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Clearing the roadblocks to autonomous tractors

Neil Lyon, 26 July 2017

The key ‘enabling elements’ for making and operating autonomous tractors have already been developed by the major tractor manufacturers, but roadblocks remain to the widespread commercial release of fully autonomous farming machines.

Another step on the road to standardised national heavy vehicle rules

Neil Lyon, 18 July 2017

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is set to release its draft policy on proposed new national laws governing the movement of heavy vehicles, including farm machinery, on public roads.

Deere purchases Italian sprayer manufacturer

Grain Central, 18 July 2017

Machinery manufacturer, John Deere, has announced that it has purchased Mazzotti, a privately-held sprayer manufacturer based in Ravenna, Italy.

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.

Next generation AXION 900 tractors on the way

Grain Central, 12 July 2017

CLAAS’s new generation AXION 900 tractors, which will be available to order in Australia and New Zealand in early 2018, feature more powerful engines, an optimised CMATIC continuously variable transmission and, for the first time, a choice of two operating systems.

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.

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.

Options on the table for automated vehicle safety assurance system

Grain Central, 12 June 2017

Australian governments, vehicle manufacturers, transport technology providers and other interested parties have been asked to contribute to the development of a national safety assurance regime for automated vehicles.

JD introduces new display technology

Grain Central, 09 June 2017

John Deere has introduced a new 4640 Universal Display for tractors that offers better data collection, increased functionality and greater choice for monitoring and managing tractor-driven operations.

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.