Contract grain harvesters facing a dire shortage of winter crop harvest work across drought-affected eastern Australia are calling for an income support package to tide them over exceptional seasons such as this.
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A total of 736 registered buyers, including a contingent from overseas bidding online, drove prices for low-hour, second-hand combine harvesters and tractors to over a quarter of a million dollars at Ritchie Bros first heavy equipment auction at Dubbo, NSW, yesterday.
New regulations are likely to come into force across most of Australia in March next year governing the movement on public roads of heavy vehicles, including farm machinery such as tractors and harvesters.
A range of header modifications is available to assist grain growers facing the challenge of harvesting short crops this year.
The risk of header fires has increased dramatically in the modern era where today’s sophisticated machines capable of fast, high throughput harvesting are running much hotter than their predecessors.
Late model John Deere tracked tractors sold for over quarter of a million dollars and headers made over $300,000 at Ritchie Bros auction of agricultural machinery at Moree in north west NSW on Friday.