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Farm Machinery Journal Issue 8 December 2014

Field Test: FMJ gets the verdict of a farm manager and operator after one week putting the John Deere 7310R to the test.
First Impression: A year after its launch the JCB Fastrac 4000 Series is finally at work. But has it been worth the wait?
First Impression: Spreading with the latest RDS control system and Bunning Lowlander.
First Impression: In the field with Vicon’s latest range of speedy variable chamber balers.
Head to Head: Tipping trailers are a farm staple, but as they grow, which size is best? FMJ took three of the most popular to find out.
The Big Decision: Every method of farm finance investigated to help your next big buy.
Fleet Profile: FMJ visits a beef contractor in Suffolk running used kit with a new spec.
Focus On: The latest models to replace an ageing, unreliable yard tractor.
Running Report: One year on, and 890ha later, one farmer reports on working with his new Sumo DTS 3 strip till drill.
Event Report: All the latest machines and innovations from the Irish National Ploughing Championships show.
Buying Guide: The key things to check when buying a used JCB 3CX backhoe loader.
Game Changers: When the trend for big tractors changed, Dowdeswell was on hand to provide a plough that was up to the job.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 7 November 2014

Field Test: FMJ gets the verdict of one Irish contractor after spending the 2014 season harvesting with a Deutz-Fahr 6095 HTS combine
First Impression: Massey Ferguson Global Tractor at work in France; Pottinger’s grassland and arable kit updates for 2015 unveiled; Teagle Telehawk put to the test
Head to Head: Tracks vs Tyres: FMJ asks three farmers for their opinions to help you decide which option is best for your farm
The Big Decision: Discs, tines or both? Three operators explore the different kinds of cultivator to find out which option can produce the best seedbed
Opinion: Grassland trials provide some interesting results
Farm Profile: FMJ takes a closer look at Controlled Traffic Farming, and visits two farmers who are using this method
Focus On: Thinking of buying a new hedgecutter? You might want to read this guide to the latest models first…
Running Report: Two new Deutz-Fahr 7-Series tractors joined the fleet at DNA Reynolds a year ago, but how have they performed?
Behind the scenes: FMJ spends a day with Hunts Engineering Ltd. to find out what it is really like to be an agricultural engineer
Buying Guide: Why buying a used fertiliser spreader isn’t as risky as people think
Cultivator Technology: With farmers needing a cultivator to help fight blackgrass, FMJ looks at the latest cultivators armed for the battle
Put Arable Kit to Bed: How to make sure drill, presses, cultivators and rolls will survive winter
Game Changers: It might not have been the only self-propelled beet harvester on sale, but the Standen Solobeet was the only one worth considering in the 1960s

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 6 October 2014

Field Test: FMJ explores New Holland’s latest range of combine harvesters, including the supersized 562hp CR10.90
Field Test: Claas uncovers its latest mid-range Tucano combine with a closer look at the 570 APS Hybrid at work in the UK
The Big Decision Paddle or Auger diet feeders? Two farmers debate the pros and cons of each
First Impression: Landini 4 Series reviewed; New Merlo Turbofarmer unveiled; Kubota M8560 tested on a Warwickshire farm
Focus On… The drilling technology that is helping farmers tackle the unpredictable weather and blackgrass infestations
Behind The Scenes: FMJ explores the history of Deutz-Fahr and its 100 year-old Lauingen factory in Germany
Tackling Slugs: What to look for when buying a slug pellet applicator for your farm
Buying Guide: The essential tips for choosing a used trailed sprayer and the vital check that can be made in the yard
Combine Calculations: Buy, hire or use a contractor? One farmer investigates the options and tackles the sums to find the answer
Game Changers: In the 1970s the Grimme Jumbo potato harvester was the most expensive machine available to buy, so how did it manage to capture such a big audience?

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 5 September 2014

Field Test: FMJ travels to Germany to see the new Claas Arion 400 range of tractors in action for the first time
First Impression: Rolland Rollforce 5517 tested; Deutz-Fahr 5D and 5G uncovered; John Deere's FarmSight tech made simple
Head to Head: Massey Ferguson 5612 takes on the Massey Ferguson 9407S Xtra in the ultimate tractor v telehandler test
The Big Decision: The best drilling methods in the UK from Cornwall to Scotland
Farm Profile: A closer look at one Oxfordshire farm that is using advanced farming to get the best out of its Stabiliser beef herd
Focus On: The harvesting technology that is making this season the easisest ever
Running Reports: Multitasking with a Grimme GB125 planter and fitting the latest GPS to a 10-year-old Zetor 9520
Behind the Scenes: FMJ discovers more about Lemken's global expansion into India,
Show Report: The latest machinery from the Livestock Event 2014Buying GuideBiBuying
Buying Guide: The checks you must make and what to look out for when investing in a used New Holland BB9090 baler
Ballasting a Tractor: How to extract the optimum performance from your machine with the correct weight and balance set-up
Tractor Security: The best methods to keep your tractors and machinery safe from thieves from immobilisers to factory-fitted tags
Game Changers: Harry Ferguson might have pioneered the three-point linkage, but did he really invent it? FMJ discovers the story behind the revolutionary hitch

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 4 August 2014

Field Test: The lowdown on the Fendt Katana 65 forage harvester from the operator of the first model in the UK
First impression: Up close with Hypro's Duo React nozzle; Claydon Hybrid T drill at work; New Holland LM 7.35 telehandler driven
Head to Head: Just how different are the Case IH Magnum and New Holland T8 tractors?
Opinion: How Harry Henderson used vintage machinery to make the HGCA stand at Cereals even better than ever
Fleet profile: A Warwickshire contractor demonstrates his answer to help farm roads survive the weight of machinery
Focus On: An overview of the precision drills available for establishing oilseed rape
Running Report: One Cornish farmer's verdict 12 months into Kubota M135GX ownership
Buying Guide: Why now is the time to buy a used JCB Fastrac 1135 and the key things to look for when picking a good example
Telehandler Tools: The attachments that can transform your telehandler from one-trick pony to the ultimate workhorse
Prepare Your Combine: An expert guide to waking your combine from its slumber and ensuring it is match-fit for this season's harvest
ATV Service Guide: If prevention is the best cure, your quad bike could do with a service. Luckily, here is a DIY guide to help
Game Changers: How the introduction of the Case IH Axial-Flow combine harvester gave farmers an alternative option to the traditional methods of harvesting crops

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 3 July 2014

Field Test: Putting the new McCormick X7.670 and X7.680 through their paces in the first test on UK soil
First Impression: New Holland T6 Auto Command driven; Up close with Lemken’s Rubin 12; Is Mitas’s Pneu Trac tyre the next big thing in farming?
Britain’s Best: On the farm with winners of the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year award
Show Report: The machinery highlights from Grassland and Muck 2014
Fleet Profile: Behind the scenes with one of Ireland’s most progressive contractors
The Big Decision: Choosing the best type of baler for you. Farmers discuss round, large square and conventional balers
Focus On… A closer look at the portable grain dryers for this year’s harvest
Running Reports: Operator opinions on a 2013 John Deere 7450i forage harvester and 2013 Case IH Magnum 370 CVX
Buying Guide: Get the lowdown on what to look for and how much to pay when buying a used tractor from the Fendt 900 range
Moisture Meters: How to buy an accurate grain moisture meter – one of the most overlooked pieces of arable equipment
Telehandler Service: The ultimate step-by-step workshop guide to ensure your telehandler won’t let you down
Guide To AdBlue: What it is, why you need it and how it works – the most common AdBlue questions answered
Game Changers: How the introduction of the Lely Roterra power harrow in 1970 changed cultivation and modern farming methods

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 2 June 2014

Field Test: After 300 hours of hard work’ is the Claas Axion 840 as good as its award-winning reputation suggests?
First Impressions: Versatile Delta-Track 500DT driven; JCB 413S tested; Gregoire Besson plough put through its paces
Head-to-Head: Is the UTV a better option for UK farmers than the old-school quad bike?
Cereals 2014 Preview: The machines to look out for at this year’s leading arable event
Behind the Scenes: A closer look at New Holland’s Basildon factory, which celebrates 50 years of production in 2014
The Big Decision: Choosing the best method of spraying for you. Farmers discuss trailed, mounted and self-propelled machines
Fleet Profile: At work with one of Ireland’s most advanced slurry-spreading contractors
Focus On: On the farm with a Landini Power Mondial 115, Krone BIG X forage harvester and Massey Ferguson 7614
Running Reports: Operator opinions on a 2009 John Deere 9530T and 2011 6m Vaderstad Seed Hawk drill
Buying Guide: Used Sumo Trio cultivator
Farming Apps: Keep up to date with the latest technological advances in farming with 10 of the best smartphone and tablet apps
Fuel Storage: Everything you need to know to ensure your farm meets the Environmental Agency’s fuel storage regulations
Fitting Isobus: How to upgrade your existing tractor to operate ISObus-compatible implements in just one hour

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 1 May 2014

Field Test: Massey Ferguson’s 6616 is put through its paces at the hands of a Gloucestershire farmer in its first UK test
First Impressions: A closer look at the most recent machinery. Holmer exxact T4-30 prototype driven; Honda TRX420FM quad-bike ridden; can the John Deere 6110RC replace the much-loved 6330?
Group Test: 7m telehandlers go head-to-head. The Manitou MLT735 takes on the JCB 531-70, Merlo P40.7 and CAT TH407C
Factory Tour: Behind the scenes at Great Plains, the American company making a big impression from its Lincolnshire base
The Big Decision: Choosing the best method of DIY silage for you. Farmers discuss self-propelled harvesters, trailed harvesters and forage wagons
Fleet Profile: Harvesting carrots and parsnips with Alan Bartlett and Sons’ 32 brand-new New Hollands
Focus On: Want to buy a new silage baler? Check out our market guide on your options for new machinery
Running Reports: On the farm with a Landini Power Mondial 115, Krone BIG X forage harvester and Massey Ferguson 7614
Buying Guide: The lowdown on buying a used John Deere 6930
Trailer Service: Ensure your trailer doesn’t let you down this harvest with our step-by-step guide to maintenance
Sprayer Advice: Make spraying more efficient with expert advice on getting the most from your machines this season