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Farm Machinery Journal Issue 32 December 2016

Field Test: Last year we tested the T-Series, but is the new Valtra N-Series as good as its big brother? We went to find out.
First Impression: 25 years after the first Fastrac, FMJ got behind the wheel of the new JCB 8330, the most powerful model yet.
First Impression: Austrian tractor maker Lindner is pushing into the UK and Ireland. FMJ found out more about the Geotrac 134.
First Impression: Korean manufacturer Kioti has strong sales in compact tractors, but will its 100hp-plus PX be a hit with farmers?
Focus On: From tipping beds to four-seat cabins, here are some of the UTVs on sale.
Event report: To celebrate 50 years of trading in the UK and Ireland, John Deere put on a party with a giant gathering of tractors.
Running Report: Spreading digestate with the operator of a Holmer Terra Variant 600.
Opinion: Jonathan Cross won Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year. Here's how he did it and why it is important to enter.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Manitou MLT 526 Turbo.
Technical: Precision Farming: The latest updates to Claas' software to make telematics easier.
Technical: Guide to Drones: Everything you need to know before flying a drone on your farm.
Game Changers: How Ivel became the first British tractor manufacturer to enter volume production with success.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 31 November 2016

Field Test: John Deere has unveiled its latest machines for 2017, including a 400hp 8R, new 5R and an updated S-series combine.
First Impression: FMJ went for a closer look at the updates to the latest Case IH Axial-Flow combine harvester.
First Impression: New engines and technology from its bigger brother has made the Claas Lexion 600 even better for 2017, plus a supersize auger for the Lexion 700.
First Impression: New Holland's new CR8.80 combine has been on a tour of the UK. FMJ got behind the controls in Gloucestershire.
Head to Head: 6m compact telehandlers from CAT, Manitou, Merlo and JCB compared in a gruelling on-farm test.
Focus On: The options available to farmers and contractors looking for a 12m drill.
Behind the Scenes: A British operator explains why he went to work a 2000-mile USA harvest.
Running Report: A serial MF fan on why he keeps buying red and how his latest Massey Ferguson 9380 Delta has performed.
Running Report: A Scottish farmer battles the weather with his New Holland CX8080
Opinion: Philip Wright discusses how the weather can impact on the best cultivator for the job
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a Massey Ferguson 7626.
Technical: Running in an engine: Gentle for a month or hard from the start? Here's how to use new engines
Technical: Ploughing Technology: Experts from Kverneland explain how its fancy new plough works and why.
Game Changers: How the Allis Chalmers All-Crop 60 gave farmers a cheap option for getting their crops in.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 30 October 2016

Field Test: Case IH has introduced the Luxxum to its range in place of the Farmall U Pro. FMJ took it for a spin.
First Impression: An Exclusive first drive of John Deere’s new R4050i self-propelled sprayer complete with carbon booms
First Impression: An Irish operator looked beyond the usual options and bought a Sulky XT130 trailed spreader. Here’s his verdict.
First Impression: FMJ went to Germany to see Krone’s new Premos 5000 pellet harvester in action at its official launch.
Modern Farming: How upgrading your combine’s header can boost output and efficiency.
Big Decision: Chaser Bins are becoming increasingly popular, but they’re not for everyone, as FMJ found out.
Behind the Scenes: How Irish manufacturers Cross Engineering has developed a range of non-conventional machinery in Ireland.
Running Report: The Operator of Ireland’s only Vervaet Hydro Trike explains why he bucked the trend for trailed tankers
Running Report: A Dorset farmer shows off his Hydrapowered trailer stability system.
Running Report: The Machinery that helps T. Wilson and Sons keep supermarkets stocked with salad and vegetables
Opinion: Jake Freestone discusses this year’s crops being used as part of a zero-till system.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Claas Axos 340.
Technical: Your Guide To Tyres Wider, cheaper, longer lasting- Here’s what’s on offer for your tractors.
Technical: Service A Hedge Cutter Experts from McConnel talk through preparing for the season ahead.
Game Changers: How Massey Ferguson embraced technology with its Automatic and Datatronic tractors in the 1980’s.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 29 September 2016

Field Test: New Holland has bridged the gap between its T7 and T8 with the T7 HD. FMJ went to see the new tractor in action.
First Impression: A new sprayer from Knight Farm Machinery, based on a JCB Fastrac, drew crowds at LAMMA, but now its working.
First Impression: Deutz-Fahr has launched its new 6-series just as market share is on the rise. Could this tractor top the table?
First Impression: FMJ went to Denmark to see Hardi’s new Mega sprayer, claimed to be the largest mounted sprayer available.
Modern Farming: How one farmer is adding precision techniques to potatoes.
Big Decision: There is lots to consider when buying a brand-new forage harvester. A new owner talks through his decision.
Event Report: For some livestock farmers Pig and Poultry fair 2016 is unmissable. If you didn’t go, here is the kit you missed.
Running Report: The operator of a one-year-old Landini 5-110D High Clearance tractor explains why it is a vital machine.
Running Report: A Leicestershire farmer rates his Merlo TurboFarmer 42.7 CS-16.
Fleet Profile: The fleet required by M. H. Poskitt and Sons to grow root crop vegetables and cereals on a large scale.
Opinion: Richard Whitlock discusses the concerns of growers and traders this harvest.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Case IH Puma 215.
Technical : Cultivator Choices: How disc and tine cultivators each offer benefits to improve soil structure.
Technical: Prepare a grain drier: Experts from Opico talk through servicing a mobile grain drier this season.
Game Changers: How Mather and Viner’s pea viner took the factory to the field and revolutionised the harvest of fresh peas..

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 28 August 2016

Field Test: The Massey Ferguson 4700 has landed but will the Global tractor win fans with its simplicity and versatility?
First Impression: James Dale talks FMJ through the thought process behind the development of Dale Drill’s new 12m drill.
First Impression: There is a lot of new machinery coming out of Ireland, from new and established companies.
First Impression: The Methane-fuelled tractor from New Holland has come to the UK for further testing ahead of going on sale.
Modern Farming: Are Livestock Tractors too complicated? One farmer puts his case to MF, New Holland and John Deere.
Event Report: If you didn’t make it to Cereals 2016 last month, here’s some of the new machinery you will have missed.
Running Report: Here’s how one Warwickshire contractor’s Claas Jaguar 870 forage harvester has been performing in grass.
Running Report: Tacking Blackgrass with an Avacast GR200 avadex applicator.
Fleet Profile: A day in the life of Rutland contractors A&R Cramphorn, plus a look at the companies fleet.
Opinion: Tristan Watkins of BNP Paribas explains why the buying habits of farmers and contractors are changing.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Kubota M128X or M130X.
Technical : Prepare A Chaser Bin: How to make sure your bin is ready to work faultlessly this harvest.
Technical: Find Electrical Faults: A step-by-step guide to tracking down annoying electrical Gremlins.
Game Changers: The Amazone spreader you can buy today is the result of many years of development to perfect the design.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 27 July 2016

Field Test: The Deutz-Fahr 7250 TTV Warrior has been a success in the UK, but has it sparked a new era for the company?
Field Test: Kubota's long-awaited M7001 tractors have landed in the UK. FMJ put one to the test in the first real-world test.
First Impression: A new range of trailers and spreaders has been unveiled by Rolland in an attempt to boost overseas sales.
First Impression: With its slurry tankers already a big hit, Pichon is hoping its Muck Master muck spreaders can be just as populartures.
Focus On… A round-up of the latest ag-spec compact telehandlers on sale.
Event Profile: FMJ travelled to Scotland to see the latest grassland equipment in action at ScotGrass 2016, including Krone's new BiG X 630, JCB's 435S and Vicon's FastBale.
Running Report: Two operators of separate JCB Fastrac 4220s speak of their experience with the British-maker's latest tractor, including some early teething problems.
Fleet Profile: A closer look at the extensive fleet of self-propelled spreaders run by FGS Organics, a Kent-based contractor specialising in spreading waste matter.
Behind the Scenes: FMJ visits the Challenger factory in the Netherlands to see where the new self-propelled and trailed sprayers are built.
Opinion: Alan Jagoe of CEJA, which represents young farmers in Europe, speaks about the latest challenges.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Pottinger MEX 6 trailed forage harvester.
Maintaining Tracks: How to keep rubber tracks systems in fine fettle to minimise wear.
Tablets in Tractors: A closer look at how technology is being used to control farm machinery.
Game Changers: Henry Ford wasn't just a pioneer in cars, with the Fordson's unit-frame construction a revolution.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 26 June 2016

Field Test: The new Fendt 1050 lands in the UK with FMJ ready and waiting to put it through its first trial in British conditions.
First impression: JCB has answered demands for a loadall that combines hydrostatic precision with powershift road control.
First impression: Trailed sprayers are getting more sophisticated, which led one operator to choose a Horsch Leeb GS6000.
First impression: Are robotic machines the solution to better efficiency and safety? FMJ tried McConnel's ROBOMAX to find out.
Head to Head: Self-propelled sprayer test part two – this month, small-wheel machines.
Modern Farming: Agriculture is one of the riskiest industries to work in. Here are some easy steps to keep safe around machinery.
Focus On… With average tractor power in the UK at 156hp, here are ten options from the best-selling tractor manufacturers.
Event preview: What to see and do at this year's Cereals event in Cambridgeshire.
Running Report: FMJ revisits the McCormick X7 that starred in the July 2014 issue to see how it is performing after two years.
Fleet Profile: The UK climate doesn't lend itself to growing all year round, so one British company now farms in America too.
Opinion: Gavin Pell of Chandlers explains how dealers are having to adapt to the changing farming industry.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used New Holland T7.200.
Claas Axion 920 in bits: Modern tractor stripped to see what's inside and how it wears with use.
Check a Forage Wagon: How to prepare a Pöttinger Torro forage wagon for work this season.
Game Changers: 70 years after introduction, here's how the JCB 3CX's agricultural background inspired its current format.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 25 May 2016

Field Test: The popular New Holland T5 and T6 models have had a revamp with plenty of updates to shout about.
First Impression: French implement maker Sulky has opened its new UK HQ to serve UK farmers. FMJ looked at the new kit on sale.
First impression: Electric power hasn't yet become popular in farm machinery, but Avant's e5 loader could be about to change that.
Head to Head: The first part of a self-propelled sprayer group test featuring 14 machines.
The Big Decision: What is the best way to cut large areas of grassland? Here are the different types of mowers that are up to the job.
Focus On… A closer look at the latest slurry tankers and the technology behind them.
Running Report: Why no current telehandler can come close to matching one farm's 13-year-old John Deere 3400 loader.
Modern Farming: What is the best tillage method to tackle blackgrass? Experts from around the world gathered to find the answer.
Behind the Scenes: For over 100 years Bunning has been manufacturing machinery, but as times have changed, so have its methods.
Fleet Profile: A fleet of Valtra tractors keeps this Irish operation running all year round whatever the weather.
Opinion: Student William Hitchcock talks through his plans for a year in the industry.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a Massey Ferguson 5470.
Prepare a Jaguar: Expert advice to keep Claas' popular forage harvester in action.
Game Changers: The Steiger name still adorns the panels of modern articulated tractors and there's a very good reason why.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 24 April 2016

Field Test: FMJ finds out if a £160,000 Cross Slot drill imported from New Zealand can cuts costs and boost yields on UK farms.
First Impression: New Mustang and Gehl skid-steer loaders on trial at a Cheshire livestock farm with over 75,000 turkeys.
First Impression: Why a Dutch company is evolving the Lite Trac to be as versatile as possible to meet ever-changing regulations.
Modern Machinery: There's a wide range of kit on offer in the UK but in Europe the list is endless.
Big Decision: Do you need a specialist trailer for every task or can one general-purpose unit do it all? We find out.
Focus On… A closer look at the latest rear-discharge muck spreaders and the technology behind them.
Running Report: Why a 20-year-old Ford Versatile 9680 is the flagship tractor on a 2400-acre farm.
Modern Farming: More farms are spreading fertiliser at 36m but what is the best way of ensuring accurate results?
Behind the Scenes: FMJ visits the Fleming factory in Northern Ireland to see how its range of machinery comes together.
Farm profile: There's only one farm making traditional Red Leicester cheese. Here is the machinery involved.
Opinion: Philip Reck discusses the benefits of cover crops on the soil in Ireland.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a John Deere 8530 tractor.
Fine Tune your Drill: How to get the perfect set-up on your Vaderstad drill before it's too late.
Get Ready to Mow: Expert advice to ensure your mower won't let you down this season ink.
Game Changers: Land drainage was an essential part of farming, revolutionised by a trench digger from Howard in the 1940s.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 23 March 2016

Field Test: FMJ gets the help of a stock farmer to put the Fendt 312 Vario to the test.
First Impression: As Claydon Drills pushes into Ireland, will its 3m mounted drill take off?
First Impression: Versatile machines like the Claas Xerion are gaining popularity. Here's why.
First Impression: Why the latest Defy nozzle is shaking up the way crops are sprayed.
Head to Head: Does the traditional JCB Loadall telehandler stand up to stiff competition from its pivot-steer JCB TM sibling?
Event Report: FMJ celebrates the best of British machinery manufacturing at LAMMA 16.
Focus On… A closer look at the UK's bestselling tractors in the 200hp to 250hp power bracket.
Running Report: Why McConnel's mid-mounted hedge-cutter should still be in production in the words of a long-standing operator.
Modern Farming: As more farms choose to build Anaerobic Digestion facilities, could the system work for you and is it worth it?
Behind the Scenes: FMJ visits the Bobcat factory to see why skid-steers suit farming so well.
Fleet Profile: Managing waste is the task of 12 John Deeres on this Cheshire farm, while also tending to pigs, cattle and crops.
Opinion: How Sam Parker manages to balance a farm and a successful ice cream business at Callestick Farm in Cornwall.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a Valtra N-Series tractor.
Pass a Sprayer Test: The easy way to ensuring your machines get success every time.
Valeting Tractors: How the experts at Hadrian Valeting get old machinery from tractors to cultivators looking brand-new againar Link.
Product Zone: The chainsaw is a staple on any farm, but does Stihl's ag-specific MS291 fit the bill? FMJ finds out.
Model Zone: The latest scale models to boost any fleet of miniature machines.
Game Changers: Cabs were seen as nothing more than a novelty until Valtra came along and made them an essential extra.

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 22 February 2016

Field Test: FMJ puts the Dieci T70 Agri Plus through its toughest ever test
First Impression: Sky Drills is a new name in the UK but the French firm has big ambitions
First Impression: The latest Krone BiG X selfpropelled forage harvesters have landed
First Impression: Working with HAWE-Wester's new beet chaser in Suffolk
Head to Head: Does the John Deere 8800 have what it takes to outperform the company's former 7950 flagship model?
Event Report: FMJ explored British Potato 2015 for a taste of what's new in the industry
Event Preview: The machinery in the spotlight at this year's LAMMA show in Peterborough
Focus On… The machinery you will be operating in just five year's time
Running Report: How a two-week trial saw two JCB Fastrac 4220s join a Shropshire fleet
Modern Farming: Why the world is embracing farming from the sky with drones
Behind the Scenes: FMJ remembers the Land Rover Defender as production ends for good
Fleet profile: How an engineer turned a fleet of Valtras into a busy contracting business
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a JCB Fastrac 2140 tractor
Spray Pump Overhaul: How to renovate a diaphragm pump ready for the upcoming season
Patent an Invention: Got ideas for new machines? Here's how to keep your designs safe
Game Changers: Dunlop and Firestone claim to have pioneered tyres, but who was first?

Farm Machinery Journal Issue 21 January 2016

Field Test: FMJ puts the New Holland T8 SmartTrax through its paces to find out if tracks are better than rear wheels.
First Impression: The Vredo VT4546 Tebbe is a self-propelled muck spreader with a difference. FMJ went to see it in action.
First Impression: Vicon has entered the selfpropelled sprayer market with its iXDrive. Here's what it's like in the field.
First Impression: Ireland isn't a big market for MF combines, but that could be about to change with the latest Activa 7347S.
Head to Head: Four sugar beet harvesters, each with the same 625hp Mercedes engine, but how do their operators rate them?
Agritechnica 2015: FMJ explored Europe's largest agricultural show to uncover the latest new machinery – here's what we found.
Focus On… How to buy and sell used machinery with help from the experts.
Running Report: The latest tractors at Glebe Farm are a different shade of green. Here's why the farm bought a Deutz-Fahr 7250 TTV.
Modern Farming: You can't hide from technology, so Shorts Services decided to fully embrace the services of John Deere FarmSight.
Fleet Profile: A mix of Case IH, McCormick and JCB make up the Lyndon Farms fleet.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a Fendt 720 Vario tractor.
Scraper Tractors: A vital tool in winter, but is your yard tractor ready for faultless service when the temperatures plummet?
Fitting Work Lights: Brighten up your day with some extra lights, fitted easily with this guide.
Keep Fuel Safe: Easy ways to help prevent your farm's supply of diesel being taken by thieves this winter.
Model Zone: The latest scale models to boost any fleet of miniature machines just in time for Christmas.
Game Changers: A look back at David Brown's Selectamatic system 50 years on.