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Hot headers heighten harvest fire risk

Neil Lyon, 22 September 2017

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.

Deere acquires Blue River Technology

Grain Central, 11 September 2017

John Deere has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue River Technology, which is based in Sunnyvale, California and is a leader in applying machine learning to agriculture.

Machinery monitoring turns predictive

Neil Lyon, 07 September 2017

The capacity to remotely monitor and diagnose faults with modern-day farm tractors and machinery continues to advance with John Deere’s ‘Expert Alert’ system taking the technology to a new level.

AgQuip sees launch of world’s first articulated tractor with CVT

Neil Lyon, 28 August 2017

Case IH has introduced Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) into its high-horsepower, Steiger tractors, making the Steiger the world’s first articulated tractor with CVT.

Machinery spending trends revealed in farmer survey + VIDEO

Grain Central, 28 August 2017

Crop machinery investments vary according to a combination of strategy, attitude, business phase and economics, according to a project exploring how growers in Western Australia make machinery investment and replacement decisions and divide up capital expenditure budgets.

Extending the options for controlled traffic adoption

Neil Lyon, 17 August 2017

The controlled traffic farming (CTF) revolution has proven a windfall for Toowoomba-based manufacturing company, C & C Machining and Engineering, with its Widetract range of machinery extensions for modifying equipment to fit CTF tramlines now a key product line.

Farmers leading charge on loans to buy energy-efficient equipment

Grain Central, 17 August 2017

As power prices rise, demand for special loans for energy efficient equipment climbs as farmers and businesses across Australia seek new ways to offset costs, according to Commonwealth Bank lending trends and research.

Aussie spreader controller taps into overseas market

Grain Central, 04 August 2017

An Australian-made fertiliser spreader controller has been recognised internationally, with a global engineering company opting to install the system on its popular range of spreaders.

Header fire risk levels on the rise

Neil Lyon, 20 July 2017

The surge in winter pulse crop plantings in recent years, coupled with the higher operating temperatures of modern-day, emissions-limiting headers, has increased the risk of harvester fires on Australian farms.

Making the right moves with machinery investment – own, share or hire?

Neil Lyon, 17 July 2017

Return on investment has traditionally been the measure many farmers use to determine machinery investment strategies, but this doesn’t take into account a range of external factors that are often hard to quantify, according to Farm 360 consultant, Simon Craig.