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Farm Machinery Journal Issue 20 December 2015

Field Test: FMJ puts the Merlo TF50.8 through its toughest on-farm test yet.
First Impression: The long-awaited John Deere 9RX has finally landed in the UK.
First Impression: Case IH gives a guided tour of its new 300hp Optum tractor range.
First Impression: Is it possible to get the new Yamaha Grizzly stuck in a forest?
First Impression: The first Russian-built Versatile RT490 combine gets to work in the UK features.
Big Decision: The best bedding for your dairy herd and the machinery needed to lay it.
Fleet Profile: A mixed fleet of Fendt and Claas tractors keep this Irish contractor on top.
Running Report: A Warwickshire farmer explains why the Grimme GZ is his ideal harvester despite no longer being in production.
Event Report: The latest innovations on show at the Irish Ploughing Championships.
Modern Farming: Why 8-wheeled forage wagons could be coming to a farm near you soon.
Focus On… A look back at previous winners of the Tractor of the Year competition.
Behind the Scenes: How the purchase of a Canadian farm helped Dale Drills start production.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a Deutz Agrotron 150 tractor.
Feeding in Winter: The vital checks to make to a bedder/feeder before using in the cold.
Track Conversions: How to fit tracks to any tractor and the benefits of switching from wheels.
Model Zone: The latest scale models to boost any fleet of miniature machines.
Game Changers: The Roadless tractor that was ahead of its time with rubber tracks.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 19 November 2015

Field Test: FMJ gets the first in-field look at the new Challenger RoGator 300 – AGCO's first ever trailed sprayer.
First Impression: Hyundai doesn't make an agricultural wheeled loader, but the industrial version is easily converted.
First Impression: The Vicon FastBale shows that we're one-step closer to non-stop baling.
First Impression: The original Zetor Crystal has a good reputation but does the new 6-cylinder tractor live up to its name?
Head to Head: Four UTVs go to battle in the ultimate livestock farm showdown.
Big Decision: Grain driers are becoming almost as essential as a combine at harvest so FMJ looked into the best way to dry crops.
Fleet profile: Fourteen Massey Fergusons of the Youngs' tractor fleet seen in action.
Event Preview: The machines to look out for at this year's Agritechnica in Germany.
Running Report: A Leicestershire contractor gives his verdict on the John Deere 960 baler.
Focus On… As wheeled loaders become more popular, here's what farms are opting for.
Behind the Scenes: Claydon Drills gives FMJ a tour around its ever-growing UK factory.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a New Holland CR combine.
Hedge Cutting Guide: New rules mean less time to cut hedges. Here's how to boost efficiency.
Sprayer Guidelines: How to ensure you spray by the rules when applying pesticides to crops.
Model Zone: The latest scale models to boost any fleet of miniature machines.
Game Changers: How Ransomes gave farmers the reversible plough they really wanted.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 18 October 2015Field Test: Is a 6-cylinder John Deere 8295R better than a smaller tractor of the same power? This owner in Wiltshire thinks so.
First Impression: Claas has been busy updating its Lexion combines for 2016. FMJ went to see what's new while working this harvest.
First Impression: It's popular in Ireland but can the Belmac O-Grazer crack the UK market?
First Impression: Compaction was proving a big problem, which resulted in this modified McHale Fusion baler with extra wheels.
Head to Head: The Great Wall Steed is cheap but is it better than the proven Isuzu D-Max?
Big Decision: More farmers are turning to direct drills so FMJ spoke to three users to find out what made them switch their method.
Fleet Profile: At work with an Irish tillage and grassland contractor in County Tipperary.
Fleet profile: Keeping harvest on track in Leicestershire with controlled traffic.
Running Report: Can a construction-spec Case 721F cut it in the tough agricultural world?
Focus On… Why the modern plough is still a vital part of a farm's cultivation armoury.
Opinion: Philip Reck explains why Guinness production depends on his spring barley.
Behind the Scenes: Bailey Trailers shows FMJ around its Lincolnshire manufacturing facility.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Claas Ares tractor.
Technical: Overhaul a harrow: Follow this step-by-step guide to getting your power harrow ready to work.
Modern Engines: MAN explains how its latest engines will be ready to meet Stage V.
Game Changers: How Simba fuelled the high-power revolution with the Solo.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 17 September 2015
Field Test: FMJ went to Italy to see New Holland's latest clean energy solution, but is methane as fuel really the future?
First Impression: The latest new equipment from John Deere has been unveiled, including a new high-powered four-track tractor.
First Impression: There are plenty of loaders on sale but Venieri is hoping to stand out.
First Impression: If you don't want to rely on a contractor, this new small combine from Deutz-Fahr might be the perfect solution.
Head to Head: Not sure which Valtra T4 to buy? Here's how the different specs compare.
Modern Farming: Every season a new trend in cultivation emerges. Here are the hottest machines available right now.
Big decision: As tech takes over, can robots really milk cows better than humans?
Event Report: Some of the revolutionary kit on show at the Livestock Event.
Running Report: Has a John Deere 6150R lived up to the reputation of the 6930 it replaced?
Fleet Profile: FMJ goes undercover to discover what goes into supplying fresh salad.
Focus On…The latest compact telehandlers that will outperform tractors in your yard.
Opinion: Richard Whitlock makes sense of the world grain market and its future.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used McCormick MTX.
Prototype: How Claas evaluates every machine before it sets foot in a field.
Cultivator Set Up: How to get the best from a cultivator in any soil type or condition.
Game Changers: How John Deere made the powershift transmission unbeatable..
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 16 August 2015
Field Test: FMJ spoke to the only UK operator of the Case IH Magnum Rowtrac to see how the half-track machine performs.
First Impression: The new Landquip CV spraye was finished just in time for its first ever appearance at Cereals in June.
First Impression: Tackling soil compaction with a novel retrofitted RollMax track system.
First Impression: A closer look at Krone's Comprima wrapper baler and why it's fitting in perfectly in one Irish fleet.
Focus On… The chaser bins that will be cropping up all over the UK this harvest.
Running Report: Few McCormick ZTXs are seen in action in the UK, but on one farm it's the perfect tractor. FMJ went to find out why.
Fleet Profile: The machines that help one of the UK's largest growers get onions and potatoes from the ground to the shops.
Opinion: Piers Badnell discusses the areas that dairy farmers can really exploit in order to make more money from milk.
Behind the Scenes: How the Teagle family has grown its company to become one of the largest farm machinery manufacturers in the UK.
Modern Farming: There is a lot more to tyres than meets the eye with the latest rubber Technology proving vital on farms.
Buying guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used JCB Farm Master 400.
Product Review: Keeping tabs on machinery with the pinpointpal tracking device.
Making Stale Seedbeds: The ultimate guide to post-harvest cultivations and the machinery you need.
Perfect Harvest Setup: How to tweak your combine to make it as efficient as possible in the field.
Game Changers: How the Massey Harris 21 combine changed harvesting for good.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 15 July 2015Field Test: Only seven Krone BiG X 1100 self-propelled forage harvesters work
in the UK. FMJ went to see one in action.
First Impression: The new Vervaet Hydro Trike XL is on trial in Norfolk with a new muck
spreader body. Will it tempt UK buyers?
First Impression: Redesigned Merlo TF38.7 with a CVT transmission tested on farm.
First Impression: Polaris has developed a new engine, which it is fitting in UTVs and
ATVs. Here's how it performs in both.
The Big Decision: Self-propelled or trailed? What is the best machine for silage duties?
Event Report: A round-up of the more unusual new machines you might not have
expected to see at Grassland UK.
Running Report: Why a 14-year-old John Deere 7810 is more popular on a Dorset farm
than a two-year-old John Deere 7230R.
Fleet Profile: Bradley Faulkner started out with just one quad bike but his contracting fleet
now runs four MF tractors with 16 staff.
Opinion: Kevin Kelleher discusses why he is chasing a career in agricultural
engineering and what it takes to get there.
Behind The Scenes: German company Fliegl is targeting the British market in 2015. FMJ
went to Germany to uncover its plans.
Focus On… The mobile sheep handling kit that can transform working with large flocks.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Claas Jaguar 900.
Prepare A Round Baler: Step-by-step guide to ensuring your kit is ready for baling when you are.
Tractor Air Brakes: What they are, why they stop better and how to it them to any tractor.
Game Changers: The New Holland forage harvester that revolutionised silage.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 14 June 2015Field Test: The fifth generation of the Challenger MT700 is now on farms. FMJ caught up with a user to see what it's like.
First impression: The end of Matbro left farmers looking for an alternative pivot handler. Could the Dieci Agri Pivot T70 be it?
First Impression: The names are the same but the new Chafer Guardian and Sentry trailed sprayers have many changes. Here's why.
First Impression: Updates have made the Claas Jaguar 900 more formidable than ever.
The Big Decision: What's the best way to wrap bales? FMJ contemplates the options.
Opinion: Richard Calver explains why he has switched from using a contractor back to making his own silage.
Event Preview: Everything you need to know about visiting Cereals 2015: essential information and must-see new machines.
Fleet profile: The operator of the UK's first Danish-built Agrometer reveals why he bought a self-propelled slurry spreader.
Running Report: Few tractors could match the residuals of the Douglas' old John Deere, so they decided to buy a new 8320R.
Running Report: Steep hills and bumpy terrain sold Mike Donnachie on a Berthoud Raptor sprayer and he hasn't regretted it once.
Behind the scenes: Exploring the secrets behind Kane Trailers' success in 25 countries
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Case IH MX135 tractor.
Understanding Power: What do all the hp figures mean in a brochure? FMJ delved deep to find out.
Prepare a maize drill: Follow this expert guide to make sure your drill is always ready for action.
Game Changers: How Frederick Simms helped to design the earliest tractors in the 1900s.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 13 May 2015Field Test: Is the UK market for steel crawlers back on track? Italian firm Scaip reckons so with its brand new Warrior STX350.
First Impression: NC might be new to telehandler production but it’s making a good impression on one Irish farmer.
First Impression: Innovation on farms is happening at a great rate, but can Tetra really get farmers to replace tractors with trucks?
First Impression: A closer look at the Lely Tigo XR75 forage wagon at work in grass.
Modern Farming: How Renewable Energy can change the way you power your farm.
Opinion: FMJ regular Jake Freestone on why winter cover crops have had a big impact on his spring drilling regime.
The Big Decision: Farmers discuss the best methods of handling slurry, from spreading to injection and even handing the job entirely over to contractors.
Focus On… As more farmers and contractors turn to wrapper balers to improve efficiency, FMJ looks at the options.
Fleet Profile: For his latest sprayer Douglas Stephen took the custom-built route, enhancing his Scottish-based fleet.
Running Report: Spraying in Kent with Sands sprayers and Hypro Duo React nozzles.
Behind the Scenes: Building Bednar machines to take on the hotly contested UK cultivator scene.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Honda TRX420 ATV.
Testing a Sprayer: Essential guide on checking and preparing a sprayer for a NSTS test.
Modifying a New Drill: Steve Heard explains why he cut up a drill before it had even reached a field.
Game Changers: How Pettit turned the simple farm trailer into a farms most vital implement.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 12 April 2015Field Test: The Zetor Forterra 150 HD is the company's most powerful tractor to date but can it compete with its 150hp rivals?
First Impression: When a contractor broke his post knocker, Browns Agricultural Machinery built him this prototype to try.
First Impression: From idea to concept to trailer production – how an Irish contractor put the Stealth Kompactor into production.
First Impression: The latest kit from Amazone making its farm debut in 2015.
Event report: The latest award-winning farm innovations from SIMA 2015 in Paris.
Opinion: Sam Parker – Catching up with the Cornish dairy farm behind one of the UK's most popular ice creams.
The Big Decision: How do you know what muck spreader to buy? FMJ spoke to the users of side discharge, rear discharge and rotary spreaders to find out.
Focus On… You might not need a tachograph to tow livestock but you will need a decent trailer. Here are four of the latest releases.
Farm profile: FMJ visited an Irish dairy farmer to find out how the adoption of high-tech Keenan kit has helped improve his herd.
Running Report: The Evisons have run Cat telehandlers for 16 years, but has the TH407C lived up to their expectations?
Behind the Scenes: How Honda builds UK-bound ATVs at its factory in South Carolina, USA.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used McHale F540 baler.
New Tractor Road Regs: Everything you need to know to drive faster and with more weight in tow.
Combine Service Guide: Expert service tips to help you avoid costly breakdowns this harvest.
Game Changers: How the JCB Fastrac combined field work and road haulage in one hit.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 11 March 2015Field Test: The Massey Ferguson 8700 has been on sale in the UK for over a year, but how has it performed? FMJ found out.
First Impression: If you're after a UTV with a bit more comfort the Kubota RTV_X900 might just be the answer.
First Impression: Up close with Ropa's latest kit including a new trailed potato harvester.
First Impression: The latest kit from Vaderstad available for your farm in 2015tures.
Event Report: There was no shortage of new machinery launches at LAMMA 2015. FMJ picked out the best of the bunch.
Opinion: James Price – Winter provides the perfect break from the field to get up-to-date with the latest technology.
The Big Decision: 'Four cylinders aren't strong enough', 'six cylinders are too heavy' – the biggest engine myths debunked to help you choose your next tractor.
Focus On…Finding the best precision farming methods to boost fertiliser spreading and the latest high-tech spreaders to work with.
Fleet profile: Rather than having a fleet of Valtras stood waiting for Spring, Paddy Ryan found a different source of income.
Running Report: After months of head scratching, Kevin Hyde opted for a Dale Drills 8m.
Eco drill. Here's how it is working out.
Behind The Scenes: Turning steel into ploughs at Kverneland's Norway factory.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Challenger 765chnical.
South Pole Expedition: How Massey Ferguson prepared a 5610 to drive non-stop across Antarctica.
Start Your Engines: Starting problems could be more than a flat battery. Here's what to checkLink.
Game Changers: How the Howard Rotavator changed seedbed preparation for good.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 10 February 2015Field Test: FMJ flew to Germany to try out the new Valtra T4 tractor on the stomping ground of its biggest rivals.
First impression: There are plenty of telehandlers to choose from, but does the Case IH Farmlift offer something new to farmers?
First impression: Hands-on in the field with a Deutz 9340 TTV prototype.
First impression: The one-off, Dutch-built Areco trailer making tracks towards the UK.
Head to Head: How to choose a 150hp tractor? FMJ rounded up some options to help a Warwickshire farmer decide.
Opinion: Matteo Bartolini – The man at CEJA pushing the EU to help young farmers get started in business.
The Big Decision: FMJ weighs up the pros and cons of liquid and solid fertiliser with the help from three experienced farmers.
Fleet profile: Catching up with a contractor and his new PMC AR-4BX potato harvester to see if a move to self-propelled was worth it.
Focus On… The must-visit tractors and machinery show that you can't afford to miss at LAMMA 2015 in Peterborough.
Running Report: He was told it wouldn't work in his system, but one farmer took a chance on buying a new Holmer T4-30 harvester.
Behind the Scenes: The parts operation that helps Claas to keep your machine working 24/7.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Massey Ferguson 6480.
Electrical Checks: How to make sure machine batteries are always ready to start.
Emissions Explained: What the regulations mean, why we need them and what will come next.
Game Changers: How the Land Rover Series I revolutionised everyday farm transport.
Farm Machinery Journal Issue 9 January 2015Field Test: FMJ joins a team of contractors at work with the new John Deere 8000 Series forage harvester.
First Impression: Has Dutch company Lely finally come up with a solution to make round baling a non-stop task?
First Impression: In the field with the latest incarnation of the AVR Puma.
First Impression: Can the Bobcat TL470HF take on its heavyweight telehandler rivals?
Head to head: After a 90hp tractor? Check out our John Deere vs Kubota test before parting with your cash.
Opinion: Crop rotations are out of sync for Robert Lockhart, but that's a good thing.
Big Decision: There's a 4x4 for every use and every farm, but which is best for you?
Event Report: FMJ visits the EIMA show in Italy and discovers some exciting new kit.
Focus On: The machinery highlights that got people talking in 2014.
Running Report: How AGCO and two Fendt 724s infiltrated a nine-strong fleet of John Deeres on a Mid-Wales farm.
Behind the scenes: One year on, FMJ returns to the scene of Somerset's worst ever flooding to find out how the clean-up is going.
Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used New Holland TM150.
Winter Preparation: Storing away or putting to work, here's how to ensure your tractor survives.
Your Essential Tools: What are the vital tools that FMJ readers store in their tractors? We find out.
Game Changers: How the Fordson Major changed the perception of diesel-engined tractors.