Back Issues 2019


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Field Test:​​ Harvesting onions and potatoes with a Grimme Varitron 270 Platinum.

First Impression:​​ In Scotland with the latest Claydon Hybrid​​ T6 seed drill.

First Impression:​​ A trio of tracked New Holland T8s take on cultivation duties in Lincolnshire.

First Impression:​​ Kuhn hands over a demonstrator Performer cultivator, but will it impress?

Event Report:​​ LAMMA 2019 moved to its new home, taking visitors indoors at the NEC.

Focus On:​​ Could farms get by using kit built exclusively in the UK? FMJ investigated.

Fleet Profile:​​ The Murphy Brothers show us around their extensive Irish fleet, including two new JCB Fastrac 4220s.

Running Report:​​ How Vredestein's Traxion Optimall tyre transformed a fleet of JCB Loadall telehandlers.

Running Report:​​ Why buying a Unimog U423 transformed this contractor's operation.

Running Report:​​ Spreading straw using the latest Kverneland 864 on a Scottish beef farm.

Opinion:​​ As dairy herd sizes increase, parlour breakdowns can result in serious consequences, says Ian Ohnstad.

Pick-Up, 4x4 & ATV News:​​ The latest farm vehicles unveiled, including a 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Working Vehicle:​​ Can-Am, Honda, Polaris and Suzuki ATVs go head to head in Cumbria.

Working Vehicle:​​ The Volkswagen Amarok has been given more power. FMJ tried it out.

Used Buying Guide:​​ What to look for when buying a second-hand McCormick X7 tractor.

Cut Machinery Costs:​​ Do you need new kit? Could you​​ reduce your fleet? FMJ spoke to experts at the AHDB to find out how to save money.

Game Changers:​​ Exploring the origins of the demountable, self-propelled harvester.





Field Test:​​ In the field with the 200hp, four-cylinder Massey Ferguson 6718S.


First Impression:​​ Does the entry-level Case IH Puma X 140​​ offer perfect simplicity?


First Impression:​​ This Amazone Centaya is one of two working in the UK. Here's what it's like.


First Impression:​​ Akpil is a new name in Ireland, but can the Bison XL disrupt the tillage scene?


Behind The Scenes:​​ Belgian manufacturer Joskin opened its doors to celebrate 50 years.


Focus On:​​ The latest kit on sale for bedding straw and feeding livestock.


Fleet Profile:​​ Why a change in replacement policy has seen older kit stay for longer.


Running Report:​​ How a breakdown saw the​​ impulse buy of a John Deere C441R baler-wrapper.


Running Report:​​ The compact McConnel PA5570 setup keeping a contractor very busy.


Running Report:​​ A Landini 5-090D is the perfect mix of size and power for one Devon farm.


Opinion:​​ Renewable energy can​​ be a good diversification, but are all schemes giving good value? Richard Whitlock finds out.


Pick-Up, 4x4 & Atv News:​​ The latest farm vehicles unveiled, including the new Jeep Gladiator pick-up.


Working Vehicle: The Mercedes-Benz X250d takes on FMJ's 300-mile working test.


Used Buying Guide:​​ What to look for when buying a second-hand reversible plough.


Farm & Workshop:​​ Sparex's wireless, LED lights that offer a bright alternative to dodgy electrics and cumbersome trailer boards.


Use The Correct Oil:​​ Fuchs explains what goes into modern lubricants, and why it's important to use the right stuff in your machinery.


Drones For Farming:​​ UK operators can't currently use drones for spraying, but they might soon be able to do a lot more than take photos.


Game Changers:​​ The pioneer of tracked tractors that paved the way for the Fendt crawlers.




Field Test:​​ Does the flagship Puma 240 CVX have its place in the Case IH line-up? FMJ put one to the test to find out.


Field Test:​​ The​​ new pivot-steer Manitou MLA-T has landed, with impressive credentials, as we discovered.


First Impression:​​ The new Fendt 4160V Xtra round baler gets put through its paces by Yorkshire contractor Mike Leckenby.

First Impression:​​ Bought to play substitute​​ for a T7, has the New Holland T6.180 got what it takes to fill in for the bigger tractor?

Event Preview:​​ What the new-look LAMMA Show has in store at its new Birmingham home.

Running Report:​​ High-capacity Agrifac Condor Endurance self-propelled sprayer impresses Yorkshire contractor.

Running Report:​​ How a Techneat Nutristart applicator improved rape establishment.

Running Report:​​ Electric Polaris Ranger EV finds a place in sustainable Cumbria cattle herd.

Opinion:​​ With his degree complete, here's what​​ William Hitchcock plans to do next.

Pick-Up, 4x4 & Atv News:​​ The latest farm vehicles unveiled, Including a limited edition Toyota Hilux.

Working Vehicle:​​ The Ford Ranger Limited sets the bar in our new 300-mile working test.

Used Buying Guide:​​ What to​​ look for when buying a used John Deere 5020 tractor.

Drill Preparation:​​ How to prepare your Vaderstad Spirit seed drill for the Spring campaign.

Build Your Own Drill:​​ How one Wiltshire farmer built his own oilseed rape drill using spare parts.

Game Changers:​​ The Goodyear tyres that revolutionised low compaction farming.