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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.

Grower representative body sets strategic approach

Grain Central, 14 July 2017

The development of a national grains industry strategy, inquiries into the national supply chain and heavy vehicle pricing, and the results of GrainGrowers’ survey of agricultural heavy vehicle use were on the agenda at GrainGrowers’ National Policy Group (NPG) meeting in Adelaide.

Ritchie Bros reload for another super ag equipment auction

Grain Central, 29 June 2017

Building on the success of its first agricultural equipment auction in Australia in more than a decade, Ritchie Bros has scheduled the date of its second ag auction for September 1, 2017.

UWA partners with Ausplow to optimise seeding performance

Grain Central, 26 June 2017

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has entered a research and development partnership with Ausplow Farming Systems to improve crop yields and machine performance.

New series Arion tractors set for September arrival

Grain Central, 21 June 2017

Farm machinery manufacturer, CLAAS, is continuing to roll out its completely-redesigned range of advanced technology tractors with the ARION 400 due to arrive in Australia in September.

Harvest weed seed control tools – they all work

Grain Central, 16 June 2017

The Harrington Seed Destructor, chaff carts and narrow windrow burn techniques are all equally as effective as one another at reducing the weed seed burden.

Farmfest: Conversion kits put headers on track

Neil Lyon, 13 June 2017

The capacity to run harvesters on load-spreading tracks instead of tyres has been made just that little bit easier with the development of track conversion kits that can be retrofitted to existing machines.

The future is here: autonomous tractor and spraying combo

Neil Lyon, 08 June 2017

Spray equipment specialist, Croplands, has teamed up with auto farming system provider, autonoTRAC, to produce a fully integrated driverless tractor and WEEDit spraying system for autonomous weed spraying.

Farm-built baiting innovations take on mouse epidemic

Neil Lyon, 26 May 2017

With mice on the rampage throughout many cropping regions this season, some producers have shown renowned ‘farmer ingenuity’ by utilising existing farm equipment to make their own bait spreaders. Here’s some good examples.