engaged extra power feat...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Tracked version of JCB Teleskid.

Combining the manoeuvrability of a skid-steer loader, the low ground pressure and grip of a tracked loader, and the added versatility of a telescopic boom, the 3TS-8T, a new tracked version of JCB’s Teleskid, is designed to work where conditions underfoot are delicate.

Retaining the same compact skid-stee...

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Ploeger field tests first five wheeler.

Dutch firm Ploeger is field testing its first five-wheeled application machine. Called the AT5105, the details are limited, but we can reveal that the second of three pre-production machines planned for this year is nearing completion at the company’s facility at Roosendaal (NL). This machine is destined for the No...

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Monday, 11 June 2018

MaxiDrill offers targeted fertiliser application

The 10 Series model - the latest version of the Sky MaxiDrill - provides the possibility to seed three different products from separate hoppers. Where three or more products are sown (for example, seed, fertiliser and slug pellets), the third product can be introduced to either distribution circuit and sown at the same d...

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Monday, 23 April 2018

TechAgro 2018: Potato liquid fertiliser applicator

A large part of the Czech potato area goes into the ground using two-row planters. Czech firm P&L is looking to speed up subsequent application of pre-emergence liquid fertilisers with a 6.0m-wide machine for tackling six rows at a time.

While this might not seem out of the ordinary, it is estimated that half ...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

TechAgro 2018: Bednar TerraStrip

The TerraStrip chisel plough was one of several novelties on Bednar's TechAgro stand. Designed for strip tilling ahead of crops such as maize and sugar beet, the three models span working widths from 3.60m to 6.0m. All are fitted with eight legs, which use what can best be described as eight plough shares to cultivate so...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

TechAgro 2018: Gigant chaser bin

Czech trailer maker ZDT showed its first chaser bin at the same Czech show two years ago. This year it was back at the Brno showground with the second-generation version of the Gigant NP30 single-axle 30m³ capacity machine. Main features include a bolted design with no welds, an on-board weighing system, LED lights, cam...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

TechAgro 2018: Farmet Fantom Pro

The Czech cultivator manufacturers were out in force at last week's TechAgro farm machinery show. The semi-mounted Fantom Pro, a highlight on Farmet's stand, combines a hydraulically-operated front levelling board with four rows of tines.

At the rear, a quick-change system allows each of the rear roller sectio...

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Monday, 16 April 2018

McCormick starts 6000km south African adventure

A team of drivers from Italy's Carabinieri national security force and four McCormick tractors (two 206/225hp X7.690 P6-Drive models and a pair of 286hp X8.670 VT-Drive tractors) have begun the 2018 Xtractor Around the World challenge and a 6000km adventure across southern Africa.

From the starting point in Ca...

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Quieter and faster Lely Astronaut milk robot

Lely has remained faithful to proven automatic milking techniques developed over the past 25 years, but says it has redesigned every part of the new Astronaut A5 milk robot. The most noticeable change is the hybrid arm, which is claimed to be not only quieter and faster than the arm on the existing A4, but also more accu...

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Friday, 13 April 2018

JCB ends production of Fastrac 3000 Series

Production of JCB's Fastrac 3000 Series has ended after 20 years. Launched in 1998 to replace the 100 Series (135, 155 and 185), the spec of the first 3000 Series models, the 150hp 3155 and 170hp 3185, included a 65km/hr Autoshift 54x18 transmission (three-speed powershift and automatic shifting modes) and triple link fr...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Kuhn bale wrapping workshops

Kuhn Farm Machinery is holding a series of bale wrapping workshops, demonstrations and best practice clinics to help farmers improve the quality of, and get the most from, their baled forage.
Co-hosted by Kuhn main dealers and film manufacturing partner BPI Agriculture, the events are being held at six venues across...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

First outing for complete Fendt grassland line-up

Fendt has come a long way since entering the grassland business
some five years ago, and Agritechnica visitors would have seen the latest green additions following AGCO's acquisition of Lely's grassland machinery division.

Didn't make it to the German show" No problem because the complete Fendt line-up w...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Slight fall in UK tractor registrations

1,650 tractors were registered in the UK last month, down 6.8% when compared with March 2017, and registrations for the first quarter of this year of 2,932 units were down 3.0% when compared with January-March 2017.

March is normally the peak month for tractor registrations and this year looks to be no excepti...

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Zetor enters Vietnamese tractor market

Zetor continues to take its tractors to new markets, the latest being a partnership with Vietnamese company Goldmax, which will take care of sales, spare parts and service for new Major, Proxima, Forterra and Crystal tractors.

Major crops in Vietnam include rice, coffee, cotton, rubber and sugar cane, and each...

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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Prize for Fendt Xaver at robotics awards

The initial MARS (Mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms) field robot research project took second prize in the 2018 technology transfer awards at the Finnish organised European Robotic Forum. As part of this annual event, a jury rewards European robot technology innovation resulting from successful cooperation between researc...

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Tomahawk for bedding, feeding and spreading

The Tomahawk 500B Turbo Mill, the latest version of the Teagle Machinery-manufactured bale processor, enables bedding material to be processed outside the building. Reducing entry points for both vehicles and people, the technique is designed for pig and poultry buildings and dairy cubicles where short chopped straw is u...

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

US$11m Ukrainian deal for 50 Case IH machines

Ukrainian farming business Epicenter K has expanded its machine fleet with an US$11 million spend on 50 separate items of new Case IH equipment. One of the largest recent sales of tractors and agricultural equipment in the country, the order, which was supplied by Case IH importer Titan Machinery Ukraine, comprises two Q...

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

TAFE acquires Serbian tractor maker IMT

TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd) has acquired Serbian tractor and agriculture equipment manufacturer IMT (Industrija Masina i Traktora). The Indian company was reportedly the only bidder for the IMT production facilities, equipment and brand, acquiring the bankrupt Belgrade-based manufacturer for the bargain price ...

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Lely sells more robotic systems

A 12% increase in sales of robotic and dairy farm management systems helped Lely increase its turnover to EUR506 million last year. Much of the increased growth was realised in North America, Japan and western Europe, with more business done during the second half of 2017.

Following the sale of its grassland e...

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

New Holland grass and arable kit brochures

The release of a number of online brochures confirms New Holland has integrated agricultural implements into its product offering following last year's acquisition of Kongskilde Agriculture.

Joining the yellow family of big balers, round balers and forage harvesters, the mower range includes two trailed models...

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Built-in bicycle option for John Deere tractors

Tractor drivers often spend 10 or more hours a time in the cab. Modern technology provides plenty of creature comforts, but all this sitting can lead to an increased risk of health problems. Reason enough for John Deere to develop a concept that allows drivers to exercise their legs without leaving the seat.

K...

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Increased flexibility for John Deere AutoTrac

Green Fit is the name of a Reichhardt developed system that allows John Deere's AutoTrac GPS guidance system to be used with other tractor brands.

The German electronics specialist says it is responding to requests for an interface that can easily be used across all makes of tractor. Initially suitable for use...

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Friday, 30 March 2018

First New Holland T9 with CVT in the UK

Launched last autumn, the first New Holland T9 Auto Command tractor has now arrived in the UK. The ZF-developed box, which is the same as that used in the CVX versions of the Case IH Quadtrac, is available on five of the seven T9 models - the T9.435 (435hp), T9.480 (469hp), T9.530 (525hp), T9.565 (557hp) and T9.600, whic...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Compact and lightweight Kuhn front mowers

Designed for use on uneven terrain and upland pastures and suitable for use with medium-sized (37-43hp) tractors, Kuhn Farm Machinery's front mounted GMD 2820 F and GMD 3120 F mowers are both compact and light, weighing just 544 and 596kg respectively. Both are available with either a bolted yoke mounting system or quick...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Expanded JCB Multi Shovel attachment range

JCB says the expanded range of tougher and bigger capacity Multi Shovel attachments for its Loadall telehandlers gives farmers and contractors a larger choice of sizes and configurations. The attachment combines a bucket for handling loose materials such as grain and beet pulp with a hydraulically-operated grab for loose...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Valtra fills new tractors with 100% renewable fuel

Valtra is doing its bit to reduce the carbon footprint and claims to be the world's first tractor maker to use Neste MY renewable diesel as the start-up fuel for all new tractors at the Finnish tractor plant at Suolahti.

Also used in all the forklift trucks that operate in the factory, all told around 700,000 ...

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Monday, 26 March 2018

Pöttinger comes with a compact 9m Hit

Described by its maker as a compact and cost-effective tedder suitable for mounting behind a 60hp tractor, Pöttinger's Hit 8.9T provides a working width of 8.86m. Previewed at Agritechnica last November, the Austrian manufacturer says the eight 1.42m diameter rotors guarantee a tidy crop pick-up and spread pattern....

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Friday, 23 March 2018

Dewulf opens new logistics centre

Dewulf has opened a new 7,800m² logistics centre at company HQ in Roeselare, Belgium. Costing EUR10 million, and the largest financial investment since the company was founded in 1946, the new building can accommodate 8,500 pallets, with plenty of additional storage space for larger items. Some 12,500 part numbers are n...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Lemken launches online information portal

Lemken says its new global online information portal will allow it to further increase service levels. Called LEONIS (Lemken Online Information Service), and designed to provide customers with a wide range of options and search functions, the homepage includes operating instructions, spare parts lists, photographs, video...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Whatever happened to .... the McCormick ZTX?

The answer to that question and others, is inside the April issue of the magazine. What we can reveal here is that 11 ZTXs were retailed in the UK, and with 600 acres of mainly spring-drilled arable crops, Leicestershire farmer Steve Hill owns what is believed to be one of just two working ZTX280's (260/280hp), and a 54-...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Entry-level Topcon control console from LH Agro

The appointment of LH Agro as the sole official UK distributor of Topcon Agriculture precision farming equipment (effective April 1) coincides with the launch of the X23, an entry-level touchscreen control console. Complementing the existing X-Series range, the X23, uses an 8.4-inch touchscreen and boasts a bright display t...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Belarus close to launching diesel-electric tractor

At the 2009 Agritechnica Belarus previewed the 3023, a 295hp tractor that not only generated enough electricity to propel the wheels, but also power an optional electric front PTO. It all went ominously quiet on the electric front at subsequent shows, and even at Agritechnica last November the company was keener to talk ...

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Överum's next generation CX plough

The latest version of Överum's CX fully mounted reversible plough is still produced at the Swedish factory in Småland, and like the previous version continues to be available in three, four or five furrows for tractors up to 160hp, but the frame on the new CX2 models is of a lighter and stronger high-tensile steel modu...

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Friday, 16 March 2018

600 new jobs at JCB

Unprecedented global demand for JCB equipment will see the company create 600 new jobs in the next three months - with 200 available for immediate start. A healthy order book at the Staffordshire-based company means it needs over 200 operatives immediately, and a further 400 staff within 12 weeks.

Worldwide gr...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

190 years for Kuhn

Little could Joseph Kuhn have known that when he opened a village forge 190 years ago in 1828 he laid the foundations of the Kuhn Group, which last year recorded a turnover of around one billion Euros. Today's business, which provides jobs for 5,000, and has a global network of production and distribution sites that sell...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

John Deere to acquire King Agro

Deere & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire King Agro, a family-owned manufacturer of carbon fibre technology products.

With headquarters in Valencia, Spain and a production facility in Campana, Argentina, in 2015 the two companies agreed to develop and distribute carbon fibre booms for John ...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Double-digit growth for Lemken

Strong demand for new ploughs, compact disc harrows, drills, cultivators and sprayers were largely responsible for the 11% increase in Lemken sales last year to EUR360 million. The company says the upturn was recorded in all markets but particularly strong in Russia and the Ukraine. The company also enjoyed double digit ...

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Monday, 12 March 2018

New Opico and Strautmann dealer in North Yorkshire

Franks Curtis has been appointed as a Strautmann and Opico grassland machinery dealer. Based between Pickering and Malton in North Yorkshire, in an area with a strong tradition of grassland and dairy operations, Franks Curtis managing director David Franks said the two brands are a valuable addition to the company's mach...

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Friday, 9 March 2018

23% increase in Deere net sales

Deere & Company worldwide net sales and revenues increased 23% to US$6.913 billion for the first quarter of 2018, which ended January 28. Higher shipment volumes and favourable effects of currency translation saw the firm's agriculture and grounds care equipment sales climb 18% for the three-month period, and operating p...

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

New features for larger Pöttinger wagons

While sharing much of the technology with the rest of Pöttinger’s Torro Combiline forage wagons, the two new larger models, the 7010 (max. 40m³) and 8010 (max. 43m³), contain a number of updates also included in the rest of the range.

This includes the new beater drive line, which with an o...

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Large tyres for Schuitemaker flagship

High-capacity dual-purpose forage wagon popularity continues to increase, but following last season’s tricky conditions contractors are seeking larger tyres to ensure they can get the job done in even the softest conditions. Schuitemaker’s answer is a new 48m³ flagship triple-axle dual-purpose Rapide 840...

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Friday, 23 February 2018

Kuhn expands trailed sprayer range

KUHN Farm Machinery has added four new models to its Oceanis 2 trailed sprayer range: the 5002, 5602, 6902 and 7702 with tank capacities of 5000, 5600, 6900 and 7700 litres respectively. Available with all-aluminium booms in widths of 24 to 48m, all four are fully ISOBUS compatible, enabling them to be operated from a si...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Amazone AD-P 01 Special with QuickLink

Amazone now offers the new AD-P 01 Special pneumatic seed drill in a 3m working width for use in combination with the equally new KE 01 rotary harrow or KG/KX 01 rotary cultivators. Like the Cataya and Centaya harrow-mounted seed drills, the AD-P 01 Special is mounted onto soil tillage implements via the QuickLink interf...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Charity raffle to win a Krone Comprima round baler

It is 40 years since the introduction of the KR 180 round baler in 1977, and to celebrate the occasion Krone UK is holding a raffle to win a brand new 2018 face lift Comprima F155 XC for life. Raising money for two charities in the process, all proceeds will be donated to two agricultural charities - The Farming Communit...

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Pilot project with autonomous New Holland T4s

New Holland Agriculture has partnered with the largest family-owned winery in the world to trial a number of T4.110F vineyard tractors fitted with NHDrive autonomous technology. The focus of the pilot project at the E. & J. Gallo Winery vineyard in California, USA, is on gathering agronomic and operator feedback on t...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Strautmann diet feeder demo days

Farmers will have the opportunity to see a double-auger Strautmann Verti-Mix SF 2002 (20m³) self-propelled diet feeder in action at one of three Opico-organised demonstration days next month. The first event will be held at Cannington College near Bridgwater in Somerset on 22 February, and the second at Harper Adams...

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Friday, 2 February 2018

McCormick launches mid-range X6

Slotting into the range between the slightly smaller 85-113hp X5 Series and larger 111-140hp X6.4 Series tractors, the new mid-range additions to McCormick’s X6 range include the 110hp (max output) X6.35, 119hp X6.45 and range-topping 126hp X6.55. Described as an interesting proposition for small to medium size liv...

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

First Claas Torion in the UK

The first new Torion wheeled loader sold by Claas UK has been bought by Leyburn-based Metcalfe Farms in North Yorkshire. Long established customers of Claas Eastern at Sinderby, Metcalfe’s farming and contracting business operates a fleet of Jaguar SPFHs and Lexion combines. 

The company has used whe...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

JCB Fastracs help keep Alpine pass open

Several metres of snow have been dumped on the French Alps during the past few weeks and two JCB Fastrac 4220s are carrying out vital work to keep a high mountain pass open. Fitted with a special blade at the front and a salt sprayer at the rear, one of them is ploughing its way through 2.0m of compacted snow at the Col ...

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Lely’s first silage block cutter

Lely sold its grass machine equipment division to AGCO to concentrate on new milk and feeding technologies. The first visible sign of this is a deal with Dutch firm Trioliet to add the TU (Turbobuster) 180 XL silage cutter to its feeding portfolio.

Effective immediately, the 1.10m-deep block (max. volume 3.4m&s...

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Krone benefits from rising milk prices

The milk price recovery first signalled late 2016 has had a positive effect on Krone’s agricultural machinery division. Fuelled by a buoyant for new machines during the second half of last year, the division closed 2017 with total sales of €582.8 million (previously €569.8 million).

Germany took...

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Fendt delivers 1,000th Vario 1000

Revealed to the international press in July 2014, at the public debut of the 1000 Vario at the 2015 Agritechnica Fendt spoke of plans to sell a few hundred units a year. Available in limited volumes early 2016, and on general release from September 2016, the demand has exceeded expectations and the company’s four-m...

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Kuhn Stronger takes to the fields

You won’t find it in the UK price lists but Kuhn has just launched a new self-propelled sprayer known as the Stronger 4000 (4,000-litres). Unveiled at Agritechnica last month, and initially available as the 4036 (36m) and 4000 (40m), power comes from a 7.2-litre 280hp Stage IIIA MWM block mated to a newly-developed...

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

World’s largest tractor markets - India and China

The total numbers of new tractors sold globally last year have yet to be compiled, but what we can reveal is the worldwide five-year average from 2012 to 2016 was two million units. The slump in commodity prices and farm incomes caused the figure to fall slightly in 2016, but 1.9 million is still a heap of tractors.

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Monday, 1 January 2018

India’s first driverless tractor

Indian tractor maker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is testing the prototype of its first driverless tractor. Developed within the Mahindra Group’s 1,500-strong R+D department at Chennai (India), the autonomous tractor features GPS automatic steering, headland turn, implement lift/lower and skip passing. Safety ...

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Kirovets sees the UK as a target market

In the west, the Russian manufacturer is commonly associated with ruggedly-built and basic articulated tractors for east European markets where operator comfort is not as high on the list of priorities as it is in the west. The home market remains the largest, with Kazakhstan second and Belarus third, but the Russian tra...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Claydon TerraBlade on sale from January

Designed to control weeds in all types of 30cm strip-seeded combinable crops, where the undrilled 14-15cm band between the rows can be mechanically hoed, Claydon’s TerraBlade inter-row hoe will be launched and on sale from LAMMA 2018.

Shown in pre-production form at Cereals, and developed and made in-hous...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

New Canadian owner for MacDon

MacDon, the well-known Canadian manufacturer of self-propelled windrowers and combine headers, has been bought by fellow Canadian company and automotive parts maker Linamar for C$1.2 billion (approx. €800 million).

Expected to be finalised sometime Q1 2018, Linamar views MacDon as a critical piece of its l...

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Pöttinger’s flexible cultivator/drill combi

Average tractor HP continues to increase but some farmers continue to seek the lightest cultivator/drill tractor possible to reduce compaction and use less diesel. A new solution to this end comes in the form of Pöttinger’s tool carrying frame concept, which allows a lighter tractor to work with a compact disc...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Trailer for widest combine cutterbars

Taking its name from the fact it features a tandem axle, brakes and steering, the Shelbourne Reynolds-made TABS is a new design of trailer for the widest combine cutterbars on the market. Available for both 10.5m (35ft) and 12m (40ft) cutterbars, it was created in response to the fact that tractors, rather than combines ...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

320hp autonomous John Deere tractor

Danish John Deere dealer Semler Agro and Dutch autonomous specialist Precision Makers have teamed up to develop what is believed to be the most powerful autonomous John Deere tractor so far. Taking less than a year to finish, the 320hp 8320R will be unveiled at a Danish press event today (December 11) and available for f...

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Holmer’s flexible sugar beet cleaner loader

Described as an easy and cost-efficient solution to clean and load sugar beet from the field, Holmer’s RRL 200 eco can be moved, and the 9m³ bunker loaded, by a wheeled loader, excavator, tractor or telehandler. Powered by a 75hp Perkins Stage IV engine, which operates at a fuel-efficient 1200rpm, beet is clea...

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Claas wants to be a global player

The big names in the tractor and farm machinery world were in upbeat mood at Agritechnica where key messages were that business is returning to customers and 2017 has been better than expected.

This positive scenario is certainly true at Claas and at a show press conference, speaker of the group executive board...

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Deere works on next generation of precision farming

R+D spend continues at record levels, and John Deere reckons to be in a good position to exit the four-year industry downturn in a strong position. Addressing journalists at an Agritechnica press conference last week, president Mark von Pentz of the company’s agricultural and turf division (Europe, CIS, Asia, Afric...

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Friday, 24 November 2017

McCormick wants to sell more tractors

McCormick brought a raft of new tractors to Agritechnica last week. A highlight were the three X5 models for the important 100-113hp segment, new X6 (110-126hp) and X6.4 (121-140hp) versions (offered with an in-house made CVT), X7 (new P6-Drive powershift) and additional features for the X8. Now that the product range is...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

SDF – 11 Series project continues

There were more than 90 press conferences at Agritechnica last week, and the most interesting news at many of them came during the Q+A session at the end. Take SDF, for example, which ended with interesting answers to three key questions – 11 Series, future strategy and combines.

First seen as an 11440 TT...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

New Holland’s T9 gets a CVT

It wasn’t at the show last week, but New Holland used Agritechnica to announce that its five-model line-up of T9 Series tractors are now available with Auto Command. Developing maximum outputs ranging from 429 to 605hp with the range-topping T9.600 AC, the ZF-developed CVT is the same as that used in the Case IH Qu...

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Preview of New Holland branded implements

Following the completion of the acquisition of Kongskilde Agriculture earlier this year, New Holland has started the gradual integration of agricultural implements into its product offering and will preview a first selection on its stand at Agritechnica.

On the grassland front, the DiscCutter F320P front mower ...

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Fliegl to show new grass silage concept

German firm Fliegl will use next week’s Agritechnica to preview a  concept that combines a grass pick-up, cutting rotor, storage bunker and unloading conveyer. Called the Büffel, and described as a revolution in grass and other swath-harvested crops, the pick-up and chopping rotor are similar to those on ...

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Kuhn power harrow covers up to 100ha a day

Kuhn Farm Machinery’s new 7m HR 7040 R folding power harrow is fitted as standard with an intelligent monitoring system which relays torque and oil temperature data from three gearboxes to the tractor cab so that the operator can monitor the machine’s operating parameters.

Sitting between the compan...

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Wider Omega drill from Bednar

Czech cultivator and drill maker Bednar Farm Machinery will extend its Omega OO L seed drill range upwards at Agritechnica with a new 8m version. Joining the 3m model launched at SIMA earlier this year, and the existing 6m version, the Omega 8000L (L = light design/plastic hopper) is designed for working with a range of ...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Claas Western partners with Horsch

Claas Western has partnered with Horsch to offer the company’s full range of cultivators, drills and sprayers through its five branches covering Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset.

The company joins Claas Southern and Claas Manns dealers offering both Claas and H...

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Monday, 16 October 2017

AVR adds simpler Spirit

Belgian company AVR has added another Spirit potato harvester to the range – the two-row trailed offset 5200. Slotting in above the current one-row Spirit 6100 (6t bunker) and below the two-row Spirit 6200 (6t bunker) and Spirit 9200 (8t bunker) models, the newcomer is described as a simple but efficient value-for-...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Section control for intelligent Kuhn plough

All plough operators will know that the Z-shaped furrow edge left when a plough is raised and lowered at the end of a field results in a bumpy ride when ploughing the headland. Not anymore because Kuhn Farm Machinery will show a system at Agritechnica that uses GPS precision to automatically lift and lower each individua...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Vermeer develops self-propelled round baler

Called the ZR5, the prototype unveiled at this week’s Husker Harvest Days (Nebraska/US), features a cab positioned over the suspended front axle (patent pending) for a smoother ride, and a zero-radius turning technique clearly gleaned from the lawn mower sector. The result provides better manoeuvrability than a con...

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Festive facelift for the Comprima

It is 40 years since Krone introduced its first round baler, the KR 180 in 1977, and to celebrate the occasion the modern-day Comprima models have been given a facelift. The revamp, which includes new side panels and rear guards as well as a revised lighting system, is applicable to all seven models from the fixed chambe...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Kemper busts forage maize stalks

The maize worm or corn borer is fast becoming a serious problem in many European countries, including Germany, where it is believed to be the number one pest in maize silage crops. Causing yield and quality losses, mechanical control measures include ploughing to a depth of at least 40cm to kill the larvae, but one of th...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Fendt goes full-line … big time

As part of its ongoing plan to go full-line, German tractor maker Fendt has unveiled a total of 39 new products, many of which will be on display at the Agritechnica show in November. Among the fresh hardware are seven new tractors, six round and square balers, three combines and seven sprayers.
 
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Monday, 11 September 2017

New Holland concept - is this the future for tractors

Once again New Holland has gone all out to wow the crowds at the Farm Progress Show. Last year it was the autonomous tractor projects but this year visitors to the North American machinery show are being treated to a revamped and very futuristic looking version of the methane powered tractor concept.

While New ...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Zetor expands African presence

It is two decades since the Zetor brand was sold in Kenya, and during 70 years of making tractors, the firm has exported just 50 units to the country (first 25 delivered in 1965, the rest in 1997). Now the Czech tractor maker is hoping to put the brand back on the map through new partner Automobile Warehouse.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Kuhn comes with semi-mounted Primor

Previously available in mounted and trailed versions, Kuhn Farm Machinery’s Primor 2060 M mechanically-driven feeder and straw blower is now also offered in a semi-mounted format. Using a hydraulically adjustable rear axle, two hydraulic rams enable the hopper body and 1.2 tonne capacity tailgate to be lowered to g...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Amazone delivers 10,000th UX sprayer

News has reached us from Germany that Amazone has delivered the 10,000th UX series sprayer, and it is fitting that the milestone machine is the flagship in the range.

Supplied by distribution partner Agravis Technik Heide-Altmark, the proud owner of the Jubilee 11,200-litre tandem axle UX 11200 farms around 900...

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Green combines get performance boost

Built to take over from the rotary S600 Series combines introduced in 2012, one of the big talking points of the new for 2018 S700 Series models is the option of Deere’s latest variant of its established Interactive Combine Adjustment system, ICA. Known as ICA2, the new system can automatically alter various settin...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Hannover debut for new Claas Scorpions

We knew they were coming, but can now confirm Claas will launch a new and extended model range of Scorpion telehandlers at Agritechnica, in November. Developed together with its new partner Liebherr, these latest versions are currently being field tested, and will be available from January 2018.

Claas reckons t...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Bogballe sold but remains in Danish hands

The details are limited but well-known Danish fertiliser spreader manufacturer Bøgballe has been sold to Danish investment company Erhvervsinvest for DK500 million (approx. £60 million). Ending 83 years of ownership by the Laursen family, the new owner has ambitious plans to grow Bøgballe’s busi...

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Krone releases maize header for other brands

Growing interest from the forage harvester market is behind Krone’s decision to make its variable width EasyCollect forage maize header available for use with Claas, John Deere and New Holland SPFH. Offered in working widths of 4.5m, 6m, 7.5m and 9m (6, 8, 10 and 12 rows), full specification and option details for ...

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Increased demand for grass and feeding equipment

The market conditions remain challenging, but the farm machinery industry appears to be sailing calmer waters, evident by AGCO, Kuhn Group and Deutz Ag results for the first six months of this year. AGCO net sales of US$3.8 billion for the first half of 2017 increased 6.7% compared to the same period in 2016, and sales f...

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Self-levelling option for the Activa

Massey Ferguson’s ParaLevel levelling system is now available as an option on the Activa S combines. First seen on the Beta, the technique provides automatic levelling across slopes of up to 20% on the standard 4wd unit and 15% on the optional 2wd specification. Available on the Activa S 5- and 6-walker MCS (Multi ...

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Deutz-Fahr adds four-cyl models to 6-Series

Deutz-Fahr has enlarged the 6-Series Agrotron range with three four-pot models – the 6155.4 (156hp), 6165.4 (164hp) and 6175.4 (171hp). First seen by dealers at the opening of the new tractor factory at Lauingen recently, the four-cylinder models share their looks with the six-cylinder tractors introduced a year ag...

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

First glimpse of the Torro

We were not sure whether to publish this one or sit on it until we were sent a sharper picture and more information. In the end, we decided to run with it, and it is possible to make out the contours of a two-row trailed offset potato harvester in this deliberately blurred image.
 
Called the Torro, th...

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Third transmission option for the Maxxum

ActiveDrive 8 is a new semi-powershift transmission for Case IH Maxxum tractors. Offering eight powershift steps in each of three ranges, the box joins the existing entry-level four-speed semi-powershift (12f x 12r) and CVT options, which respectively have been renamed as ActiveDrive 4 and CVXDrive. Available on Maxxum M...

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Monday, 31 July 2017

World’s most powerful CVT tractor

Case IH is looking to test the market with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) version of the Quadtrac. Believed to be the first time such a transmission has been available in an articulated tracked tractor, the CVXDrive option was developed jointly with ZF. Complementing the existing five powershift models, the n...

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Friday, 28 July 2017

JCB earnings up by a third

The global construction equipment market contracted again during 2016, but this did not stop JCB from growing its earnings by more than 34%. The launch of the AgriPro range of Loadalls as well as the new 8000 Series Fastracs, helped drive sales in the agricultural sector, and overall the Staffordshire-based machinery mak...

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Friday, 28 July 2017